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Fired Browns coach lands job with Colts

Former Browns coach Rob Chudzinski has found new work with an old friend.

Chudzinski will be a special assistant to Colts coach Chuck Pagano, the team announced Saturday.

The Browns fired Chudzinski on Dec. 29 after he went 4-12 in his lone season on the job. They replaced him with former Buffalo Bills defensive coordinator Mike Pettine on Jan. 23.

Chudzinski and Pagano spent eight seasons together in the collegiate and NFL ranks at the University of Miami and the Browns.

“Rob and I have a long professional relationship and his résumé speaks for itself,” Pagano said in a statement. “He brings a wealth of knowledge and will be a tremendous help to our entire team moving forward. Needless to say, we’re excited to have Chud joining our family.”

Chudzinski, 45, had three years left on his contract with the Browns when they let him go. ESPN reported the organization owes him $10.5 million, some of which could be offset by his salary with the Colts.


John Force tops Funny Car

John Force topped Funny Car qualifying in the season-opening NHRA Winternationals in Pomona, Calif. Force, 64, the defending Funny Car season champion, was the top qualifier for the record 147th time and 10th in the event. On Friday, he had a series-record time of 3.966 seconds at 324.12. Doug Kalitta raced to the No. 1 qualifying position in Top Fuel with a track-record run of 3.713 at 327.98. Vincent Nobile led the Pro Stock field with a 6.510 at 212.73.


Samardzija, Cubs reach 1-year deal

Right-hander Jeff Samardzija and the Chicago Cubs agreed to a one-year deal worth $5,345,000, avoiding arbitration. He had asked for $6.2 million and had been offered $2,765,000 by the Cubs. … San Diego pitcher Andrew Cashner won his arbitration case and will make $2.4 million. Cleveland pitcher Vinnie Pestano lost and will make $975,000 instead of his request for $1.45 million.

Dodgers add lefty Maholm to staff

The Los Angeles Dodgers apparently have increased their already considerable pitching depth with the addition of left-hander Paul Maholm, who pitched for Atlanta last season


Heritage junior picks Evansville

Heritage junior forward/center Tattenai Hall confirmed by text message she has committed to Evansville after taking an unofficial visit. The 6-foot Hall is averaging 11.7 points and 10.5 rebounds for the Patriots.

Canterbury senior closer to milestone

Canterbury senior Kindell Fincher scored 18 points in a 62-48 loss to Mount Vernon on Friday, leaving her just 33 points from scoring 2,000 in her career.


UFC’s Silva accused of threatening wife

Ultimate Fighting Champion fighter Thiago Silva, 31, is being held in a Broward County, Fla., jail without bond, accused of threatening his wife with a gun, according to jail records


US women pummel Russia in exhibition

In Boca Raton, Fla., Carli Lloyd and Christen Press each scored twice to help the U.S. women’s soccer team beat Russia 7-0 in an exhibition game.


Italy leads US 2-0 in Fed Cup quarters

In Cleveland, Karin Knapp and Camila Giorgi won the opening singles matches to give Italy a 2-0 lead over the United States in their Fed Cup quarterfinal. Knapp beat Christina McHale 6-3, 3-6, 6-1 in the first match and Giorgi routed Madison Keys 6-2, 6-1 in the second.


IPFW men win

The IPFW men took care of George Mason in four sets, 25-23, 21-25, 25-23, 25-18. The Mastodons (5-2) got 16 kills from Eddie Rivera and 47 assists from Omar Rivera.