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FILE - Tampa Bay Rays starter David Price throws against the Chicago White Sox during the first inning of a baseball game in Chicago, in this Sept. 30, 2012 file photo. The three-time All-Star and the Tampa Bay Rays have agreed to a one-year contract worth just over $10 million, avoiding arbitration a person with knowledge of the deal said Tuesday night Jan. 1, 2013. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh, File)
Oregon head coach Chip Kelly address the media, Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2013, in Scottsdale, Ariz. Oregon will face Kansas State Thursday in the Fiesta Bowl NCAA college football game. (AP Photo/Matt York)
Rays announce 1-year contract with Price
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – The Tampa Bay Rays announced American League Cy Young Award winner David Price agreed to a one-year deal for just over $10 million and avoided arbitration.
Price became the franchise’s first 20-game winner in 2012, going 20-5 with an AL-best 2.56 ERA. He narrowly beat out Detroit’s Justin Verlander for the honor that goes to the league’s top pitcher.
The hard-throwing left-hander is 61-31 with a 3.16 ERA in five seasons with the Rays. The first overall pick in the 2007 draft out of Vanderbilt, Price is a three-time All-Star.
The 27-year-old ranks second in club history in wins and is third in innings pitched, strikeouts and starts.
Price, who earned $4.35 million in 2012, agreed to the $10.1125 million deal Tuesday. The Rays announced it yesterday.
Wife of ex-Brave Jones files for divorce
LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. – The wife of former Atlanta Braves star Andruw Jones filed for divorce about a week after she accused him of grabbing her neck and saying he wanted to kill her.
A divorce complaint filed Monday by Nicole Jones in a suburban Atlanta court says their 10-year marriage is “irretrievably broken.”
According to a Gwinnett County police report, the pair had a fight around 1:30 a.m. Christmas Day after Nicole Jones asked her husband to help prepare their home for the morning. She told police Andruw Jones dragged her down a staircase, grabbed her neck and said he wanted to kill her.
Nicole Jones’s lawyer, John Mayoue, declined to comment yesterday. It was not immediately clear whether Andruw Jones had a lawyer.
AP Source: Chiefs interviewing Reid for coach job
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – A person familiar with Andy Reid’s plans told the Associated Press that the former Eagles coach is interviewing with the Kansas City Chiefs for their open job.
The person spoke on condition of anonymity yesterday because the information was not made public. ESPN.com first reported that Reid was meeting with the Chiefs.
Kansas City has also interviewed Atlanta offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter, but Falcons Coach Mike Smith said yesterday that Koetter signed a new contract and would not be a candidate for head coaching jobs this season.
The Chiefs fired Romeo Crennel on Monday after going 2-14 in his first full season.
Jets violate NFL media policy with Ryan’s unavailability
NEW YORK – The New York Jets violated the NFL’s media policy by not making coach Rex Ryan or other team executives available within a week of the end of the regular season.
Ryan and owner Woody Johnson will meet with the media on Tuesday. The season ended Dec. 30.
The Professional Football Writers of America lodged a complaint with the league yesterday.
“We have been assured the league is looking into it,” PFWA President Mark Gaughan of the Buffalo News said. “We’ll await word from the NFL.”
The media agreement with the PFWA requires a season-ending news conference with the head coach, owner, club president or general manager be held during the week following the season finale. Mike Tannenbaum was fired as GM on Monday, then issued a statement.
A Jets spokesman deferred comment to the league. NFL spokesman Greg Aiello would not speculate what punishment the team could get for the violation.
Bills to interview Cards’ Horton for coaching job
BUFFALO, N.Y. – The Buffalo Bills’ coaching search is staying in Arizona for at least one more day with the team set to interview Cardinals defensive coordinator Ray Horton.
Horton told reporters in Arizona yesterday that he will meet with Bills officials later in the day. Horton is a Cardinals’ head-coaching candidate to replace Ken Whisenhunt, who was fired Monday.
Whisenhunt, meanwhile, is also a candidate for the Bills job to replace Chan Gailey, who was fired Monday, as well. The Bills website reported team officials interviewed Whisenhunt shortly after arriving in Arizona Tuesday.
A person familiar with Mike McCoy’s schedule said the Broncos offensive coordinator is set to interview with the Bills in Denver this weekend. The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because the Bills have not revealed their list of candidates.
Koetter signs contract extension with Falcons
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. – Atlanta Falcons Coach Mike Smith said offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter has signed a contract extension to stay with the team through next season.
Koetter’s name surfaced this week as a head coaching candidate in Cleveland, Kansas City and Philadelphia.
In his first season with the Falcons, Koetter has overseen an offense that ranks second in third-down efficiency, seventh in scoring and fewest sacks allowed and eighth in total yards.
Smith praised Koetter’s play-calling and game-planning with helping Atlanta earn the NFC’s No. 1 playoff seed.
Ryan added that Koetter “does a great job in putting all of our guys in position to succeed.”
Koetter, who was not available to speak with reporters, spent four years with Jacksonville before joining the Falcons last January.
Vikings QB Ponder limited by sore elbow
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. – Minnesota Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder is dealing with a sore right elbow that has been limiting him in practice this week as they prepare for a playoff game at Green Bay.
Coach Leslie Frazier says he isn’t concerned with Ponder’s ability to play in the game on Saturday. Frazier says he expects Ponder to ramp it up in practice today and be ready to go for the third game this season between the division rivals.
Ponder was injured Sunday when his elbow hit a Packers helmet on the follow-through. He was able to remain in the game and deliver one of his best performances in a 37-34 win.
Adrian Peterson was held out to rest, as was cornerback Antoine Winfield yesterday.
Browns have sights on Oregon’s Kelly
CLEVELAND – Oregon’s Chip Kelly appears to be near the top of the Browns’ coaching wish list.
According to several reports, Cleveland’s CEO Joe Banner is in Arizona and intends to interview Kelly, who is preparing the Ducks to play in today’s Fiesta Bowl. Kelly has been courted by NFL teams in the past and came close to taking Tampa Bay’s job last year. Kelly has deflected questions about a possible jump to the pros, saying he’s focused on finishing his fourth season at Oregon.
Kelly’s fast-paced offensive system is intriguing to the Browns, who fired Pat Shurmur earlier this week. New England Coach Bill Belichick consulted Kelly this summer and has incorporated aspects of Oregon’s up-tempo game into the Patriots offense.
Browns owner Jimmy Haslam said the team will not confirm any interviews.
Utah DL Kruger declares for NFL draft
SALT LAKE CITY – Utah defensive end Joe Kruger opted not to return for his senior season and instead will enter the NFL draft.
The 6-foot-7, 280-pound junior played in 37 of 38 games for the Utes from 2010 to 2012, with 14 starts. He led Utah with six sacks this season and had eight tackles for loss.
Joe is the youngest of three Kruger brothers. Paul plays linebacker for the Baltimore Ravens and Dave just finished his Utah career as a four-year starting defensive tackle.
Joe Kruger says it was “priceless” playing alongside brother Dave but he now is ready to pursue a lifelong dream of suiting up in the NFL.
The school released a statement from Joe Kruger and Coach Kyle Whittingham on Wednesday.
Kruger’s decision to turn pro is another blow for the Utes defensive line. Nose tackle Star Lotulelei just completed his senior year and figures to be one of the top picks in the April draft.