Brees expects to stay...Former Giants coach talks to Browns...Love will be back at Stanford
METAIRIE, La. (AP) — Drew Brees says he still expects to remain with the New Orleans Saints as long as they’ll have him. The quarterback says he knows he’d have leverage to shop around if the Saints don’t reach an extension with him before the new league year starts in March. However, the 39-year-old Brees says he doesn’t plan on that. The Saints’ season was on the brink of continuing to the NFC title game until a stunning, last-second Minnesota touchdown Sunday.
CLEVELAND (AP) — A person familiar with the situation says former New York Giants coach Ben McAdoo is interviewing with the Cleveland Browns to be their offensive coordinator. McAdoo was fired by New York in December. Following the Browns’ 0-16 season, coach Hue Jackson said he was open to hiring a coordinator after doing that job over the past two seasons.
STANFORD, Calif. (AP) — Heisman Trophy runner-up Bryce Love is returning to Stanford for his senior season. Love released a statement through the school today saying he will be back next year while continuing to work on his degree in human biology. Love set a Stanford record with 2,118 yards rushing this season, set an FBS record with 13 runs of at least 50 yards and topped the 100-yard mark 12 times. This, despite being hampered by a sprained ankle the second half of the season and a hand injury in Stanford’s 37-35 Alamo Bowl loss to TCU.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Retired NASCAR driver Dale Earnhard Jr. says he is interested in becoming a minority owner with the NFL’s Carolina Panthers. Earnhardt told The Associated Press he was not asked by local businessmen Felix Sabates to join a potential ownership group, but said he did contact Marcus Smith, the CEO of Speedway Motorsports, to say he’d be interested. Current Panthers owner Jerry Richardson announced in December he’s selling the team.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Hornets coach Steve Clifford has returned to practice following a 21-game absence due to headaches caused by sleep deprivation. Clifford says when he began experiencing intense headaches back in early December it scared him so bad he decided to take a medical leave of absence. Tests revealed nothing wrong internally, but Clifford said doctors told him he needed to dramatically change his lifestyle and work habits — and get more sleep.