Georgia Tech coach retiring...Season over for Jets’ Carpenter...Flyers do more house-cleaning
ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson is retiring. The 61-year-old Johnson made the surprise announcement today after meeting with his players. He coached the Yellow Jackets for 11 seasons, compiling a career record of 82-59 that includes eight bowl appearances and three trips to the Atlantic Coast Conference championship game. This season, the Yellow Jackets bounced back from a 1-3 start to finish 7-5, winning four straight games before a season-ending 45-21 loss to No. 4 Georgia.
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) — The New York Jets have placed left guard James Carpenter on the injured reserve list with a shoulder injury, ending the season for one of the team’s most reliable players. Carpenter had started in 58 straight games since signing with the Jets as a free agent in 2015 until missing New York’s 27-13 loss to New England last Sunday. The 29-year-old Carpenter was a first-round pick by Seattle out of Alabama in 2011 and played his first four seasons with the Seahawks.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Eric Berry was back on the Kansas City Chiefs’ practice field today for the first time since early in training camp, though it remains unclear when the star safety will be ready for games. Berry tore his Achilles’ tendon in last season’s opener, but was back on the practice field over the summer. He began training camp, but then was sidelined by a troublesome heel problem.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Philadelphia Flyers have continued their organizational purge, firing their assistant general manager and an assistant coach. The Flyers fired Chris Pryor and Gord Murphy today, a day after the Flyers blew a two-goal lead in the third period and lost 4-3 to Ottawa. The dismissals come two days after the Flyers fired general manager Ron Hextall following 4½ seasons on the job. The Flyers are 10-12-2 and in last place in the Eastern Conference.
TORONTO (AP) — Star center Auston Matthews will return to the Toronto Maple Leafs’ lineup tonight against the visiting San Jose Sharks. The 21-year-old hasn’t played since suffering a shoulder injury Oct. 27 against the Winnipeg Jets. Matthews had 10 goals and six assists through 11 games before the injury, which kept him out for 14 games.