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Reid to coach Chiefs; Browns to hire Kelly

– Andy Reid, the longtime Eagles coach, agreed to a five-year deal to become coach of the Kansas City Chiefs, two people familiar with the situation told The Associated Press. The people spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the terms of the contract.

The people also said that Reid has already begun assembling a staff.

Meanwhile in Cleveland, a person familiar with the negotiations said the Browns are close to a deal with Oregon’s Chip Kelly to become their next coach.

The Browns interviewed Kelly on Friday, 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.

Reid’s agreement was finalized shortly after the Chiefs announced they had parted ways with general manager Scott Pioli after four seasons.


Report: Armstrong might come clean

The New York Times reported Friday that Lance Armstrong, who has strongly denied the doping charges that led to him being stripped of his seven Tour de France titles, has told associates he is considering admitting to the use of performance-enhancing drugs.


Eagles to interview Colts’ Arians

Philadelphia was granted permission to interview Colts offensive coordinator Bruce Arians and Seattle defensive coordinator Gus Bradley for their coaching vacancy. Team officials already met with three candidates and plan to interview Denver offensive coordinator Mike McCoy on Sunday.

NFL news

Minnesota listed quarterback Christian Ponder and cornerback Antoine Winfield as questionable for their playoff game tonight against Green Bay. Ponder was limited in practice all week with a bruised right elbow. … Cornerback Brandon Browner is expected to start for Seattle in the playoff opener Sunday at Washington despite just returning from his four-game suspension.

Manziel stellar in Cotton Bowl win

In Arlington, Texas, Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel ran for two touchdowns, threw for two other scores and had a Cotton Bowl-record 517 total yards as 10th-ranked Texas A&M beat No. 12 Oklahoma 41-13. Manziel threw for 288 yards on 22-of-34 passing and ran for 229 on 17 carries.


High winds delay PGA Tour opener

Wind squalls that howled down the mountains above Maui were so severe that the opening round of the Tournament of Champions in Kapalua, Hawaii, was scrapped until today. The plan is to play 36 holes today, but the forecast is for more wind.


NHL, union work through mediator

Scot Beckenbaugh, a federal mediator, held over 12 hours of separate talks with the NHL and the players’ association before stopping for the night with a promise to get going again at 10:30 this morning. Beckenbaugh shuttled back and forth between the hotel where the union is working and the league office in New York.