Around the Nation (Jan. 21): Eagles reportedly close to hiring Shurmur as assistant

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FOOTBALL

Source: Eagles to hire Shurmur as assistant

PHILADELPHIA -- Former Browns coach Pat Shurmur is joining Chip Kelly's staff with the Philadelphia Eagles, a person familiar with the hiring told The Associated Press Monday.

Shurmur is expected to be Philadelphia's offensive coordinator, according to the person who spoke on condition of anonymity because the Eagles haven't announced any coaching moves.

Shurmur went 9-23 in two seasons in Cleveland. He was fired along with general manager Tom Heckert on Dec. 31.

Shurmur began his NFL coaching career with the Eagles, serving as an assistant under Andy Reid for 10 seasons. He was the Eagles' tight ends coach from 1999-2001 and quarterbacks coach until 2008. Shurmur then was offensive coordinator for St. Louis for two seasons before going to the Browns.

BASKETBALL

AP sources: Maloofs agree to sell Kings

Two people familiar with the decision says the Maloof family has agreed to sell the Sacramento Kings to a Seattle group led by investor Chris Hansen.

The people spoke on condition of anonymity to The Associated Press on Sunday night because the deal is still pending approval from the NBA Board of Governors.

One person said the Maloofs are selling all 65 percent of their share for $525 million to Hansen, who will move the team to Seattle and restore the SuperSonics name.

The Maloofs will still be allowed to look at other bids until the league approves the sale.

Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson said last week he had received permission from NBA Commissioner David Stern to present a counteroffer to league owners from buyers who would keep the Kings in Sacramento.

The deadline for teams to apply for a move for the next season is March 1.

Hawks sign Pargo to 10-day contract

ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Hawks signed guard Jannero Pargo to a 10-day contract before facing the Minnesota Timberwolves on Monday.

Injuries have depleted Atlanta's roster at guard with Lou Williams out the season and Devin Harris nursing a sprained left ankle.

Rookie John Jenkins made his first career start as guards DeShawn Stevenson (right knee) and Anthony Morrow (back) were game-time decisions.

The Timberwolves are still without coach Rick Adelman, who is tending to his sick wife. Forward Kevin Love (hand), center Nikola Pekovic (thigh) and guard Alexey Shved missed the game. Dante Cunningham (flu) was a game-time decision.

Pargo, a journeyman in his ninth NBA season, most recently played seven games for the Washington Wizards. In 50 games with Atlanta last season, Pargo averaged 5.6 points and 1.9 assists.

AUTO RACING

Fans to vote on format of Sprint Unlimited

CONCORD, N.C. -- The format for the first NASCAR race of the year will be determined by race fans.

Fans will be able to vote on the length of the race segments, pit stops and how many cars will be eliminated after the second segment of the exhibition Sprint Unlimited scheduled for Feb. 16 at Daytona International Speedway.

The race was previously known as the Budweiser Shootout, and is the official kickoff for Speedweeks.

The lineup of 22 drivers will be comprised of 2012 pole winners and past Shootout champions. Fan can vote on NASCAR's new mobile app or at NASCAR.com. Votes on the NASCAR Mobile '13 app will count twice.

Fans can also vote on the style of firesuit Miss Sprint Cup will wear in Victory Lane.

Texas Motor Speedway lowers some tickets

FORT WORTH, Texas -- Texas Motor Speedway will offer some frontstretch tickets at its lowest prices in 15 years for NASCAR Sprint Cup races at the track.

The track will offer about 8,000 frontstretch seats for $49 for each of its two Cup races, and has lowered prices on about 7,400 other seats. The track held steady on prices for all other seats even after having last season's highest-attended Cup race with 159,200 fans last April.

Based on recommendations from a 22-member fan council and surveys of former season and individual ticketholders, the track Monday also announced new pricing for kids 12 and under. Those include $25 frontstretch seats for Sprint Cup races and $10 for the IndyCar Series in June.

Another significant change will be the prohibition of smoking in the grandstands.

BASEBALL

Astros sign Bedard to minor-league deal

HOUSTON -- The Houston Astros have signed left-hander Erik Bedard to a minor league contract and invited him to spring training.

The Astros announced the deal Monday.

The 33-year-old Bedard started on opening day for Pittsburgh last season. He went 7-14 with a 5.01 ERA in 24 starts. The Pirates released him on Aug. 28 while he was tied for the most losses in the majors.

Bedard walked 56 in 125 2-3 innings. He did, however, strike out a team-record seven straight batters against St. Louis.

Bedard is 63-64 lifetime in nine seasons with Baltimore, Seattle, Boston and Pittsburgh. He went 13-5 with a 3.16 ERA for the Orioles in 2007, striking out 221 in 182 innings. He has not made 25 starts in any year since then and has been beset by injuries, missing the 2010 season because of shoulder trouble.

SOCCER

Donovan to return to Galaxy for MLS year

CARSON, Calif. -- Landon Donovan will return to the Los Angeles Galaxy for the upcoming MLS season, but exactly when he resumes playing hasn't been decided yet.

Donovan wasn't at the team's first practice on Monday, when coach Bruce Arena said the Galaxy captain has been given more time off.

Arena says Donovan is "definitely playing this year."

Donovan turns 31 on March 4, a day after the Galaxy's season opener against the Chicago Fire.

The midfielder had the tiebreaking goal on a penalty kick that gave the Galaxy a 3-1 victory over Houston for their second straight MLS Cup title in November. Afterward, he said he had been dealing with physical and mental fatigue after playing 49 games in 48 weeks.

Donovan told Arena recently he needed more time off.

ICE HOCKEY

Blackhawks acquire Karlsson from Calgary

CHICAGO -- The Chicago Blackhawks have acquired goalie Henrik Karlsson from the Calgary Flames for a seventh-round draft pick in this year's entry draft.

The trade was announced Monday. The Blackhawks assigned Karlsson to the American Hockey League's Rockford IceHogs.

He appeared in 26 games with the Flames over the 2010-11 and 2011-12 seasons, posting a 5-9-8 record with a 2.79 goals-against average and a .905 save percentage.

The Blackhawks had acquired that seventh-round pick from the Ottawa Senators for Rob Klinkhammer on Dec. 2, 2011.

CYCLING

ICU postpones investigation on Lance Armstrong

LONDON -- The panel investigating links between cycling's governing body and Lance Armstrong has postponed its first hearing because of snow in London.

The International Cycling Union's independent commission will now hold its procedural hearing in London on Friday instead of Tuesday.

The three-person panel will consider whether to introduce an amnesty or truth and reconciliation commission to persuade riders to come forward with doping information without fear of retribution.

The panel is investigating accusations that UCI leaders covered up suspicious doping tests given by Armstrong during his 1999-2005 run of Tour de France victories and unethically accepted donations from him totaling $125,000.

The panel is composed of retired British judge Philip Otton, Paralympic great Tanni-Grey Thompson and Australian lawyer Malcolm Holmes.

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