Thursday’s Sports in Brief
SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) The San Francisco 49ers hired Chip Kelly as their coach Thursday, finding a focused, football-first leader CEO Jed York is counting on to turn the once-proud franchise back into a contender.
York announced the move on Twitter and so did the team on its Twitter account.
Kelly won't be introduced in a news conference until next week based on schedules.
The former Eagles coach will replace fired coach Jim Tomsula. Kelly emerged as the favorite among several experienced candidates that included former Raiders, Broncos and Redskins coach Mike Shanahan, ex-Giants coach Tom Coughlin and former Raiders coach Hue Jackson, who was hired Wednesday to coach the Cleveland Browns.
The 52-year-old Kelly was fired by Philadelphia after Week 16 with one game left in his third season as coach. The former University of Oregon coach was 6-9 in 2015 following two 10-6 seasons, prompting Eagles CEO Jeffrey Lurie to make a change.
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) – Ben McAdoo has been named the New York Giants coach.
The Giants confirmed the hiring a little more than a week after Tom Coughlin stepped down after 12 seasons.
The 38-year-old McAdoo has been the Giants offensive coordinator the past two seasons. He will formally be introduced at a news conference on Friday morning.
McAdoo interviewed with team president John Mara and general manager Jerry Reese a week ago Tuesday. They met again Wednesday, when he also spoke with team chairman Steve Tisch and treasurer Jonathan Tisch.
Mara and Reese interviewed five other candidates before choosing McAdo, who is now the NFL's second youngest coach.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) – Kansas City offensive coordinator Doug Pederson has accepted the Philadelphia Eagles' offer to become their coach, a person with knowledge of the decision tells The Associated Press.
The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the Eagles have not officially announced the hiring. Pederson can't be officially hired as long as the Chiefs are in the playoffs. Kansas City plays at New England on Saturday.
Pederson started nine games at quarterback for the Eagles in 1999 and began his NFL coaching career as an assistant under Andy Reid in Philadelphia in 2009. Pederson followed Reid to Kansas City in 2013.
Philadelphia also interviewed Adam Gase, who was hired by Miami; Ben McAdoo, who was hired by the New York Giants; Tom Coughlin; and two of the Eagles' assistant coaches during the 2015 season under Chip Kelly: Pat Shurmur and Duce Staley.
ST. LOUIS (AP) – Rams owner Stan Kroenke and others violated Missouri law by lying about their desire to keep the NFL team in St. Louis, according to a lawsuit filed by fans that seeks class-action status and unspecified damages.
The suit was filed Wednesday in St. Louis Circuit Court, one day after NFL owners voted to allow the Rams to relocate to suburban Los Angeles for next season.
The suit alleges that Kroenke and chief operating officer Kevin Demoff made false and misleading statements over the years indicating the team had no intention of leaving St. Louis, violating Missouri's Merchandising Practices Act. The law prohibits false statements in the sale or advertisement of trade or commerce. The suit claims the Rams violated the law in connection with the sale of tickets and merchandise.
Messages seeking comment from the Rams were not returned.
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) – Patriots defensive lineman Chandler Jones apologized to his teammates and the New England fans on Thursday for ''a pretty stupid mistake'' that sent him, shirtless and disoriented, to a local police station. Police who went to his house said it smelled like burning marijuana.
Appearing in the New England locker room with two minutes left in the team's last media availability of the week, the Pro Bowl pass rusher declined to answer most questions and said he was focusing on Saturday's playoff game against the Chiefs.
According to police records released earlier Thursday, Jones showed up at the back door of the Foxborough Police station at about 7:40 a.m. on Sunday. ''Without any warning or provocation,'' Jones dropped to his knees and locked his hands behind his head, according to a write-up of the incident by officer David J. Foscaldo.
MUNICH (AP) – Track and field's governing body was corrupted from the inside by a ''powerful rogue group'' led by its president, and they conspired to extort athletes and allow doping Russians to continue competing, a World Anti-Doping Agency probe reported.
Other IAAF leaders were at fault, too, the WADA panel's damning report said. They must have known of the nepotism that allowed Lamine Diack to turn the International Association of Athletics Federations into a personal fiefdom during his 16-year reign as president, it said.
A key question raised by the report is whether alleged corruption under Diack went beyond extorting doped athletes and infected other areas of IAAF business. WADA's investigators called for a detailed follow-up probe of all world championships awarded by the ruling body for 2009-19, due to evidence they found of possible wrongdoing. That included an indication that Diack, a former IOC member, was prepared to sell his vote in the 2020 Olympic hosting contest won by Tokyo in exchange for sponsorship of IAAF events.
The report made further uncomfortable reading for Sebastian Coe, the British middle-distance running great who took over from Diack in August. Coe was in the audience as Pound sifted through the grim findings and asserted that the IAAF remains an organization in denial.