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  • FILE - This is a 2013 file photo showing Mike Zimmer of the Cincinnati Bengals NFL football team. The Minnesota Vikings have chosen  Zimmer as their new head coach, according to multiple media reports. Zimmer will replace Leslie Frazier, who was fired after the team finished 5-10-1 this season. (AP Photo/File)

    FILE - This is a 2013 file photo showing Mike Zimmer of the Cincinnati Bengals NFL football team. The Minnesota Vikings have chosen Zimmer as their new head coach, according to multiple media reports. Zimmer will replace Leslie Frazier, who was fired after the team finished 5-10-1 this season. (AP Photo/File)

  • FILE - This is a 2013 file photo showing Mike Zimmer of the Cincinnati Bengals NFL football team. The Minnesota Vikings have chosen  Zimmer as their new head coach, according to multiple media reports. Zimmer will replace Leslie Frazier, who was fired after the team finished 5-10-1 this season. (AP Photo/File)

    FILE - This is a 2013 file photo showing Mike Zimmer of the Cincinnati Bengals NFL football team. The Minnesota Vikings have chosen Zimmer as their new head coach, according to multiple media reports. Zimmer will replace Leslie Frazier, who was fired after the team finished 5-10-1 this season. (AP Photo/File)

  • Boston Celtics forward Jared Sullinger, right, hauls down a rebound against Toronto Raptors center Jonas Valanciunas (17) during the during the second quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

    Boston Celtics forward Jared Sullinger, right, hauls down a rebound against Toronto Raptors center Jonas Valanciunas (17) during the during the second quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

  • Alex Mailot of Pembroke-Campbell, left, and Dylan Gaudette, of Lebanon, collide while fighting for possession of the puck during the hockey game in Hooksett on Wednesday night, January 15, 2014.<br/><br/>(JOHN TULLY / Monitor staff)

    Alex Mailot of Pembroke-Campbell, left, and Dylan Gaudette, of Lebanon, collide while fighting for possession of the puck during the hockey game in Hooksett on Wednesday night, January 15, 2014.

    (JOHN TULLY / Monitor staff)

  • FILE - This is a 2013 file photo showing Mike Zimmer of the Cincinnati Bengals NFL football team. The Minnesota Vikings have chosen  Zimmer as their new head coach, according to multiple media reports. Zimmer will replace Leslie Frazier, who was fired after the team finished 5-10-1 this season. (AP Photo/File)
  • FILE - This is a 2013 file photo showing Mike Zimmer of the Cincinnati Bengals NFL football team. The Minnesota Vikings have chosen  Zimmer as their new head coach, according to multiple media reports. Zimmer will replace Leslie Frazier, who was fired after the team finished 5-10-1 this season. (AP Photo/File)
  • Boston Celtics forward Jared Sullinger, right, hauls down a rebound against Toronto Raptors center Jonas Valanciunas (17) during the during the second quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
  • Alex Mailot of Pembroke-Campbell, left, and Dylan Gaudette, of Lebanon, collide while fighting for possession of the puck during the hockey game in Hooksett on Wednesday night, January 15, 2014.<br/><br/>(JOHN TULLY / Monitor staff)

NFL

Source: Vikings pick Zimmer as new coach

MINNEAPOLIS – The Minnesota Vikings picked Mike Zimmer to be their new head coach, according to a person with knowledge of the process.

The person spoke yesterday to the Associated Press on condition of anonymity because Zimmer’s contract had not been completed and the team had not announced the hiring of the Cincinnati Bengals defensive coordinator. Zimmer will be the ninth head coach in the franchise’s 54-year history, replacing Leslie Frazier, who was fired Dec. 30 after the team finished 5-10-1 this season.

General Manager Rick Spielman interviewed at least seven candidates, and he and Vikings owners Zygi Wilf and Mark Wilf settled on the one who was widely considered around the league to be the most overdue for a head coaching job. Zimmer has been an NFL defensive coordinator for the last 14 seasons, including six with the Bengals, and he has interviewed for several head coach vacancies in recent years, including this month with Tennessee.

The Bengals were third in the league in yards allowed and fifth in points against this season, though they lost in the first round of the playoffs for the third straight year.

NFL

Harvin not practicing for Seahawks

RENTON, Wash. – Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Percy Harvin will not practice yestedday after suffering a concussion in the NFC divisional playoff game.

Seattle Coach Pete Carroll said Harvin was meeting with doctors yesterday afternoon. Carroll had no other updates on Harvin’s status for Sunday’s NFC championship game against San Francisco.

Harvin played in his second game of the season in last Saturday’s win over New Orleans. Harvin had three receptions but was injured late in the first half while trying to make a catch in the end zone.

NFL

Ex-Eagles aide Lazor hired as Dolphins coordinator

MIAMI – The Miami Dolphins are hoping their new offensive coordinator clicks with Ryan Tannehill the way he did with Nick Foles.

The Dolphins announced yesterday they hired Bill Lazor, who tutored Foles this season as quarterbacks coach of the Philadelphia Eagles. Lazor joined the Eagles a year ago when Chip Kelly was hired as head coach, and was instrumental in the development of Foles, who led the NFL in passing in his second NFL season.

