Update on the latest in sports:
Browns continue coaching search, interview Eagles’ Schwartz
CLEVELAND (AP) – Eagles defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz is interviewing Wednesday with the Cleveland Browns.
Schwartz is the sixth candidate to meet with the Browns, who are again looking for a head coach after another losing season. Owner Jimmy Haslam promised a “disciplined” and “thorough” search last week, and there’s no reason for the Browns to rush now since they’re the only NFL team still without a coach.
Schwartz was the Detroit Lions head coach from 2009-13. He inherited a 0-16 team and took it to the playoffs in his third season. Schwartz went 29-52 with Detroit.
The 53-year-old Schwartz isn’t considered the front-runner to land Cleveland’s top job, and it’s possible the Browns could be talking to him about leading their defense. Schwartz, however, has more head coaching experience than any other candidate the Browns have spoken to, which could make him more appealing.
Haslam and his search committee, have interviews scheduled with Vikings offensive coordinator Kevin Stefanski on Thursday and Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels on Friday.
Cleveland is the only NFL team currently looking for a coach, after Carolina hired Baylor coach Matt Rhule (rool) and the Giants are working on a deal with Joe Judge, according to a person familiar with the situation. Judge has spent the last eight years under New England coach Bill Belichick and was the Patriots’ special teams coordinator and wide receivers coach this season.
Once the Browns hire a coach, they’ll begin interviews for a new general manager.
Walt Hopkins hired as New York Liberty coach
NEW YORK (AP) – Walt Hopkins is the new coach of the New York Liberty.
The team held a news conference Wednesday at Barclays Center – the Liberty’s new home for this season – to introduce Hopkins.
Hopkins had been an assistant for the Minnesota Lynx since 2017. Before that, he was the academic coach at Cal. He previously was director of basketball operations and player development for the Tulsa Shock.
Former coach Katie Smith’s contract wasn’t renewed after the season ended in September. The team has the first pick in the WNBA draft in April and most likely will select Oregon star guard Sabrina Ionescu.
This was the first coaching hire for the Liberty under owner Joe Tsai’s group, which bought the team last year. Tsai also owns the Brooklyn Nets.
Spain into ATP Cup quarters
UNDATED (AP) – Spain advanced to the quarterfinals of the ATP Cup in Australia on Wednesday even before Rafael Nadal stepped onto the court at Perth Arena.
Spain won the Davis Cup in Madrid with a finals victory over Canada seven weeks ago. It stayed in the hunt for its second international team victory in a row when Roberto Bautista Agut (ah-GOOT’) beat Japan’s Go Soeda 6-2, 6-4.
Japan needed to beat Spain 3-0 in order for the Nadal-led team not to advance to the Final Eight in Sydney beginning Thursday. Nadal later won his match In other early results on the final day of group play. Serbia, which had already qualified for the quarterfinals, beat Chile in Group A.
The quarterfinal lineup in Sydney has Australia playing Britain and Argentina taking on Russia on Thursday. Serbia plays Canada and Belgium takes on Spain on Friday. Canada and Belgium qualified as the teams with the best second-place records.
In other tennis results:
– Madison Keys beat Samantha Stosur 7-5, 6-3 to be among three Americans with second-round wins at the Brisbane (BRIHZ’-bihn) International. Stosur had beaten former world No.1 Angelique Kerber to progress beyond the first round at the tournament for just the second time in seven years on Monday. The Australian had an early break against 2017 U.S. Open finalist Keys but the American broke back in the next game and then in the 12th game to take the first set. Keys broke serve again to begin the second set before sealing the victory in 77 minutes. In earlier American victories Alison Riske beat Barbora Strycova 6-3, 6-4 and Danielle Collins defeated Yulia Putintseva 6-1, 6-0.
– Former world No. 1 and two-time Grand Slam champion Garbine Muguruza (GAHR’-been moo-gah-ROO’-thuh) had a 6-1, 7-6 win over American Shelby Rogers to advance to the quarterfinals of the Shenzhen Open. Muguruza will play Zarina Diyas after the Kazakhstan player defeated Anna Blinkova 6-1, 6-7, 6-4. Fifth-seeded Ekaterina Alexandrova extended her winning streak to seven matches when she defeated 2014 finalist Peng Shuai in 83 minutes. She will next meet fourth-seeded Qiang Wang in the quarterfinals after the Chinese player beat Aliaksandra Sasnovich in three sets.
Olympic events going back to SKorea for 2024 Youth Games
LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) – Olympic events are set to soon return to South Korea at some of the venues used for the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Games.
On the sidelines of the Winter Youth Olympics in Lausanne, the International Olympic Committee will vote this week to approve Gangwon province as host of the 2024 Games.
North Korea is not currently part of the 2024 project despite earlier hopes of cooperation between the neighboring countries.
The fourth edition of the Winter Youth Olympics would be the first held outside Europe. Austria and Norway hosted previous editions.
The South Korean proposal includes the cities of Pyeongchang and Gangneung, which were the hub of the 2018 Olympics.
IOC spokesman Mark Adams said North Korea could yet be involved “if the conditions are right.”
The IOC executive board also agreed to add the new sports of baseball5, a street version of the game with five players per team, and wushu, a Chinese martial art, to the program for the 2022 Youth Olympics in Dakar, Senegal. Those games will be held from late-October into November.