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Transcript: Conference call with Washington State defensive coordinator Tracy Claeys

Minnesota head coach Tracy Claeys speaks during a news conference for the 2016 Holiday Bowl in San Diego. (Gregory Bull / AP)
updated  New Washington State defensive coordinator Tracy Claeys held a 15-minute conference call with reporters Tuesday afternoon – his first media availability since being announced by the Cougars last week. Claeys spoke about how he spent his year away from the game, what he plans on doing with WSU’s defense and his first impressions of Mike Leach.

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Transcript: Conference call with Washington State defensive coordinator Tracy Claeys

UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 16, 2018, 1:32 p.m.

Minnesota head coach Tracy Claeys speaks during a news conference for the 2016 Holiday Bowl in San Diego. (Gregory Bull / AP)
New Washington State defensive coordinator Tracy Claeys held a 15-minute conference call with reporters Tuesday afternoon – his first media availability since being announced by the Cougars last week. Claeys spoke about how he spent his year away from the game, what he plans on doing with WSU’s defense and his first impressions of Mike Leach.

Analysis: Five thoughts on Seahawks’ hirings of Ken Norton Jr., Brian Schottenheimer and Mike Solari

UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 16, 2018, 11:39 a.m.

In this May 5, 2017 file photo, Oakland defensive coordinator Ken Norton Jr. walks the practice field during rookie minicamp  at Raiders headquarters in Alameda, Calif. Norton Jr. reportedly will return to the Seahawks as DC. (D. Ross Cameron / AP)
Monday’s news that the Seattle Seahawks will hire Ken Norton Jr. as defensive coordinator and Mike Solari as offensive line coach solidify the major positions on the team’s coaching staff heading into the 2018 season – it had earlier been reported that Seattle will hire Brian Schottenheimer as offensive coordinator. Here are five quick thoughts on the coaching changes and what they mean, in no particular order.

Report: Ken Norton Jr. Seahawks’ new defensive coordinator

In this May 5, 2017 file photo, Oakland defensive coordinator Ken Norton Jr. walks the practice field during rookie minicamp  at Raiders headquarters in Alameda, Calif. Norton Jr. reportedly will return to the Seahawks as DC. (D. Ross Cameron / AP)
The Seahawks are bringing back former assistant Ken Norton Jr. as defensive coordinator with Kris Richard apparently on his way out. The news was first reported by Mike Garafolo of the NFL Network and then confirmed by the 49ers, who had hired Norton last week as assistant head coach-defense/inside linebackers.

NBA capsules: Kevin Durant’s 32 points send Warriors past LeBron James, Cavs 118-108

Cleveland’s Jae Crowder, left, knocks the ball loose from Golden State’s Kevin Durant on Monday night in Cleveland. (Tony Dejak / Associated Press)
CLEVELAND – Kevin Durant scored 32 points, Stephen Curry added 23 and the Golden State Warriors extended their road winning streak to 13 games with a 118-108 Martin Luther King holiday victory Monday night over the Cleveland Cavaliers, their struggling NBA Finals foes. Durant scored 16 in the third quarter for the defending champions, who haven’t lost outside Oracle Arena since Nov. 22.

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Norman Chad: NBA needs to fix its officiating problem

Norman Chad says the Golden State Warriors’ Draymond Green may have the right idea - replace all the refs in the NBA. On the other hand, Chad says maybe the players should stop whining. (Tony Dejak / Associated Press)
NBA players are upset at the officiating. Referees are upset that players keep grousing about the officiating. There is a simple solution here: Either find better officiating or stop whining about it.

Stefon Diggs erased decades of Minnesota Vikings heartache

Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Stefon Diggs runs in for the most unexpected touchdown in Vikings history on the final play of an NFL divisional football playoff game in Minneapolis, Sunday, Jan. 14, 2018. (Jeff Roberson / Associated Press)
An exceptional medley of great awareness, terrific balance and deft reflexes allowed Stefon Diggs to ad lib and seize both the ball and the moment in the Vikings’ demon-exorcising “Minneapolis Miracle.”