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Sports briefs for Dec. 6, 2013

By Wire Service Reports, Special to the BDN

Texans fire head coach Kubiak

HOUSTON — The Houston Texas fired coach Gary Kubiak on Friday.

The Texans have had a disappointing season after winning a combined 22 regular-season games combined over the previous two years.

Houston lost its 11th straight game Thursday night after starting the season 2-0. The Texans fell 27-20 to the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Kubiak told his assistant coaches earlier Friday that he was being let go, according to multiple reports.

The team later announced Kubiak’s dismissal.

“It’s been horrible, a nightmare,” owner Bob McNair said during a press conference.

Broncos’ Fox to be on sidelines Sunday

Denver Broncos coach John Fox will be on the sidelines Sunday when the Broncos play the Tennessee Titans, Fox said on Friday.

Fox, who returned to active duty as head coach on Monday after missing nearly a month following aortic heart valve replacement surgery on Nov. 4, had said earlier in the week he was not sure whether he would be on the sidelines or in the press box for Sunday’s game.

Fox ended that uncertainty by declaring he would occupy his customary spot on the sidelines.

The Broncos went 3-1 under interim head coach Jack Del Rio.

Browns QB Campbell cleared to face Pats

The Cleveland Browns will not have to turn to a fourth different starting quarterback this season after Jason Campbell was medically cleared Friday in his recovery from a concussion.

Campbell will start Sunday against the New England Patriots. Campbell and twice-benched quarterback Brandon Weeden have both been recovering from concussions, which led the Browns to sign Caleb Hanie and Alex Tanney and have them split first-team reps in midweek practice.

Washington lures Petersen away from Boise St.

SEATTLE — The University of Washington pulled off what several programs with more national cachet have not been able to accomplish in recent years — lure Chris Petersen away from Boise State.

Petersen was announced as the Huskies’ new head football coach on Friday, four days after Steve Sarkisian left Washington to take over Southern California’s program.

Petersen, 49, compiled a 92-12 record in eight seasons at Boise State, and has been one of the hottest coaching commodities in college football the past few seasons. He has turned down numerous opportunities and reportedly pulled his name from consideration at USC before Sarkisian was hired Monday, but UW has a newly renovated stadium and afforded Petersen the opportunity to stay in the Northwest, where his wife, Barbara, and two sons reportedly prefer to live.

Nuggets guard fined $25,000 for criticizing refs

The NBA fined Denver Nuggets guard Nate Robinson $25,000 on Friday for publicly criticizing officials.

Robinson made the comments after the Nuggets’ 97-95 win over the New York Knicks on Nov. 29.

“They hate me, they hate me,” he after the game. “I don’t know why, but it is what it is. I already know I’ve got the target on my back, but I’ll play through it; I don’t care. I really don’t. It doesn’t bother me none. If I get a call, I get a call. If I don’t, I don’t. If I get a tech, hopefully it’s not in the fourth quarter. Hopefully I don’t get any more. But I know I will. It’s nothing new for me.”

Lions linebacker Levy fined $15,750

Detroit Lions linebacker DeAndre Levy was fined $15,750 for striking Green Bay Packers tight end Ryan Taylor in the head with his shoulder during the Lions’ 40-10 win on Nov. 28, according to the NFL Network.

The hit drew a 15-yard unnecessary roughness penalty.

“It’s a joke, man,” Levy told the Detroit News this week about the penalty. “The NFL’s becoming a joke with some of these calls.”

In other fines:

— Packers linebacker Clay Matthews was docked $15,750 for unnecessarily striking a defenseless Lions player with his helmet on Nov. 29.

— Atlanta Falcons linebacker Sean Weatherspoon was fined $15,750 for roughing Buffalo Bills quarterback EJ Manuel in the Falcons’ 34-31 overtime win at Toronto last Sunday.

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