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In brief: AP source: Smith reaches deal to coach Tampa Bay

NFL: A person familiar with the negotiations says former Chicago coach Lovie Smith has reached an agreement to coach the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Speaking Wednesday night on the condition of anonymity because an official announcement hasn’t been made, the person also said former Minnesota Vikings coach Leslie Frazier will be the Buccaneers’ defensive coordinator.

The 55-year-old Smith was 81-63 in nine seasons with Chicago, leading the 2006 team to the Super Bowl – where the Bears lost to Indianapolis.

Associated Press

Ryan not on U.S. men’s hockey team

OLYMPIC HOCKEY: The U.S. men’s Olympic hockey team is set, and Ottawa Senators forward Bobby Ryan will not be going to the Sochi Games.

The 2010 Olympian was perhaps the most surprising omission on the 25-man roster revealed Wednesday after the Winter Classic.

Jimmy Howard, who couldn’t help Detroit beat Toronto on Wednesday in a shootout, appears to be the Americans’ third goaltender behind Jonathan Quick and Ryan Miller.

• For list of the team, see Scoreboard /B6

Associated Press

Veterans to lead U.S. women’s team

OLYMPIC HOCKEY: Eleven returning Olympians are on the roster for the women’s hockey team that will represent the U.S. at the Sochi Olympics.

Julie Chu is heading to her fourth Olympics. She’ll be looking for a gold medal to go with the two silvers and a bronze she has already. Canada has won the last three Olympic titles.

All 21 players have appeared in the World Championships, including 18 who played for the American team that won the gold medal in April.

• For list of the team, see Scoreboard /B6

Associated Press



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