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Weekend Sports In Brief

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) The Indianapolis Colts’ second choice for head coach ought to grow to be even better than the primary. And Frank Reich has the Super Bowl championship gear to prove it.

Five days after New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels reneged on a deal to take the Colts’ process, Ballard employed Reich, the man who outwitted McDaniels final week and helped lead the Philadelphia Eagles to their first NFL name considering 1960.

Terms of the deal had been now not at once available, but Reich is anticipated to be delivered at an informal conference Tuesday. Colts officials published an image of Reich signing the deal at the group’s internet site.

The move ends a seek that spanned 41 days, included two coaching bulletins and the embarrassment of McDaniels converting his mind Tuesday night just eight hours after telling the Colts he’d take the action.

GOLF

PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. (AP) – Ted Potter Jr. Outplayed the arena’s No. 1 player and held off all and sundry else Sunday to win the AT&T Pebble Beach National for his first victory in view that a damaged ankle almost ended his profession.

Potter holed a chip from in the back of the inexperienced for birdie on the par-three 7th hole to build a two-shot lead over Dustin Johnson, and no person got any nearer the relaxation of the way. He completed with 11 immediately pars for a three-below sixty-nine and a three-shot victory over Johnson, Phil Mickelson, Jason Day and Chez Reavie.

Potter turned into unflappable playing alongside Johnson, who subsequent week completes one full 12 months at No. 1 within the world. That changed while he tapped in for par at the 18th hollow, and he choked lower back emotion of a week he received’t soon forgets about.

NBA

BOSTON (AP) – Paul Pierce used to walk onto the court docket at TD Garden and imagine seeing his variety putting from the rafters.

”The Truth”mustn’t dream approximately that day anymore.

The Celtics retired Pierce’s No. 34 following the Celtics’ 121-99 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers. He became the twenty-third man or woman in franchise records to have his variety or call enshrined with the aid of the Celtics corporation.

The honor capped a 19-year career for Pierce, who turned into named NBA Finals MVP in 2008 when the Celtics captured their 17th championship.

After the game, Pierce, clad in a green plaid blazer, entered the court thru the newly named Paul Pierce Players’ Tunnel. The group stated the tunnel, providing Pierce’s signature, will serve as a reminder to contemporary and destiny players of what ”being a Celtic” way.

When his jersey turned into raised, Pierce become serenaded with chants of ”Thank You, Paul Pierce!”

AUTO RACING

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) – Brad Keselowski opened Speedweeks before he grew to become a single lap because the 7-1 preferred to win the Daytona 500.

Now that he has the primary victory of the season, Keselowski is shaping up to be a secure bet.

Keselowski led a 1-2 Team Penske sweep Sunday within the exhibition The Clash at Daytona International Speedway. The race marks the outlet of Speedweeks and is the first threat for teams to show their offseason work.

Keselowski is one of the exceptional restrictor-plate racers in NASCAR. Although he’s a five-time winner at Talladega in Alabama, his lone victory at Daytona International Speedway changed into within the 2016 summer season race.

POMONA, Calif. (AP) – Brittany Force escaped extreme damage in a wall-banging crash Sunday in the season-commencing Lucas Oil NHRA Winternationals.

John Force Racing stated the 31-year-old Top Fuel driver, the daughter of Funny Car terrific John Force, sustained no most important inner accidents, but does have some bruising of the lungs and could continue to be hospitalized in a single day as a precaution. The group started a CT experiment was negative and an MRI showed subtle findings possibly from preceding injuries.

The protecting season champion becomes racing in opposition to Terry Haddock in the first round of eliminations whilst her 11,000-horsepower dragster veered proper simply off the start, shot to the left – crossing in front of Haddock – and slammed into the left wall. It spun with the tangled parachute catching the nostril and hit back into the proper wall, flipping on its side. It ended up lower back on what become left of the wheels while it finally skidded to a prevent. She turned into taken to the hospital about the same time her father went out with an engine explosion.

HOCKEY

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) – Sabres forward Jack Eichel has a sprained right ankle and train Phil Housley says it’s premature to rule out Buffalo’s leading scorer for the remainder of the season.

Housley said Eichel will omit 4 to 6 weeks, placing the participant in a role to return within the final weeks of the season despite the fact that Buffalo might not have a great deal to play for at that point. The Sabres are closing in the Eastern Conference standings and take a seat 19 factors out of the playoff contention with 27 video games left.

Eichel becomes harm during the first period at the same time as attempting to play the percent behind the Bruins internet. He changed into checked from behind via Boston’s Matt Grzelcyk and fell awkwardly into the forums.

Eichel leads Buffalo with 22 goals and 53 factors in fifty-five games in his third season for the reason that being selected with the No. 2 pick in the 2015 draft.

CLEVELAND (AP) — Once summertime rolls around, LeBron James stars on a distinctive stage.

All eyes in the NBA and throughout the sports activities world will awareness on James in the course of a loose enterprise.

There are already groups lining up for a target market with The King, have to he choose out of his settlement. On Thursday, the Cavaliers became their roster the other way up in hopes of convincing James he doesn’t must move everywhere.

And similar to that, another bankruptcy became brought to a chaotic season in Cleveland.

With a sudden flurry of movements earlier than the NBA alternate closing date, the Cavs unloaded six players to trade their identity and tradition while moving back into title competition. They also showed James, who can be a loose agent in July, they’re willing to do anything’s essential to assist him to win any other championship.

“He’s the fellow this is going to take us returned to the promised land,” Cavs well-known manager Koby Altman stated, “so that you want to place the proper pieces around him.”

All it took was a massive makeover.

Altman ended a test doomed to fail by infusing youth into what became the league’s oldest roster and keeping onto a coveted first-round draft choose in case James decides to leave.

The Cavaliers have been in a freefall, dropping 13 of 20 games seeing that Christmas Day. But what had ended up apparent and extra tough to Altman, and all of us that spent any time around the team turned into that the Cavs had been miserable, disconnected and on a path to self-destruction.

“We were absolutely worried that what turned into taking place at the ground and type of our tradition within the building that we have been marching a gradual demise,” Altman stated. “And we didn’t need to be part of that.”