NFL: NFL.com Bears bench Jay Cutler in favor of Jimmy Clausen Enough is finally enough for the Chicago Bears. After weeks of offensive futility, the team has benched quarterback Jay Cutler in favor of backup Jimmy ... Manziel: If you want the hype, you have to play better With Johnny Manziel’s ugly debut against the Bengals drawing heat from all corners, the Cleveland Browns rookie quarterback knows only he can slow the avalanche ... San Francisco 49ers release Ray McDonald The San Francisco 49ers have released defensive tackle Ray McDonald, GM Trent Baalke announced Wednesday. The move comes following the news that Northern California authorities ... Pete Carroll and Jim Harbaugh 'had a moment' Sunday Pete Carroll wouldn’t say he exchanged warm communication with Jim Harbaugh on Sunday, but the Seahawks coach said words were shared with Harbaugh likely to ... Ron Rivera not sure if Cam or Anderson starts Cam Newton returned to practice Wednesday, one week after his terrifying car accident that sidelined him for Week 15. Is this a good sign that ... NFL: ESPN Sources: Bears to start Clausen over Cutler The Chicago Bears plan to start Jimmy Clausen at quarterback this week over Jay Cutler, sources told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter. Source: Bears To Start Clausen Over Cutler Visit ESPN.com for the complete story. Falcons brush off Saints' 'funeral' trash talk Roddy White and his Atlanta Falcons teammates collectively brushed off trash talk by New Orleans Saints cornerback Keenan Lewis in advance of Sunday’s NFC South ... 49ers' Harbaugh 'considering' Michigan job Multiple NFL and Michigan sources had said for weeks that Jim Harbaugh was not expected to wind up at Michigan, but in recent days at ... 49ers release McDonald amid investigation The San Francisco 49ers announced Wednesday that they have released defensive lineman Ray McDonald. NFL: Sky Sports NFL predictions Sky Sports News’ Richard Graves previews the upcoming NFL action and gives his predictions for the next round of games. Brees inspires New Orleans win Drew Brees threw for 375 yards and three touchdowns as the New Orleans Saints beat the Chicago Bears 31-15 to take the NFC South lead. Pick Six Week 15 in the NFL allowed us to witness just how tough it is to make the jump from being a college quarterback to life ... Bryant treble inspires Cowboys Receiver Dez Bryant scored three touchdowns to inspire Dallas’s 38-27 win at Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday as the Cowboys regained control of the NFC East. Broncos claim AFC West crown The Denver Broncos sealed the AFC West crown and booked their play-off berth with a 22-10 win over the Chargers in San Diego. NBA: NBA.com Suns forward Morris ejected vs. Hornets Phoenix Suns forward Markieff Morris has been ejected for arguing with officials. Warriors' Bogut (knee) sidelined vs. Thunder Golden State Warriors center Andrew Bogut’s troublesome right knee will keep him out against the Oklahoma City Thunder on Thursday night. Silver: Charlotte has 'great chance' to host All-Star game NBA Commissioner Adam Silver says he expects Charlotte will host the league’s All-Star game at some point in the future. Suns' Dragic returns to lineup vs. Hornets Phoenix Suns coach Jeff Hornacek says guard Goran Dragic will return to the starting lineup against the Charlotte Hornets after missing the last two games ... Cavs' Love to play; Hawks' Teague out Cavaliers forward Kevin Love, who missed the team’s morning shootaround with flu-like symptoms, will play against Atlanta. NBA: ESPN Gasol, Griz overcome Spurs in 3OT thriller Marc Gasol scored 26 points, including a banked-in 3-pointer as regulation expired, and the Memphis Grizzlies overcame blowing a 23-point lead for a 117-116 triple-overtime ... Sources: Celtics, Mavs talking Rondo trade The Boston Celtics, after years of flirting with potential Rajon Rondo deals, are in substantive discussions on a trade that would send Rondo to the ... Hawks send Cavs to largest loss this season Shelvin Mack scored a career-high 24 points, and the Atlanta Hawks routed the Cleveland