- Associated Press - Thursday, December 3, 2015


IRVING, Texas - NFL owners punted on allowing teams to move to Los Angeles - at least for five weeks.

The owners set a special meeting to deal with a possible relocation of teams to Los Angeles for Jan. 12-13 in Houston. But Commissioner Roger Goodell admitted there might not even be a vote then.

The Rams, Raiders and Chargers are interested in moving to LA, which has not had an NFL franchise since the Rams and Raiders left after the 1994 season. But the 32 owners, 24 of whom are required to OK a franchise relocation, are seeking more information from the cities hoping to retain their franchises: St. Louis, Oakland and San Diego.

There also is nothing close to a clear consensus on approval of either of the stadium proposals for LA.

SAN DIEGO (AP) - The San Diego Chargers fired special teams coordinator Kevin Spencer with five games left in a miserable season.

Spencer was fired three days after Jacksonville used an 11-man rush to block a punt by Mike Scifres with 1:30 to go, leading to a touchdown that pulled the Jaguars to 31-25. San Diego (3-8) held on to end its six-game losing streak.

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) - Darrelle Revis might have to sit out his showdown with Odell Beckham Jr.

The New York Jets’ cornerback was still in the NFL’s concussion protocol, leaving his status uncertain for the game Sunday against the Giants.

Revis was injured at Houston on Nov. 22 and sat out the Jets’ 38-20 win over Miami last Sunday. Revis has not practiced since being hurt and coach Todd Bowles said he hasn’t even been able to attend team meetings.

BEREA, Ohio (AP) - Austin Davis has scaled the Browns depth chart over the past few weeks. It’s an annual tradition this time of year for Cleveland quarterbacks.

After weeks as a third-stringer, Davis is the new starter - No. 24 for the club since 1999.

Browns coach Mike Pettine picked Davis over Johnny Manziel to start Sunday against the Cincinnati Bengals. A decision was necessary because Josh McCown, who spent most of the season absorbing body blows like a boxer’s sparring partner, broke his right collarbone Monday night against Baltimore and will miss the final five games.

Pettine said his decision to play Davis and not Manziel - recently demoted for breaking a promise to Cleveland’s coaches to behave during the bye week - had nothing to do with punishing one player but rewarding another.


CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Charlotte Hornets broadcaster Dell Curry told his son before Wednesday night’s game, “do not ruin my night.”

“He didn’t make any guarantees,” Curry said with a smile.

Actually, Stephen Curry ignored his father altogether.

The reigning MVP scored 40 points in three quarters and the Golden State Warriors easily defeated the Hornets 116-99 to extend the best start in NBA history to 20-0.

On a night when the Hornets honored Dell Curry, the franchise’s career scoring leader, with a “key to Buzz City,” it was his oldest son who stole the spotlight by hitting 14 of 18 shots from the field and going 8 for 11 from 3-point range.

NEW YORK (AP) - The Philadelphia 76ers suspended rookie Jahlil Okafor two games after the release of a second video provided details of his fight in Boston he hadn’t revealed to them.

Coach Brett Brown said the organization wanted to show “tough love” toward Okafor, adding that he was surprised by what he saw in the new video posted by TMZ on Wednesday.

The second video showed Okafor fighting in Boston the night of a loss to the Celtics last month, prompting local police to urge anyone who was assaulted to come forward. The 19-year-old rookie has said he is embarrassed by his behavior. He said the fight happened when he was responding to heckling by fans.


NEW YORK (AP) - Houston slugger Chris Carter, Pittsburgh first baseman Pedro Alvarez and injured Kansas City closer Greg Holland were among 43 players who became free agents when they weren’t offered 2016 contracts by Wednesday night’s deadline.

Carter, who hit .199 with 24 homers and 64 RBIs this season, made $4,175,000 in 2015 in his first year of arbitration and would likely have been paid at least $5 million next year.

Alvarez, drafted second overall in 2008, led Pittsburgh with 27 homers this season but struggled defensively after making the transition from third base to first. His 23 errors led the team. The 28-year-old, an All-Star in 2013, made $5.75 million this year.

Holland, an All-Star in 2013 and ‘14, is not expected to pitch next year as he rehabs from reconstructive elbow surgery that caused him to miss the Royals’ run to the World Series title.

Among the more than 200 players eligible for arbitration at the start of the day, 162 remained at the end. Any player offered a contract is entitled to, at a minimum, roughly one-sixth of his 2016 salary as termination pay if he gets released.


CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) - Mark Richt is going back to where his college career began.

The former Miami quarterback has reached a tentative agreement to be the Hurricanes’ next head coach, pending the completion of contract talks, a person with knowledge of the negotiations told The Associated Press.

Richt spent the last 15 seasons as the head coach at Georgia, averaging nearly 10 wins a season and leading the Bulldogs to a pair of Southeastern Conference championships. He is a South Florida native and played for Howard Schnellenberger at Miami, graduating in 1982 when the Hurricanes were just becoming the program that would win five national championships in a 19-season span.

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) - Toledo decided to stick with what has been working.

Rockets offensive coordinator Jason Candle was promoted to head coach, three days after Matt Campbell left the school to take over at Iowa State.

The 36-year-old Candle has been at Toledo since 2009 and the offensive coordinator since 2012, when Campbell was promoted to coach. Toledo has gone 35-15 with Campbell as coach and Candle as offensive coordinator.

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) - Trying to find a way to compete with the powerhouses in the Big Ten East, Maryland plucked its new coach off a rival’s staff.

Maryland hired Michigan defensive coordinator D.J. Durkin to lead a program that bottomed out in its second season as a member of the Big Ten.

The 37-year-old Durkin is in his first season at Michigan under Jim Harbaugh. He led a defense that ranks fourth in the nation in yards allowed per game. Before working at Michigan, Durkin was the defensive coordinator at Florida for two years. He also is considered one of the best young recruiters in the business.



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