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By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Jags fill coaching vacancy
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) -- The Jacksonville Jaguars have hired Seattle defensive coordinator Gus Bradley as head coach.
The 46-year-old Bradley is part of Jacksonville's rebuilding project directed by general manager David Caldwell.
Bradley spent the last four seasons in Seattle, where his defense improved each of the last three years and finished in the top 10 in points and yards the last two. This season, the Seahawks ranked first in the NFL in points allowed, fourth in yards and tied for fourth in takeaways.
The Jaguars were 30th in the league in total defense in 2012.
Bradley began his NFL coaching career with Tampa Bay as a defensive quality control coach in 2006. He was the Buccaneers' linebackers coach the next two seasons before going to Seattle.
AP sources: IOC strips Armstrong of Olympic medal
LONDON (AP) -- Officials familiar with the decision tell The Associated Press the IOC has stripped Lance Armstrong of his bronze medal from the 2000 Sydney Olympics because of his involvement in doping.
Two officials say the IOC sent a letter to Armstrong on Wednesday night asking him to return the medal. The move came after the IOC was notified by cycling's governing body that Armstrong had not appealed the decision to disqualify him within the 21-day window he was allowed.
The IOC executive board discussed revoking the medal last month, but delayed a decision until cycling body UCI formally notified Armstrong he had been stripped of his seven Tour de France titles and all results since 1998.
Hooping it up across The Pond
UNDATED (AP) -- Today's four-game NBA schedule tips off in London, where the Knicks and Pistons will have at it in the O2 Arena used for last summer's Olympics (3 p.m. Eastern). New York is 24-13 and holds a two-game lead over Brooklyn atop the Atlantic Division standings. Detroit is 14-24 on the season.
The Pacific Division-leading L.A. Clippers have the second-best record in the league and will be hunting a third straight win this evening at Minnesota, the city-rival Lakers will be looking to post a third consecutive W when they host Eastern Conference leader Miami, and Phoenix will host Milwaukee.
Bounce-back games for Blue Devils and Wolverines
UNDATED (AP) -- Duke will be looking to rebound from its first setback of the season when it hosts ACC-rival Georgia Tech this evening in Cameron Indoor Stadium. The 15-1 Blue Devils fell from No. 1 to No. 3 in the AP rankings after a weekend loss to N.C. State.
The Big Ten offers a matchup of ranked teams, with No. 9 Minnesota hosting fifth-ranked Michigan. The visiting Wolverines also are coming off their first loss and are 16-1. The Golden Gophers are 15-2. Both are 3-1 in conference play.
Also tonight, No. 8 Gonzaga visits Portland, 10th-ranked Florida is on the road to play Texas A&M, No. 21 Oregon is at Southern California, No. 22 VCU is home to St. Joseph's, 23rd-ranked Illinois hosts Northwestern and No. 24 UCLA entertains Oregon State.
Notre Dame explains phony death of player's girlfriend
SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) -- A story that Notre Dame Heisman finalist Manti Te'o's (MAN'-ty TAY'-owz) girlfriend had died of leukemia turned out to be a hoax apparently perpetrated against the linebacker.
Calling it incredibly embarrassing to talk about, T'eo said in a statement that he developed an emotional relationship with a woman he met online and maintained that relationship through computers and phones. He said it's painful and humiliating to realize he was the victim of what was apparently someone's sick joke and constant lies.
Te'o had said during the season that the loss of his girlfriend inspired him to help lead the Irish to the BCS title game.
The university says that Notre Dame coaches were informed by Te'o and his parents on Dec. 26 that Te'o had been the victim of what appeared to be a hoax.
McIlroy struggles with new clubs
ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) -- Three days after announcing a multimillion dollar sponsorship deal with Nike, Rory Mclroy is in danger of missing the cut at the Abu Dhabi Golf Championship. The world No. 1 carded a 3-over-par 75 in round one.
Mclroy says his difficulties had more to do with rusty strokes than the new equipment.
Second-ranked Tiger Woods also struggled in his 2013 debut, three-putting for bogey on his final hole and signing for an even-par 72.
Federer and Williams easy winners Down Under
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) -- Second-seeded Roger Federer continues his bid for a fifth title at Melbourne Park by beating Russian veteran Nikolay Davydenko (NIH'-koh-ly dah-vee-DENK'-oh) 6-3, 6-4, 6-4 in round two of the Australian Open.
And third-seeded Serena Williams showed no ill effects from the ankle injury suffered in her opening match, beating Garbine Muguruza of Spain 6-2, 6-love in round two.
Meanwhile, defending women's champ Victoria Azarenka (az-ah-REHN'-kah) cruised into the third round and is on track for a semifinal meeting with Serena Williams.
No. 10 Caroline Wozniacki (wohz-nee-AK'-kee) also advanced, as did men's third seed Andy Murray and No. 7 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (SAHNG'-guh).
Former Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova (kuh-VIHT'-oh-vuh) was an upset victim. The eighth seed lost to 18-year-old Laura Robson 6-2, 3-6, 11-9 in a match that ended in the early hours of Friday morning in Melbourne.
A-Rod has hip surgery/new deal for Hughes...M's reacquire Morse
UNDATED (AP) -- Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez has undergone surgery on his left hip and is expected to be sidelined until after the All-Star break.
The team says the 37-year-old former All-Star third baseman is expected to be released from the hospital on today and the anticipated time for a full recovery is six months.
The Yankees also worked out a one-year, $7.15 million contract with Phil Hughes, a raise of $3.75 million. Hughes went 16-13 last year, two seasons after winning 18 games.
Also in the majors, the Washington Nationals have shipped power-hitting outfielder/first baseman Michael Morse to Seattle as part of a three-team deal that would move catcher John Jaso (JAY'-soh) from the Mariners to the Athletics and pitcher A.J. Cole from Oakland to the Nationals. Morse hit .291 with 18 home runs and 62 RBIs for the Nationals in an injury-plagued season, playing mostly as an outfielder.

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