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Posted on December 27, 2013 at 5:06 AM

METAIRIE, La. (AP) — Injuries in New Orleans' defensive backfield have yet to stop the Saints from fielding the NFL's second-ranked pass defense. They hope that trend holds in this Sunday's regular season finale against Tampa Bay, which will mark the first full game without standout rookie safety Kenny Vaccaro.

CLINTON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi College has hired John Bland as its next football coach. The school announced the hiring Thursday. Bland succeeds Norman Joseph who resigned in November as head football coach at Mississippi College after nine seasons.

HOUSTON (AP) — James Harden scored 11 of his 27 points in the fourth quarter, helping the Houston Rockets rally for a 100-92 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies on Thursday night. Harden struggled from the field, going 2 for 9, but was 22 of 25 from the free throw line.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Chris Johnson needs only 50 yards to reach 1,000 yards for a sixth straight season, which would put the Titans running back in exclusive company. He's going to try and reach the milestone Sunday in what might be his last game in a Tennessee uniform because of his very pricey contract.

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