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  • USA's Matt Grzelcyk looks down after his team lost the World Junior Hockey Championships quarter final between USA and Russia in Malmo, Sweden on Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014. (AP Photo / TT News Agency / Andreas Hillergren) **  SWEDEN OUT  **

    USA's Matt Grzelcyk looks down after his team lost the World Junior Hockey Championships quarter final between USA and Russia in Malmo, Sweden on Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014. (AP Photo / TT News Agency / Andreas Hillergren) ** SWEDEN OUT **

  • In this Dec. 9, 2012, photo, Chicago Bears coach Lovie Smith smiles before the Bears' NFL football game against the Minnesota Vikings in Minneapolis. A person familiar with the negotiations says former Bears coach Smith has reached an agreement to coach the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Speaking to The Associated Press on Wednesday night, Jan. 1, 2014, on the condition of anonymity because an official announcement hasn't been made, the person also says former Minnesota Vikings coach Leslie Frazier will be the Buccaneers' defensive coordinator. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

    In this Dec. 9, 2012, photo, Chicago Bears coach Lovie Smith smiles before the Bears' NFL football game against the Minnesota Vikings in Minneapolis. A person familiar with the negotiations says former Bears coach Smith has reached an agreement to coach the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Speaking to The Associated Press on Wednesday night, Jan. 1, 2014, on the condition of anonymity because an official announcement hasn't been made, the person also says former Minnesota Vikings coach Leslie Frazier will be the Buccaneers' defensive coordinator. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

  • Chicago Bears' Jay Cutler, right, talks with head coach Marc Trestman during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 22, 2013, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

    Chicago Bears' Jay Cutler, right, talks with head coach Marc Trestman during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 22, 2013, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

  • Chicago Bears' Jay Cutler, right, talks with head coach Marc Trestman during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 22, 2013, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

    Chicago Bears' Jay Cutler, right, talks with head coach Marc Trestman during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 22, 2013, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

  • In this Dec. 9, 2012, photo, Chicago Bears coach Lovie Smith smiles before the Bears' NFL football game against the Minnesota Vikings in Minneapolis. A person familiar with the negotiations says former Bears coach Smith has reached an agreement to coach the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Speaking to The Associated Press on Wednesday night, Jan. 1, 2014, on the condition of anonymity because an official announcement hasn't been made, the person also says former Minnesota Vikings coach Leslie Frazier will be the Buccaneers' defensive coordinator. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

    In this Dec. 9, 2012, photo, Chicago Bears coach Lovie Smith smiles before the Bears' NFL football game against the Minnesota Vikings in Minneapolis. A person familiar with the negotiations says former Bears coach Smith has reached an agreement to coach the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Speaking to The Associated Press on Wednesday night, Jan. 1, 2014, on the condition of anonymity because an official announcement hasn't been made, the person also says former Minnesota Vikings coach Leslie Frazier will be the Buccaneers' defensive coordinator. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

  • Adam Scott, of Australia, waves after making a birdie on the sixth hole during the first round of the PGA Championship golf tournament at Oak Hill Country Club, Thursday, Aug. 8, 2013, in Pittsford, N.Y. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

    Adam Scott, of Australia, waves after making a birdie on the sixth hole during the first round of the PGA Championship golf tournament at Oak Hill Country Club, Thursday, Aug. 8, 2013, in Pittsford, N.Y. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

  • USA's Matt Grzelcyk looks down after his team lost the World Junior Hockey Championships quarter final between USA and Russia in Malmo, Sweden on Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014. (AP Photo / TT News Agency / Andreas Hillergren) **  SWEDEN OUT  **
  • In this Dec. 9, 2012, photo, Chicago Bears coach Lovie Smith smiles before the Bears' NFL football game against the Minnesota Vikings in Minneapolis. A person familiar with the negotiations says former Bears coach Smith has reached an agreement to coach the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Speaking to The Associated Press on Wednesday night, Jan. 1, 2014, on the condition of anonymity because an official announcement hasn't been made, the person also says former Minnesota Vikings coach Leslie Frazier will be the Buccaneers' defensive coordinator. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
  • Chicago Bears' Jay Cutler, right, talks with head coach Marc Trestman during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 22, 2013, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
  • Chicago Bears' Jay Cutler, right, talks with head coach Marc Trestman during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 22, 2013, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
  • In this Dec. 9, 2012, photo, Chicago Bears coach Lovie Smith smiles before the Bears' NFL football game against the Minnesota Vikings in Minneapolis. A person familiar with the negotiations says former Bears coach Smith has reached an agreement to coach the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Speaking to The Associated Press on Wednesday night, Jan. 1, 2014, on the condition of anonymity because an official announcement hasn't been made, the person also says former Minnesota Vikings coach Leslie Frazier will be the Buccaneers' defensive coordinator. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
  • Adam Scott, of Australia, waves after making a birdie on the sixth hole during the first round of the PGA Championship golf tournament at Oak Hill Country Club, Thursday, Aug. 8, 2013, in Pittsford, N.Y. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

NFL

Bears sign QB Cutler to 7-year deal

LAKE FOREST, Ill. – The Chicago Bears signed quarterback Jay Cutler to a seven-year contract yesterday, ending speculation they might make a change after five seasons of good and bad from their talented signal-caller.

