NFL via Getty Images(PHOENIX) -- Wade Phillips is the Denver Broncos new defensive coordinator after the two parties reached an agreement Wednesday night.
The 67-year-old Phillips will reunite with head coach Gary Kubiak. Phillips served as Kubiak's defensive coordinator for most of three seasons with the Houston Texans.
Kubiak was fired from Houston in the middle of the 2013 season and Phillips took over as the interim head coach. Houston decided not to bring Phillips back the next season, leading him to take the year off.
This isn't Phillips' first time in Denver: he served as the Broncos defensive coordinator from 1989-92 and was the team's head coach from 1993-94.
Next season will be Phillips' 39th as an NFL coach.
Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Reliever Casey Janssen signed a one-year, $5 million contract with the Washington Nationals, MLB Network Insider Ken Rosenthal tweeted Wednesday.
The 33-year-old Janssen has played eight major league seasons, all with the Toronto Blue Jays. During that time he's pitched 493 innings, compiling 90 saves, a 3.52 ERA, 368 strikeouts and a 1.22 WHIP.
Janssen served the last three seasons as the Blue Jays closer, saving 81 of his 91 opportunities.
Janssen is expected to serve as a set-up man for closer Drew Storen.
Janssen joins a bullpen that lost Ross Detwiler and Tyler Clippard to trades and Rafael Soriano to free agency this offseason.
Chris Chambers/Getty Images(CLEVELAND) -- Kyrie Irving scored a career-high 55 points, offsetting the absence of Lebron James, to lead the Cleveland Cavaliers past the Portland Trail Blazers 99-94 Wednesday night.
The Cavaliers (27-20) have now won eight straight.
Irving was on fire most of the game, scoring 29 of Cleveland's 54 first-half points. He also hit the go-ahead 3-pointer with 6.4 seconds left in the fourth quarter to give the Cavaliers the win.
Portland (32-14) received an admirable performance from LaMarcus Aldridge. Aldridge scored 38 points and grabbed 11 boards in the loss.
Irving's 55 points is the most scored by any player in a game this season, and also breaks the Quicken Loans Arena scoring record that was held by Allen Iverson.
iStock/Thinkstock(CHARLOTTE, N.C.) -- Charlotte Hornets guard Kemba Walker underwent successful surgery on Wednesday in New York to repair a torn lateral meniscus in his left knee, the team announced. He is expected to miss a minimum of six weeks.
The 24-year-old Walker is averaging a team-high 18.8 points, 5.2 assists and 1.4 steals per game this season. He has scored 20 or more points in 14 of his last 21 games he has played.
Charlotte originally selected Walker out of Connecticut with the ninth overall pick in the 2011 NBA draft. In four seasons with the Hornets, he has averaged 16.5 points, 5.4 assists and 1.4 steals per game.
Jay Drowns/Getty Images(PHOENIX) -- Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch followed up his 4 minute and 51 second interview in which he said, "I'm just here so I won't get fined" 29 times on Tuesday with, "You know why I'm here."
Lynch would have been fined $500,000 if he did not speak at media day on Tuesday, ESPN NFL insider Ed Werder reports, but another fine could be on its way.
ESPN NFL insider Adam Schefter reports that Lynch could be fined $100,000 for wearing his 'Beast Mode' logo hat, which isn't an official sponsor of the NFL.
When asked about fans wanting to hear from him, Lynch said, "They know why I'm here."
Lynch is also required to speak to the media on Thursday.
Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images(DETROIT) -- The Cleveland Cavaliers have turned their season around after winning seven in a row. Head coach David Blatt was astonished that LeBron James isn't always in the MVP talk.
"He's the greatest player in our game, and he's had, since he's been healthy -- and really all year, but particularly since he's been healthy -- his performance has been as high level as ever," Blatt said before their game against the Pistons on Tuesday. "And you don't have to look very far at our record to see what impact he has on this team when he's playing and not playing."
James is averaging 30.5 points, 6.8 rebounds, 6.4 assists and 2.0 steals in eight games since returning from taking two weeks off to rest.
"Certainly it does say something about what his value is when he is absent, what happens to the team," Blatt continued. "But again, it's of course what his impact on his own team but it's also the performance that that player is having relative to the rest of the league. Obviously if we look at our own example [in James], then you're looking at an MVP player in every respect. Which is not new news to anyone."
"I don't really get involved in what people say about the way I approach the game," James told reporters Tuesday at Cavs shootaround. "I know I can play the game at a high level. I know who I am and what I'm about. So, me making an excuse about my injuries throughout the time while we were struggling would just add on to what we were going through. So, it made no sense for me to talk about it until I crossed that path."