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Josh McDaniels backs out of deal to become Colts coach

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) – Josh McDaniels has backed out of a deal to become the Indianapolis’ Colts new coach, a decision that shocked the franchise hours after it announced his hiring.

The Colts confirmed McDaniels’ decision in a statement Tuesday night after reports emerged that the Patriots’ offensive coordinator had opted to stay in New England with coach Bill Belichick.

McDaniels had agreed to contract terms with the Colts to replace the fired Chuck Pagano, and a news conference had been scheduled for Wednesday at Lucas Oil Stadium.

In other NFL news:

– Patriots cornerback Malcolm Butler says he didn’t miss a curfew or do anything off the field that would have hurt New England’s chances of winning the Super Bowl before he was benched for the game. In a statement released Tuesday on Twitter and Instagram, Butler says reports of misconduct off the field are “ridiculous.” He says he visited with family every night while in Minneapolis. Butler didn’t play a snap on defense in the Patriots’ loss to the Philadelphia Eagles.

– The Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles will choose last, following the New England Patriots in this spring’s NFL draft. The order was set after the Eagles beat the defending champion Patriots 41-33 on Sunday. Cleveland had the worst record in the league at 0-16 and will pick first in the opening round April 26 in Arlington, Texas. The Browns, New York Giants (3-13), Indianapolis (4-12), and Houston (4-12) hold the first four choices. Cleveland owns Houston’s top pick. Denver will pick fifth and the New York Jets sixth after finishing with 5-11 records.

– The Titans have hired Terrell Williams as defensive line coach, Keith Carter as offensive line coach and Tony Dews as running backs coach. Williams has been the Miami Dolphins’ defensive line coach the last three seasons. Carter was the Atlanta Falcons’ running backs coach in 2017. Dews spent 2017 as West Virginia’s running backs coach.

-Police say the home of New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski was robbed while he was away at the Super Bowl. Foxborough Police Chief William Baker confirms that his department is investigating a burglary at Gronkowski’s home. He says officers responded to the home just after 6 p.m. Monday. According to a Broadcastify.com recording of a call between responding officers and dispatch, a dispatcher says “multiple safes and possible guns” were taken.

-Seattle Seahawks player Frank Clark has confirmed his father and three other family members have died in a Cleveland house fire. Clark wrote in a tweet posted Sunday evening that his father, 44-year-old Frank Clark III, died in the fire in the city’s East Side on Jan. 30. Fire officials have not publicly identified the victims, but Clark’s aunt tells Cleveland.com 46-year-old Alfonso Lathan Jr., his 4-year-old son Alfonso Lathan III and 8-year-old granddaughter Niayah were also killed.



Westbrook, George lead Thunder rout of Durant, Warriors

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) – Paul George and Russell Westbrook ran Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant and the Golden State Warriors right off the floor from the opening tip.

Westbrook had 34 points, nine rebounds and nine assists to get the better of old buddy and teammate Durant, George scored 38 points, and the Oklahoma City Thunder embarrassed the defending champions 125-105 to snap a four-game losing streak.

Durant scored 33 points but didn’t get as much help from the cold-shooting Splash Brothers of Curry and Klay Thompson, who added 21 and 12 points, respectively. They combined to go 11 of 27 from the floor and 4 for 15 on 3-pointers as the Warriors lost for the third time in four games. They lost their tempers, too – as in five technicals total.

In other NBA action:

– Brandon Ingram scored 26 points, Julius Randle added 21 points, eight rebounds and five assists, and the Los Angeles Lakers beat the Phoenix Suns 112-93. The Lakers pulled away in the last eight minutes of the fourth quarter, using a 15-3 run after leading 97-90. The Lakers held the Suns to just 14 points in the final period.

– James Harden scored 36 points, surpassing 15,000 for his career, and the Houston Rockets beat the Brooklyn Nets 123-113 for their fifth straight victory. Chris Paul added 25 points for the Rockets, who kept right on rolling in their first game since their nationally televised romp in Cleveland on Saturday.

– Joel Embiid had 27 points and 12 rebounds, and the 76ers helped the city of Philadelphia continue to celebrate by leading from start to finish in a 115-102 victory over the Washington Wizards. Dario Saric added 20 points and J.J. Redick had 18 for the 76ers, who snapped Washington’s five-game winning streak while playing in front of a raucous crowd still in a tizzy over the Philadelphia Eagles’ Super Bowl win. The Wizards lost their first game since John Wall had surgery on his left knee.

