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Thursday's Games
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(All times Eastern)

Top-25 College Basketball
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7:00 p.m. - (22) Michigan State at Iowa
9:00 p.m. - (4) Arizona at Oregon
11:00 p.m. - Saint Mary's at (9) Gonzaga

National Basketball Association
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8:00 p.m. - New York Knicks at Indiana Pacers
10:00 p.m. - Dallas Mavericks at Sacramento Kings
10:30 p.m. - Miami Heat at Portland Trail Blazers

=== As of 6:30 p.m. (et) ===

=== NBA ===

New  York Knicks star forward Carmelo Anthony will miss tonight's game against Indiana  after  being suspended  by the NBA  for one game.  The NBA levied the penalty after Anthony tried to confront Boston forward Kevin Garnett following Monday's  102-96 Celtics'  win at Madison Square Garden. The incident occurred in  the arena  tunnel, near  the  players' locker  rooms, and  in the  parking garage.  Anthony is averaging a team-leading 29 points along with 6.1 rebounds this season.

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Cleveland  Cavaliers center  Anderson Varejao is expected to miss 6-to-8 weeks after  having  knee surgery on Thursday.  Varejao underwent a procedure at the Cleveland  Clinic  to repair a small  split in his vastus medialis muscle that was  part  of the right knee  contusion he suffered  Dec. 18 in a game against Toronto.  The 6-foot-11  Varejao has averaged 14.1 points and 14.4 rebounds in 25 games this season.

=== NFL ===

The  Jacksonville  Jaguars have fired head  coach Mike Mularkey after just one season.  New  general manager David  Caldwell announced the decision Thursday, less  than 48 hours  after taking the job. The Jaguars were 2-14 in Mularkey's lone season. He now has a record of 16-32 in three years as an NFL head coach, going 14-18 with Buffalo in 2004 and '05.

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Buffalo  Bills new  coach Doug Marrone starting filling out his coaching staff Thursday by naming Mike Pettine as defensive coordinator and Nathaniel Hackett as  offensive coordinator.  Pettine had  spent the  last four  seasons as  the defensive  coordinator for the New York Jets, leading a squad that finished in the  top  10 in total defense  each season. The Jets allowed the second-fewest passing  yards per game (189.8) and finished fifth in the AFC in total defense (323.4  total yards  per game) last season. Prior to joining New York, Pettine was  a  member of the  Baltimore Ravens'  coaching staff from 2002-08. Hackett spent  the last  three seasons  as  a member  of Marrone's  coaching staff  at Syracuse,   most   recently   as   the  team's   offensive   coordinator   and quarterbacks/tight ends coach. This past season, the Orange set school records in  yards per  game (476.0),  passing  yards (3,757),  touchdown passes  (26), completions  (295) and  first downs (328). Hackett also led an offense in 2012 that  included a  3,000 yard passer, 1,000 yard rusher and 1,000 yard receiver for  the first  time in a single-season in school history. The 33-year-old was the  Bills' offensive quality control coach from 2008-09 before taking the job with Syracuse.

=== BASEBALL ===

Major  League  Baseball and  the  Major  League Baseball  Players  Association announced  Thursday they will start random, unannounced in-season human growth hormone  blood testing. The  new policy will start in the 2013 season and will expand  on the  league's current  policy regarding  HGH. The  MLB and  MLBPA's previous  joint drug  prevention and treatment program allowed for each player to  be subject  to an  unannounced blood  test during  spring training  and an unannounced,  random test  in the  offseason. Major  League Baseball has been randomly  testing its minor  league players for HGH since July 2010 and is now the  only major  North American sport to blood test unionized players. Records
will  also be  kept on T/E (testosterone to epitestosterone) ratios in players to prevent the unauthorized use of synthetic testosterone. The league will use the  World  Anti-Doping  Agency-accredited  Montreal Laboratory  to  record  a player's  baseline T/E  ratio,  which will  be  confidentially maintained  for comparisons.

=== COLLEGE FOOTBALL ===

Notre  Dame  head football  coach Brian Kelly  reportedly interviewed with the NFL's  Philadelphia Eagles  earlier  this week.  According  to a  Philadelphia newspaper,  Kelly first  spoke with  the Eagles  about their  coaching vacancy after  the Fighting  Irish played  in the  BCS National  Championship Game  on Monday  night.  The team will apparently  meet with Kelly again. Kelly, in his third  season at  Notre Dame, led the  Irish to a 12-0 regular season before a 42-14  loss to  Alabama in the BCS  title game. The Eagles are searching for a replacement for Andy Reid, who was fired after 14 seasons.

 

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