Around the Nation (Jan. 16): New-look Browns hire pair of executive VPs

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FOOTBALL

New-look Browns hire pair of executive VPs

CLEVELAND -- The Browns have hired a pair of executive vice presidents, filling out their front office under new owner Jimmy Haslam.

Sashi Brown was hired as executive VP and general counsel on Wednesday. Brent Stehlik will be an executive VP and chief revenue officer.

Brown spent the past eight seasons as general counsel with the Jacksonville Jaguars. His duties included negotiating contracts, licensing issues and litigation. He was an attorney with a Washington, D.C.-based law firm before joining the Jaguars.

Stehlik was with the San Diego Padres the past three seasons, serving as senior vice president for business operations. He'll be in charge of generating revenue and working with clients. Stehlik also has worked with the Dallas Cowboys, the Arizona Diamondbacks, and the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Bears select CFL's Trestman as new coach

CHICAGO -- The Bears have hired Montreal Alouettes coach Marc Trestman to replace the fired Lovie Smith.

It's the first head coaching job in the NFL for Trestman, a long-time NFL assistant who spent the past five seasons coaching the CFL's Alouettes and led them to two Grey Cup titles.

Trestman was an offensive coordinator with San Francisco, Arizona and Oakland. The Bears hope he can get the most out of quarterback Jay Cutler and help them reach the playoffs on a consistent basis.

Chicago general manager Phil Emery met with at least 13 candidates. Besides Trestman, he also brought back Seattle Seahawks offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell and the Indianapolis Colts' Bruce Arians for second interviews.

Smith was let go after Chicago missed the playoffs for the fifth time in six seasons.

Cards interview Bevell, plan to talk to Arians

TEMPE, Ariz. -- The Arizona Cardinals, one of two NFL teams still looking for a head coach, have interviewed Seattle Seahawks offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell and plan to talk to the Indianapolis Colts' Bruce Arians.

Bevell was interviewed on Wednesday at Cardinals headquarters. He was the fifth known candidate to interview for the job vacated when the team fired Ken Whisenhunt the day after the season ended.

It wasn't known when the Arians interview would be held, but that news, first reported by NFL.com and confirmed by The Associated Press, indicates Arizona's search will go on a few more days, at least.

Of the others who interviewed with the Cardinals, one is off the market. Mike McCoy, Denver's offensive coordinator, took the head coaching job in San Diego earlier this week.

BASEBALL

Phil Hughes, Yankees agree at $7.15 million

NEW YORK -- Right-hander Phil Hughes and the New York Yankees have agreed to a $7.15 million, one-year contract, a raise of $3.75 million.

Hughes, who is eligible for free agency after next season, was 18-8 in 2010, slumped to 5-5 the following season as injuries slowed him, then rebounded to a 16-13 record last year.

AP source: Morse headed to Seattle in three-team trade

A person familiar with the trade says the Washington Nationals have agreed to send Michael Morse to Seattle as part of a three-team deal that would move catcher John Jaso from the Mariners to the Athletics and pitcher A.J. Cole from Oakland to the Nationals.

Morse hit .291 with 18 home runs and 62 RBI for the Nationals in an injury-plagued season, playing mostly as an outfielder. The NL East champions acquired Denard Span in a trade and contemplated moving the 30-year-old Morse to first base but then re-signed Adam LaRoche. Morse played for the Mariners from 2005-08.

TENNIS

Sharapova, Venus move into third round

MELBOURNE, Australia -- Maria Sharapova was careful not to show any disrespect to the two women she beat 6-0, 6-0 along the way to a third-round match against Venus Williams at the Australian Open.

The No. 2-ranked Sharapova overwhelmed Japan's Misaki Doi in 47 minutes Wednesday, even less time than she'd needed to beat fellow Russian Olga Puchkova two days earlier in her first competitive match of 2013. No woman had posted back-to-back 6-0, 6-0 wins at a Grand Slam since 1985.

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