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NFLSullivan named Giants' QB coach

Mike Sullivan, who coached the Giants' wide receivers for six years, has been named the team's new quarterbacks coach. He replaces Chris Palmer, who retired from the NFL last month. Eli Manning met with Tom Coughlin earlier in the week to discuss the move. "I feel very comfortable with coach Sullivan," Manning said, citing how closely they worked together on the offense recently. The Giants also promoted Sean Ryan from offensive quality control coach to wide receivers coach.

Jets hire Carrier as defensive line coach

The Jets officially announced the hiring of Mark Carrier as the team's defensive line coach. Carrier, who spent time with Rex Ryan on the Ravens' defensive staff from 2006-08, comes to the Jets after serving as Baltimore's defensive backs coach for the past four seasons. A former defensive back and first-round pick out of USC, Carrier played for the Bears, Lions and Redskins in his 11 seasons in the NFL before retiring in 2000. The Jets have also signed FS Brannon Condren, WR Britt Davis, FB Jason Davis, T Dan Gay, WR Marcus Henry, DT Matt Kroul, C Michael Parenton, LS Tanner Purdum and DT Ty Steinkuhler to future/reserve contracts.

Commissioner Goodell gets 5-year pact

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell has been given a new five-year contract as the league heads into a key period of labor negotiations that could lead to a work stoppage in 2011. Goodell replaced Paul Tagliabue on Sept. 1, 2006, and his contract was due to expire this September. The NFL said Friday that owners voted to award the new contract when they met in December.

GOLF

Tiger doesn't enter Match Play event

Speculation on Tiger Woods' returning to golf at the Match Play Championship ended quietly Friday when the PGA Tour released its 64-man field minus the No. 1 player. Woods did not meet the deadline for entering the Match Play Championship next week in Arizona, the tournament where he made his comeback a year ago from knee surgery. Woods announced Dec. 11 that he was stepping away from golf as he tries to salvage his marriage after confessing to infidelity.

Goydos ties for lead after retrieving shoes

Paul Goydos is among six players tied for the lead at the Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, amazing only because he played on the course he dreads the most and forgot to bring his golf shoes. Goydos rushed back to the parking lot to get his spikes, then had a career round at Spyglass Hill with a 7-under 65. That put him at 10-under 132 along with defending champion Dustin Johnson, Alex Cejka, Bryce Molder and Matt Jones.

NHL

Kovalchuk get first goal for Devils in win

Ilya Kovalchuk, acquired from Atlanta last week, scored his first goal for the Devils, snapping a third-period tie to lead host New Jersey to a 5-2 victory over the Nashville Predators.

AMERICA's CUP

Oracle rallies to beat Alinghi in first race

Tearing along the Mediterranean so fast it nearly lifted all the way out of the water, BMW Oracle Racing's monster trimaran made up for a bad start to win the first race of the America's Cup against defending champion Alinghi at Valencia, Spain. - AP

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