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College football: Bahamas Bowl, Central Michigan vs. Western Kentucky, noon (ESPN; WEEI-AM)
College football: Hawaii Bowl, Fresno State vs. Rice, 8 p.m. (ESPN; WEEI-FM)

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NY Daily News 12-14-14Rex Ryan might be without a job a week from now, but his confidence remains high.

The embattled Jets coach insists he has a Super Bowl championship in him.

“I see myself winning it as a head coach,” Ryan said Tuesday. “I definitely see it. If that happens, I guess we’ll find out.”

Ryan acknowledged it’s been a trying season, with the Jets at 3-12 heading into Sunday’s finale against the Dolphins, but he said he remains confident in his ability to lead a team.

“I was given some gifts and obviously a lot less in other areas, but I can coach football,” he said. “And I know that. … I think that’s what gives me the belief that one day I’m going to win that thing.

“That’s how I feel. And that’s it. I guess that’s just the way I’m wired. I don’t look at myself as a three-win coach. I know I’m better than that, but this is where we’re at right now.”

Added Ryan: “People are going to say, ‘That’s crazy. You’ve won three games.’ Yeah, that’s right. We won three games and that’s one year. Sure, it hasn’t gone well. I always am a confident person.”

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Ryan said he’s focused only on Sunday’s game, and not meeting with owner Woody Johnson to discuss his future.

“We’ll see what happens,” he said. “I know it’€™s a broken record, but really, it’€™s just about the job that I have right in front of me. I want to be great. I want our team to be great. I want our team to be focused and myself to be focused on the job at hand. And that’€™s what I plan on doing. Whatever happens after that will happen.”

— The Knicks are showing no signs of breaking out of their season-long slump, and it’s giving guard J.R. Smith some sleepless nights.

“It’s a nightmare. We’ve just got to wake up from it,” said Smith, who has been out the past seven games with a partially turn plantar fascia in his left heel. “I mean, to be 5-25, we had a lot of expectations coming in here, so to be in the situations we’re in, it’s a nightmare for me, anyway.”

Injuries haven’t helped the cause, but guard Pablo Prigioni said after Sunday’s loss to the Raptors, “Maybe we don’t have enough talent to win.”

Smith hasn’t been able to put his finger on the problem.

“I think that’s the million-dollar question,” he said. “It looks like it’s so many things, but at the same time it’s got to be something real small to change because we’re still in most games. It’s hard to tell right now. If we knew, our record would definitely show it.”

Smith expressed confidence that his team can get things together in a weak Eastern Conference and at least qualify for the postseason.

“Yeah, absolutely, we’re not that far out of that last position, out of the eight teams,” he said. “We’ve just got to turn that switch on, whatever kind of switch it is, we’ve got to turn it on. Can’t keep waiting.

“Unfortunately, it depends on how everybody else plays as well as us. We’re trying to turn this thing around, so we’ve got to figure it out.”

— Niners outside linebacker Aldon Smith, who served a nine-game suspension earlier this season and remains in the NFL’s alcohol program, denied a report that he was drinking with recently released Ray McDonald and a woman who said she was sexually assaulted by McDonald last week.

According to court documents, the woman told authorities said she stayed at McDonald’s home and drank vodka with McDonald and Smith. She said she has no memory of the sexual encounter that ensued.

“As far as it’s concerned, I was over at Ray’s house for close to an hour. I didn’t drink one thing,” Smith said Tuesday. “As far as it goes, relating to that, I have nothing else to say. It’s not my issue or my problem.”

Smith is tested regularly by the league for alcohol after being suspended for violating the league’s substance-abuse and personal-conduct policies.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Dec. 24, 1960, the Celtics set an NBA record for most rebounds in a game during a 150-106 rout of the visiting Pistons. How many rebounds did the Celtics get: 94, 101 or 109?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “I’m not the guy that I’ve always been. I’m not the Johnny Manziel that came in here a year ago. It’s been a year of growing up for me. … This is a job for me now and I have to take it a lot more seriously than maybe I did at first.” – Injured Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel, on his first season in the NFL

STAT OF THE DAY: 0 – Wins for the Predators this season when goalie Pekka Rinne has not played, as the Bruins kept the streak alive by beating backup Carter Hutton, 5-3, on Tuesday night

‘NET RESULTS (mobile users, check the website to see the videos): Former Lakers star Vlade Divac wins $90,000 for charity by hitting a halfcourt shot during Tuesday night’s game vs. the Warriors.

TRIVIA ANSWER: 109

SOOTHING SOUNDS: Lee Dorsey, who died in 1986, was born on this day in 1924.

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Michael and Jerry visit their favorite moments from Christmas movie past.

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[0:11:05] ... enjoy. Christmas with your families in your friends eat a lot of good food. Drink a lot of eggnog better despite but make sure you drive have a designated driver or don't go anywhere crash or ...
[0:11:44] ... dale and I will be back with Jerry and special co host Bill Belichick on December 29. A patriots Monday enjoy yourself simulate. Yeah. ...






Michael and Jerry visit their favorite moments from Christmas movie past.

