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Son of Packers’ coordinator found in Wis. river: OSHKOSH, Wis. (AP) — Police say they have recovered the son of Green Bay Packers’ offensive coordinator Joe Philbin from an icy Wisconsin River.

Twenty-one-year-old Michael Philbin disappeared early Sunday morning while out with friends in Oshkosh.

Divers recovered his body from the Fox River near the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh campus on Monday.

An autopsy was scheduled for Tuesday. Results are not expected for at least a month. Oshkosh police Chief Scott Greuel (GROYLE) said Tuesday they suspect no foul play.

He said they delayed releasing Philbin’s identity out of respect for his family’s privacy and because there’s no threat to public safety. Greuel declined to release any details of how Philbin became separated from his friends, saying the investigating continues.

McDaniels’ return to Patriots sparks intrigue: FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Josh McDaniels spent a chilly day on the field at his first practice since becoming an offensive assistant with the New England Patriots.

They worked Tuesday on getting ready for Saturday night’s divisional playoff game against the Denver Broncos, the team McDaniels coached in 2009 and for the first 12 games in 2010 before being fired. He had spent three seasons as New England’s offensive coordinator before moving to Denver.

McDaniels could provide some inside information on the Broncos, but the Patriots already know plenty about them from studying video of them and having played them on Dec. 18.

The Patriots hired McDaniels last Sunday after the St. Louis Rams released him from the final year of his contract as offensive coordinator.

Bengals’ Zimmer interviews for Dolphins job: MIAMI (AP) — Cincinnati Bengals defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer has completed an interview for the Miami Dolphins’ head coaching job.

Former Tennessee Titans coach Jeff Fisher remains the Dolphins’ top choice. He interviewed last week, and the Dolphins are waiting for him to choose between them and the St. Louis Rams.

The Dolphins also were planning to interview Atlanta Falcons offensive coordinator Mike Mularkey. They earlier interviewed Green Bay Packers offensive coordinator Joe Philbin, Chicago Bears special teams coordinator Dave Toub, and Todd Bowles, who was Miami’s interim coach for the final three games this season after Tony Sparano was fired.

Zimmer, who completed his interview Tuesday, has been an NFL defensive coordinator for 12 years and joined the Bengals in 2008.

Veteran WR Derrick Mason says he is retiring: OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) — Veteran wide receiver Derrick Mason has decided to retire after 15 NFL seasons.

The two-time Pro Bowl selection caught 943 career passes for 12,061 yards and 66 touchdowns.

The 37-year-old Mason spent the first eight seasons of his career with the Houston Oilers/Tennessee Titans, later playing six seasons for the Baltimore Ravens.

Mason says he’s done, that he “won’t be playing football” anymore. He says he only knew one play to play, “going all-out and having fun out there.”

He was cut by the Ravens in July, signed by the New York Jets and later traded to the Houston Texans.

Mason caught 19 passes for 170 yards this season with the Jets and Texans. He plans to pursue a career in broadcasting and has appeared on NFL Network recently.


AP source: Heisman Trophy winner RG3 is going pro: A person familiar with the decision says Heisman Trophy winner Robert Griffin III has decided to enter the NFL draft.

ESPN, citing an anonymous family source, first reported that Griffin is going pro and is in the final stages of picking an agent.

Griffin is bypassing his senior season at Baylor, according to the person familiar with his decision who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Tuesday night because the quarterback had not yet made an official announcement.

Griffin is projected to be one of the top picks in April. Griffin and Stanford’s Andrew Luck, the Heisman runner-up, are likely to be the first two quarterbacks selected.

Commissioners open to making big BCS changes: NEW ORLEANS (AP) — BCS officials are open to making big changes to college football’s postseason format, including implementing a four-team playoff.

The commissioners from the 11 FBS conferences met Tuesday to exchange ideas about what the system for crowning a national champion will be starting in the 2014 season. BCS Executive Director Bill Hancock says 50 to 60 possibilities for various changes were presented.

Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott says ideas were not “ranked” or “eliminated.”

Hancock says the process will be deliberate, and he expects it will take between five and seven meetings before July 4 to come to a decision.

A new BCS format must be in place before the fall when television negotiations with ESPN open.

New PSU staff takes shape without Jay Paterno: STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — Jay Paterno is leaving Penn State’s coaching staff after spending 17 years as an assistant under his father, Hall of Fame coach Joe Paterno.

The younger Paterno worked the last 12 seasons as the quarterbacks coach. His departure was expected after the school last week named New England Patriots offensive coordinator Bill O’Brien to succeed JoePa as head coach. Paterno was fired Nov. 9.

In a statement, Jay Paterno said he spoke with O’Brien and that the two “reached the conclusion” he would not be part of the new staff. He said he would spend the next few weeks consulting his wife and family about options both inside and outside of football.

Jay Paterno thanked fans for their support and wished good luck to the program.


AP source: Selig to be offered contract extension: NEW YORK (AP) — Baseball owners say Commissioner Bud Selig will be offered a contract extension at this week’s meetings in Phoenix. first reported that Selig will be offered an additional term when owners meet Wednesday and Thursday in Scottsdale, Ariz. Two owners, speaking on condition of anonymity so as not to attract criticism from Selig, told The Associated Press on Tuesday that a new term will be proposed.

Selig has been commissioner since September 1992 and would surpass Kenesaw Mountain Landis for longest tenure in September 2016. Selig repeatedly has said he intends to retire in December but also admits almost no one believes him.

Owners also intend to approve the completion of the sale of the San Diego Padres from John Moores to Jeff Moorad.

Cubs agree to 1-year deal with LHP Paul Maholm: CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Cubs have agreed to a one-year contract with left-handed pitcher Paul Maholm, adding depth to their starting rotation.

The deal announced Tuesday includes a club option for 2013.

The 29-year-old Maholm was limited by a left shoulder strain last season with Pittsburgh and made 26 starts, going 6-14 despite a 3.66 ERA. He was 53-73 over seven seasons with the Pirates.

In Chicago, he figures to fill a spot in the rotation behind Matt Garza and Ryan Dempster, assuming Garza isn’t dealt. The Cubs have been listening to offers for him but would like top prospects.

Orioles sign Taiwanese LHP Chen to 3-year contract: BALTIMORE (AP) — The Baltimore Orioles have signed Taiwanese left-hander Wei-yin Chen to a three-year contract, a move they hope will enhance a starting rotation that struggled in 2011.

Chen went 36-30 with a 2.48 ERA in 117 games, including 88 starts, over the last four seasons with the Chunichi Dragons of the Central League of Nippon Professional Baseball. The 26-year-old will become the first Orioles player born in Taiwan.

Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette says Chen has “exceptional command” with a 92 to 94 mph fastball and a hard breaking ball as his “out pitch.”

Chen’s contract includes a club option for 2015.

To clear room on the 40-man roster, the Orioles designated outfielder Kyle Hudson for assignment. Hudson went 4 for 29 in 14 games with Baltimore last season.