Shaquille O'Neal is making the rounds promoting his book "Shaq Uncut," in which he takes some shots at former teammate Kobe Bryant. However, during an appearance on Los Angeles' KTLA television Monday, Shaq acknowledged Kobe's status at top Laker. "Based on what he's done, he's probably the greatest Laker of all-time," O'Neal said. "If he gets another championship, he'll tie with Kareem [Abdul-Jabbar, with six]. That will put him up there."

Canadiens forward Max Pacioretty was suspended for three games for his hit to the head of Penguins defenseman Kris Letang Saturday night. 

NHL disciplinarian Brendan Shanahan delivered the punishment Monday, explaining that Pacioretty "recklessly targeted" Letang's head as the defenseman brought the puck into the Canadiens' zone and shot. 

Bills receiver Stevie Johnson made fun of Jets counterpart Plaxico Burress by pretending to shoot himself in the leg during a first-half touchdown celebration Sunday. He then mocked the Jets' "flight" celebration and flopped on the ground, drawing a 15-yard penalty on the ensuing kickoff. It led to great field position for the Jets, and they cashed in with a touchdown en route to a 28-24 victory.

"I was just having fun, and part of having fun ended up being a penalty and a touchdown for the Jets," Johnson said. "It was a stupid decision by myself."

Syracuse University fired assistant basketball coach Bernie Fine Sunday, the same day a third man made allegations that Fine molested him.

"At the direction of Chancellor Cantor, Bernie Fine's employment with Syracuse University has been terminated, effective immediately," Kevin Quinn, the school's senior vice president for public affairs, said in a statement.

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Lions defensive lineman Ndamukong Suh continues to deny he's a dirty player even as he does things to get ejected, as he did Thursday when he stomped on the arm of Packers offensive lineman Evan Dietrich-Smith after pushing his head into the ground.

Jose Canseco tweeted Wednesday that he accepts Shaquille O'Neal's challenge and would be willing to step in the boxing ring to face the 7-footer.

Shaq, recently retired from the Celtics, tweeted Nov. 12 after hearing about Canseco's scheduled fight with disgraced former major league Lenny Dykstra (Dykstra pulled out, then denied he ever agreed to it). Tweeted Shaq to UFC president Dana White: What up Dana white I wanna fight Jose conseco hook it up.

The Wild were in a bind before Wednesday's game against the Predators when starting goalie Nicklas Backstrom had to leave the team to address a personal issue. They summoned Matt Hackett from their minor league team in Houston, but they weren't sure if his plane would arrive in time for him to serve as the backup to Josh Harding. So, they called Richard Deutsch, a 51-year-old who was a high school teammate of Wild assistant coach Mike Ramsey.

Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow responded to criticism of his religious fervor -- most recently by former Broncos QB Jake Plummer -- by explaining why he is constantly praising Jesus Christ and making it clear he does not plan to stop.

Onondaga County District Attorney William Fitzpatrick said Syracuse police have not been cooperative in his investigation into Syracuse University assistant basketball coach Bernie Fine, who was accused of child molestation by two former ball boys but denies any wrongdoing.

Fitzpatrick said he had to get a court subpoena Monday ordering police to turn over records related to the case, and the deputy chief responded with an obscenity upon being presented with the order.