-Giannis Antetokounmpo (YAH’-nihs an-teh-toh-KAHM’-poh) scored 23 points, jumping over Tim Hardaway Jr. for one high-flying slam, and the Milwaukee Bucks beat the New York Knicks 103-89 in a game that featured a knee injury to Kristaps Porzingis. The Knicks say Porzingis has torn the ACL in his left knee.

– Kyle Lowry scored 23 points, and C.J. Miles had 20 and the Toronto Raptors routed the Celtics 111-91, snapping Boston’s winning streak at four. DeMar DeRozan scored 15 points, Delon Wright had 14 and Fred VanVleet 10 as Toronto led by as many as 29 and won its fifth straight home meeting over Boston, closing to within a game of the conference-leading Celtics.

– Jonathon Simmons scored 22 of his career-high 34 points in the third quarter and the Orlando Magic overcame a 21-point deficit to beat the reeling Cleveland Cavaliers, 116-98. The Cavaliers scored 43 points in the first quarter, but then went almost 6 1/2 minutes without scoring in the fourth and lost for the 14th time in 21 games.

– Dennis Schroder scored 22 points and Atlanta beat cold-shooting Memphis 108-82, giving the struggling Grizzlies their fourth straight loss. Schroder sat out the final period. Mario Chalmers had 13 points for Memphis. The Grizzlies’ season-high 27 turnovers led to 38 points for Atlanta. Both teams held out players who could be dealt before the trade deadline.

In NBA news:

– The Brooklyn Nets have traded center Tyler Zeller to Milwaukee for guard Rashad Vaughn and a second-round pick. The Nets say they will get the pick this June if it falls between Nos. 31-47. If not, it will go to Brooklyn in 2020. Zeller signed with the Nets last summer after spending the three previous seasons with Boston. He averaged 7.1 points and 4.6 rebounds and had recently been replaced in the starting lineup by rookie Jarrett Allen.

-The Los Angeles Lakers have been fined $50,000 for violating the NBA’s tampering rule again. League officials made the announcement Tuesday Earvin “Magic” Johnson’s recent interview with ESPN. Johnson was discussing the skills of Milwaukee star Giannis Antetokounmpo and said the Greek native would put the Bucks “on the map” and bring them an NBA title. It’s the third time in less than 12 months the Lakers have been disciplined for tampering and the second time they’ve been fined.

– Detroit Pistons center Willie Reed has been suspended for six games by the NBA after the league investigated the circumstances involving a domestic incident that resulted in his arrest. Reed was arrested last August on a misdemeanor battery charge involving his wife. He entered a pretrial diversion program Oct. 16 to resolve the charge against him.

– A person with direct knowledge of the injury says Dallas Mavericks guard Seth Curry will have surgery for a stress fracture in his lower left leg that has sidelined him all season. The season-ending procedure is planned because the injury wasn’t healing fast enough on its own. The 27-year-old younger brother of Golden State star Stephen Curry was coming off his best season, his first with the Mavericks.



– Miles Bridges had 25 points and a crucial steal with five seconds left and fourth-ranked Michigan State rallied past lowly Iowa 96-93 on Tuesday for its seventh straight win. Nick Ward added 17 points and Joshua Langford had 15 for the Spartans (23-3, 11-2 Big Ten), who got a serious scare from the Hawkeyes in what was supposed to be a tune-up for Saturday’s huge home game against No. 3 Purdue.

– Trevon Bluiett scored 17 of his 26 points in the final 14 1/2 minutes of regulation and overtime to help No. 5 Xavier rally to beat Butler 98-93. Kerem Kanter added 22 points, including the go-ahead basket with 2:56 left in overtime, which started the decisive 5-0 run. The Musketeers have won seven straight overall and three in a row in the series. Kelan Martin scored 34 points for Butler, which had a four-game winning streak snapped.

– Devonte’ Graham scored 24 points, Udoka Azubuike added 16 and No. 10 Kansas beat TCU 71-64. The Jayhawks (19-5, 8-3 Big 12) have struggled this season to dominate at home as they traditionally have, but were able to avoid dropping two straight in Allen Fieldhouse thanks to a grind-it-out finish.