Cavaliers 127-98 on Wednesday night for their 11th victory in 12 ... Sources: Wolves put Brewer back on block The Minnesota Timberwolves have put veteran swingman Corey Brewer back on the trading block, according to league sources. Melo ahead of matchup vs. Bulls: No what-ifs Carmelo Anthony says he refuses to second-guess his decision to remain with the Knicks and not jump to the Bulls via free agency this summer. MLB: MLB.com Banister spends wedding anniversary with Rangers fans New manager Jeff Banister and shortstop Elvis Andrus each conducted Question & Answer sessions on Wednesday during the “Evening with the Rangers.” Source: Padres land big bat in Myers in 11-player swap The Padres’ efforts to bolster a weak offense has led them to two very unlikely players — a two-time NL All-Star slugger and a former ... Shift in U.S.-Cuban relations may affect MLB The re-establishment of diplomatic relations between the United States and Cuba, announced by President Barack Obama on Wednesday, could affect Cuban players currently in the ... Source: Nats acquire 2 prospects in three-team deal The Nationals involved themselves in a three-team, 11-player trade with the Rays and Padres on Wednesday, acquiring Joe Ross and a player to be named ... With future uncertain, Hamels keeps open mind Is Cole Hamels the next Phillies player to be traded? Hamels would not mind following Jimmy Rollins to a winner, considering the circumstances. MLB: ESPN Source: Padres acquire OF Myers from Rays The San Diego Padres have agreed to a three-way trade, pending physicals, that would land them Tampa Bay Rays outfielder Wil Myers, a source confirmed ... Source: Padres acquire OF Myers from Rays The San Diego Padres have agreed to a three-way trade, pending physicals, that would land them Tampa Bay Rays outfielder Wil Myers, a source confirmed ... Braves OF Markakis has surgery to fix disk New Braves outfielder Nick Markakis has undergone surgery to repair a herniated disk in his neck. Kipnis has finger surgery, likely OK for opener Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis had surgery to repair a damaged tendon in his left ring finger. Oliva sees great potential in U.S.-Cuba relations Tony Oliva was thrilled to hear about President Obama’s plan toward normalizing relations between the U.S. and Cuba, Oliva’s home country. NHL: NHL.com Wednesday's NHL Capsules ST. PAUL, Minn. – Loui Eriksson’s goal 1:30 into overtime gave Boston a 3-2 win over Minnesota on Wednesday night, only the second victory for ... Loui Eriksson's overtime goal gives Bruins 3-2 win over Wild, stops 3-game losing streak ST. PAUL, Minn. – Loui Eriksson’s goal 1:30 into overtime gave Boston a 3-2 win over Minnesota on Wednesday night, only the second victory for ... Mac Bennett scores two as Hamilton Bulldogs down St. John's IceCaps 5-2 HAMILTON – Mac Bennett scored two power-play goals to lead the Hamilton Bulldogs in 5-2 win over the St. John’s IceCaps in American Hockey League ... OHL Roundup: Tyler Hill leads Ottawa 67's over Kingston Frontenacs KINGSTON, Ont. – Tyler Hill’s power-play goal late in the second period held up as the winner as the Ottawa 67’s rallied for a 2-1 ... Ottawa's Anderson stops 34 shots, Turris scores twice in Senators' 2-0 win over Devils NEWARK, N.J. – Craig Anderson made 34 saves, and Kyle Turris scored two goals as the Ottawa Senators beat the New Jersey Devils 2-0 on ... NHL: ESPN Eriksson's OT goal sends Bruins past Wild Eriksson’s OT goal gives Bruins 3-2 win vs. Wild Predators' Neal fined $2K by NHL for diving The NHL has fined Nashville Predators forward James Neal $2,000 for violating the league’s revised rule against diving and embellishing. Pens test 3 more for mumps; Crosby skates Captain Sidney Crosby skated Wednesday as he points toward a return from the mumps, but the Pittsburgh Penguins took precautions to test three more players ... Crosby Skates As Penguins Undergo Mumps Testing Visit ESPN.com for the complete story. Flames sign Hartley to multiyear extension The Calgary Flames have signed head coach Bob Hartley to a multiyear contract extension, the club announced.