January 24, 2009|By From Sun staff and news services

Chiefs fire Edwards as coach; Shanahan in?


Herm Edwards, head coach of the Kansas City Chiefs during the worst two-year span in team history, was fired yesterday. Edwards goes out with a three-year regular-season record of 15-33 and with one year remaining on a four-year, $12 million contract. As head coach of the New York Jets from 2001 to 2005, he had a regular-season mark of 39-41 and was 2-3 in the playoffs. reported that former longtime Denver Broncos coach Mike Shanahan, fired by that team after this past season, was being sought by the Chiefs as Edwards' replacement. Edwards had been waiting to learn his fate since president and general manager Carl Peterson resigned Dec. 15. When former New England Patriots vice president of player personnel Scott Pioli was introduced as Peterson's successor Jan. 13, he was noncommittal. Bob Moore, a team spokesman, said all the assistant coaches still with Kansas City are under contract.

Lions:: New head coach Jim Schwartz (Mount St. Joseph) hired Scott Linehan as offensive coordinator. The Rams fired Linehan as head coach after the team opened this season 0-4. Linehan became St. Louis' coach in 2006.

Cardinals:: Running back J.J. Arrington sat out practice for the second day in a row but said, "I'll be fine," when the team plays the Steelers in the Super Bowl on Feb. 1 in Tampa, Fla. Arrington injured his right knee in Arizona's 32-25 victory over Philadelphia in the NFC title game.

Packers:: Mike Trgovac, who turned down a contract offer this week to remain Carolina's defensive coordinator, was hired as Green Bay's defensive tackles coach.

S. Williams advances after wild day in Australia


Serena Williams didn't have to deal with any unexpected distractions today, advancing to the fourth round at the Australian Open in Melbourne. The second-seeded Williams, who won the Australian title in 2003, 2005 and 2007, started play on the sixth day at Rod Laver Arena with a 6-1, 6-4 win over No. 41-ranked Peng Shuai of China. The nine-time major winner's victory was routine compared with the previous day at the first major of the season. A half-naked streaker ran onto the court during Williams' doubles victory with sister Venus. Then ethnic violence flared after Novak Djokovic of Serbia beat Bosnian-born American Amer Delic, leaving a woman injured, two men charged with riotous behavior, 30 people ejected by police and broken chairs scattered over the lawn area at Melbourne Park. Serena Williams next faces No. 13 Victoria Azarenka of Belarus, who ousted 2006 Australian Open and Wimbledon champion Amelie Mauresmo, 6-4, 6-2. Carla Suarez Navarro, who had an upset win over reigning Wimbledon champion Venus Williams in the second round, beat fellow Spaniard Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez, 6-1, 6-4. Suarez Navarro, ranked 46th, will next play No. 21 Anabel Medina Garrigues - who ousted 12th seed Flavia Pennetta of Italy, 6-4, 6-1 - in an all-Spanish fourth-round match. Yesterday, Ana Ivanovic's hopes of a return trip to the final fell apart in a 7-5, 6-7 (5), 6-2 loss to Alisa Kleybanova of Russia. The fifth-ranked Ivanovic lost her serve nine times. The afternoon violence also overshadowed the night match between second-ranked Roger Federer and former No. 1 Marat Safin. Federer won, 6-3, 6-2, 7-6 (5).

Installment plan offered for Nats season tickets


The Washington Nationals have come up with a recession-friendlier way to pay for season tickets: the installment plan. The Nationals announced the creation of the Grand Slam E-Z Payment Plan, which allows fans to pay off their season tickets in monthly installments on their credit cards over six months. The move is the latest among several measures the team, which finished with the worst record in baseball last season at 59-102, hopes will attract fans to Nationals Park during the tough economic climate. In September, the Nationals announced they were lowering season-ticket prices for 7,500 seats, and Thursday they lowered individual-sale ticket prices on 14,000 seats.

Et cetera:: First baseman Prince Fielder and the Brewers completed a two-year, $18 million contract. ... The Mets agreed to a one-year, $600,000 contract with outfielder Cory Sullivan, a minor league contract with outfielder Rob Mackowiak that would become a one-year, $600,000 deal if he is added to the major league roster, and a minor league deal with pitcher Freddy Garcia, who would get a one-year, $1.5 million contract if he's added to the 40-man roster. ... Red is out, black is in, and the sleeves are attached again to Pittsburgh's jerseys. The Pirates are restoring sleeves to all jerseys except the white pinstriped tops worn for Sunday afternoon home games.

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