Chiefs’ Berry hopes to play Sunday...Cowboys part ways with offensive coordinator....Turk Schonert dies
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Chiefs safety Eric Berry is sounding confident that he will be on the field when Kansas City plays the New England Patriots in the AFC championship game Sunday. Berry has been a full participant in practice this week after dealing with a bothersome heel but he needs the OK from coach Andy Reid to take the field. The heel injury kept Berry off the field until Week 15 against the Chargers.
DALLAS (AP) — Scott Linehan is out as offensive coordinator of the Dallas Cowboys only days after coach Jason Garrett sent mixed messages about the oft-criticized assistant’s future. Garrett says in a statement released by the team today that he and Linehan had some open discussions this week and mutually agreed that a change was needed after five seasons.
CINCINNATI (AP) — Former NFL quarterback Turk Schonert (SHOH’-nurt) has died, two days after his 62nd birthday. Schonert came off the bench and led the Cincinnati Bengals to an opening victory during their 1981 Super Bowl season. He played eight seasons in Cincinnati and one in Atlanta. He also coached with the Buccaneers, Panthers, Giants and Bills.
NEW YORK (AP) — A record number of college football players are bypassing their remaining years of eligibility to enter the NFL draft. The 135 players forgoing eligibility surpasses the 119 from last year. The NFL released the official list today. There are 103 underclassmen eligible for the April 25-27 draft. Another 32 players have graduated but still have college eligibility.
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — A person familiar with the negotiations says closer Cody Allen and the Los Angeles Angels have agreed to an $8.5 million, one-year contract, subject to a successful physical. The person says the deal includes $2.5 million in available bonuses. Allen, a 30-year-old right-hander, had spent his entire career with the Cleveland Indians and is the franchise’s leader in saves with 149.