Fitzgerald to return for 16th season...Flores has 2nd meeting with Dolphins...Oilers fire GM
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — Larry Fitzgerald is returning to the Arizona Cardinals for a 16th NFL season. The Cardinals say they have signed the 35-year-old receiver to a one-year contract. This season Fitzgerald caught the 116th touchdown pass of his career and became the third player with at least 1,300 career receptions. He matched the franchise record for career games played with his 234th game in a Cardinals uniform and became the second receiver in league history with 2,000 yards receiving against three different teams, joining Jerry Rice.
MIAMI (AP) — New England Patriots defensive play-caller Brian Flores is taking a break from his Super Bowl preparations to meet with the Miami Dolphins, who are expected to hire him as head coach. Today’s meeting is Flores’ second with the Dolphins. No agreement can become final until after the Super Bowl on Feb. 3, when Flores’ defense will be tested by the NFC’s highest-scoring team, the Los Angeles Rams.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Edmonton Oilers have fired president of hockey operations and general manager Peter Chiarelli (shuh-REL’-ee) amid another season that has failed to live up to expectations. The team announced Chiarelli’s abrupt dismissal today after its third consecutive loss. Edmonton has lost 12 of its past 16 games going into the All-Star Break. The Oilers are 14-14-2 since firing coach Todd McLellan and replacing him with Ken Hitchcock.
MILWAUKEE (AP) — The Milwaukee Brewers have promoted general manager David Stearns, adding president of baseball operations to his title and giving him a contract extension after the team came within one win of the World Series. The Brewers also elevated chief operating officer Rick Schlesinger to president of business operations and boosted his contract. The club didn’t announce the length of the extensions.
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Guard Mike Conley says Memphis Grizzlies owner Robert Pera has told him and center Marc Gasol that they will be mentioned in potential trade talks. Conley and Gasol are the Grizzlies’ remaining cornerstone players, having played their entire careers with Memphis. Gasol declined to share details of his conversations with the owner. Gasol, who can opt out of his contract this summer, says he had not asked to be traded.