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Sports briefs for Jan. 7, 2013

By From wire service reports

Chiefs introduce Reid as coach

The Kansas City Chiefs introduced Andy Reid as their new coach at a press conference on Monday.

Reid, who has more than two decades of experience at the NFL coaching level, is the 13th head coach in Chiefs history. He coached the Philadelphia Eagles for 14 years.

“My family and I are very excited to join the Chiefs organization and the Kansas City community,” Reid said. “I want to thank the Hunt family for allowing me the opportunity to lead this storied franchise.”

Reid was fired by the Eagles last week following a 4-12 season. He was reportedly close to being named the Arizona Cardinals coach a day after being let go by Philadelphia, but opted for Kansas City instead.

Reid was 130-93-1 in the regular season as the Eagles coach, including a 10-9 playoff record. He guided the Eagles to nine playoff appearances, six division titles, five NFC championship games and a Super Bowl appearance.

Bills officially hire Marrone as coach

The Buffalo Bills introduced new head coach Doug Marrone at a press conference on Monday.

Marrone said he will incorporate a “Moneyball” type of concept in evaluating talent. The team announced last week that they would start an analytics department.

While many inside the sport insist that statistical analysis does not work in football like it does in baseball, Marrone said it will be an important part of the team.

Marrone, 48, went 25-25 in four seasons at Syracuse. He replaces Chan Gailey, who was fired last week after three losing seasons.

Marrone had his best season with the Orange in 2012 with an 8-5 mark.

Seahawks’ Clemons has torn ACL

Tests on the left knee of Chris Clemons confirmed the Seattle Seahawks’ defensive end suffered a torn ACL in Sunday’s victory against the Washington Redskins, according to, citing a source close to the player.

Clemons leads the Seahawks with 11.5 sacks, and his absence likely will mean first-round pick Bruce Irvin will move from the left side to the right side on passing downs. However, Irvin a situational pass rusher at this stage.

Greg Suggs, a rookie out of Louisville, would also see increased snaps in Clemons’ absence. He was active for 11 games during the regular season, recording six tackles and a pair of sacks.

“It’s a shame,” Clemons’ agent, Donal Henderson, told on Sunday. “He’s worked so hard to get there.”

Henderson believes the conditions at FedEx Field contributed to the injury. Clemons was wearing 3/4-inch cleats to get traction on the slippery surface.

Three of Lakers’ big men out with injuries

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. — The Los Angeles Lakers were in a world of hurt Monday after three of their four big men suffered injuries in Sunday night’s game against the Denver Nuggets.

Center Dwight Howard, forward/center Pau Gasol and center Jordan Hill all were examined by team doctors on Monday.

Howard re-injured the same shoulder (right) that he originally hurt on Friday against the Los Angeles Clippers. An examination and MRI showed that Howard has a torn labrum and will be out indefinitely. However, Howard will travel with the team to upcoming games to Houston and San Antonio and will receive treatment from team trainers. He will be re-examined in a week.

Gasol, who sustained a blow to the face in the fourth quarter of Sunday night’s game, suffered a concussion and is out indefinitely. He also will not travel with the team.

Hill suffered an injury to his right hip. Results of an examination Monday were pending.

Celtics point guard Rondo suspended one game

The NBA announced Monday that Boston Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo has been suspended one game for making contact with a game official and failing to cooperate with a league investigation.

The incident occurred with 3:19 left in the third quarter of Sunday’s game against the Atlanta Hawks, which the Celtics won 89-81.

Rondo will miss Monday night’s game at the New York Knicks. Rondo is averaging 13.2 points and 11.3 assists per game.

Pacers, coach Vogel announce extension

The Indiana Pacers announced head coach Frank Vogel signed a contract extension on Monday.

Vogel was hired Jan. 30, 2011, and is in his third season as head coach.

Entering Tuesday’s home game with Miami, Vogel has a 62-38 record in 100 games as a head coach.

Vogel guided the Pacers to a 42-24 record, fifth-best in the NBA, and reached the Eastern Conference semifinals before losing to eventual NBA champion Miami.

Retaining Vogel brings stability to the Pacers, who have restructured the front office since Larry Bird stepped away at the end of the 2011-12 season.

Former baseball pro Miller to play at Alabama

Former Major League Baseball player Jai Miller has enrolled at Alabama and intends to play football for the Crimson Tide, BamaOnline reported Monday.

Miller, 27, played briefly for the Florida Marlins (2008), Kansas City Royals (2010) and Oakland A’s (2011).

The Selma, Alabama, native was drafted by the Marlins in 2003 and decided to pursue professional baseball instead of accepting a football scholarship to Stanford.

Miller played 10 seasons in the minor leagues and had 68 major-league at-bats.

The 6-foot-2, 220-pound Miller is expected to play defensive back for Alabama.

“I think the desire was there on both sides to get him back into football and see what he’s capable of doing,” said Matthew Elliott, Miller’s brother-in-law. “If the opportunity is there for him to play professional ball, then the best situation for him would be to play for one of the best coaches in the game and that would be Coach Saban on the defensive side.”

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