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Eagles announce hiring of Oregon’s Chip Kelly 01.16.13 at 12:23 pm ET
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Oregon coach Chip Kelly has decided to make the jump to the NFL as coach of the Eagles, the team announced Wednesday.

Kelly, a New Hampshire native who played at UNH and later served as an assistant coach for the Wildcats, had a change of heart, as last week he indicated he planned to stay at Oregon.

Kelly, 49, spent four years as head coach of the Ducks, compiling a record of 46-7, after two seasons as the team’s offensive coordinator. Oregon went 12-1 this season and was ranked No. 2 after beating Kansas State in the Fiesta Bowl on Jan. 3.

“Chip Kelly will be an outstanding head coach for the Eagles,” owner Jeffrey Lurie said in a story on the team’s website. “He has a brilliant football mind. He motivates his team with his actions as well as his words. He will be a great leader for us and will bring a fresh, energetic approach to our team.”

Earlier Wednesday, the Bears hired Marc Trestman from the Canadian Football League’s Montreal Alouettes. Trestman, who led the Alouettes to two Grey Cup titles in five seasons, has extensive NFL experience as an offensive assistant coach with the Vikings, Buccaneers, Browns, 49ers, Lions, Cardinals, Raiders and Dolphins.

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WADA: Lance Armstrong must confess under oath for ban to be reconsidered at 10:43 am ET
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Although his public confession to Oprah Winfrey will air this week, Lance Armstrong can’€™t hope to have his lifetime ban from competition lifted unless he confesses under oath to doping, according to anti-doping officials.

‘€œHe’s got to follow a certain course,’€ David Howman, director general of World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), told The Associated Press. ‘€œThat is not talking to a talk show host.’€

There has been speculation that Armstrong indeed intends to cooperate with the agency and name other cyclists who used performance-enhancing drugs to help his own case. By all accounts, Armstrong was the ringleader of a vast network of doping in cycling, and thereby could be instrumental in beginning to clean up the sport.

‘€œLance knows everything that happened,’€ said Frankie Andreu, one of his former teammates. ‘€œHe’s the one who knows who did what because he was the ringleader. It’s up to him how much he wants to expose.’€

Armstrong retired from cycling in 2011 but could still compete in triathlons if the ban were lifted. He’s been stripped of his seven Tour de France titles and lost most of his endorsements over the last year.

Armstrong’s confession to Winfrey will air on her OWN network on Thursday and Friday. Beyond that, he will need to cooperate with the anti-doping agencies and present evidence of his claims to move toward an end to his ban. The International Cycling Union also has encouraged Armstrong to testify before an independent commission it has set up to investigate claims that, among other things, it helped Armstrong avoid failing doping tests.

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Autopsy shows Chiefs LB Jovan Belcher was drunk when he killed girlfriend, himself 01.14.13 at 1:18 pm ET
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Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher was legally drunk when he killed his live-in girlfriend and then himself on Dec. 1, according to autopsy results released Monday.

The Kansas City Star reports that the former University of Maine star had a blood-alcohol level of .17 when he died. Police discovered Belcher sleeping in his car outside the apartment of another woman at about 3 a.m. following a night out, but officers noted that his car was legally parked and he “became more fluid and coherent” shortly after being woken up, and there was no smell of alcohol.

Belcher, 25, shot his 22-year-old girlfriend, Kasandra Perkins, nine times a few hours later at their home after an argument. The couple’s infant daughter and Belcher’s mother were in the home as well. He then drove to Arrowhead Stadium and spoke to general manager Scott Pioli, linebackers coach Gary Gibbs and head coach Romeo Crennel before turning his gun on himself.

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Outgoing Jets special teams coach: Team mishandled Tim Tebow 01.11.13 at 1:57 pm ET
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Mike Westhoff, who left the Jets this month after serving as special teams coach for the last 12 years, criticized the team’s handling of backup quarterback Tim Tebow this season.

“It was a mess,” Westhoff said during an interview on the Joe Rose Show on Miami radio station WQAM. “It was an absolute mess. You can say it however else you want it: It was really a mess. I was very disappointed.”

Westhoff had praise for Tebow, and he couldn’t understand why the Jets didn’t use him in the role they envisioned when they acquired him the Broncos last offseason. Tebow played for Westhoff on special teams and saw limited duty in the wildcat, but Westhoff said the team never had Tebow practice doing anything creative with the offense.

“To be honest, I don’t think anybody has really answered that question: Why did we do it?” Westhoff said. “I honestly don’t know. I know we didn’t practice it. We didn’t practice it in training camp. We were going to unveil it. Well, I’m still waiting for the unveiling. And it didn’t happen.

“It’s very disappointing. But again, if you just say this is a quintessential NFL dropback quarterback, no he’s not. He’s just not. But if you use him a lot of different facets, in my opinion, I think he’s outstanding. If you do that. But we didn’t do it. And it was a distraction … and really a shame. Because that’s a hard-working young man if you ever saw one. Believe me.”

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Grinnell record-setting scorer Jack Taylor out for rest of season with broken wrist at 1:30 pm ET
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Jack Taylor, who set an NCAA record when he scored 138 points for Division 3 Grinnell College on Nov. 12, will miss the rest of the season after breaking his wrist.

Taylor fractured the radius on his shooting hand during a 119-117 victory over Cornell (Iowa) on Wednesday, according to the school. He is expected to have surgery within a week and be out 2-3 months.

Taylor was averaging 36.3 points per game for the Pioneers.

