PAGANO FO­CUS­ING ONLY ON TRY­ING TO BEAT TI­TANS SUN­DAY

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in­di­anapo­lis» Chuck Pagano is more wor­ried about try­ing to find a start­ing quar­ter­back than he is about whether he will re­main as head coach of the Colts next week.

Even a day af­ter team owner Jim Ir­say said he has not made a de­ci­sion on the team’s lead­er­ship for next sea­son, Pagano is fo­cused on Sun­day’s reg­u­lar-sea­son fi­nale against the Ten­nessee Ti­tans.

“I’ve had no time to think about any of that stuff,” Pagano said, “other than preparing for this ball­game.”

Ir­say dis­missed an ESPN re­port Thurs­day that the Colts planned to fire Pagano on Mon­day. But if true, and if Pagano wants to end his ten­ure in In­di­anapo­lis with a win, the Colts have to fig­ure out who will start at quar­ter­back against the Ti­tans.

An­drew Luck was ruled out early this week. Matt Has­sel­beck, who stepped into the start­ing role when Luck was in­jured against Den­ver on Nov. 8, was ruled out Fri­day be­cause of shoul­der, rib and back in­juries.

Char­lie White­hurst, the backup to Has­sel­beck, was placed on in­jured re­serve Mon­day be­cause of a ham­string in­jury. That leaves Josh Free­man, Ryan Lind­ley and Stephen Mor­ris as the Colts’ op­tions at quar­ter­back Sun­day. Mor­ris has been with the team the long­est — but the Colts signed him only last week.

• The Buf­falo Bills will be with­out run­ning back LeSean McCoy for their sea­son fi­nale against the New York Jets. McCoy (knee) will miss his sec­ond con­sec­u­tive game.

• St. Louis rookie run­ning back Todd Gur­ley missed his third straight prac­tice be­cause of a foot in­jury and is likely to be held out of the Rams’ fi­nal game of the sea­son.

• The Jack­sonville Jaguars ruled out run­ning back T.J. Yel­don for their sea­son fi­nale at Hous­ton. The Jaguars also an­nounced that line­backer Telvin Smith won’t play Sun­day.

• Hous­ton out­side line­backer Jade­veon Clowney will miss Sun­day’s game be­cause of a foot in­jury.

• Kansas City Chiefs pass rusher Justin Hous­ton re­turned to prac­tice Fri­day for the first time in more than a month and is listed as ques­tion­able for Sun­day’s game against Oak­land.

• The Seat­tle Seahawks will be with­out two usual starters on of­fense, tight end Luke Will­son and guard J.R. Sweezy, on Sun­day be­cause of con­cus­sions.

• Wide re­ceiver Tyler Boyd is giv­ing up his se­nior sea­son at Pitt to en­ter the 2016 NFL draft. Boyd set school records with 254 re­cep­tions and 3,361 yards re­ceiv­ing in three years with the Pan­thers. He had 92 re­cep­tions for 926 yards and six touch­downs in 2015.

Mam­moth re­funds re­quested

B new york» New York’s at­tor­ney gen­eral filed a law­suit ask­ing FanDuel and DraftKings to give back all the money they made in the state, the lat­est salvo in an on­go­ing clash with a pair of in­creas­ingly pop­u­lar daily fan­tasy sports web­sites.

The amended law­suit — filed Thurs­day, just days be­fore a key court date in the dis­pute — asks the two com­pa­nies to re­turn the money to users who lost it dur­ing 2015 and pay a fine of up to $5,000 per case.

The web­sites have said they took in more than $200 mil­lion in 2015 en­try fees from at least 600,000 cus­tomers in the state of New York.

Col­lege sports ex­ec­u­tive dies

B cleve­land» Mike Cleary, a long­time Na­tional As­so­ci­a­tion of Col­le­giate Direc­tors of Ath­let­ics ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer, died at age 81. Cleary served the NACDA for five decades as ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor and most re­cently as di­rec­tor emer­i­tus. He was on the Na­tional Foot­ball Foun­da­tion’s board of direc­tors from 1998 to 2011.

Record-set­ting year for Pharoah

B new york» Triple Crown cham­pion Amer­i­can Pharoah set a sea­son earn­ings record at nearly $8.3 mil­lion for a mem­o­rable year in which he ended his rac­ing ca­reer with a vic­tory in the Breed­ers’ Cup Clas­sic.

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