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Long-time Dolphins aide Rizzi interviews for coaching job


UNDATED (AP) – Long-time Miami Dolphins assistant Darren Rizzi is the fifth candidate to interview for their head coaching job.


Rizzi joined the Miami staff in 2009 and has won the endorsement of such current and former Dolphins as Jason Taylor, Brian Hartline, Kiko Alonso and Kenyan Drake. He has been special teams coordinator since 2011 and associate head coach since 2017.


Rizzi met Friday with Miami owner Stephen Ross and general manager Chris Grier, who earlier interviewed New England Patriots linebackers coach Brian Flores, Dallas Cowboys secondary coach Kris Richard, New Orleans Saints defensive coordinator Dennis Allen and Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy.


The Dolphins seek a replacement for Adam Gase, fired last week and hired Wednesday as coach of the New York Jets.


In other NFL news:


– Former Minnesota Vikings assistant coach John Michels has died. He was 87. Michels was the longest-tenured assistant coach in franchise history. He spent 27 seasons on the Vikings’ coaching staff from 1967-93, a span that included all four of Minnesota’s Super Bowl appearances. Michels played guard on Tennessee’s 1951 national championship team and earned consensus All-America honors in 1952. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1996. He played for the Philadelphia Eagles in 1953 and 1956 before joining the Canadian Football League’s Winnipeg Blue Bombers.




Stockholm meets deadline to submit bid for 2026 Olympics


UNDATED (AP) – Sweden’s Olympic leaders met a deadline Friday to submit a 2026 Winter Games hosting plan after satisfying concerns of lawmakers in Stockholm which threatened to end the bid last year.


The official name of the bid is now “Stockholm Are 2026,” with Alpine skiing events taking place in the resort of Are, northwest of the capital.


Three other cities would stage medal events. Ski jumping would take place in Falun, central Sweden, and sliding competitions would cross the Baltic Sea to the Latvian town of Sigulda.


The bid campaign was at risk in October when Stockholm’s new city government coalition cast doubts about spending taxpayer money on the two-week event and asked the Swedish Olympic Committee for more details.


The other candidate for the 2026 Olympics is a combined Italian bid from Milan and Cortina d’Ampezzo.


A vote of IOC members is scheduled for June in Lausanne, Switzerland.


In other Olympics news:


– France’s financial crimes office says a member of the International Olympic Committee is being investigated for corruption related to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. The National Financial Prosecutors office says the president of the Japanese Olympic Committee (Tsunekazu Takeda) was placed under formal investigation for “active corruption” last month. The office gave no other details, citing a French law that requires investigation details to remain secret.


– A Russian curler stripped of a bronze medal for doping at last year’s Winter Olympics has dropped plans to appeal his four-year ban. His agent says Alexander Krushelnitsky has decided to abandon the appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport. He had been appealing for donations to fund the appeal, but the Russian Curling Federation told Russian media the move was almost certain to fail.


– Russian bobsledder Alexander Zubkov has won a Moscow court ruling that could make it harder for the International Olympic Committee to recover his gold medals. The Russian flagbearer at the 2014 Sochi Olympics was stripped of his two gold medals from those games in 2017 by the IOC for doping. He failed to overturn that disqualification at the Court of Arbitration for Sport last year. But Moscow’s highest civil court on Friday upheld Zubkov’s claim that the CAS procedure was unfair and shouldn’t be recognized in Russia, rejecting an appeal from the Russian Olympic Committee. The ruling will also make it harder for Zubkov to be removed as president of the Russian Bobsled Federation.