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Sports briefs for Jan. 5, 2014

By Wire Service Reports, Special to the BDN

Steelers fire offensive line coach Bicknell

The Pittsburgh Steelers terminated the contract of offensive line coach Jack Bicknell Jr., the team announced Friday.

Bicknell is a former standout Orono High School football player.

The Steelers will begin searching for his replacement in the upcoming weeks.

“I have decided to go in a different direction with respect to the coaching of our offensive line,” Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin said. “I want to thank Jack for his contributions during the 2013 season, and I wish him well in the future.”

Bicknell spent just one season with the Steelers, who finished tied for 27th in the NFL in rushing yards per game in 2013.

Seahawks’ Lynch fined $50,000 by league

Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch has been fined $50,000 by the NFL for violating the league’s media policy, the NFL Network reported on Sunday.

Lynch, a four-time Pro Bowl selection, was penalized for declining to speak to the media throughout the regular season, a team source told NFL Media.

The 27-year-old running back finally broke his silence on Friday when he chatted briefly about his 1,257-yard, 12-touchdown campaign that helped the Seahawks earn the top seed in the National Football Conference.

However, Lynch spoke for less than 90 seconds in total as he gave abbreviated replies to every question.

QB Hundley to return to UCLA

UCLA Bruins quarterback Brett Hundley has decided to return to school for his junior season rather than entering the 2014 NFL Draft, according to a report by ESPN.com.

An official announcement is expected this week.

Hundley was projected as a first-round pick this year by www.NFLDraftScout.com, but he also is considered a raw athlete who could go anywhere from the top 10 or slide to the bottom half of the round depending on pre-draft workouts.

He closed his 2013 season with an outstanding performance in UCLA’s 42-12 victory over Virginia Tech in the Hyundai Sun Bowl, passing for 226 yards and two touchdowns while adding 161 yards on 10 carries.

Ohio State LB Shazier to enter draft

Ohio State outside linebacker Ryan Shazier will enter the NFL draft, the school announced Saturday night, while quarterback Braxton Miller is reportedly staying put for his senior season.

Shazier, a junior, led the Buckeyes in tackles in each of the past two seasons. He is projected as a possible first-round pick.

“Playing in the NFL is something that I have been dreaming about since my days in pee-wee football,” Shazier said in a statement. “I just feel that now is the perfect time for me.”

Shazier led the Big Ten with 134 tackles, 22.5 for loss, before the Orange Bowl. Ohio State lost to Clemson 40-35 Friday.

Golden staying as Miami football coach

Miami coach Al Golden said Sunday he is not leaving the school to take another head coaching job.

Golden was considered a candidate for the Penn State job and reportedly interview on Saturday.

“There has been much speculation concerning my future at the University of Miami,” Golden said in a statement. “While I am flattered that our progress at The U during an extremely difficult period of time is recognized, I am also appreciative of just what we have here at UM and I am not a candidate for another position. We are eager to welcome our student athletes back to campus next week and visit with prospective student-athletes and their families beginning January 15.”

Golden is 22-15 in three years at Miami while the school has been under NCAA scrutiny due to past allegations.

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