Hall of Fame finalists announced...Lions interview 2 assistants for coaching job...Arizona fires Rodriguez
UNDATED (AP) — Star linebackers Ray Lewis and Brian Urlacher are among four first-time eligible former players selected among the 15 modern-era finalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Class of 2018. Receiver Randy Moss and guard Steve Hutchinson also made the cut to the finals in their first year of eligibility. They join Tony Boselli, Isaac Bruce, Brian Dawkins, Alan Faneca, Joe Jacoby, Edgerrin James, Ty Law, John Lynch, Kevin Mawae, Terrell Owens and Everson Walls for consideration.
DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit Lions have interviewed two of their current coordinators for their vacant head coaching job. The Lions say they interviewed defensive coordinator Teryl Austin and offensive coordinator Jim Bob Cooter yesterday, a day after coach Jim Caldwell was fired. Austin was Detroit’s defensive coordinator for Caldwell’s entire four-year tenure. Cooter was Detroit’s quarterbacks coach in 2014 and was promoted to offensive coordinator during the 2015 season.
UNDATED (AP) — Arizona has fired football coach Rich Rodriguez after a notice of claim was filed with the state attorney general’s office alleging he ran a hostile workplace. The Tucson Daily Star revealed the notice of claim yesterday after making a public-records request. Athletic director Dave Heeke issued a statement saying the athletics department decided to go in a new direction after evaluating the program. Rodriguez was 43-39 in six seasons at Arizona, including 3-9 last season.
SEVERN, Md. (AP) — The mother of a Marshall University football player shot at a New Year’s party in Maryland says he is paralyzed. News outlets report redshirt freshman defensive tackle Larry Aaron was one of two people struck by gunfire at a house party in Severn early Monday morning. Police say it doesn’t appear Aaron was the intended target. His mother, Melissa Aaron, told The Herald-Dispatch the bullet lodged in his spine, leaving him paralyzed from the waist down. She says doctors cannot operate, at the risk of doing more damage.
ZAGREB, Croatia (AP) — Olympic champion Mikaela Shiffrin is holding a lead of 1.41 seconds after the opening run of a women’s World Cup slalom in Croatia. The American skier timed 52.99 seconds, finishing ahead of Wendy Holdener of Switzerland. Petra Vlhova of Slovakia was third. Shiffrin, the overall World Cup leader, is going for her seventh win of the season and 38th overall.