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Mike Holmgren headed to the Dallas Cowboys?

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Mike Holmgren headed to the Dallas Cowboys?

From Comcast SportsNetBEREA, Ohio (AP) -- Browns president Mike Holmgren is on his way out. He just hasn't decided where he's going or what he wants to do.Hoping to squelch a weekend report that he would be interested in coaching the Dallas Cowboys if Jason Garrett gets fired, Holmgren, who may leave the Browns before this season ends, went out of his way Monday to make it known he isn't angling for any job.Holmgren made an unscheduled appearance in the media room at Browns headquarters to deny he is pursuing a future with the Cowboys. During a farewell news conference on Oct. 23, Holmgren had opened the possibility of a return to coaching."I haven't booked my tickets to Dallas," joked Holmgren, who spent Cleveland's bye week with his wife, Kathy, in Arizona. "I haven't talked to a single soul. That's the first thing. The second thing is I honestly don't know what the future holds or what I want to do. Honestly. Believe me on that. Thirdly, I've always been, quite honestly, bothered by the speculation during the season when coaches are trying to work and they're fighting like crazy for their jobs, and I would never do that."I would never do that to anybody. I have tremendous respect for obviously Jason Garrett."Adding intrigue is that the Browns (2-7) visit the Cowboys (4-5) this week.On Sunday, Jason LaCanfora of CBSSports.com reported that Holmgren has "serious interest" in the Dallas' job if it opened because of a competitive roster, skill players and his relationship with Cowboys owner Jerry Jones. The two served together on the NFL's competition committee.The 64-year-old Holmgren said while he and Jones have remained good friends, he hasn't expressed any interest in them working together again."I just wouldn't do that," he said. "So help me with that, please. I'm telling you the way it is. I have no idea how any of that stuff gets started, but I'm telling you the straight scoop on that, OK?"Holmgren said he has not spoken to his agent, Bob LaMonte, in a month and that he doesn't know where the report started."I don't know anything about it, I'm just telling you what I'm saying," he said. "I'm telling you and you got it straight from the horse's mouth."Holmgren hopes to remain with the Browns until the end of this season in an advisory role. He was not offered a position under new Browns owner Jimmy Haslam, who brought in former Philadelphia President Joe Banner as the club's CEO."As long as I feel I can contribute a little bit and helping some of the players and helping the coaches a little bit, Joe (Banner) and I have talked," Holmgren said. "As long as I'm feeling good about a contribution I'll stay, but if I'm not helping that could change, but right now the plan is to be here through the end of the season."Holmgren doesn't think the report on any link to the Cowboys will distract the Browns from preparing for this week's game."I cannot imagine that," he said. "Why I came down here is that it's everything I don't believe in on a story like that. I wouldn't do that. And I didn't do it. That's why."Browns cornerback Joe Haden laughed when he was asked if Holmgren's situation would sidetrack him and his teammates."There's nothing that can distract us," Haden said. "We've been through it all."Holmgren intends to attend Sunday's game at Cowboy Stadium -- but not for an interview."Yeah, and I hope to say hello to Jerry (Jones) and those guys," he said.

Two Rockets suspended for Clippers fracas, will miss Warriors game

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Two Rockets suspended for Clippers fracas, will miss Warriors game

Houston’s Trevor Ariza and Gerald Green have both been suspended for two games for entering the Los Angeles Clippers’ locker room after a game earlier this week to confront another player.

The NBA announced the suspensions Wednesday.

Ariza and Green went into the Clippers’ locker room after a game Monday night in Los Angeles, one that was marred late by on-court chippiness. Ariza had been ejected from that game in the final moments, as was the Clippers’ Blake Griffin.

Speaking before the suspensions were announced Wednesday, Ariza said there were a “lot of different stories about what happened, none of them which were true.”

Ariza has started in all 40 of his appearances with the Rockets this season. Green has been with the Rockets for 10 games, all off the bench.

Green and Ariza will miss Thursday's game against the Timberwolves and Saturday's game against the Warriors.

Raiders DC Paul Guenther talks Khalil Mack, Gareon Conley and more

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Raiders DC Paul Guenther talks Khalil Mack, Gareon Conley and more

Paul Guenther hasn’t been Raiders defensive coordinator long. He has been in Alameda about a week now, interviewing potential position coaches and pouring over last year’s game tape.

He has some initial impressions on the group that struggled at the start and improved throughout the year. Generally speaking, however, Guenther sees talent on the roster.

“I believe there’s a lot of good players here, a lot of good, young players,” Guenther said Wednesday in a conference call. “You’ve got to get them out and develop them and get them to understand your system. But I think there are a lot of good pieces here for a foundation, for sure.”

Guenther’s system, where it came from and why he brought it to Oakland is a story for another day. Thursday morning, to be precise, so stay tuned for that.

Guenther’s early evaluation of key Raiders, however, supports his statement about a strong foundation. He is most excited, as you’d expect, about working with edge rusher Khalil Mack and several others in silver and black.

Here’s what Guenther said about…

-- DE KHALIL MACK: “Having a talent like that and ability of a guy like that, certainly you want to make it the centerpiece of the defense. We have to continue to develop our younger players to bring those guys up to speed and add people as we go through the draft and free agency. He’s a guy that you can really build a foundation through and around. He’s an exciting guy to be able to coach for sure.”

-- CB GAREON CONLEY: “He was my favorite corner coming out. His ability, he’s smooth in the pedal, he’s a good press corner, which we love to have. I’m excited to work with him.”

-- S OBI MELIFONWU: “Obi is a big guy that when you turn on the tape, you’re like, ‘Man, who is this son of a gun?’ He’s playing half the field, he’s down in the box playing the run.”

-- LB NAVORRO BOWMAN: (an impending free agent): “NaVorro is a prototype middle linebacker, really. The thing that impressed me most with NaVorro is that they got him here midseason and by the end of the year, it appeared to me that he was kind of the leader of the unit, making a lot of calls. You can see that on tape. It looks like he is a smart guy that understands the game. I love smart guys that love playing football. Hopefully we can get him back in the fold and keep him a Raider.”