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K-Heart Sports - Wednesday - 01/09/19 - PM Edition

North Dakota State head football coach Matt Entz has promoted quarterbacks coach Randy Hedberg to associate head coach/passing game coordinator and tight ends/fullbacks coach Tyler Roehl to offensive coordinator...

    FARGO, N.D. (NDSU) - North Dakota State head football coach Matt Entz has promoted quarterbacks coach Randy Hedberg to associate head coach/passing game coordinator and tight ends/fullbacks coach Tyler Roehl to offensive coordinator for the 2019 season.
    Hedberg and Roehl have been part of Bison teams that produced four of the top five seasons of total offense in NDSU history including a school-record 7,076 yards in 2018. The Bison also set single-season records with 622 points scored, 85 touchdowns and 4,293 rushing yards last year.

    Hedberg has been with the Bison for the past five seasons, tutoring No. 2 overall NFL draft pick Carson Wentz and FCS all-time winningest quarterback Easton Stick.

    Roehl recently completed his sixth season on the Bison coaching staff. He has been the tight ends and fullbacks coach the past five years under two different offensive coordinators - Tim Polasek (2014-16) and Courtney Messingham (2017-18) - and was an offensive assistant for the Bison in 2011 under former coordinator Brent Vigen.



    GRAND FORKS, N.D. (UND) - University of North Dakota head football coach Bubba Schweigert announced today that former Northern Illinois standout and Iowa offensive assistant Joe Pawlak has been named offensive line coach for the Fighting Hawks.
    Pawlak has spent the previous three seasons as a graduate assistant with the Iowa football program where he assists with the Hawkeye offense. He served as a graduate assistant on the Northern Illinois coaching staff for two seasons before moving to Iowa. A three-year starter at NIU, Pawlak started the final 41 games of his career and appeared in 52 total games. As a member of the 2011 MAC championship team, he was part of an offensive line that allowed just 12 sacks to rank 10th in the nation for fewest sacks allowed as the NIU offense broke 12 single-season records led by future Heisman finalist Jordan Lynch at quarterback. Pawlak earned all-conference honors in 2010 and academic all-conference recognition in 2011.


     MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - The Minnesota Vikings have appointed Kevin Stefanski as offensive coordinator, after his interim stint over the last three games of the season. The 36-year-old Stefanski was promoted Dec. 11 to replace John DeFilippo, who was fired in his first season on the job with the Vikings struggling badly to move the ball. Stefanski's contract expired Tuesday.
     The Vikings announced his hiring today. He's the fourth offensive coordinator under coach Mike Zimmer, who just finished his fifth year.
     Stefanski was a head coach candidate for the Cleveland Browns, who instead picked their interim offensive coordinator Freddie Kitchens.
     Stefanski, who joined the Vikings in 2006 as an assistant to coach Brad Childress, is the longest-tenured member of Minnesota's coaching staff . He has coached tight ends, running backs and quarterbacks for the Vikings.

     UNDATED (AP) - A person with knowledge of the decision tells The Associated Press that Denver Broncos general manager John Elway has decided on Chicago Bears defensive coordinator Vic Fangio as his new head coach.
     Fangio has spent 34 years as an assistant, including two years in the old USFL, but has never been a head coach at any level. Fangio, who turns 61 in August, is the oldest of the five candidates Elway interviewed to replace Vance Joseph, whom he fired after the Broncos went 11-21 in his two seasons.
     Meanwhile, the Cleveland Browns are hiring Freddie Kitchens as their coach, according to a person familiar with the decision. The person says Kitchens is finalizing his contract and will be named Cleveland's ninth coach since 1999.
     The 44-year-old Kitchens has no previous head coaching experience but had a dazzling eight-week run as the team's interim offensive coordinator. Rookie quarterback Baker Mayfield, the No. 1 overall pick in last year's draft, threw 19 of his NFL rookie record 27 touchdown passes while Kitchens oversaw the offense. It's a meteoric rise for Kitchens, who began the season as the team's running backs coach.
     In other NFL news:
     - The Minnesota Vikings have appointed Kevin Stefanski offensive coordinator, after his interim stint over the last three games of the season. The 36-year-old Stefanski was promoted Dec. 11 to replace John DeFilippo, who was fired in his first season on the job with the Vikings struggling badly to move the ball. Stefanski's contract expired Tuesday.
     - The Tennessee Titans have hired Frank Piraino away from Boston College as their new strength and conditioning coach. Piraino has spent the past six years in the same job at Boston College where Titans coach Mike Vrabel's son, Tyler, just finished his freshman season.
     - The NFL abruptly dropped its plan to challenge approved dementia diagnoses in a landmark concussion case as players' lawyers accuse it of trying to delay payments and rewrite the $1 billion settlement. A federal court hearing set for Thursday on the NFL's appeal was canceled Wednesday afternoon as the league dropped its appeal. Instead, U.S. District Judge Anita Brody issued an order requiring doctors to explain their findings in certain cases.
     - The NFL and the NFL Players Association have released a joint statement saying an independent administrator found Panthers safety Eric Reid received the "normal" number of drug tests this season and he was not the subject of targeting by the league. The statement says "there is no evidence of targeting or any other impropriety with respect to his selection for testing." Reid said last month that he had been tested seven times by the NFL, but a person familiar with the situation tells The Associated Press that Reid was not tested that many times. Reid accused the league of targeting him because of the ongoing collusion case against the NFL alleging that team owners conspired to keep him out of the league for kneeling during the national anthem.
     - A lawsuit claiming the NFL violated New Jersey's consumer fraud laws with its ticketing policies for the 2014 Super Bowl at MetLife Stadium has been dealt a defeat in court. New Jersey's Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that the NFL didn't violate the laws when it released 1 percent of tickets to fans through a lottery. The rest of the tickets were withheld for teams, sponsors and other insiders.

