Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers expressed disappointment that his teammates in Sunday's Pro Bowl did not give their best effort. The NFC lost the game, 59-41.

"I'll be honest with you. I was a little disappointed," Rodgers told Milwaukee radio station ESPN 540. "I felt like some of the guys on the NFC side embarrassed themselves."

Added Rodgers: "I was just surprised that some of the guys either didn't want to play or when they were in there didn't put any effort into it."

Women's Professional Soccer, a league that includes the Boston Breakers, will take the 2012 season off as it attempts to settle a dispute with an ousted team owner. The league indicated it hopes to return in 2013.

Dan Borislow bought the Washington Freedom before last season and moved them to South Florida, renaming them magicJack, after the company he owns. Things quickly turned sour, and Borislow sued WPS in August. The league responded by accusing him of "unprofessional and disparaging treatment of his players to failure to pay his bills."

The Knicks entered the season with high expectations. It started well, with a Christmas Day victory over the Celtics. However, New York has lost nine of its last 10 games to fall to 7-13, and now there is speculation that coach Mike D'Antoni is on the hot seat, although the front office isn't talking -- about anything.

Amar'e Stoudemire vented after Saturday's loss to the Rockets, urging his teammates to make D'Antoni's job easier.

Two days after Peyton Manning publicly lamented the Colts' situation, team owner Jim Irsay criticized the franchise quarterback, calling him a "politician."

Bloomberg Businessweek released its annual list of the "Power 100" athletes -- comprising on- and off-field attributes -- and Tom Brady ranks third. The Patriots quarterback is behind two other NFL quarterbacks: Drew Brees and runner-up Aaron Rodgers. Brady, whose key sponsors include Under Armour, Audi, Ugg and Stetson Cologne, was fifth last year.

The rivalry between the Patriots and Giants does not compare to both teams' dislike for the Jets. On Tuesday, Giants kicker Lawrence Tynes took a shot at Jets special teams coach Mike Westhoff for comments Westhoff made early in the season about Giants punter Steve Weatherford, a former Jet.

"There were times when he just didn't do the job. … Wasn't good enough, in my opinion," Westhoff said of Weatherford, who averaged 42.6 yards per punt in 2010 for the Jets.

With 2:29 remaining in Sunday's NFC championship game, Giants running back Ahmad Bradshaw fumbled the ball on the New York 21-yard line and it was recovered by the 49ers. However, the officials ruled that Bradshaw's forward progress had been stopped, so the Giants retained possession. That doesn't sit well with 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh, who compared the play to the infamous tuck rule call that helped Tom Brady and the Patriots defeat the Raiders in the Snow Bowl 10 years ago.

There’s been widespread speculation that the Jets would make a run at Peyton Manning if the Colts decide to move on from the veteran quarterback. ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that another AFC East team is one of three clubs expected to join the hunt. Schefter writes that the Dolphins, Redskins and Cardinals all have interest, and The Miami Herald confirms via team sources that the Dolphins will “aggressively pursue him” if the 35-year-old is cleared medically.

The Associated Press reported that former Penn State coach Joe Paterno died Sunday morning after complications from lung cancer. Paterno was 85.

"It is with great sadness that we announce that Joe Paterno passed away earlier today," his family said in a statement. "His loss leaves a void in our lives that will never be filled."

Paterno had been in the hospital for over a week with what had been deemed by his family to be minor complications related to his cancer. However, his condition grew increasingly grave during his stay.

Brewers star Ryan Braun reportedly began his appeal of his positive drug test Thursday, as the National League MVP attempts to avoid a 50-game suspension.

Braun is presenting his case to a three-member arbitration panel, according to the New York Daily News, and he'll have to prove that "the presence of a prohibited substance in his urine was not due to his fault or negligence."