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Pro football

Nelson to sit out practice midweek

GREEN BAY, Wis. — Receiver Jordy Nelson will sit out Green Bay Packers practice at midweek to focus on rehab for his rib injury.

But coach Mike McCarthy says Nelson could play in the Packers’ divisional-round playoff game this weekend in Dallas if he can practice Saturday.

Nelson left in the second quarter of the 31-13 win against the New York Giants in a wild-card game Sunday. He took a shot to the left side of his body from safety Leon Hall’s helmet while jumping for a pass that went incomplete.

Jaguars hire Marrone, Coughlin

A person familiar with the search says the Jacksonville Jaguars have hired Doug Marrone as head coach and brought back Tom Coughlin in an executive role.

The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the team has not confirmed the hiring. ESPN first reported Marrone had been chosen to replace Gus Bradley, who was fired in late November after going 14-48 in three-plus seasons.

The Jaguars (3-13) also gave general manager Dave Caldwell a two-year contract extension, the person said. Coughlin, who was Jacksonville’s first coach and won two Super Bowls in eight seasons with the New York Giants, will serve as executive vice president of football operations.

College football

UNC QB Trubisky declares for NFL draft

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — Quarterback Mitch Trubisky says he’s leaving North Carolina early to enter the NFL draft.

Trubisky announced his decision Monday in a story posted to The Players Tribune, saying it was “the most difficult decision of my life.”

In his only season as the Tar Heels’ starter, the junior ranked second in the Atlantic Coast Conference with a school-record 3,748 yards passing while completing a league-best 68 percent of his passes and setting a program record by throwing for 30 touchdowns. He has been projected as a possible first-round pick.

Colorado extends MacIntyre through ’21

BOULDER, Colo. — Colorado coach Mike MacIntyre has been rewarded with a contract extension through the 2021 season.

The school announced the deal Monday that extends MacIntyre’s agreement for three more years. MacIntyre, who just led the Buffaloes to a 10-4 record, a Pac-12 South title and their first bowl appearance since 2007, will make $3.1 million in 2017. The value of his deal over the next five seasons is $16.25 million, the school announced.

In four years, MacIntyre has turned a program that was regarded as one of the nation’s worst into a Pac-12 title contender. For that, he was recently named The Associated Press Coach of the Year.

The Buffaloes lost to Washington 41-10 in the Pac-12 title game and were beaten by Oklahoma State 38-8 in the Alamo Bowl.

Pro soccer

FC Dallas defender injured on road trying assist car crash victim

FRISCO — FC Dallas defender Ryan Hollingshead is recovering from three fractured cervical vertebrae after he was struck by a car while trying to assist another driver who had been in a crash.

Hollingshead will be in a neck brace for six to eight weeks. The MLS club said Monday he is not at risk of spinal cord damage or loss of function. He is home after his hospital release Sunday.

The team says Hollingshead got out of his vehicle Friday to help another driver and was struck by a car that spun on an icy road in Irving.

Pro basketball

Lakers’ Clarkson fined $15K

NEW YORK — Lakers reserve guard Jordan Clarkson was fined $15,000 on Monday for hitting Heat guard Goran Dragic in the head with his forearm during Los Angeles’ 127-100 victory against the Heat last week.

Clarkson and Dragic collided several times while fighting for position under the basket during the third quarter of Friday’s game. Clarkson finally knocked down Dragic with a blow to the head. Teammates and officials kept the two apart following the scuffle, and Clarkson and Dragic were ejected.

Pro tennis

Wozniacki beats Puig in Sydney

SYDNEY — Former No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki stepped up her preparations for the Australian Open with 6-3, 2-6, 6-4 win against Olympic gold medalist Monica Puig at the Sydney International on Monday.

Wozniacki, who finished back-to-back years at No. 1 in the rankings in 2010 and ’11, has never won a major and is determined to make up for a first-round exit at the Australian Open last year.

Puig fought back to win the second set and force a decider but the Rio champion eventually succumbed after 2 hours and 10 minutes.

— The Associated Press


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