[0:04:16] ... actually very touching moment at the end they just kind of let Bill Murray just improper for a vote. Ten minutes and he goes on about the whole meaning of Christmas that's a that's a classic ...
[0:05:35] ... about the original cartoon version yet not that piece of garbage we Jim Carrey was only the rubber suit means more on on on on on garbage. It was it was a good. Did you think Jim Carrey garbage and it won't the grinch version was just awful like those that. Slade had like rockets on hated Jews that half ...
[0:11:05] ... enjoy. Christmas with your families in your friends eat a lot of good food. Drink a lot of eggnog better despite but make sure you drive have a designated driver or don't go anywhere crash or ...
[0:11:44] ... dale and I will be back with Jerry and special co host Bill Belichick on December 29. A patriots Monday enjoy yourself simulate. Yeah. ...






Dale and Jerry try to convince Michael that bad Christmas Songs do in fact exist.

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Dale and Jerry try to convince Michael that bad Christmas Songs do in fact exist.

[0:13:50] ... my best friends we went to see what was it was Michael. Michael Cain was at death physical death trap. Yes it was old and tables in that movie. Probably. A month I 188. Debt to step threat that was. Yeah we want Michael Cain Christopher Reeve Dayne can now what does that what does rotten tomatoes and about that movie today was it that movie with low to ...
[0:15:31] ... State law. And sneak it like fast the original and I NC Phoebe Cates could top off you get it death trap with Michael Cain. No if if there were a lot of options tournament and there. That's the one Leo we at the Akron Cineplex there are because of the rolling acres mall that's what it was that's but it was rolling acres. When we come back after the break we'll turn our attention of the Boston Bruins we've Marty recap the the year in review for the New England Patriots the Boston Bruins are next on our list. Elena holly Sports Radio WB yeah. ...




Peter King of Sports Illustrated joins the show to talk about the Patriots clinching homefield advantage and who the AFC is contenders.

[0:00:53] ... seeing her every Christmas now. Peter after last night's loss by the Denver Broncos in Cincinnati we know that the AFC championship comes through Foxboro. Is there a team in the AFC that you fear could ...
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Peter King of Sports Illustrated joins the show to talk about the Patriots clinching homefield advantage and who the AFC is contenders.

[0:00:53] ... seeing her every Christmas now. Peter after last night's loss by the Denver Broncos in Cincinnati we know that the AFC championship comes through Foxboro. Is there a team in the AFC that you fear could ...
[0:02:36] ... the patriots got here but before we go there. Quite simply it's Peyton Manning hurt in your opinion. I don't think he totally healthy Michael let. Question now. That similar find out from anybody it is put side by side early in the same pass. Think the only way you're going to be able to see that is. You know whether this environment. To be able to judge in the last night there was some weather in Cincinnati and and it rained a lot. I think each troubled by the wind Trent dilfer's that this week. He's just like I was late in his career to win really bothers them a lot you can tell. ...
[0:04:17] ... surprisingly good solid look at forego the flutter ball knock knuckleball from Peyton Manning. Got a couple of throws down the same worship while Peyton can make that they were pretty good rose. Didn't look like ...
[0:06:53] ... off before they start playing. That's the great debate over a year Mike McCarthy it's opium Monday in Green Bay I think you're really corrections and Smart. And he says I'm glad that we've got to ...






Steve talks about the BYU-Memphis brawl. Tim is intrigued by ESPN's "30 for 30" featuring the Miracle on Ice from the Soviet's point of view. Paul can't believe Rex Grossman turned down $50,000 and the chance to play ONE more NFL game.

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[0:03:51] ... was that was over in about. It's. Eight seconds it was always Bill Cosby was a note alike throughout I hit him once and what twice in the shoulders with a helmet and then there was ...
[0:04:35] ... out to the worst quarterback to ever play in a super bull Rex Grossman. He would've made 53000 dollars to walk on and play for one week and he says I am might get me into ...
[0:05:51] ... but I'd say no passing place yet I just showed our hand Deval Patrick doesn't notice me and all items there. I'd this one out comes to go. ESPN ranks from the world of hockey which ...






Jackie MacMullan, ESPN, talks with Tim and Steve about the Patriots resting the starters in Week 17. Jackie's argument is that they have a bye, so they're gonna be rusty REGARDLESS of whether or not they play in week 17, so keep them safe. She also spoke about Peyton's MNF performance, and how the Celtics have looked since the trade of Rajon Rondo.

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[0:07:23] ... the fact that they didn't have one single act straight back into Miami Heat. That horrible. Especially because watching late at that and how shall back within the whole point this year. With the young guys ...




NBC Sports analyst, Rodney Harrison, joined the show to talk about how he doesn't think Bill Belichick should rest the starters in week 17. He also warned against falling asleep on the Denver Broncos, Brady's durability, the Bengals and the Seahawks.

[0:00:00] ... But the AT&T hotline right now welcome Rodney Harrison was brought to us by dropped camp and doctor Robert Leonard and by big Y world class market right thanks a lot ...
[0:04:19] ... all that. Running do you think Q if remain doesn't win a Super Bowl this year you'd think that he comes back you think he's done. I have no light beer or that he walked the ...
[0:06:22] ... bought secret what are the ball in Seattle beat the bat there. Rodney Harrison former owner of the patriot and now with NBC make your watch in the NBC game between Cincinnati and Pittsburgh should be good one. Analysis in advance of the game and on the broadcast route as well Rodney thanks for joining us up to Christmas. Are you to record again Rodney Harrison here on the AT&T hotline brought to us by dropped and doctor Robert Leonard and big Y world class. Market. ...