Browns round out coaching staff
CLEVELAND -- Browns coach Rob Chudzinski has rounded out his staff by hiring five more assistants.
John Settle, who spent the past two seasons working with Chudzinski in Carolina, will coach Cleveland's running backs. He takes over for Gary Brown, relieved after four seasons with the Browns. Settle coached the Panthers' backs.
In addition to Settle, the Browns hired Chris DiSanto (assistant strength and conditioning), Ken Flajole (inside linebackers), Steve Gera (special assistant to the head coach) and Derik Keyes (assistant strength and conditioning).
Chudzinski, who was the Panthers offensive coordinator the last two years, said in a statement that the new coaches "are all outstanding teachers and leaders who will bring out the best in our players."
This is Settle's second stint with the Browns. He served in several capacities in 1995 for Cleveland before the team moved to Baltimore.
Mahan shares the lead at Pebble Beach
PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. -- Hunter Mahan was bracing for the worst at Pebble Beach and instead was reminded how much he loves this place.
The rain stayed away Thursday and Mahan took advantage of gorgeous conditions for a 6-under 66 that gave him a share of the lead to par with Russell Knox in the Pebble Beach National Pro-Am.
Knox, trying to make the most out of limited starts on the PGA Tour this year, had a 6-under 64 at Monterey Peninsula.
The best round might have belonged to Seung-yul Noh. He played at Spyglass Hill, typically the toughest of the three courses when conditions are benign.
The South Korean was 7-under through 16 holes until finishing with two bogeys. Even so, his 5-under 67 was the best score at Spyglass.
Coach K return to U.S. team possible
NEW YORK -- Two people familiar with the situation say there is still a chance Mike Krzyzewski will return for a third stint as U.S. Olympic men's basketball coach.
Krzyzewski said he was through with the job after leading the Americans to a second straight gold medal in London. The people spoke on condition of anonymity because Krzyzewski is focused on Duke's season.
Yet the Americans haven't hired another coach, even after USA Basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo said in London his plan was to have a successor in place around the new year.
USA Basketball says there is no timetable for a new hire, though ESPN.com reported Wednesday that the deadline had now been pushed back to after the college season to allow Krzyzewski more time to decide.
Blue Jackets activate defenseman Nikitin
COLUMBUS -- The Columbus Blue Jackets have activated defenseman Nikita Nikitin off injured reserve after he missed three games with an upper-body injury.
Nikitin is expected to return to the lineup for Thursday night's home game against Calgary.
Acquired from the St. Louis Blues last year, Nikitin has two assists and six penalty minutes in seven games this season. He set career highs in goals, assists, points and games played last season with the Blues and Blue Jackets with seven goals and 25 assists in 61 games.