SAN DIEGO (AP) The San Diego Chargers, Oakland Raiders and St. Louis Rams filed for relocation to the Los Angeles area, trying not to be left out in the race to return the NFL to the nation's second-largest market after a 21-year absence.
The Chargers want to partner with the AFC West rival Raiders on a stadium in Carson.
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Chargers chairman Dean Spanos has had the right to leave San Diego since 2008, but the team's long, contentious efforts to replace aging Qualcomm Stadium became more aggressive after Rams owner Stan Kroenke announced plans to build a stadium in Inglewood.
The NFL confirmed it received the applications to move for the 2016 season. They will be reviewed by league staff and three committees of owners that will meet in New York on Wednesday and Thursday. All owners will meet in Houston next week and are expected to vote on whether to allow any of the teams to move. A team wanting to move needs 24 of 32 votes.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Chuck Pagano won over the Colts' locker room with a personal touch. He won over the fans by fiercely battling leukemia in the public eye.
He used that same fighting spirit to convince owner Jim Irsay he deserved a new contract.
Just one day after it appeared Pagano had coached his final game in Indianapolis, the 55-year-old coach agreed to a new four-year deal and general manager Ryan Grigson accepted a three-year extension that will be added to the one year left on his original contract. That means the pair will be working together through the 2019 season.
Now it's up to Grigson and Pagano to lead Irsay's team back to the Super Bowl.
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) - With the New York Giants facing a difficult decision on his coaching future after four straight years out of the playoffs, Tom Coughlin walked away gracefully, doing what was best for him.
The Giants gave him 12 years to run one of the NFL's flagship organizations. He delivered two Super Bowls and restored the franchise to the league's elite for a while.
It was mutually beneficial, and so was the departure when the 69-year-old Coughlin resigned rather than force co-owners John Mara and Steve Tisch to fire him.
The Giants announced the decision one day after the team capped its third straight losing season at 6-10 following a 35-30 defeat against Philadelphia, New York's third in a row and sixth in seven games.
SAN DIEGO (AP) - Mike McCoy will return as coach of the Chargers despite a 4-12 record this season.
The next big question is whether he'll be coaching them in San Diego or Los Angeles.
Asked if he's the right guy to lead the Chargers into the nation's second-biggest market, McCoy said: ''Without a doubt. I can't wait for the opportunity. We're all ready to roll.''
McCoy is 23-27 in three seasons, including a playoff win and loss in his first season, 2013. He has one year left on his contract.
SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) - San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick has a torn ligament in the thumb on his throwing hand and surgery has been recommended. That could happen as soon as this week once he receives a second opinion on the injury.
He also will have his surgically repaired left shoulder checked during a visit to the Steadman Clinic in Vail, Colorado. Kaepernick, who was demoted in November after his struggles, said ''continued pain'' in the thumb caused concern but he didn't know the extent of the injury until undergoing an MRI exam last week. He will travel Tuesday to Colorado.
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - Draymond Green became the second player in Warriors franchise history to post three straight triple-doubles and Golden State rolled to its 35th straight regular-season home win, 111-101 over the Charlotte Hornets.
Green had 13 points, 15 rebounds and 10 assists to join Tom Gola in 1959-60 as the only Warriors players ever to get triple-doubles in three straight games. The last player in the NBA to do it was Oklahoma City's Russell Westbrook, who had a four-game streak last season.
LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) - Perry Ellis had 27 points and 13 rebounds, Devonte Graham hit the go-ahead free throw in the third overtime and top-ranked Kansas outlasted Buddy Hield and second-ranked Oklahoma 109-106 in an early showdown of Final Four contenders
Wayne Selden Jr. had 21 points and Graham finished with 20 for the Jayhawks (13-1, 2-0 Big 12), who had chances to win the game in regulation and each of the first two overtimes before finally getting it done.
Hield had a career-high 46 points for Oklahoma (12-1, 1-1), but he made two crucial turnovers in the final extra session, then missed a potential tying 3-pointer at the buzzer as the Jayhawks celebrated.
NEW YORK (AP) - Kansas and Oklahoma moved to the top two spots in The Associated Press' college basketball poll hours before facing each other in Lawrence, Kansas.
Kansas (12-1) received 44 first-place votes from the 65-member national media panel while Oklahoma (12-0) got the other 21.
Maryland and Virginia both moved up one spot to third and fourth while Michigan State, which was No. 1 for the last four weeks, fell to fifth. North Carolina, Arizona, Providence, Kentucky and Xavier completed the Top Ten.
NEW YORK (AP) - UConn remained the No. 1 team in The Associated Press women's basketball poll after facing a tough test from Maryland.
The Huskies topped the Terrapins by 10 points at the Maggie Dixon Classic last Monday. UConn (11-0) only led by 4 in the final minute before pulling away. The Huskies have a busy week with three games over the next seven days.
South Carolina and Notre Dame stayed second and third in the Top 25. Texas moved up to fourth while Ohio State was fifth. Baylor, Mississippi State, Maryland, Stanford and Kentucky rounded out the first 10.
DENVER (AP) - Jarome Iginla became the 19th member of the 600-goal club, scoring a power-play goal in the third period of the Colorado Avalanche's 4-1 win over the Los Angeles Kings.
Iginla sent a wrist shot toward the net that hit off the skate of defenseman Jake Muzzin and bounced past goalie Jhonas Enroth. Iginla was mobbed by teammates near the glass and then he saluted the crowd during an extended standing ovation.
Iginla scored his 600th in his 1,432nd NHL game.