The Bears also signed cornerback Tim Jennings, who has led the team in interceptions in each of the past two seasons, and guard Matt Slauson to four-year deals. Like Cutler, both players were scheduled to become free agents.

General Manager Phil Emery said the team and Cutler’s agent, Bus Cook, completed contract discussions three days after the season ended Sunday with a 33-28 loss to the Green Bay Packers in a game that decided the NFC North title. Terms were not disclosed, but the deal for the 30-year-old Cutler is reportedly worth nearly $18 million per year over the first three years and includes at least $50 million guaranteed.

Cutler thrived under first-year Coach Marc Trestman, producing his career-best passer rating of 89.2 in 2013, although he played in just 11 games due to ankle and groin injuries. He completed 224 of 355 passes for 2,621 yards and 19 touchdowns with 12 interceptions.

NFL

O’Brien leaves Penn State for Texans

HOUSTON – The Houston Texans announced that they’ve hired Bill O’Brien as coach.

O’Brien leaves Penn State less than two years after replacing Joe Paterno. He returns to the NFL to coach the team with the league’s worst record this season.

The Texans made it official yesterday. Penn State picked defensive line coach Larry Johnson as interim head coach while the search for a replacement goes on.

A former offensive coordinator for the New England Patriots, O’Brien took on perhaps college football’s toughest job in January 2012, joining a school rattled by the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal.

Despite a lack of scholarships, a bowl ban, an overall sense of doom and player defections from the late Paterno’s roster, O’Brien led the Nittany Lions to two winning seasons while restoring some tempered enthusiasm in Happy Valley.

NFL

Smith finalizes deal as Buccaneers coach

TAMPA, Fla. – Lovie Smith is the new coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

The team made it official yesterday, announcing the one-time Tony Dungy protege who led the Chicago Bears to the Super Bowl seven years ago finalized a five-year contract. He will be formally introduced at a news conference on Monday.

The 55-year-old Smith replaces Greg Schiano, who was fired this week following a 4-12 finish. The Bucs also dismissed General Manager Mark Dominik, and the search for his successor continues.

NFL

Vikings LB Henderson arrested again for DWI

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. – Minnesota Vikings linebacker Erin Henderson was arrested again for drunken driving.

According to Carver County online records, Henderson was booked into jail Wednesday afternoon and still in custody yesterday morning. He’s facing four charges – three for driving while intoxicated and one for a suspended license. Henderson was arrested in Chanhassen, a suburb near Vikings headquarters in Eden Prairie.

Henderson was also arrested Nov. 19 in Eden Prairie on suspicion of DWI and drug possession, one of three arrests involving Vikings players that month.

NFL

Colts get another extension to sell tickets

INDIANAPOLIS – The NFL is giving the Colts one more day to sell its remaining playoff tickets and avoid a local blackout. They now have until today at 4:35 p.m.

Team officials announced the move on its website yesterday, about an hour before a previous extension was supposed to expire. Fewer than 3,500 tickets remain for tomorrow’s wild-card game against Kansas City (11-5). The team said it had about 5,500 tickets left Wednesday night.

Normally, teams must sell out 72 hours before kickoff to have a game broadcast in the local market. But the league initially gave Indy (11-5) a one-day extension, citing this week’s holiday.

Indy isn’t the only team that has been struggling with ticket sales. The Packers and Bengals also had tickets remaining as of Wednesday night.

HOCKEY

Russia beats U.S. in world junior quarters

MALMO, Sweden – Russia beat the United States, 5-3, in the world junior hockey quarterfinals yesterday, rallying to take the lead on Nakita Zadorov’s two power-play goals.

Zadorov scored on 5-on-3 advantages in a 1:01 span in the second period to give Russia a 4-3 lead. The 6-foot-4 defenseman plays for the London Knights in the Ontario Hockey League.

Russia will face Sweden, a 6-0 winner over Slovakia. In the other quarterfinals, Canada beat Switzerland, 4-1, and Finland topped the Czech Republic, 5-3.

New Jersey Devils farmhand Stefan Matteau, Plymouth Whalers forward Ryan Hartman and Wisconsin’s Nic Kerdiles had first-period goals for the United States, the tournament winner last year in Russia. Providence’s John Gillies stopped 20 shots.

