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Monday’s Morning Mashup: Jaguars fire coach Gus Bradley; Spurs retire Tim Duncan’s jersey

12.19.16 at 8:23 am ET
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MONDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NFL: Carolina at Washington, 8:30 p.m. (ESPN)
NBA: Phoenix at Minnesota, 8 p.m. (NBATV)
College basketball: Western Illinois at Purdue, 6 p.m. (Big Ten Network)
College basketball: Eastern Michigan at Syracuse, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: St. Francis  at Marquette, 7 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: Tennessee State at Duke, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Delaware State at Indiana, 8 p.m. (Big Ten Network)
College basketball: Colorado at Air Force, 9 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Mississippi State at Southern Miss, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Southeast Missouri State at DePaul, 9 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: Stanford at SMU, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
Women’s college basketball: Ohio State at Connecticut, 7 p.m. (CBSSN)
College football: Central Michigan at Tulsa, 2:30 p.m. (ESPN)

AROUND THE WEB:

— The Jaguars fired coach Gus Bradley on Sunday, mere hours after Jacksonville’s 21-20 loss to the Texans. That loss was the Jaguars’ ninth straight and dropped the team to 2-12 on the season.

Bradley leaves Jacksonville with the second-worst winning percentage of NFL coaches who have coached at least 50 games.

Jaguars GM Dave Caldwell is expected to hold a press conference Monday afternoon to announce the interim coach for the final two games of the season.

The decision was made by the team’s owner, Shad Khan, who spoke of Bradley’s dedication to the team in a statement on Sunday.

“As anyone close to our team knows, Gus gave his staff and players literally everything he had. Our players competed for Gus and I know they have great respect for him, as do I,” the statement read.  ” … It is unfortunately evident that we must make a change. I thought it would be best to do it immediately after today’s result so Gus can step away, relax and regroup with his family during the Christmas and holiday season.”

The Jaguars are 14-48 since Bradley became coach in 2013. After being fired, Bradley returned home from Houston on the team charter.

— The Spurs retired Tim Duncan’s jersey number in a ceremony on Sunday honoring the team’s former star.

Duncan’s former teammates and coaches spoke in the ceremony for No. 21 as he became the eighth Spur in history to have his number retired.

Duncan’s Wake Forest coach, Dave Odom, was in attendance along with Duncan’s family and former teammates Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili, Sean Elliott, David Robinson, coach Gregg Popovich and GM R.C. Buford.

Prior to the ceremony, the Spurs beat the Pelicans, 113-100, and before the game the team’s equipment staff passed out socks honoring Duncan for players to wear during the game. Parker tweeted a picture of his:

 

“As everybody said: His empathy, his ability to make people welcome, and lead quietly, but with dignity and gravitas, made him special beyond most anybody that you could imagine,” Popovich said during the ceremony. “This is the most important comment that I can make about Tim Duncan: I can honestly say to Mr. and Mrs. Duncan, who have passed, that that man right there is exactly the same person now as he was when he walked in the door.”

Duncan spoke for about five minutes and was a mixture of heartfelt and self-deprecating.

“I’m going to tell you this: I won a lot of bets tonight,” Duncan said. “I didn’t wear jeans. I wore a sport coat, and I spoke for more than 30 seconds. Thank you, San Antonio. Thank you.”

— Nationals star outfielder Bryce Harper married longtime girlfriend Kayla Varner in San Diego this past weekend.

 

Mr. & Mrs. Harper!🙌🏻 Thank you to the insanely amazing @indiaearl..We couldn’t of asked for a better day😍

 

A photo posted by Bryce Harper (@bharper3407) on

The two wed at the San Diego Mormon Temple and, according to ESPN, the wedding party included Harper’s teammate Jayson Werth and former teammate Ian Desmond.

Harper and Varner were planning to get married in 2015 but called off the wedding before getting engaged again.

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “It was a great feeling. It was a great team win. I thought it was pretty good complementary football. Defense was playing just so great all day and offensively, we made some plays. Just didn’t make enough to score more points than we had, but ended up being enough today.” — Tom Brady, after the Patriots’ 16-3 win over the Broncos on Sunday

HAPPY BIRTHDAY: Kevin McHale (58)

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