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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. . - The Jacksonville Jaguars have one week of stability remaining. Changes are coming. The players know it. The coaches know it. Everyone inside the building is waiting for the inevitable moves that could make last seasons roster turnover seem like a minor tweak. In a league in which winning is all that matters, the Jaguars (2-13) realize they havent done enough to prevent massive upheaval under new owner Shad Khan. So as players prepare for Sundays season finale at Tennessee (5-10), they also are bracing for what lies ahead. "When a new owner comes in and you dont have the record you want to, Im pretty sure he wants to win right away," defensive tackle Terrance Knighton said Wednesday. "Being 2-13 right now, youll see the ramifications of that in the off-season. He might give everybody another year. You never know. Its really an audition for everybody, even the coaches." Khan has been mum in recent weeks about his pending decisions. He said last month he didnt want to make any "knee-jerk reactions," but that was before the season became the worst in franchise history. Jacksonville has lost 11 of its past 12 games, including four in a row, and ranks 31st in the league in offence and defence. The teams last win came against the Titans on Nov. 25. "Anytime you have a season like this, you know that changes could easily happen," linebacker Paul Posluszny said. "But I hate to think about it now. It clouds your mind to think about it now. But as soon as were done playing Sunday, thats the last time that this group of guys is going to play together as a team and there could be changes in the future. ... When you play like we did, thats the reality of it." General manager Gene Smith, the architect of Jacksonvilles roster the past four years, could be the primary scapegoat for the franchises fourth losing season in the past five years. And since Smith targeted coach Mike Mularkey during the search to replace Jack Del Rio, outsiders believe the head coach could be one-and-done at his second head-coaching stint. Mularkeys Buffalo Bills lost six of their final seven games in 2005, so the coach is 3-19 in his past 22 games. A far from impressive resume. And the reality is the Jaguars were slightly better last season with Del Rio and his lame-duck staff, a rookie quarterback and about the same number of injuries. One thing that could prompt Khan to give Mularkey another year is the teams effort down the stretch. The Jaguars have been competitive in seven of their past nine games, including the past three when five other teams around the league have dropped games by more than 30 points. "That sounds good, but its all about winning," Knighton said. "You can play hard, you can go out there and give it your all, but if youre not winning, thats the bottom line. Its about production in this league, and production is judged by how much you win, and obviously were not doing that. Nobody knows whats going to happen right now." Knighton is one of about two dozen potential free agents who know that changes in the front office and on the coaching staff lessen the likelihood theyll remain in Jacksonville. Center Brad Meester, cornerback Rashean Mathis, linebacker Daryl Smith, fullback Greg Jones, guard Eben Britton, cornerback Derek Cox and running back Rashad Jennings also could be playing their final game for the Jaguars. They are all veterans who were starters at some point this season. So all of them could be auditioning for future jobs around the league. Either way, they have one week left before the potential chaos begins. "Its a hard thing just mentally," Mularkey said. "These guys have responded. I am not proud about the losses. Like I told them this morning, the one thing this has shown is were closer than most think." ___ Online: and ... ren-qi-52/ . Bautista is the majors reigning home run king and the top vote-getter for next weeks all-star game. He was excited to be selected by Bostons David Ortiz, a fellow Dominican, as one of the ALs four players to take part in the home run derby. ... ren-la-40/ . Wilson, a native of Monroe, Mich., played in 110 CFL games with the Alouettes and the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. Wilson also spent time with the Miami Dolphins and Detroit Lions.OKLAHOMA CITY -- In a reunion with his former Boston teammates, Kendrick Perkins and the Oklahoma City Thunder got just the kind of victory he enjoys most. Kevin Durant had 23 points and 11 rebounds, Russell Westbrook scored 15 points and Thunder beat the Celtics 91-79 on Sunday to stretch their winning streak to five games. Boston was able to slow the Thunder from their best-in-the-NBA scoring pace of 107 points per game, but Oklahoma Citys lowest output since Jan. 13 was still enough to come out ahead in this one. "I told the guys coming into this game that its going to be one of those low-scoring games, one of those nights that we have to grind out, so thats what we did," said Perkins, who won the 2008 NBA title with Boston. "Every night, we cant go out and expect to put up 100 points and the score to be 120-100. Some nights, its going to be like this." The Thunder limited Boston to 25 per cent shooting in the second half after the Celtics shot 51 per cent in the first. Boston dropped off to 33 per cent in the third quarter and all the way down to 18 per cent in the fourth, when the game got away. "We were bad all game offensively," coach Doc Rivers said. "We were forcing things and offensively the ball stuck at times. Their length bothered us at times. Sometimes you want to win too bad, and that was us today." Oklahoma City used an 11-2 run at the start of the fourth quarter to close it out. The Celtics had pulled within 68-65 after three quarters before going without a basket for the first 5 minutes of the fourth, and they never could recover. Paul Pierce had 20 points to lead Boston, which had its own run of five straight wins broken. Kevin Garnett chipped in 10 points and 11 rebounds. The Celtics finished at 38 per cent shooting for the game with 19 turnovers, more than four above their average, while falling to 14-5 since All-Star Rajon Rondos season-ending knee injury. "Were showing that we can compete against pretty much anyone, but we have to bring our A-game most of the time, and that involves not turning the ball over and not fouling as much," said Pierce, who needs 10 points to pass Charles Barkley for 20th on the NBAs career scoring list. It was the third-lowest scoring total of the season for Oklahoma City, which had 84 in its season-opening loss at San Antonio and 87 in a win at Portland in January. Boston even managed to outscore the youthful Thundeer 11-8 on the fast break, but that slower pace still wasnt effective. "This is what I like being a part of. All of that up and down fast pace, I kind of like the slow down, lets bump a little bit type of game," Perkins said. "Either way, its all good." Jeff Green had a right-handed, reverse dunk as Boston closed the third quarter with six straight points and get within three. But the Thunder answered right back to start the fourth. Backup point guard Reggie Jackson, who played at Boston College, got a running flip to go in and followed that with a double-clutch jumper from the right wing at the shot-clock buzzer. When Jackson missed a more conventional shot, Nick Collison grabbed the offensive rebound and found a cutting Kevin Martin for a layup that turned into a three-point play and a 79-67 lead with 8:36 remaining. "I was pretty upset with myself that it even came down to those type of shots, but Ill take them," Jackson said. "I guess Ill take them." Martin added 12 points off the bench for Oklahoma City, which moved to 28-4 at home. The Thunder finish a run of four games in five days Monday night at San Antonio, with a chance to tie the Spurs -- without All-Star point guard Tony Parker -- for the best record in the Western Conference. "Its important, no matter how guys try to look at it," "You always want home court as many playoff series as you can. We are going in there to try to get the win, and its very important." Notes: Green got a round of applause when he checked in midway through the first quarter, playing in Oklahoma City for the first time since being traded in February 2011. A few moments later, Jason Terry -- a member of Dallas 2011 championship team that beat the Thunder in the West finals -- was booed, and he put his palms up, acknowledging the fans grudge. ... When 38-year-old Derek Fisher checked in for the first time, Celtics coach Doc Rivers greeted him this way: "No retired players." ... The Celtics signed D.J. White to a second 10-day contract. Fellow reserve Shavlik Randolph is nearing the end of his 10-day deal. "Weve had so much change over the last three or four weeks with different guys, I just like the continuity now," Rivers said. "I dont think theres anybody out there thats going to save the world. But both of those guys, I think, can help us in games." ' ' '

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