Sunday, December 10, 2017
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New format reminiscent of fantasy football

HONOLULU — NFL great Jerry Rice quickly bucked usual fantasy football wisdom in a new Pro Bowl format inspired by the popular hobby.

Rice picked New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees and St. Louis defensive end Robert Quinn to anchor his team on Tuesday, opting for a passer over a runner.

Rice made the selections in Hawaii after winning a coin toss against Hall of Fame cornerback Deion Sanders.

Rice and Sanders split up interior linemen, punters, fullbacks and special teamers during the first part of the draft, on a tape-delayed show.

Sanders picked Detroit's Ndamukong Suh with his first defensive tackle selection, then took Bucs defensive tackle Gerald McCoy.

The new process for selecting this year's Pro Bowl teams has Rice and Sanders are serving as captains and general managers in charge of divvying up the NFL stars, replacing the AFC vs. NFC format. The draft continues today; the game is Sunday.

Tony Gonzalez, the Falcons tight end who is retiring, was named to his 14th Pro Bowl as a replacement for 49er Vernon Davis. Redskins linebacker Brian Orakpo and Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith were also added.

Browns: Broncos offensive coordinator Adam Gase called the team and said he would not interview for its head coach vacancy, the Akron Beacon Journal reported. Also, Buffalo defensive coordinator Mike Pettine was having a second interview with Cleveland owner Jimmy Haslam and CEO Joe Banner, AP reported. And Fox Sports reported that Falcons defensive coordinator Dirk Koetter would interview.

Cardinals: Punter Dave Zastudil signed a two-year contract.

Dolphins: Mark Duffner was named the linebackers coach after eight seasons with the Jaguars in the same position.

49ers: Longtime executive Paraag Marathe was promoted to team president. He replaces Gideon Yu, who will remain as a co-owner.

Lions: Joe Lombardi was named offensive coordinator. The grandson of Hall of Fame coach Vince Lombardi has been an offensive assistant for New Orleans since 2007.

Vikings: Minnesota's Supreme Court dismissed a lawsuit challenging the funding plan for a new stadium. Finance officials had to postpone a $468 million bond sale while the case was pending.

Brent case: The jury deciding the intoxication manslaughter case against former Cowboys defensive tackle Josh Brent finished its first day of deliberations without reaching a verdict. Prosecutors accuse Brent of being drunk when he crashed his Mercedes in December 2012, killing teammate Jerry Brown.

former bucs charged: Former Bucs fullback B.J. Askew was charged in Michigan with failing to pay about $268,000 in child support. The Michigan attorney general's office says Askew, 33, whose career ended when Tampa Bay released him after the 2009 season, was arrested Jan. 7 in Hillsborough County. He'll be extradited to Detroit.

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