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Italian soccer star Kevin-Prince Boateng halts game to protest racial abuse 01.04.13 at 8:57 am ET
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Soccer star Kevin-Prince Boateng led his AC Milan teammates in storming off the field midway through the first half after the team’s black players were the subject of racial abuse by Pro Patria fans during an exhibition match Thursday in Busto Arsizio, Italy.

The game was suspended after Boateng, a Ghanaian midfielder, picked up the ball and booted it toward the offending fans, took off his jersey, and led his teammates off the field, followed by the Pro Patria players.

“We are disappointed and saddened by what has happened,” Milan coach Massimiliano Allegri said. “Milan play for the right to respect all players. We need to stop these uncivilized gestures. We are sorry for all the other fans who came here for a beautiful day of sport. We promise to return, and we are sorry for the club and players of Pro Patria, but we could not make any other decision. I hope it can be an important signal.”

Tweeted Boateng: Shame that these things still happen’€¦ #StopRacismforever.

Italian Football Association president Giancarlo Abete indicated there will be an investigation into the incident, the latest in a string of racial issues that have plagued European soccer over the past few years.

“No sanction or measure can erase the disdain for an unspeakable and intolerable episode,” he said in a statement on the Italian FA website. “We must react with force and without silence to isolate the few criminals that transformed a friendly march into an uproar that offends all of Italian football.”

Added Milan captain Massimo Ambrosini: “I am sorry for all those who were at the stadium, but a strong message had to be sent. AC Milan will make an effort to go back to Busto Arsizio, especially for the children and for those who have nothing to do with racism, but a message had to be sent against such uncivilized people.”

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Son of Clippers owner Donald Sterling found dead 01.02.13 at 12:07 pm ET
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The 32-year-old son of Clippers owner Donald Sterling was found dead in his Southern California home, apparently of a drug overdose, authorities said Wednesday.

Scott Ashley Sterling was found late Tuesday night in his Malibu residence after friends notified police that he had not been heard from in several days. He was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics.

“Sheriff’s homicide and Los Angeles County coroner’s personnel at this time believe that Sterling died of an apparent drug overdose,” the statement read.

Donald Sterling has owned the Clippers for 32 seasons. In September he was ranked No. 250 on Forbes’ list of the richest Americans, with a net worth of $1.9 billion. Scott Sterling was not mentioned in the team’s media guide as having any involvement with the team.

In 2009, Scott Sterling was under investigation after shooting a friend in the leg, claiming his friend attacked him with a knife. Police asked for charges but prosecutors declined, indicating that the victim had credibility issues.

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Anonymous Saints player rips DC Steve Spagnuolo at 11:57 am ET
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A Saints player suggested that first-year defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo should have been fired following the defense’s struggles in 2012. The Saints finished last in the league in total defense and set a single-season record for most yards allowed.

“To give up what we have up can’t be all talent,” the player told The Times-Picayune. “Look at where his units [have] been ranked before. I think one top 10?”

The player said Spagnuolo was unwilling to listen to his charges and alienated them.

“Players have no say in anything,” the player said. “It was [a] complete opposite from before where it was a simple D that players had lot of control and say. We couldn’t suggest [expletive]. … Nothing ever changed. It was his way only.

“Don’t even get me started on lack [of] ability to adjust during games. Bad, bad, bad.”

Spagnuolo replaced Gregg Williams, who left for the Rams but then was suspended for his role in the Saints’ bounty scandal. Spagnuolo apparently didn’t make the same connection with the players.

“He does have that good-guy persona, but he is a control freak and treats people like crap,” the player said. “[Spagnuolo has] no patience and zero personality. [He] has a way of pissing players and our defensive coaches off with how he says and does things. [I] think it’s even harder after having Gregg, who guys enjoyed.”

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Shooting at Seahawks’ postgame party leaves 1 dead, 3 injured 12.24.12 at 9:40 am ET
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According to a report out of Seattle, there was a shooting at a Seahawks team party following Sunday night’s victory over the 49ers. Police confirmed that at least one person was killed and three others were injured. All Seahawks players are said to have escaped unscathed.

The party was held at the Munchbar club and restaurant in Bellevue, Wash., and members of the Washington State football team apparently were in attendance as well.

Seahawks defensive end Greg Scruggs send out a tweet around 2 a.m. Seattle time apparently indicating that he and his teammates were not injured: I’m good. Everybody else is good, too! Ignorance at its best right there.

Singer/reality TV star Aubrey O’€™Day was at the event and tweeted her reaction: Never been n a situation like that. Every1 was screaming on the floor, we had to crawl out the kitchen. ‘€¦ Seriously [people], just got shot [in] front of me. We hit the ground, never been in a situation like this. Seattle, what’€™s going on?!

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ESPN suspends Rob Parker for comments about Robert Griffin III and race 12.14.12 at 12:22 pm ET
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ESPN suspended “First Take” panelist Rob Parker following Thursday’s incendiary comments about Washington quarterback Robert Griffin III.

Tweeted ESPN spokesman Mike Soltys on Friday morning: Following yesterday’s comments, Rob Parker has been suspended until further notice. We are conducting a full review.

Parker indicated that he felt Griffin was distancing himself from his African-American background and questioned whether RGIII “is a brother, or is he a cornball brother?”

Explained Parker: “He’s black, he kinds of does his thing, but he’s not really down with the cause; he’s not one of us. He’s kind of black, but he’s not really the kind of guy you want to hang out with because he’s off to something else.”

Parker has been inundated with criticism since the show aired. He tweeted a response to one critic, referring to the individual’s comments as “typical and uneducated.”

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