By Associated Press - Monday, January 6, 2020


AP source: Cowboys pick McCarthy to replace Garrett as coach

UNDATED (AP) - A person with direct knowledge of the decision says the Dallas Cowboys and Mike McCarthy have agreed on a deal for the former Green Bay coach to replace Jason Garrett.

The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity today because the Cowboys haven’t announced the hiring.

McCarthy interviewed over the weekend before the Cowboys had announced Garrett wasn’t returning. Garrett had an expiring contract coming off a make-or-break season that ended with Dallas missing the playoffs for the sixth time in his nine full seasons.

The 56-year-old McCarthy won a Super Bowl with the Packers on the Cowboys’ home field nine years ago. Green Bay made nine trips to the playoffs in his 13 years. McCarthy was hired in the middle of what ended up being a second straight losing season for the Packers in 2018.


Browns interview Bills coordinator Daboll for coaching gig

CLEVELAND (AP) - After a one-day break, the Browns are resuming their coaching search by interviewing Bills offensive coordinator Brian Daboll, who previously worked in Cleveland.

Daboll is the fifth candidate to meet with Browns owner Jimmy Haslam, who is trying to find the right coach after firing five since buying the team in 2012.

Daboll was Cleveland’s offensive coordinator under Eric Mangini in 2009-10. He’s had a successful two-year stint with the Bills, helping develop young quarterback Josh Allen, who led Buffalo to a playoff berth before losing at Houston on Saturday.

The Browns need someone to fix quarterback Baker Mayfield, who was wildly inconsistent and regressed in his second season under Freddie Kitchens.


Wentz knocked out with injury

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz has had his first postseason start ended by a head injury.

Wentz appeared to get injured in the first quarter of the wild-card playoff game against Seattle when he was drilled on a helmet-to-helmet hit from Seahawks defensive end Jadeveon Clowney.

Wentz stayed in the game for several plays before he was checked out in the sideline medical tent. He left for the locker room late in the quarter and was ruled out at halftime.

Wentz was replaced by Josh McCown. The 40-year-old veteran made his first playoff appearance.


AP-NORC poll: 66% favor endorsement money for NCAA athletes

UNDATED (AP) - About two-thirds of Americans in a recent survey support college athletes being permitted to earn money for endorsements.

That’s according to a new poll from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research.

Support for the NCAA allowing college athletes to cash in on their names, images and likenesses is especially high among young adults, as well as black Americans and Hispanics.

NCAA officials and college sports leaders are now trying to sort out how to make it work. 


Germany’s 1966 World Cup goalkeeper Tilkowski dies at 84

DORTMUND, Germany (AP) - Hans Tilkowski, the West Germany goalkeeper in the 1966 World Cup final against England, has died. He was 84.

German soccer club Borussia Dortmund says Tilkowski died Sunday following “a long, severe illness.”

Tilkowski was best known outside Germany for conceding England’s third goal in extra time in the 1966 final, with the score at 2-2, when Geoff Hurst’s shot hit the bar and bounced downward. The decision to award the goal started decades of debate and much-disputed video analysis. Tilkowski always said he was sure the ball did not fully cross the line.

England won the game 4-2.

Tilkowski’s three goals for England in the final made him a national hero.

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