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Browns close in on Kelly...Eagles coaching hunt continues...PGA opener blown away

Friday - 1/4/2013, 9:30pm  ET

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) --

CLEVELAND (AP) -- A person familiar with the negotiations says the Cleveland Browns are close to a deal with Oregon's Chip Kelly to become their next coach. The Browns interviewed Kelly today and the Ducks coach was supposed to meet with Philadelphia. However, a person familiar with the interviews says the Eagles are "heading in another direction" because Kelly is nearing a deal with Cleveland.

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- The Philadelphia Eagles have been granted permission to interview Colts offensive coordinator Bruce Arians and Seahawks defensive coordinator Gus Bradley for their coaching vacancy. Team officials already met with three candidates and plan to interview Broncos offensive coordinator Mike McCoy in Denver on Sunday.

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) -- The Buffalo Bills are taking their coaching search to Denver to interview Broncos offensive coordinator Mike McCoy after spending much of the past week meeting candidates in Arizona. A person familiar with the Bills search says the team is still scheduled to interview McCoy in Denver on Saturday. The Bills had tentatively scheduled the meeting with McCoy earlier in the week, though a day and time had not been determined.

FT. LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) -- No. 1 Notre Dame and No. 2 Alabama got in another day of work before next week's BCS championship. The Fighting Irish practiced for about 75 minutes while the Crimson Tide put in about two hours. Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly declared the Irish are "ready to play."

KAPALUA, Hawaii (AP) -- First round play at the season opening Tournament of Champions was blown away as wind squalls howled down the mountains above Maui forcing play to be called off. Plans now call for 36 holes to be played tomorrow, but the weather forecast is calling for more windy conditions.


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