     UNDATED (AP) - Clemson cornerback Trayvon Mullen is headed to the NFL draft. Mullen and fellow Tigers starter linebacker Tre Lamar announced their intentions Wednesday to forego their senior seasons to turn pro. The two are the first of what's expected to be several defensive starters who will leave the school for the NFL draft.
     Mullen had an interception, a sack and forced a fumble in Clemson' 44-16 victory Alabama for its second national title in three seasons. At 6-foot-1, 195 pounds, the defensive MVP for the national championship game is considered a potential first-round selection. Lamar is a 6-4, 255-pound junior who was third on Clemson with 80 tackles.
     In other college football news:
     - Two people familiar with the situation say Alabama quarterback Jalen Hurts has entered his name into the NCAA transfer database portal. Putting his name on the list allows other schools to contact Hurts, who has already graduated and is eligible to play his final season as a graduate transfer. It's not a binding decision to transfer. Hurts is a two-year starter who led Alabama to a pair of national championship games and was Southeastern Conference offensive player of the year as a freshman.
     - Star Kansas running back Pooka Williams has been granted diversion in a domestic battery case, meaning he has a chance to keep the allegation off his record. Williams, who appeared in court today, is accused of punching an 18-year-old woman in the stomach and grabbing her by the throat last month.  Diversion allows someone to avoid the usual legal procedures and complete specific requirements, which can include rehabilitation programs or fines. Williams was the Big 12 offensive freshman of the year and a first-team all-Big 12 selection as running back and kick returner last season. He was suspended by the football program Dec. 7.
     - Jim Chaney is returning to Tennessee for a second stint as the Volunteers' offensive coordinator after spending the last three seasons at Georgia. Chaney replaces Tyson Helton, who left to become Western Kentucky's head coach. Chaney received a three-year contract worth a total of $4.8 million. Chaney was Tennessee's offensive coordinator from 2009-12 on the staffs of Lane Kiffin and Derek Dooley. He also served as interim head coach for a victory over Kentucky in the 2012 season finale after Dooley was fired.

     UNDATED (AP) - Grizzlies guard/forward Dillon Brooks will have surgery on a ruptured ligament in his right big toe hurt during a loss in San Antonio. The Grizzlies disclosed Brooks' injury today, saying the team will update his status after surgery later this week. The announcement followed a report that Brooks will miss the rest of the season.
     Brooks was hurt in his seventh game back, a 108-88 loss to the Spurs last weekend, after a sprained left knee in early November cost him 21 games. The 6-foot-6, 220-pound Brooks was the only Memphis player to play in all 82 games last season as a rookie after the Grizzlies traded for the 45th pick overall by Houston.
     In other NBA news:
     - NBA fans on Twitter will soon have a say in who they're watching. The league, Twitter and Turner Sports announced a plan today where fans in the U.S. will be able to vote for which player they want to see in an isolated camera view stream for 20 select regular-season and playoff games on TNT this season. The debut of the iso-cam stream will be next month at the All-Star Game in Charlotte. Fans can tweet their vote early in games, and the stream will run with commentary during the second half of those games as a second-screen offering.

     UNDATED (AP) - The Indians have avoided salary arbitration with new catcher Kevin Plawecki, who agreed to a one-year contract for $1,137,500. Plawecki was acquired Sunday from the New York Mets. He made $557,471 last season, when he batted .201 with seven homers and a career-high 30 RBIs.
     Cleveland needed another experienced catcher after trading prospect Francisco Mejia at last year's trade deadline and sending All-Star Yan Gomes to Washington in December. Plawecki could share time with Roberto Perez.
     The 27-year-old Plawecki spent six weeks last season on the disabled list with a broken left hand. He threw out 23 percent (16 for 70) of potential base stealers and had two four-RBI games.
     In other baseball news:
     - Former St. Louis Cardinals slugger Chris Duncan is stepping down from his radio career to focus on his battle with brain cancer. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports Duncan took a temporary leave from the station in March to resume treatment for brain cancer that was first diagnosed in 2012. Radio station WXOS said the 37-year-old will step aside from co-hosting "The Turn" weekday show. Duncan played with the Cardinals from 2005 to 2009 and joined the radio station in 2011. He is the son of former Cardinals pitching coach Dave Duncan.
     - Catcher Travis d'Arnaud got a $40,000 raise from the New York Mets to $3,515,000 despite missing nearly all of last season following Tommy John surgery. New York agreed to the deal with d'Arnaud on Dec. 22 but did not announce it. D'Arnaud, who turns 30 on Feb. 10, has been on the disabled list in five straight seasons as injuries limited him to 366 major league games, an average of 73 per season.
     - The New York Yankees host Baltimore and Washington is at home against the New York Mets on March 28. Those are the first games of the earliest regular major league opening day. The previous earliest regular start was March 30 in 2003, 2008 and 2014. The season opens with a two-game series between Seattle and Oakland in Tokyo on March 20-21, MLB's fifth opener in Japan. All 30 teams are scheduled for opening day for the second straight year. Two games were postponed on opening day last season.



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