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Tuesday’s Sports in Brief

The Associated Press


LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) - Jerry Angelo was fired as the Chicago Bears' general manager following a tea

Tuesday’s Sports in Brief

The Associated Press

LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) – Jerry Angelo was fired as the Chicago Bears’ general manager following a team collapse marked by injuries to Jay Cutler and Matt Forte and a drug scandal involving receiver Sam Hurd.



Angelo had been on the job 11 years, a stretch in which the Bears reached one Super Bowl and advanced to another NFC championship game. An 8-8 record this season, a questionable draft record and an inability to fill big holes, particularly on offense, led to his ouster.

Bears President Ted Phillips said coach Lovie Smith would keep his job, but offensive coordinator Mike Martz won’t have his contract renewed.



DAVIE, Fla. (AP) – Jeff Fisher interviewed for the Miami Dolphins coaching job, arriving in owner Stephen Ross’ helicopter.

Fisher is believed to be the Dolphins’ top choice, but competition from other NFL teams may be fierce.

The Buccaneers and Rams fired their coaches Monday, increasing to five the number of coaching vacancies. The Rams’ vice president and chief operating officer, Kevin Demoff, happens to be the son of Fisher’s agent, Marvin Demoff.

NEW YORK (AP) – The NFL is looking into an obscene gesture Jets linebacker Bart Scott made toward a photographer in the team’s locker room.

NFL spokesman Greg Aiello confirmed that the league is reviewing the incident that occurred as the players cleared out their lockers at the team’s facility in Florham Park, N.J., on Monday after failing to make the playoffs. Scott, who could be fined, gathered items from his locker, walked past reporters and then turned, stuck out his middle finger and used an expletive while telling a photographer to get the camera out of his face.

PITTSBURGH (AP) – Pittsburgh Steelers safety Ryan Clark will not play in Sunday’s AFC Wild Card game in Denver due to a sickle-cell trait that makes it dangerous for Clark to play at higher elevations.

Coach Mike Tomlin said having Clark suit up is not worth the risk. Clark lost his spleen, gall bladder and 30 pounds after playing in Denver in 2007 triggered the condition. Tomlin also held Clark out of Pittsburgh’s last trip to Denver in 2009.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) – Gene Bartow, who succeeded John Wooden at UCLA and later began UAB’s athletic program, has died, UAB officials said. He was 81.

Bartow, who was the president of the company that owns the NBA’s Memphis Grizzlies and FedEx Forum, died at his home in Birmingham, Ala., after a battle with stomach cancer, university spokesman Norm Reilly said.

Bartow had 647 Division I wins over 34 seasons and was inducted into the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame in 2009. He succeeded Wooden in 1976 and led the Bruins to the Final Four, but left after two seasons to start Alabama-Birmingham’s program, expanding it under his tenure as athletic director to feature 17 sports.

TENNIS

BRISBANE, Australia (AP) – Serena Williams still hopes to play in the Australian Open after injuring her ankle and having to withdraw from the Brisbane International.

Williams was serving for the match with a 6-2, 5-3 lead against Bojana Jovanovski of Serbia when she twisted the ankle and crashed heavily to the court.

The 13-time Grand Slam winner lay near the baseline for several minutes while getting medical attention. She was helped to a courtside chair and had the ankle re-taped before resuming the second-round match and hobbling to a 6-2, 6-4 win.

She later withdrew, saying tests “confirmed that I have a left ankle sprain (and) that I probably shouldn’t play on.”

“I’m going to take a couple of days off – not too many – and see how I feel,” Williams said in a statement. “I’m still hopeful of playing the Australian Open.”

DOHA, Qatar (AP) – Rafael Nadal struggled past Philipp Kohlschreiber, while defending Qatar Open champion Roger Federer routed Nikolay Davydenko in their season openers.

AUCKLAND, New Zealand (AP) – Top-seeded Sabine Lisicki survived a day in which five seeded players were beaten, reaching the quarterfinals of the ASB Classic with a 7-6 (3), 3-6, 6-3 win over fellow German Mona Barthel.

Second-seeded Peng Shuai of China, No. 5 Julia Goerges of Germany, No. 6 Roberta Vinci of Italy, No. 7 Yanina Wickmayer and No. 8 Monica Niculescu of Romania all were all ousted in the second round.

PERTH, Australia (AP) – Bulgaria’s Tsvetana Pironkova and Grigor Dimitrov came back from a set down to win the deciding mixed doubles and complete a 2-1 victory over Denmark’s Caroline Wozniacki and Frederik Nielsen at the Hopman Cup.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) – Rutgers junior wide receiver Mohamed Sanu will enter the NFL draft.

Sanu finished the year with 115 catches, 1,206 yards and seven touchdowns, shattering both Big East and Rutgers single-season records for receptions.

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Tennessee coach Derek Dooley says he’s willing to allow freshman wide receiver DeAnthony Arnett to transfer to either Michigan State or Michigan to be close to his ailing father.

Dooley had come under fire from fans for initially holding the Saginaw, Mich., native to the same policy he applies to any player seeking a transfer. That policy is to keep players from transferring to schools the Volunteers either play or compete against for recruits.

PRO HOCKEY

CHICAGO (AP) – Blackhawks forward Daniel Carcillo was suspended indefinitely by the NHL following his ugly hit on Edmonton’s Tom Gilbert on Monday night.

SKIING

ZAGREB, Croatia (AP) – Marlies Schild of Austria stretched her winning streak to five consecutive World Cup slalom races, finishing in an aggregate time of 2 minutes, 1.32 seconds to beat Tina Maze of Slovenia by 1.40 seconds.

Lindsey Vonn of the United States finished ninth to remain in the overall lead.

AUTO RACING

SAN JUAN, Argentina (AP) – A French motorcyclist was in critical condition after being found unconscious in remote sand dunes during the Dakar Rally.

Officials said Sebastien Coue apparently crashed during the second stage and was exposed to temperatures above 104 degrees. It was unclear how long he had been exposed.

Joan Roma of Spain won the third stage while Krzysztof Holowczyc of Poland led overall. Frenchman Cyril Despres won the motorcycle stage to take first place overall.


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