ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) — The Detroit Lions say they've hired Jim Caldwell as their new coach and will introduce him at a news conference today. He takes over for Jim Schwartz, who was let go after a second-half collapse led to a 7-9 season. Caldwell spent this season as Baltimore's offensive coordinator and was head coach of the Colts from 2009-11, leading Indianapolis to the Super Bowl in his first season but losing his job following a 2-14 campaign that left him 26-22.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A federal judge in Philadelphia has preliminarily rejected a $767 million settlement of NFL concussion claims, fearing the sum may not be enough. U.S. District Judge Anita Brody has asked for more financial details from all parties. In her ruling the judge says the settlement is designed to cover nearly 20,000 men for 65 years. The awards would vary based on an ex-player's age and diagnosis.
NEW YORK (AP) — Cy Young Award winners Clayton Kershaw of the Los Angeles Dodgers and Detroit Tigers hurler Max Scherzer (SHUR'-zur) head 146 players who filed for salary arbitration. Also filing yesterday are Tampa Bay pitcher David Price, Pittsburgh third baseman Pedro Alvarez, Cincinnati pitcher Aroldis (ah-ROHL'-dihs) Chapman, Arizona outfielder Mark Trumbo, Baltimore catcher Matt Wieters (WEE'-turz) and Washington pitcher Jordan Zimmermann. Players are set to swap proposed salaries with their clubs Friday, and hearings will be scheduled for next month in St. Petersburg, Fla.
STANFORD, Calif. (AP) — Free safety Ed Reynolds and right tackle Cameron Fleming are the latest Stanford players to announce they are forgoing their final year of eligibility to enter the NFL draft. Reynolds ranked third on the Cardinal with 87 tackles last season. Fleming started on the right side of Stanford's stout offensive line the past three years.
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Serena Williams is moving on at the Australian open. She defeated Vesna Dolonc on another scorching day. Women's fourth seed Li Na (lee nah) won her second-round match. No. 9 Angelique Kerber advanced as well. On the men's side, No. 2 Novak Djokovic (NOH'-vak JOH'-kuh-vich) defeated Leonardo Mayer. Third-seeded David Ferrer recovered from a rough start to beat Adrian Mannarino. Seventh seed Tomas Berdych and No. 9 Richard Gasquet (gas-KAY') also advanced as did unseeded American Sam Querrey.