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Mangini will be Browns’ coach

The Cleveland Browns will hire Eric Mangini as their next head coach, a person with knowledge of the negotiations told the Associated Press.

Mangini, fired last week by the New York Jets, will be introduced today at the team’s headquarters in Berea, Ohio, said the person, who spoke on condition of anonymity because Mangini’s contract has not been finalized. Mangini reached an agreement with the club Wednesday.

Mangini, 37, began his NFL career as a ballboy with the Browns in 1994 under then-coach Bill Belichick.

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Roman back with Chiefs

Ondrej Roman has returned to Spokane and will play for the Chiefs for the remainder of the WHL season, the team announced Wednesday.

After playing the previous two years in Spokane, the Czech Republic native spent the first half of this season playing for Vitkovice HC in his home country.

Through two seasons and 142 games in Spokane, Roman has accounted for 19 goals, 90 assists and 109 points, including career highs of 15 goals, 46 assists and 61 points last season.

The Chiefs are awaiting Roman’s release for him to be eligible to play. He was not in the lineup for Wednesday’s game against Chilliwack, but he may play Saturday night.

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Knapp will coach Seahawks’ offense

Greg Knapp will be the new offensive coordinator for the Seahawks, the first of many moves to be made by Seattle under new coach Jim Mora.

A person familiar with the hire confirmed the 45-year-old Knapp has agreed to leave the Oakland Raiders to reunite with Mora, Knapp’s former boss in Atlanta.

Seattle’s move comes two days after Mora held his first staff meeting as the successor to Mike Holmgren. Holmgren left Seattle after 10 seasons when his contract expired.

Mora brought Knapp to Atlanta to be his offensive coordinator when Mora was Falcons coach from 2004-06. Under Knapp, Atlanta led the NFL in rushing and Michael Vick became a Pro Bowl quarterback.

Knapp replaces Gil Haskell, a 26-year veteran of the NFL and a longtime friend of Holmgren.

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