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Monday's Sports in Brief

Tuesday - 1/1/2013, 7:28am  ET

The Associated Press

Seven coaches and five general managers were fired Monday in a flurry of pink slips that were delivered the day after the regular-season ended.

Andy Reid in Philadelphia, Lovie Smith in Chicago, and Ken Whisenhunt in Arizona --all coaches who took teams to the Super Bowl -- Norv Turner in San Diego, Pat Shurmur in Cleveland, Romeo Crennel in Kansas City and Chan Gailey in Buffalo.

Three teams -- San Diego, Cleveland, Arizona -- made it a clean sweep, saying goodbye to the GM along with the coach. General managers also were fired in Jacksonville and in New York, where Rex Ryan held onto his job coaching the Jets despite a losing record.

Reid was the longest tenured of the coaches, removed after 14 seasons and a Super Bowl appearance in 2005 -- a loss to New England.

Smith spent nine seasons with the Bears, leading them to the 2007 Super Bowl -- a loss to the Indianapolis Colts.

Turner has now been fired as a head coach by three teams. San Diego won the AFC West from 2006-09, but didn't make the postseason the last three years.

NEW YORK (AP) -- The Kansas City Chiefs own the No. 1 pick in next April's draft, with the rest of the order set for non-playoff teams.

Kansas City and Jacksonville finished 2-14 each, but the Chiefs had the weaker schedule, earning them the top selection.

The rest of the top 20 picks for the April 25-27 draft were announced Monday by the NFL.

Oakland is third, followed by Philadelphia, Detroit, Cleveland, Arizona, Buffalo, the New York Jets and Tennessee.

Then come San Diego, Miami, Tampa Bay, Carolina, New Orleans, St. Louis, Pittsburgh, Dallas, the New York Giants, and Chicago.

The remainder of the selections will be determined by playoff results.

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- In probably his last NFL-related ruling, U.S. District Judge David Doty sided with the league this time.

The NFL Players Association's claim of collusion by league owners was rejected by Doty, who has previously sided with the players during more than two decades of judging NFL labor matters. The league lost enough key decisions under Doty's jurisdiction that it twice tried to have him removed from his role as the sport's legal referee, alleging impartiality.

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) -- The San Francisco 49ers parted ways with running back Brandon Jacobs in an expected move after the outspoken player was suspended for the final three regular-season games.

Jacobs was suspended Dec. 10, though the team didn't explain why he was being punished. Yet it was pretty clear following a series of posts by Jacobs on social media sites in the days prior addressing his lack of playing time.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Veteran offensive lineman Ryan Lilja, who helped block for Peyton Manning during the Colts' Super Bowl-winning 2006 season, announced his retirement.

PRO HOCKEY

NEW YORK (AP) -- Hockey fans might have a reason to be a bit optimistic.

The NHL and the players' association are back on speaking terms, are trading ideas, and already have plans to get back together after the first day of face-to-face meetings in nearly three weeks.

The union responded to the NHL's most recent contract proposal with one of their own. And even before the league had a chance to review it with a fine-toothed comb, the sides decided they would meet again Tuesday.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

ATLANTA (AP) -- Chandler Catanzaro kicked a 37-yard field goal as time expired to give No. 14 Clemson a wild 25-24 win over No. 9 Louisiana State in the Chick-fil-A Bowl.

EL PASO, Texas (AP) -- Tevin Washington ran for a 1-yard touchdown that broke a third-quarter tie, then threw a TD pass while leading Georgia Tech past Southern California for a 21-7 victory in the Sun Bowl.

VANDERBILT 38, NORTH CAROLINA STATE 24

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Jordan Rodgers threw two touchdown passes and ran for another score as Vanderbilt capped its best season in nearly a century by beating North Carolina State 38-24 in the Music City Bowl.

The Commodores (9-4) won their seventh straight game, their top mark since going 9-1 in 1915.

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- Tulsa avenged a loss to Iowa State earlier in the season by defeating the Cyclones 31-17 in the rematch at a rainy Liberty Bowl behind Alex Singleton's three touchdowns.

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Boise State has backed out on a commitment to join the Big East and will remain a member of the Mountain West in 2013 -- and San Diego State could be next to reverse course.

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