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Chip Kelly says he will stay at Oregon

Coach will not pursue an opportunity with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers so he can take care of some 'unfinished business' with the Ducks.

January 23, 2012|Staff and wire reports
  • Oregon Coach Chip Kelly, questioning an official's call during a game last season, will continue coaching the Ducks instead of moving on to the NFL.
Oregon Coach Chip Kelly, questioning an official's call during a… (Steve Dykes / Getty Images )

Oregon football Coach Chip Kelly announced Monday that he's remaining with the Ducks, though he says he was flattered by the interest shown in him by the NFL's Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

"I enjoyed meeting with the Glazer family and General Manager Mark Dominik, but after numerous discussions, I concluded that I have some unfinished business to complete at the University of Oregon," Kelly said in a statement released through the school.

Oregon Athletic Director Rob Mullens said Oregon granted Tampa Bay permission to talk with Kelly.

University spokesman Dave Williford said Kelly was on a recruiting trip and unavailable for comment.

Kelly is 34-6 at Oregon and has three conference titles in three years.

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Joe Paterno's family said the legendary football coach, who died Sunday, will get a two-day viewing and a public memorial this week on the Penn State campus, two months after the university summarily fired him over the phone.

The family gave no details on who might be invited or asked to speak at the memorial Thursday at the basketball arena, which can hold 16,000 people.

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A person with knowledge of the decision said Navy will announce Tuesday it's joining the Big East Conference in football in 2015.

The person spoke to the Associated Press on condition of anonymity because an official announcement had not been made.

ETC.

Schottenheimer to run Rams' offense

The St. Louis Rams hired Brian Schottenheimer as offensive coordinator and Gregg Williams to run the defense, new Coach Jeff Fisher announced.

Schottenheimer spent the last six seasons in the same position with the New York Jets. Williams spent the last three years as defensive coordinator for the New Orleans Saints.

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The Angels are one of four finalists to acquire free-agent reliever Francisco Cordero, his agent said, but it is unclear whether they are recruiting the veteran right-hander as a closer or setup man.

Cordero, 36, is a three-time All-Star who was 5-3 with a 2.45 earned-run average and 37 saves in 43 chances for the Cincinnati Reds last season, and he has been a closer for the last nine years.

The Baltimore Orioles, Philadelphia Phillies and Toronto Blue Jays are also pursuing Cordero, and agent Bean Stringfellow said the reliever is expected to make a decision "by the end of this week."

Mike DiGiovanna

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The New York Yankees said Jorge Posada will announce his retirement Tuesday at Yankee Stadium.

The 40-year-old, five-time All-Star catcher will end his 17-year big league career with the team that drafted him.

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UCLA sophomore forward David Wear, who hyperextended his knee against Oregon on Saturday, returned to practice Monday, school officials said.

Wear had an MRI exam on his knee that showed "no significant damage." He is third on the team in scoring, averaging 9.8 points, and leads the team with 6.4 rebounds per game.

Chris Foster

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Danica Patrick said she will not race in the Indianapolis 500 this year as she focuses on her shift to NASCAR stock-car racing.

The former IndyCar driver said she would race that day, May 27, in NASCAR's Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, N.C., one of 10 Sprint Cup Series races she plans to enter this year driving for Stewart-Haas Racing.

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Supercross riders Trey Canard and Ryan Morais suffered back fractures, among other injuries, when they crashed into each other during races Saturday night at Dodger Stadium.

Morais, 28, had "several fractured vertebrae and some broken ribs" as well as a broken jaw, but "there is no sign of spinal cord damage at this time," the Murrieta rider's Star Valli Yamaha team said.

Canard, 21, also had unspecified back fractures, but the Oklahoma rider has "100% feeling in his legs" and was awaiting a decision by doctors as to whether he needs surgery, according to a statement on his website.

Jim Peltz

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