Lazor replaces Mike Sherman, who was fired last week after two seasons with Miami and was Tannehill’s head coach at Texas A&M.

NFL

Pope, Ingram fired as Giants assistant coaches

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Longtime New York Giants assistant coaches Mike Pope and Jerald Ingram were fired after this season’s dismal performance by the offense.

Pope and Ingram were both members of Coach Tom Coughlin’s original staff when he was hired in 2004.

The firings come one day after Coughlin decided to take his offense in another direction by hiring Packers quarterbacks coach Ben McAdoo as his new offensive coordinator.

NFL

Bucs DT Akeem arrested on drug charges in Ala.

FLOMATON, Ala. – The police said Tampa Bay Buccaneers rookie defensive tackle Akeem Spence is free on bond after being arrested on drug charges in south Alabama.

Alabama State Trooper Kevin Cook said in a statement the 22-year-old was stopped Tuesday morning for speeding in Flomaton, Ala., just north of the Florida border. Cook said Spence was driving 100 mph in a 65 mph zone.

Cook says a search dog found marijuana in the car. Spence is charged with possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

BASEBALL

Source: Kershaw, Dodgers agree to $215M deal

Pitcher Clayton Kershaw agreed yesterday to a $215 million, seven-year contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers, a person familiar with the negotiations told the Associated Press, a deal that makes the two-time Cy Young Award winner baseball’s first player with a $30 million average salary.

Kershaw receives the most lucrative deal for a pitcher, breaking the mark of $180 million set by Justin Verlander last March for his seven-year contract with Detroit.

The average salary of $30.7 million tops the previous high of $27.5 million, set by the New York Yankees’ Alex Rodriguez as part of a 10-year agreement December 2007. While Roger Clemens had a contract with a listed salary of $28 million with the Yankees in 2007, he joined the team in June and actually made $17.4 million.

A left-hander who turns 26 in March, Kershaw won NL Cy Young Awards in 2011 and 2013. He was 16-9 for the NL West champion Dodgers last year and led the league with 232 strikeouts, and his 1.83 ERA was the best in the major leagues since Pedro Martinez’s 1.74 for Boston in 2000.

BASEBALL

Schuerholz optimistic expanded replay this year

PARADISE VALLEY, Ariz. – The head of the committee that developed Major League Baseball’s plan to expand instant replay said he is optimistic the system will be in place this season, even though owners and unions for players and umpires have yet to approve.

Atlanta Braves President John Schuerholz said that because of the complexities, he expects the system will need three years of use to resolve problems that develop.

The plan would give managers the right to challenge most calls except balls and strikes, with one challenge allowed in the first six innings and two from the seventh inning on. A successful challenge would not count against the limits.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

Iowa St. assistant coach Bray dies at 43

AMES, Iowa – Iowa State said defensive line coach Curtis Bray died yesterday morning. He was 43.

Cyclones spokesman Mike Green confirmed Bray’s death to the Associated Press, but said no additional details were immediately available.

Bray, a former star linebacker at Pittsburgh, spent the past five seasons working under Coach Paul Rhoads with the Cyclones.

FREESTYLE SKIING

Bilodeau, Dufor-Lapointe win moguls

WILMINGTON, N.Y. – Canada’s Alex Bilodeau and Justine Dufour-LaPointe won the World Cup moguls at Whiteface Mountain yesterday.

United States freestyle skiers took the next spots on the podium in the men’s and women’s competitions. Patrick Deneen and Bradley Wilson claimed silver and bronze for the U.S. men, and Heidi Kloser and Hannah Kearney followed suit for the women.

Deneen, from Snoqualmie Pass, Wash., locked up an Olympic berth with his second-place finish.

ALPINE SKIING

Austria’s Raich could miss Olympic super-combined

WENGEN, Switzerland – Austria’s ski federation said it will ask the sport’s ruling body to make an exception to the rules and allow Benjamin Raich to race the super-combined at the Sochi Olympics.

Persistent back problems have forced Raich to pull out of tomorrow’s World Cup super-combined in Wengen – the 2006 two-time gold medalist’s last chance of meeting the Olympic qualifying criteria set by the International Ski Federation.

Competitors need at least three World Cup downhill results since 2012 to be allowed to start, but Raich has just two – at Lake Louise in 2012 and at the Wengen super-combined last year.

Raich is expected to start in slalom and giant slalom in Sochi.

ALPINE SKIING

Vonn: Surgery on right knee ‘successful’

Lindsey Vonn announced on her Facebook page that she had surgery on her right knee.

The knee injury has prevented the reigning Olympic downhill champion from competing in the Sochi Games next month.

The 29-year-old Vonn posted yesterday that her surgery was “successful!”

Vonn tore two ligaments in her right knee during a high-speed crash at the world championships last February. Then Vonn re-injured her surgically repaired ACL in a crash during training in November.

She tried to rehab the knee in time for Sochi, but sprained her MCL racing a downhill in France on Dec. 21.

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