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NFL: Sherman fined $7,875 for taunting

Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman approaches 49ers receiver Michael Crabtree after deflecting a pass to help clinch the NFC championship game.
Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman approaches 49ers receiver Michael Crabtree after deflecting a pass to help clinch the NFC championship game. TONY OVERMAN / The Olympian
Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman was fined $7,875 for taunting in the final minute of the NFC championship game against San Francisco.

Sherman's fine for unsportsmanlike conduct was confirmed by the league Friday.

Sherman was flagged after he made a choking gesture toward the San Francisco bench that he said was directed at quarterback Colin Kaepernick. Sherman had just deflected a pass intended for Michael Crabtree in the end zone that was intercepted by linebacker Malcolm Smith and clinched Seattle's 23-17 victory.

After the interception, Sherman ran over to Crabtree, tapped him on his backside and extended his hand for a handshake. Crabtree responded by shoving Sherman's face mask. The all-pro cornerback then made the choking gesture.

Sherman was the only player fined in the game.

Busting his Broncos

Peyton Manning is the only player in this Super Bowl who has won the big game.

He's also lost one.

So, he knows both the elation of putting his fingerprints on the Lombardi Trophy and the anguish of watching it slip through his grasp, and he admonished his Denver Broncos teammates not to cut corners as they prepare to face the Seattle Seahawks on Feb. 2.

"I think the biggest thing he's said is eliminate distractions, making sure you're taking care of the little details, doing extra, watching film, working out, getting your body right," receiver Eric Decker said.

"And then I think the biggest thing is he says he's won one, he's lost one. And it's a complete high; it's a complete low. So, really understand to give everything you've got because this is the last game of the year."

Ex-Cowboy gets jail time

Former Dallas Cowboys defensive tackle Josh Brent was sentenced to 180 days in jail and 10 years of probation for a drunken car crash that killed his friend and teammate, Jerry Brown.

Brent was convicted Wednesday of intoxication manslaughter for the December 2012 crash on a suburban Dallas highway that killed Brown, who was a passenger in Brent's car. Brent could have been sentenced up to 20 years in prison.

Brent and Brown, a linebacker on the practice squad, also played together at the University of Illinois and were close friends. They were headed home from a night of partying with Dallas teammates when Brent lost control of his Mercedes and crashed.

Blood tests pegged Brent's blood alcohol content at 0.18 percent, which is more than twice the state's legal limit to drive.

Schwartz to run Bills' D

Buffalo Bills coach Doug Marrone wasted little time filling a big hole on his staff by reaching a deal with recently fired Detroit Lions coach Jim Schwartz as defensive coordinator.

Marrone also turned to Schwartz's former staff to hire Todd Downing to coach the young crop of quarterbacks, led by EJ Manuel.

The additions were announced Friday night, after defensive coordinator Mike Pettine left the team to take over as the Cleveland Browns' head coach.

Schwartz becomes the Bills' fourth defensive coordinator in four years.

Diehl retires

After getting permission from his 7-year-old daughter, New York Giants offensive lineman David Diehl has retired after an 11-year career that included two Super Bowl championships.

The fifth-round draft pick became a cornerstone of tough offensive lines. Diehl missed only 12 games in his career, starting at every position on the line but center.

Addison Diehl accompanied him to the training center Friday and told team president John Mara that she had "allowed" her dad to retire.

- Associated Press

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