Colts without Arians...Bills pick Marrone...Kelly ponders future...NHL labor peace

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Associated Press

Posted on January 6, 2013 at 1:36 PM

BALTIMORE (AP) — The Indianapolis Colts are without Bruce Arians for today's AFC wild-card game against the Ravens in Baltimore. The Colts say Arians has been hospitalized with an undisclosed illness and would not attend the game. Arians served as interim coach for 12 games this season, going 9-3, when head coach Chuck Pagano was undergoing chemotherapy treatment for leukemia.

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — The Buffalo Bills have reached an agreement to hire Syracuse's Doug Marrone as their next coach. One person told the AP that the deal is done, and a second person confirmed that the Bills were set on hiring Marrone. Marrone will replace Chan Gailey, who was fired last Monday following a second consecutive 6-10 season.

CLEVELAND (AP) — Oregon head coach Chip Kelly has not yet decided if he'll jump to the NFL and is weighing offers from the Cleveland Browns and Philadelphia Eagles, who appear to be in a bidding war for the 49-year-old with zero pro experience. The Browns were close to completing a deal with Kelly on Friday, and the potential of it being finalized briefly had the Eagles going in another direction. Oregon has gone 46-7 in the last four years and made four consecutive BCS bowl games but may face NCAA sanctions as the school is being investigated for recruiting violations.

NEW YORK (AP) — The NHL and the players' association agreed on a tentative pact to end a 113-day lockout and begin an abbreviated season later this month. The 10-year deal was announced this morning following a marathon negotiating session that lasted more than 16 hours. The collective bargaining agreement must be ratified by a majority of the league's 30 owners and the union's membership.

HOUSTON (AP) — The Houston Rockets have suspended first-round pick Royce White for "refusing to provide services" required by his contract. General manager Daryl Morey said today that the team will continue to work with White in hopes of finding a resolution. The 16th overall pick in last year's draft has spent most of the season on Houston's inactive list while he and the team figure out how to handle his anxiety disorder and overall mental health.

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