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Source: Broncos choose next head coach...NFL drops plan to challenge dementia diagnoses....Clemson loses another player to NFL draft

January 9, 2019

UNDATED (AP) — A person with knowledge of the decision says Denver Broncos general manager John Elway has decided on Chicago Bears defensive coordinator Vic Fangio as his new head coach. Fangio has spent 34 years as an assistant but has never been a head coach at any level. Meanwhile, the Cleveland Browns are hiring Freddie Kitchens as their coach, according to a person familiar with the decision.

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The NFL has abruptly dropped its plan to challenge approved dementia diagnoses in a landmark concussion case as players’ lawyers accuse it of trying to delay payments and rewrite the $1 billion settlement. A federal court hearing set for Thursday on the NFL’s appeal was canceled this afternoon as the league dropped its appeal. Instead, a U.S. district judge issued an order requiring doctors to explain their findings in certain cases.

CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — Clemson cornerback Trayvon Mullen is headed to the NFL draft. Mullen and fellow Tigers starter linebacker Tre Lamar have now announced their intentions to forego their senior seasons to turn pro. The two are the first of what’s expected to be several defensive starters who will leave the school for the NFL draft.

CLEVELAND (AP) — The Indians have avoided salary arbitration with new catcher Kevin Plawecki, who agreed to a one-year contract for $1,137,500. Plawecki was acquired Sunday from the New York Mets. He made $557,471 last season, when he batted .201 with seven homers and a career-high 30 RBIs. The 27-year-old Plawecki spent six weeks last season on the disabled list with a broken left hand. He threw out 23 percent (16 for 70) of potential base stealers and had two four-RBI games.

NEW YORK (AP) — — The New York Yankees host Baltimore and Washington is at home against the New York Mets on March 28. Those are the first games of the earliest regular major league opening day. The previous earliest regular start was March 30 in 2003, 2008 and 2014. The season opens with a two-game series between Seattle and Oakland in Tokyo on March 20-21, MLB’s fifth opener in Japan. All 30 teams are scheduled for opening day.

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