Panthers part with Davis...Source says Gase will coach Jets...Australian Open draw set
UNDATED (AP) — Thomas Davis says he’s been informed by the Panthers he won’t be back with them for a 15th NFL season. The three-time Pro Bowl linebacker is the Panthers’ all-time leading tackler. He overcame a torn ACL in his same knee three times to record 1,094 tackles, 28 sacks and 13 interceptions. Davis was an All-Pro in 2015, the year he went to his only Super Bowl. In a tweet last night the 35-year-old Davis thanked the organization for “14 special years,” but said that he’s not retiring. He becomes a free agent in March.
NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Jets have found a new head coach. A person familiar with the decision tells The Associated Press that fired Miami Dolphins coach Adam Gase has agreed to take the job. Gase was 23-26 in three years with Miami, including a playoff game in the 2016 season, before being fired last week. Gase replaces Todd Bowles, who was fired after he went 24-40 in four seasons with the Jets and no playoff appearances.
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic (NOH’-vak JOH’-kuh-vich) are each aiming for a record seventh men’s Australian Open title, and the draw has ensured they can’t play each other until the final. Top-ranked Djokovic starts at the top of the draw. Defending champion Federer, the No. 3 seed, is in the bottom half of the draw with second-seeded Rafael Nadal (nah-DAHL’). Simona Halep (HAL’-ehp) is the top-seeded woman, with Angelique Kerber second and Caroline Wozniacki (wohz-nee-AK’-ee) third. Serena Williams is 16th.
UNDATED (AP) — The International Ski Federation has disqualified German skier Stefan Luitz from his first World Cup win for inhaling from an oxygen tank between giant slalom runs. The federation says he will lose his prize money and 100 World Cup points for the Dec. 2 victory in Beaver Creek, Colorado. Luitz used the oxygen before retaining his first-run lead over Marcel Hirscher. The Austrian great will be awarded the win.
VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican has launched an official athletics team. Around 60 Holy See runners are the first accredited members of “Vatican Athletics,” which was announced today. They include Swiss Guards, priests, pharmacists and a 62-year-old professor who works in the Vatican’s Apostolic Library. The Vatican and the Italian Olympics Committee signed an agreement giving birth to the team, which is now a part of the Italian athletics association and is looking to compete in international competitions.