– Lamonte Turner scored 16 points, including a clutch 3-pointer with 26 seconds remaining, Admiral Schofield followed with a dunk off a turnover and No. 15 Tennessee edged No. 24 Kentucky 61-59 for its sixth consecutive victory.

– Bryant McIntosh tied a season high with 24 points, and Northwestern beat No. 20 Michigan 61-52. McIntosh scored 14 in the second half to help the Wildcats win for the fourth time in five games. Northwestern returned the favor after losing at Michigan last week. Moe Wagner led the Wolverines with 20 points and nine rebounds.

– Kyle Washington scored 13 points, Gary Clark added 12, and No. 6 Cincinnati gave another dominating defensive performance, beating Central Florida 77-40 for its 15th straight win. The Bearcats dug in against a low-scoring team and extended the nation’s longest active home-court winning streak to 39 games.

– Bryant McIntosh tied a season high with 24 points, and Northwestern beat No. 20 Michigan 61-52. McIntosh scored 14 in the second half to help the Wildcats win for the fourth time in five games. Northwestern returned the favor after losing at Michigan last week. Moe Wagner led the Wolverines with 20 points and nine rebounds.

– Austin Reaves scored 22 points, Landry Shamet added 20 points and five assists and No. 22 Wichita State overcame early shooting struggles to beat Memphis 85-65. Darral Willis Jr. finished with 13 points and 12 rebounds, while Zach Brown scored 11 points for the Shockers, who were coming off an overtime loss at Temple on Saturday.



Weal’s OT goal lifts Flyers over Hurricanes, 2-1

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – Jordan Weal scored with 3.1 seconds left in overtime and the Philadelphia Flyers beat the Carolina Hurricanes 2-1 on Tuesday night.

Wayne Simmonds also scored to help the Flyers snap a four-game losing streak and earn two important points in the crowded Metropolitan Division and Eastern Conference races.

Elias Lindholm scored a power-play goal for the Hurricanes, who have lost three in a row to fall to 2-3 on an eight-game homestand.

In other NHL action:

– Michael Stone scored with 3:30 left and the Calgary Flames beat the Chicago Blackhawks for the second straight game, 3-2. Dougie Hamilton and Sean Monahan also scored for Calgary, and Mike Smith made 34 saves in the opener of a six-game trip. The Flames topped the Blackhawks 4-3 Saturday night on Monahan’s overtime goal in Calgary.

– Jason Zucker tied a career high with his 22nd goal and Devan Dubnyk made 35 saves to help the Minnesota Wild to a 6-2 win over the St. Louis Blues. Nino Niederreiter, Marcus Foligno, Mikko Koivu, Matt Dumba and Zach Parise also scored for the Wild, who were coming off a 6-1 loss in Dallas on Saturday.

– Nicklas Backstrom scored the winning goal with 43 seconds left and the Washington Capitals beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 3-2. John Carlson and Tom Wilson also scored for Washington, and Braden Holtby had 37 saves. Brandon Dubinsky tied the score for Columbus late in the third period, and the game appeared headed to overtime before Backstrom notched his 200th career goal.

– Adam Henrique scored 1:36 into overtime and the Anaheim Ducks snapped a three-game skid with a 4-3 win over the Buffalo Sabres. The Ducks rebounded in the extra period after allowing the Sabres to tie the game on Ryan O’Reilly’s goal with 15 seconds remaining in regulation.

– Matt Duchene (DOO’-shayn) had a goal and two assists as the undermanned Ottawa Senators beat the New Jersey Devils 5-3. Mike Hoffman, Chris DiDomenico, Colin White and Zack Smith also scored for Ottawa.

– Gabriel Bourque (bork) and Tyson Jost scored 2 minutes and 14 seconds apart in the second period, Jonathan Bernier stopped 39 shots, and the Colorado Avalanche beat the San Jose Sharks 3-1 Tuesday night. Colorado returned from a six-game road trip to win its ninth straight at the Pepsi Center, notching the longest winning streak at home since the franchise moved to Denver in 1995. The Avalanche are now 19-7-1 at home this season.

-Dustin Byfuglien (BUHF’-lihn) had a goal and an assist as the Winnipeg Jets edged the Arizona Coyotes 4-3, becoming the second NHL team to reach 20 home wins this season. Dmitry Kulikov scored the eventual winner in the second period for the Jets, who are 9-0-1 in their last 10 home games to improve to 20-3-2 at home this season.

