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Report: FAU to hire Charlie Partridge as new head football coach

By John Evenson

The Florida Atlantic Owls are all set to hire Charlie Partridge as their new head football coach according to Dieter Kurtenbach of the Sun Sentinel, and the Plantation native could accept the offer as early as Sunday.

Partridge would be coming off the role of Arkansas' associate head coach this past season, and spent the previous five seasons before that at Wisconsin. He has a strong reputation for recruiting South Florida talent, which would be a strong point for the Owls heading into their second season in Conference U.S.A.

Partridge would replace Carl Pelini as permanent head coach, who resigned mid-season after allegations surfaced of illegal drug use.

Report: FAU to hire Charlie Partridge as new head football coach

Saturday, December 14 2013, 11:49 PM EST

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PITTSBURGH (AP) -- So much for James Harrison's retirement. The Pittsburgh Steelers are bringing back the volatile five-time Pro Bowler to add a veteran presence to a depleted linebacker group.

Steelers coach Mike Tomlin spoke to the 36-year-old Harrison about the "climate change" around domestic violence before re-signing him.

Harrison was arrested in 2008 on assault and criminal mischief charges following an altercation with his then-girlfriend. The charges were dropped after Harrison completed anger management classes. He was not suspended by the team.

Tomlin praised Harrison for his growth since the incident and said he does not anticipate "it being an issue" following Harrison's return to the team today following a brief retirement.

Steelers president Art Rooney II and Giants owner John Mara are overseeing an independent investigation into how the NFL looked into the domestic abuse case against former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice.

The Steelers need pass rushing help after losing linebackers Ryan Shazier and Jarvis Jones to injury in Sunday night's win over Carolina.


CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- Panthers All-Pro fullback Mike Tolbert will miss at least eight games with a hairline fracture in his left leg. The bruising fullback was injured on a tackle involving ex-Panthers safety Mike Mitchell in Carolina's 37-19 loss to Pittsburgh on Sunday night. Tolbert was placed on the injured reserve/designated to return list. Under that designation, Tolbert can practice after six weeks, but isn't eligible to play until Nov. 30 at Minnesota.


TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) -- The Arizona Cardinals have signed former Arizona State running back Marion Grice from the San Diego practice squad.

Grice was a sixth-round draft pick of the Chargers this year and led the team in rushing in the preseason. He was re-signed to the San Diego practice squad after being released by the team on Sept. 1.


UNDATED (AP) -- The race for the top spot in the American League Central has tightened up with Detroit's lead trimmed to one over Kansas City. The Royals play in Cleveland again tonight while the Tigers try to rebound from a loss to the Chicago White Sox at home.

Checking the AL wild card race, Oakland and K-C own the top two spots with Seattle two games out. The Mariners, who have lost 9 of the last 13, try to snap a three-game losing streak when they play at Toronto. The A's host the Los Angeles Angels. The Indians are 3 1/2 games out of the wild card picture.

The Baltimore Orioles visit the New York Yankees as Derek Jeter enjoys his final regular season homestand in the Bronx. The Yankees, coming off a win over Baltimore, are four games out of the wild-card race so it's unlikely that Jeter will be playing in October.

Also tonight in the AL, Tampa Bay plays at Boston while Texas hosts Houston.

Over in the National League, Pittsburgh and San Francisco hold the two wild-card spots with Milwaukee a distant five games out. The Pirates play in Atlanta while the Giants continue their NL West battle at Los Angeles. The Dodgers still own a 3 1/2 game lead over the Giants. The game features a solid pitching match-up with 18-9 Madison Bumgarner facing 15-8 Zack Greinke (GREHN'-kee). The Brewers visit Cincinnati.

St. Louis, up by 2 1/2 games over the Pirates in the NL Central, visit the Chicago Cubs.

Also tonight, Washington hosts the New York Mets, Philadelphia is on the road at Miami while San Diego is home to Colorado.

The interleague contest has Arizona at Minnesota.


Mets re-up GM through 2017; Collins good for next year as well

NEW YORK (AP) -- General manager Sandy Alderson and the New York Mets have completed a contract extension that runs through 2017.

Mets chief operating officer Jeff Wilpon says the team has exercised Alderson's option for next season and added two years to his deal. Wilpon says ownership is pleased with the job Alderson has done over the past four years, and he will have payroll flexibility to continue to improve the club through free agency or trades.

Alderson confirmed that manager Terry Collins will return next year. Collins is under contract through next season, with an option for 2016.

New York (76-80) needs to win five of its final six games to avoid a sixth consecutive losing season since moving into Citi Field.


COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. (AP) -- Philadelphia Little League sensation Mo'ne (MOH'-nay) Davis is headed to the Baseball Hall of Fame.

Davis, the first girl to win a game at the Little League Baseball World Series, will donate the jersey she wore during the game to the museum on Thursday. She'll be accompanied by teammates from both her Little League World Series team and the travel team she's played on since she was 7.


CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- According to the rules package released to all teams today NASCAR will ban all private testing in 2015, including the annual Daytona 500 test.

The only testing allowed next season will be sessions conducted by NASCAR or Goodyear. The penalty for teams caught testing on their own will be a P6 -- the highest penalty on NASCAR's new punishment scale, and that carries a loss of 150 points, a minimum $150,000 fine and a six-week suspension for the crew chief and other crew members.

The qualifying formats will be tweaked everywhere, including the season-opening Daytona 500. The front row will now be set through group qualifying instead of single-car runs.

NASCAR is also reducing engine horsepower from 850 to 725 and cutting the rear spoiler to 6-inches.

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