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January 4, 2018

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy says the team is working through some hard times following a disappointing season. In a radio interview today (on WTMJ-AM), McCarthy addressed reports that offensive coordinator Edgar Bennett and quarterbacks coach Alex Van Pelt are the latest coaches to go. McCarthy says the situation with Bennett remains fluid. He says Van Pelt’s departure was a contractual personal choice. Defensive coordinator Dom Capers and defensive line coach Mike Trgovac were let go yesterday.

UNDATED (AP) — A person with knowledge of the deal tells The Associated Press that LSU defensive coordinator Dave Aranda has signed a four-year contract worth $10 million, making him the first assistant coach in major college football to reach $2 million in annual salary. The 41-year-old was already the highest-paid assistant coach in the country at $1.8 million per year, according to the USA Today assistant coaches’ salary data base.

ATLANTA (AP) — An Atlanta police official says the agency is working with the U.S. Secret Service ahead of President Donald Trump’s visit to the city for Monday’s college football title game. Atlanta police spokesman Carlos Campos says in a statement to The Associated Press that “we’re aware of his visit” and are working with the agency charged with protecting the president. He says any further comment would have to come from the Secret Service. The White House has not made any official announcement on Trump’s plans.

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — Alabama starting linebacker Anfernee Jennings will miss the national championship game against Georgia because of a left knee injury. Jennings said on Twitter yesterday that he had successful surgery and will have an MRI on Friday. Linebackers Shaun Dion Hamilton and Dylan Moses are also out for the game with injuries.

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Andy Murray only needed a couple of days in Australia to realize the hip problem that has kept him out of competitive tennis since Wimbledon was not going to improve in time for the season’s first major. The five-time finalist withdrew from the Australian Open today, two days after pulling out of a tune0up event in Brisbane (BRIHZ’-bihn) before his first match.

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