– Third-period goals by Evgeni Malkin and Phil Kessel ruined former teammate Marc-Andre Fleury’s homecoming as the Pittsburgh Penguins defeated the Vegas Golden Knights 5-4. Fleury, who won three Stanley Cups with the Penguinsm returned to Pittsburgh for the first time since Vegas selected him in the expansion draft last summer.

– Sean Kuraly and David Krejci scored in the second period, and the surging Boston Bruins rallied for a 3-2 victory over the Detroit Red Wings. Boston is 17-1-4 in its last 22 games and only three points behind NHL-leading Tampa Bay in the Atlantic Division.

– Aleksander Barkov scored twice, including the go-ahead goal late in the second period, to lead the Florida Panthers past the Vancouver Canucks 3-1. Jamie McGinn also scored for the Panthers. Harri Sateri made 26 saves for his fourth consecutive win.



Union head: rebuilding teams threaten integrity…Orioles’ Schoop get deal

NEW YORK (AP) – Baseball players’ union head Tony Clark says the number of rebuilding teams and unsigned free agents in a historically slow market “threatens the very integrity of our game.”

In a telephone interview with The Associated Press, Clark says “a significant number of teams are engaged in a race to the bottom” and “this conduct is a fundamental breach of the trust between a team and its fans.”

Just 53 of 166 players who exercised their free agency rights last November had announced agreements entering Tuesday, down from 99 of 158 at a similar time last year. J.D. Martinez, Jake Arrieta, Yu Darvish, Eric Hosmer and Mike Moustakas are among the players still looking for a place to play a week before spring training camps open.

Seattle general manager Jerry Dipoto said last week more teams may be competing for the top draft pick than for the World Series title.

In other MLB News:

– The Cincinnati Reds won their salary arbitration case against infielder Eugenio Suarez, who gets a raise from $595,000 to $3.75 million rather than his request for $4.2 million. Arbitrators Mark Burstein, Jeanne Wood and James Darby made the decision Tuesday, a day after hearing arguments. Suarez has been Cincinnati’s starting third baseman the past two years after switching from shortstop. He .260 last season and set career highs with 26 homers and 82 RBIs on a team that finished last in the NL Central at 68-94.

– Second baseman Jonathan Schoop and the Baltimore Orioles have agreed to an $8.5 million, one-year contract. The deal was $250,000 above the midpoint between the $9 million Schoop asked for and the $7.5 million offered by the Orioles when the sides exchanged proposed salaries last month. The 26-year-old made $3.55 million last year, when he was a first-time All-Star and hit .293 with 32 homers and 105 RBIs.

– Veteran infielder Darwin Barney has agreed to a minor league contract with the Texas Rangers that includes an invitation to major league spring training and would get a $1,125,000, one-year contract if added to the 40-man roster. Barney won a Gold Glove with the Chicago Cubs in 2012, when he had two errors in 155 games at second base. He spent the last two years with Toronto. In eight major league seasons, he has also started games at third base, shortstop and left field.

– Minnesota Twins right-hander Ervin Santana will miss the start of the regular season after undergoing unexpected surgery on his right middle finger. The Twins say the 35-year-old right-hander will need 10 to 12 weeks of rehabilitation before he can pitch in a major league game. Santana experienced discomfort in the digit during a bullpen session last week. He was an All-Star in 2017.



Geddert under investigation amid new complaints

LANSING, Mich. (AP) – A Michigan sheriff says former U.S. Olympic women’s gymnastics coach John Geddert is facing a criminal investigation after complaints were filed in the wake of the sexual abuse cases against Larry Nassar.

The Eaton County Sheriff’s Office says people have recently come forward with complaints against Geddert. Sheriff Thomas Reich declined to elaborate because the investigation was ongoing.

Nassar has been sentenced to decades in prison for sexually abusing patients under the guise of medical treatment, including while working as a doctor with Geddert’s elite gymnastics club in Eaton County, Michigan.

Some of the young athletes who confronted Nassar in court said Geddert was physically abusive. One alleged Geddert was aware in the late 1990s that Nassar had performed an “inappropriate procedure” on her when she was 16.

Geddert’s lawyer couldn’t immediately be reached for comment Tuesday by The Associated Press.

Geddert previously was accused in separate incidents of physically assaulting a parent and a gymnast. He wasn’t charged.

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