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January 4, 2019

NFL-NEWS

Patriots assistant Flores interviews for Dolphins’ head job

MIAMI (AP) — New England Patriots linebackers coach Brian Flores is the first candidate to interview for the Miami Dolphins’ coaching job.

Miami is seeking a replacement for Adam Gase, who was fired Monday after three seasons.

Flores, who met Friday with the Dolphins, has been a Patriots assistant for 11 seasons and took over defensive play-calling a year ago after the departure of defensive coordinator Matt Patricia.

The Dolphins are also expected to interview their special teams coach, Darren Rizzi; Chicago Bears defensive coordinator Vic Fangio; Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy; Dallas Cowboys secondary coach Kris Richards; and former Tennessee Titans head coach Mike Munchak, now the Pittsburgh Steelers’ offensive line coach.

The Dolphins’ search is being led by general manager Chris Grier, who took charge of football operations this week.

NBA-NEWS

Grizzlies acquire Holiday from Bulls

UNDATED (AP) — The struggling Memphis Grizzlies have acquired guard Justin Holiday from the Chicago Bulls for guards MarShon Brooks and Wayne Selden Jr.

Memphis also sent second-round picks in 2019 and 2020 to Chicago in the deal announced late Thursday. The Bulls waived guard Cameron Payne in another move.

The Grizzlies hope Holiday — who’s averaging 11.6 points — provides a lift. They have dropped 10 of 13 and had what general manager Chris Wallace described as an “emotionally charged” meeting following a loss to Detroit on Wednesday.

Memphis has fallen from first to 10th in the Western Conference after a 12-5 start.

With Holiday gone, rookie Chandler Hutchison figures to play a bigger role for Chicago. Brooks is averaging 6.6 points and Selden is scoring 5.4.

In other NBA news:

— Cleveland Cavaliers All-Star forward Kevin Love has been cleared to begin “select basketball activities” following left foot surgery. Love played in just four games this season before having surgery on Nov. 2 to repair an injury sustained during Cleveland’s exhibition opener. However, there is still no clear timeline on when Love will play again.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL-OBIT-WELSH

Hall of Fame college football coach George Welsh dies

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — George Welsh, who coached football at Virginia for 19 years and retired as the Atlantic Coast Conference’s career victories leader, has died.

The school made the announcement in a release Friday, saying Welsh’s family says he died peacefully in Charlottesville on Wednesday. He was 85.

Welsh compiled a 134-86-3 record at Virginia from 1982-2000. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2004.

A former quarterback at Navy, Welsh took over a Cavaliers program that had had just two winning seasons in 29 years. He guided Virginia to an 8-2-2 record in his third season, which ended with the school’s first appearance in a bowl game. Virginia went to bowl games 11 more times during his tenure.

Welsh also coached at Navy from 1973-81, compiling a 55-46-1 record.

NASCAR-TRUEX-SPONSOR

Bass Pro Shops moves with Martin Truex Jr. to Gibbs team

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Martin Truex Jr. has landed Bass Pro Shops as sponsor for 24 races this season with Joe Gibbs Racing.

Bass Pro first partnered with Truex in 2001 and was on his car when he won the 2017 Cup Series championship with Furniture Row Racing. That team folded at the end of November because another sponsor left NASCAR and Furniture Row could not replace the funding.

It made Truex available to move to JGR, and Bass Pro will follow as his primary sponsor.

Bass Pro was primary sponsor for Truex during his two Xfinity Series championships in 2004 and 2005, his first three seasons in NASCAR’s Cup Series, the 2017 championship season and last year’s title campaign.

Truex will drive the No. 19 Toyota in Gibbs’ four-car lineup.

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