Green Bay hires Philbin, Pettine...NFL, union say Panthers followed protocol with Newton...Federer beats Berdych again

January 24, 2018 - 10:05 am

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — The Green Bay Packers have hired Joe Philbin as offensive coordinator and Mike Pettine (PET'-ihn) as defensive coordinator. Philbin is a former Miami Dolphins head coach, but he also spent 2007-11 as Green Bay's offensive coordinator. Pettine is a veteran defensive coordinator who also was head coach in Cleveland from 2014-15. The Packers are in the midst of a shake-up after finishing with a 7-9 record that left them out of the playoffs for the first time since 2008.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The NFL and the Players Association say the Carolina Panthers correctly followed concussion protocol guidelines when handling Cam Newton's injury during a first-round playoff loss to the Saints. The quarterback stumbled to the ground after walking off the field with a second-half eye injury. The league says the stumble was caused by a previous knee injury.

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Roger Federer has reached his 14th semifinal at the Australian Open by beating Tomas Berdych for the 20th time. The 36-year-old defending champion also became the oldest man to reach the semifinals at Melbourne Park since Ken Rosewall did it in 1977 at age 42, and the oldest man to advance to the final four at any major since Jimmy Connors at the 1991 U.S. Open at age 39.

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The NCAA is examining how Michigan State University handled the case of sports doctor Larry Nassar, who faces prison time for sexually assaulting Olympic gymnasts and other young female athletes. Nassar worked at Michigan State and USA Gymnastics, which trains Olympians. Former Spartan athletes are among the more than 150 women and girls who have spoken at Nassar's sentencing, which is scheduled to conclude today. He faces a minimum of 25 to 40 years behind bars under a plea deal.

MOSCOW (AP) — The Kremlin is dismissing talk of an Olympic boycott after some of Russia's top athletes were barred from competing at the Pyeongchang (PYUHNG'-chahng) Games. Several of the country's top medal hopes have been barred from next month's games amid the country's doping scandal, which has already forced Russia to compete under a neutral flag. A spokesman for President Vladimir Putin says the Russian government is going to focus on communicating with the International Olympic Committee to defend its athletes.

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