Source: Panthers look at Turner ...Alabama loses more players to NFL draft... 2 MLB relievers make deals

January 11, 2018 - 5:49 pm

UNDATED (AP) — A person familiar with the situation says the Carolina Panthers are interviewing Norv Turner for their vacant offensive coordinator position. The Panthers fired offensive coordinator Mike Shula and quarterbacks coach Ken Dorsey Tuesday, two days after a playoff loss to the Saints. If the 65-year-old Turner is hired, he's expected to bring in his son Scott as quarterbacks coach. Scott Turner is an offensive analyst at the University of Michigan.

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — National champion Alabama is losing four more underclassmen to the NFL draft, including All-America safety Minkah Fitzpatrick. Fitzpatrick, safety Ronnie Harrison and tailback Bo Scarbrough announced today they're skipping their senior seasons. Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban says defensive tackle Da'Ron Payne is also entering the draft. Wide receiver Calvin Ridley previously announced his departure.

UNDATED (AP) — Two major league pitchers have avoided arbitration. Reliever Blake Parker has agreed to a $1.8 million, one-year contract with the Los Angeles Angels. The 32-year-old Parker's deal also includes award bonuses. Also, reliever Zach McAllister and the Cleveland Indians have agreed to a $2.45 million, one-year contract. The 30-year-old right-hander was 2-2 with a 2.61 ERA in 50 relief appearances last year, striking out 66 in 62 innings

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Buffalo Sabres defenseman Zach Bogosian will miss between four and six weeks with an injury to his lower left leg. Bogosian was hurt in practice yesterday. He has one assist and is averaging a little more than 19 minutes of playing time in 18 games since missing the first two months of the season with a lower body injury.

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Top-ranked Rafael Nadal and defending champion Roger Federer have been seeded first and second for the Australian Open. That means they can only play each other if they set up a rematch of last year's tennis final. Grigor Dimitrov, a semifinalist last year, is seeded third. Six-time champion Novak Djokovic (NOH'-vak JOH'-kuh-vich), who's coming back from a six-month injury layoff, is 14th.

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