Source: Reid agrees to five-year deal with Kansas City Chiefs
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Andy Reid pulled up to Arrowhead Stadium in a black SUV on Friday, stepped out of it wearing a dark suit and red tie, and walked briskly toward the doors of the Kansas City Chiefs' home.
All that was left was to make his hiring official.
The longtime Eagles coach has agreed to a five-year deal to become coach of the Chiefs, two people familiar with the situation told The Associated Press. The people spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the terms of the contract.
The people also said that Reid has already begun assembling a staff.
Reid's agreement was finalized shortly after the Chiefs announced they had parted ways with general manager Scott Pioli after four tumultuous seasons in Kansas City.
It's expected that Reid will pursue longtime Packers personnel man John Dorsey or former Browns GM Tom Heckert -- or perhaps both of them -- to work with him in the front office.
Chiefs, GM Pioli split after four seasons
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Scott Pioli is out as general manager of the Kansas City Chiefs.
The team announced in a statement Friday that the two sides have "mutually parted ways" after four seasons marked by poor personnel decisions and failed coaching hires.
The Chiefs fired coach Romeo Crennel on Monday after going 2-14, matching the worst record in their 53-year history. Chiefs chairman Clark Hunt said at the time other changes could be made, and indicated Pioli's future could be determined by their next coach.
The Chiefs are nearing a deal with Andy Reid to replace Crennel. The team and the former Eagles coach have been negotiating at length the past couple days.
Rex Ryan has Mark Sanchez tattoo
NEW YORK -- With the ink not even dry on the New York Jets' dreadful season, Rex Ryan fled to the Bahamas only to be photographed lounging poolside at a resort hotel, book in hand, with an interesting tattoo gracing his right biceps.
It showed his wife, Michelle, wearing an unmistakably green Jets jersey emblazoned with the unmistakable No. 6 of embattled quarterback Mark Sanchez. And nothing else.
The Daily News ran a front-page photo Friday and by lunchtime it was an Internet sensation. That's pretty much the way the NFL team's soap-opera season played out. Ryan was criticized for sticking with Sanchez despite losing efforts when Tim Tebow was available. The Jets finished the season 6-10.
When approached by a Daily News reporter, Ryan cursed and bolted with his wife.
There were no other jersey numbers tattooed on Ryan's arm, based on the photo. But it did sport a large shamrock with the names of his children.
Bills will still interview Broncos' Mike McCoy
BUFFALO, N.Y. -- A person familiar with the Buffalo Bills' coaching search says the team is still scheduled to interview Denver Broncos offensive coordinator Mike McCoy this weekend.
The person says the meeting is set to take place in Denver on Saturday. The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because the Bills have not revealed their itinerary.
The Broncos, the AFC's top seed, are off until opening the playoffs Jan. 12. They've allotted teams time to interview McCoy in Denver this weekend. McCoy has also been linked as a candidate for coaching vacancies in Arizona, Philadelphia and Chicago.
The Bills' search committee has spent the past four days in Arizona interviewing several candidates to replace Chan Gailey, who was fired on Monday. They were scheduled to interview Oregon's Chip Kelly on Friday.
PGA Tour season under way in rain and wind
KAPALUA, Hawaii -- The PGA Tour's 2013 season has begun in a setting that hardly feels like paradise.
Rickie Fowler hit the opening tee shot in the 30-man field of players who won last year in a strong wind accompanied by occasional bursts of rain. Fowler, whose first PGA Tour victory came at the Wells Fargo Championship, split the middle of the fairway with a 360-yard tee shot. Then again, the fairway is about 60 yards wide.
This is the 15th straight season the tour has started on the Plantation Course at Kapalua, built on the side of a mountain with severe changes in elevation. A year ago, there were 41 tee shots that traveled at least 400 yards.
Steve Stricker is the defending champion.
Pa. senator sues over use of Penn State fine
HARRISBURG, Pa. -- A Pennsylvania state senator is suing the NCAA over its use of the $60 million fine that Penn State is paying for its handling of the Jerry Sandusky child molestation scandal.
The suit filed in Commonwealth Court Friday by Sen. Jake Corman comes two days after Gov. Tom Corbett filed a federal antitrust lawsuit against the NCAA over the sanctions.
Corman's lawsuit says the state gives Penn State so much money every year that "it would be impossible for the payments to be derived solely from non-commonwealth funds."
Corman, whose district includes Penn State's main campus, contends Pennsylvania taxpayer money must be spent on state purposes.
An NCAA spokeswoman had no immediate comment Friday.
Sandusky was convicted in June of sexual abuse of children.
Kobe Bryant finally joins the Twitterverse
LOS ANGELES -- Kobe Bryant is no longer a holdout. He's on Twitter.
With five words -- "The antisocial has become social" -- the Los Angeles Lakers guard sent the first tweet from his account Friday. More than 250,000 people followed his verified account, (at)kobebryant, within four hours.
Bryant tiptoed into the Twitterverse last week when he briefly took over Nike basketball's account, when he sent out things like a photo of him hanging out with his daughter, an ice bath that he was dreading and even a suit he was wearing to a particular game.
Blue Jays claim RHP Beck from Pirates
TORONTO -- The Blue Jays have claimed pitcher Chad Beck off waivers from the Pittsburgh Pirates, bringing the right-hander back to Toronto.
The 27-year-old Beck returns to Toronto after being claimed by the Pittsburgh Pirates at the end of last season. He appeared in 14 games for the Blue Jays in 2012, posting a 6.32 earned-run average. In 43 games with triple-A Las Vegas, Beck recorded 18 saves, fourth in the Pacific Coast League, along with a 2-0 record and a 1.31 ERA.
The Blue Jays now have 40 players on their 40-man roster.