Sports Digest: Bears meet with McCoy about coach job

2013-01-06T21:30:00Z 2013-05-03T23:09:37Z Sports Digest: Bears meet with McCoy about coach job nwitimes.com
January 06, 2013 9:30 pm

Pro football

BEARS MEET WITH MCCOY ABOUT COACHING JOB: A person familiar with the situation says the Bears are meeting with Broncos offensive coordinator Mike McCoy in Denver to discuss their coaching vacancy.

The person spoke on the condition of anonymity Sunday because of the confidential nature of the search.

The Philadelphia Eagles also took their coaching search to Denver on Sunday to meet with McCoy.

The Bears are in the market for a coach after they fired Lovie Smith following a 10-win season in which they missed the playoffs for the fifth time in six years.

The Broncos allotted time for teams to meet with McCoy in Denver this weekend. He is also linked to openings with Arizona and Philadelphia.

SYRACUSE'S MARRONE TO TAKE OVER BILLS: Doug Marrone is set to try to turn around an NFL team after improving a college program down the road.

Marrone reached an agreement to become the Buffalo Bills' new coach Sunday, three people familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press. One person said the sides were still putting the finishing touches on the contract for Marrone to sign.

Marrone will replace Chan Gailey, who was fired Dec. 31, a day after the Bills closed their second consecutive season with a 6-10 record and extended the NFL's longest active playoff drought to 13 seasons.

BROWNS MOVING ON FROM OREGON'S KELLY: Chip Kelly wouldn't jump. So the Browns bailed.

Oregon's visor-wearing coach isn't coming to Cleveland.

A person familiar with Cleveland's coaching search said the team is no longer considering Kelly for its coaching vacancy after the offensive mastermind nearly reached an agreement with the Browns on Friday. The 49-year-old Kelly was indecisive about making the leap to the NFL and the team decided to move on to other candidates, said the person who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Sunday because of the sensitivity of the search.

 

College football

ASU TOPS NO. 25 KENT STATE IN GODADDY.COM BOWL: Ryan Aplin threw for 213 yards and a touchdown, J.D. McKissic caught 11 passes for 113 yards and Arkansas State edged No. 25 Kent State 17-13 to win the GoDaddy.com Bowl on Sunday night.

Arkansas State's usually prolific offense struggled against Kent State, but the consistent Aplin-to-McKissic connection and a stingy defense was enough to help the Red Wolves to their first bowl win since joining the Football Bowl Subdivision in 1992.

Kent State was driving late in the game when quarterback Spencer Keith tried to scramble on fourth down and was stopped a few yards short of the marker with 52 seconds left. Neither team scored a touchdown in the second half.

The Golden Flashes were playing in their first bowl game since 1972

 

Pro golf

PGA TOUR OPENER DELAYED — AGAIN — BY WIND: On the third attempt at starting the PGA Tour season, Matt Kuchar stepped to the 10th tee at Kapalua and could barely hear his name through the wind. When he finally steadied himself, a gust blew his golf ball off the tee. And then it happened again.

"We had a powwow and took us five or six minutes to laugh it off and say, 'We're really going to go through with this?'" Kuchar said. "Made the best of it."

But not for long.

Just more than one hour after the Tournament of Champions finally got under way, it was scrapped again with all the scores erased.

Most golf tournaments end on Sunday. This one couldn't even get started Sunday.

The wind came roaring down the Plantation Course at Kapalua again, and it left officials no choice but to stop play and try to start again. With more manageable wind in the forecast, the plan was to play 36 holes Monday and finish with 18 holes Tuesday.

That was good news for Ben Curtis. He had birdie putts on the first two holes and was 5-over par.

"It's crazy. That's the only way to describe it," Curtis said. "I've never hit two greens in regulation at the start and walked away at 5 over. But hey. At least we had to try."

Pro baseball

OLD-TIMERS TO FEATURE GAYLORD PERRY: The 67th annual Gary Old Timers Athletic Association banquet will be held Wednesday at Avalon Manor in Hobart and will have Hall of Fame pitcher Gaylord Perry as the featured speaker.

Also, former Andrean and Whiting High School football coach Nick Crnkovich will be honored with the Gary Old Timers Lifetime Achievement award.

Tickets for the Old Timers banquet are $30 each and may be purchased by contacting Doug Miller at (219) 476-4220 or dougmiller@frontier.com.

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