BASEBALL

White Sox agree to terms with LHP Downs

CHICAGO – The Chicago White Sox and veteran left-handed reliever Scott Downs agreed to terms on a one-year, $4 million contract.

The 37-year-old Downs was 4-4 with a 2.49 ERA, 37 strikeouts and 26 holds in 68 appearances last season between the Angels and Atlanta. In 12 major league seasons, he is 38-36 with a 3.48 ERA, 550 strikeouts and 166 holds in 564 games (50 starts).

The deal, announced yesterday, includes a $4.25 million club option for 2015 with a $250,000 buyout. The team said Downs will receive $3.75 million in 2014.

NHL

Blue Jackets activate ex-Bruin Horton, Bobrovski, Prout

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Columbus Blue Jackets activated forward Nathan Horton, goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky and defenseman Dalton Prout off the injured list.

To make room, the club reassigned forward Jonathan Marchessault, defenseman Tim Erixon and goaltender Mike McKenna to its American Hockey League affiliate in Springfield, Mass.

Horton, a prized offseason free-agent signing, underwent shoulder surgery last summer. He has missed the first 40 games this season. Bobrovsky, winner of last year’s Vezina Trophy as the NHL’s top goaltender, has been out since Dec. 3 with a strained groin. He has missed the last 12 games. He is 10-11-2 with a 2.72 goals-against average and a .909 save percentage this season. Prout has missed the last six games with an upper body injury.

GOLF

Scott edges Woods for GWAA player of the year

KAPALUA, Hawaii – Adam Scott narrowly beat out Tiger Woods as player of the year in voting by the Golf Writers Association of America.

The GWAA takes into account more than just the PGA Tour. Scott won four times, including the Masters, and joined Jason Day in winning the World Cup for Australia. Out of 218 votes cast, Scott won the honor by five votes.

Woods won five times on the PGA Tour, but no majors. He also won the money title and Vardon Trophy for lowest scoring average. Woods previously won player of the year by the PGA Tour and the PGA of America.

Inbee Park and Kenny Perry were runaway winners for female and senior players of the year.

TENNIS

Nadal reaches Doha semis against qualifier

DOHA, Qatar – Top-seeded Rafael Nadal was the only seeded player remaining at the Qatar Open after he beat seventh-seeded Ernests Gulbis, 7-5, 6-4, in the quarterfinals yesterday.

Nadal is set to play German qualifier Peter Gojowczyk. The 162nd-ranked Gojowczyk defeated fellow German qualifier Dustin Brown, 6-3, 3-6, 7-6 (5), to reach his first career tour semifinal. The other semi will pit Florian Mayer of Germany against Gael Monfils of France.

Mayer defeated Victor Hanescu of Romania, 6-4, 6-7 (8), 6-4, and Monfils took out Daniel Brands of Germany, 6-2, 6-1.

TENNIS

Williams, Sharapova to meet in Brisbane semifinals

BRISBANE, Australia – Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova are set to renew their long and not-so-friendly rivalry in the semifinals at the Brisbane International, a key warm-up tournament for the Australian Open.

The pair played back-to-back quarterfinals on center court yesterday, with the third-seeded Sharapova beating 2012 Brisbane champion Kaia Kanepi of Estonia, 4-6, 6-3, 6-2. She dropped three service games in the first set and another to open the second before finding her range and staging her comeback against the No. 30-ranked Kanepi.

The top-ranked Williams, the defending champion, was next on court and didn’t lose a point on serve in the first set en route to a 6-3, 6-3 win over ninth-seeded Diminika Cibulkova of Slovakia.

Australian Open champion Victoria Azarenka had difficulty closing out her quarterfinal match before beating Stefanie Voegele, 6-4, 6-7 (7), 6-1. Azarenka will next face fourth-seeded Jelena Jankovic, who beat fifth-seeded Angelique Kerber of Germany 6-7 (8), 6-3, 6-1.

TENNIS

Top-seeded Li advances to Shenzhen Open semis

BEIJING – Top-seeded Li Na advanced to the semifinals of the Shenzhen Open by beating Monica Niculescu of Romania, 7-5, 4-6, 6-4, yesterday.

Li, the defending champion, will next play Annika Beck of Germany. Beck defeated Patricia Mayr-Achleitner of Austria, 3-6, 6-3, 6-1.

Also advancing to the semifinals was fifth-seeded Peng Shuai of China. Peng beat Jana Cepelova of Slovakia, 6-3, 6-2, and will next face Vania King of the United States. King beat Barbora Zahlavova Strycova of the Czech Republic, 6-2, 6-4.

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