Tuesday's Sports In Brief


EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) Tom Coughlin didn't fade away in his goodbye to the New York Giants.

The 69-year-old, who led the Giants to two Super Bowls in a 12-year tenure, was Tom Coughlin to the end.

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In an emotional and poignant farewell, Coughlin talked about things that mattered to him: values, relationships, character, loyalty, team, family and love.

Speaking a day after stepping down as coach after four straight seasons out of the playoffs, Coughlin called the Giants' job a dream come true for a youngster from a small town in upstate New York. He nearly broke into tears thanking his wife, Judy, for being his quarterback through the ride.

Coughlin surprised no one in saying his coaching career may not be over. He still has that competitive fire.

CLEVELAND (AP) - The Browns have made an out-of-the-batter's box hire.

Owner Jimmy Haslam has brought in Paul DePodesta, a baseball executive and analytics expert with 20 years of major league experience, to be the NFL team's new chief strategy officer.

Haslam, who fired coach Mike Pettine and general manager Ray Farmer on Sunday night following a 3-13 season, pulled DePodesta away from the New York Mets to help his organization with decision making. DePodesta, a longtime aide to Sandy Alderson, had been the Mets' vice president of player development and amateur scouting. He helped them win the NL title last season.NBA

NEW YORK (AP) - Ronald Torbert, at the center of an incorrect penalty call in an October game, will work the Chiefs-Texans wild-card game Saturday.

Torbert, in his second season as a referee and sixth year as an NFL official, did not recognize Ravens guard John Urschel signaling he was lining up as an eligible player in a Monday night game Baltimore lost 26-18 at Arizona. The Ravens were flagged for an illegal formation, and the league's officiating vice president, Dean Blandino, later said Torbert was distracted while correcting the number of a penalized player on the previous play.

But Torbert's work the rest of the season was strong enough for the NFL to include him for postseason assignments. Playoff officials are chosen based on a ratings system for the regular season.

Other referees this weekend are John Parry (Steelers-Bengals), Walt Coleman (Seahawks-Vikings), and Gene Steratore (Packers-Redskins).

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) - The Jacksonville Jaguars turned in three of the worst defensive seasons in franchise history under coordinator Bob Babich.

So firing Babich was the obvious move.

Coach Gus Bradley parted ways with Babich after three disappointing seasons during which the Jaguars ranked 29th in the NFL in total defense and 31st in scoring defense.

The Jaguars made the announcement after Bradley met with his assistants. It was unclear whether Babich was the only assistant let go.


Now that all the postseason games with ''bowl'' in the title have been played, it's time to reveal the Associated Press 2015 All-Bowl Team. There were enough standout performances so 12 players were selected for the defense and 14 on offense, including two tight ends from the same school.

The offense was led by: TCU quarterback Bram Kohlhausen; running backs Leonard Fournette of LSU and Johnny Jefferson of Baylor; wide receivers Isaiah Ford of Virginia Tech, Jakeem Grant of Texas Tech, and Calvin Ridley of Alabama; and Arkansas tight ends Hunter Henry and Jeremy Sprinkle.

The defense was led by: linebackers Jack Cichy of Wisconsin, Kamalei Correa of Boise State, Devonte Fields of Louisville, and Scooby Wright of Arizona.

PROVO, Utah (AP) - BYU introduced the first three assistants under first-year head coach Kalani Sitake.

Heisman winner Ty Detmer will coach on the collegiate level for the first time as offensive coordinator. Former Oregon State linebackers coach Ilaisa Tuiaki will hold the defensive coordinator title for the first time during his career.

Former BYU defensive end Ed Lamb joins the staff as the most experienced of the bunch after spending the last seven years as the Southern Utah head coach and two years prior to that as an assistant to Jim Harbaugh at San Diego. He has the general title of assistant head coach.


LONDON (AP) - Prince Ali bin al-Hussein warns that FIFA risks catastrophe unless he is elected president next month and entrusted with cleaning up an organization reeling from corruption charges.

The Jordanian royal is among five candidates vying to succeed President Sepp Blatter.

Prince Ali was on the executive committee from 2011-15, sitting alongside several men indicted by American prosecutors and/or banned by FIFA. The prince was beaten in May's presidential election by Blatter, who announced his resignation the following week in the wake of criminal investigations into FIFA, then was banned from soccer last month.

ZURICH (AP) - Sepp Blatter's former right-hand man is facing a nine-year ban from soccer.

The FIFA ethics committee's lead investigator, Cornel Borbely, recommended the ban for Jerome Valcke after concluding his inquiry. In his final report, Borbely also asked that Valcke be fined 100,000 Swiss francs ($100,000) and that his 90-day suspension be extended for another 45 days.

Valcke, a Frenchman who served alongside Blatter as secretary general for nearly a decade, was accused of violating six articles of the FIFA code of ethics, including confidentiality and conflict of interest.

The former television journalist and sports marketing executive was originally banned for 90 days in October, a month after being put on leave by FIFA.