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PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A person with knowledge of the decision tells The Associated Press that Kansas City offensive coordinator Doug Pederson has accepted the Philadelphia Eagles' offer to become their head coach. Pederson started nine games at quarterback for the Eagles in 1999 and began his NFL coaching career as an assistant under Andy Reid in Philadelphia in 2009. He can't be officially hired as long as the Chiefs are in the playoffs, and they take on New England on Saturday.
SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — The San Francisco 49ers have hired Chip Kelly as their new head coach, ending a search that began when the team fired Jim Tomsula (tahm-SOO'-lah) after this season. The 52-year-old Kelly was fired by Philadelphia after Week 16 with one game left in his third season as coach. The former University of Oregon coach was 6-9 in 2015 following two 10-6 seasons, prompting Eagles CEO Jeffrey Lurie to make a change.
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — The New York Giants have confirmed that Ben McAdoo (MAK'-uh-doo) has been hired as head coach replacing Tom Coughlin, who stepped down a little more than a week ago after 12 seasons. The 38-year-old McAdoo just finished his second season as the Giants' offense coordinator. He takes over a team that has posted losing records the past three seasons, including 6-10 campaigns the last two years.
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski sat out yesterday's practice, the team's last workout before its playoff game against the Kansas City Chiefs. Gronkowski also missed Tuesday's practice with a knee injury he sustained against the Denver Broncos on Nov. 29. He practiced on Wednesday, but was listed on the injury report as a "limited" participant.
HONOLULU (AP) — Vijay Singh (VEE'-jay sing) birdied his last two holes for a 7-under 63 and a share of the lead with four others in first-round play at the Sony Open in Honolulu. It was Singh's best score in the tournament by two shots, and his lowest opening round in more than three years. It left him tied with Ricky Barnes, Morgan Hoffman, Kevin Kisner and Brandt Snedeker.
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