Around the Nation (Jan. 3): Irving to miss second game with injury

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BASKETBALL

Cavs' Irving to miss second game

CLEVELAND -- Cavaliers All-Star guard Kyrie Irving will miss his second straight game because of a bruised left knee.

The team said Friday that he will not travel to New York for Saturday's game against the Brooklyn Nets. Irving sat out Thursday's home win over Orlando.

Irving was hurt Tuesday while falling awkwardly on a layup against Indiana. He felt a "pop," but an MRI showed no structural damage. The Cavs say their leading scorer will continue to receive treatment. Cleveland hosts the Pacers on Sunday.

Irving has had numerous injuries during his two-plus seasons in the NBA. One of his goals was to play in all 82 games this season.

Jarrett Jack started for Irving against the Magic.

FOOTBALL

Lions report team interviews Caldwell

ALLEN PARK, Mich. -- Baltimore Ravens offensive coordinator Jim Caldwell has reportedly interviewed for Detroit's coaching vacancy.

In a story posted on the Lions website, Caldwell says Detroit is an unusual opportunity, because a talented quarterback and terrific receiver are already in place. Matthew Stafford and Calvin Johnson have raised expectations for the Lions, who fired coach Jim Schwartz after going 7-9 this season.

Caldwell went 26-22 in three seasons as the coach in Indianapolis, where he worked with Peyton Manning. The Colts reached the Super Bowl in Caldwell's first season as coach but lost to New Orleans in February 2010.

Schwartz was fired after Detroit dropped six of its last seven games, blowing a chance to win the NFC North.

Ravens RB coach Montgomery won't return in 2014

OWINGS MILLS, Md. -- Baltimore Ravens running backs coach Wilbert Montgomery won't be back in 2014.

Ravens coach John Harbaugh says Montgomery "has decided to pursue other coaching and life opportunities."

Montgomery joined the Ravens in 2008. Running back Ray Rice reached the Pro Bowl three times under Montgomery's guidance, but this season Rice rushed for only 660 yards -- the fewest since his rookie year.

Baltimore's running game was inconsistent and often unproductive in 2013, but Harbaugh had nothing negative to say about Montgomery, who's coached for 17 seasons.

Harbaugh says, "Wilbert brought a passion to the Ravens that helped our team, and the individuals on it, reach tremendous heights."

Vikes retain counsel to investigate Kluwe's charges

MINNEAPOLIS -- The Minnesota Vikings have retained a former chief justice of the Minnesota Supreme Court and a former federal trial attorney to conduct an investigation into Chris Kluwe's allegations that he was released from the team due to his support of gay marriage.

The team made the announcement on Friday, one day after Kluwe penned a scathing article alleging that special teams coordinator Mike Priefer made anti-gay comments during team meetings. Priefer has denied Kluwe's allegations.

Former Chief Justice of the Minnesota Supreme Court Eric Magnuson and former Justice Department attorney Chris Madel will lead the investigation.

Vikings President Mark Wilf says "it is extremely important for the Vikings organization to react immediately and comprehensively with an independent review of these allegations."

Cowboys' Murray fined for helmet hit

NEW YORK -- Dallas Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray has been fined $21,000 by the NFL for using the crown of his helmet to hit Philadelphia Eagles defensive end Damion Square on Sunday night.

Murray was not penalized in the game, but the league announced the fine for the blow on Friday. The NFL banned ballcarriers from making contact with defenders in the open field with the crown of their helmets.

Green Bay linebacker A.J. Hawk and Baltimore safety James Ihedigbo were each docked $15,750 for hitting defenseless offensive players with the crowns of their helmets.

New Orleans wide receivers Lance Moore and Kenny Stills were fined $7,875 for an illegal end zone celebration. Cleveland cornerback Jordan Poyer was docked $7,875 for grabbing a facemask.

ICE HOCKEY

Jackets' forward MacKenzie suspended three games

NEW YORK -- Columbus Blue Jackets forward Derek MacKenzie was suspended for three games without pay by the NHL for Friday for boarding Phoenix defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson.

No penalty was assessed for the hit in the first period of Columbus' 2-0 road victory. Ekman-Larsson didn't return to the game and missed practice Friday. The Coyotes said only that he had an upper-body injury.

The suspension will cost MacKenzie $15,385.

Leafs F Lupul fined for hit on Eaves

TORONTO -- Toronto Maple Leafs forward Joffrey Lupul has been fined $10,000 for his hit on Detroit Red Wings forward Patrick Eaves in the Winter Classic.

The NHL announced the fine Friday but did not suspend Lupul.

Lupul was assessed a cross-checking minor in the first period after the hit on Eaves, who didn't return to the game. Toronto won 3-2 in a shootout Wednesday at Michigan Stadium.

COLLEGE

PSU interim coach Johnson wants to replace O'Brien

Penn State interim coach Larry Johnson says he will apply for the fulltime job left open when Bill O'Brien left for the NFL's Houston Texans.

Johnson is a holdover from the Joe Paterno era. He joined the Nittany Lions' staff in 1996 and has been the defensive line coach since 2000.

He also interviewed for the job two years ago before O'Brien was hired as Paterno's successor.

Penn State athletic director Dave Joyner says the search will be over in days, not weeks.

Vanderbilt's James Franklin and Miami coach Al Golden, a former Penn State captain under Paterno, are also among the names that could be on Penn State's short list.

Johnson says he's been in touch with both recruits and current players, trying to keep the team together.

Waldrum resigns as Irish women's soccer coach

SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- Randy Waldrum, who led Notre Dame women's soccer team to national championships in 2004 and 2010, has resigned to become coach of the expansion Houston Dash of the National Women's Soccer League.

The university announced Waldrum's resignation on Friday, saying he will be introduced as coach of the Dash at a news conference Monday. Waldrum had been coach at Notre Dame for 15 seasons, compiling a 292-58-17 record and leading the Irish to eight College Cup appearances, including five appearances in the national championship game. Waldrum, a native of Irving, Texas, also was named coach of the year twice.

The university announced that assistant coaches Dawn Greathouse and Corey Holton will share oversight of the program until a new coach is hired.

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