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Bucs hire more coaches

The Bucs have hired three more coaches, including the fifth and sixth from Rutgers.

Ben McDaniels, recently hired as Columbia's offensive coordinator, joined the Bucs, possibly as quarterbacks coach. Columbia announced the move Thursday, indicating only that McDaniels would become an offensive assistant in Tampa. McDaniels, younger brother of Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels, served as his brother's quarterbacks coach in Denver.

Phil Galiano becomes assistant special teams coach. He was special teams coordinator at Rutgers under Greg Schiano, who left the school in January to become the Bucs' head coach. Also joining the Piscataway, N.J., exodus is graduate assistant Andrew Janocko, who will become the Bucs' offensive quality control coach.

EAGLES: The team placed the franchise tag on WR DeSean Jackson. He gets about $9.4 million under a one-year deal if the sides can't agree on a long-term deal.

Bengals: WR Jerome Simpson pleaded guilty to a drug-related felony. Prosecutors will recommend 60 days in jail, but a judge will sentence him next month. In September, police in the Cincinnati suburb of Covington, Ky., intercepted a package containing 2.5 pounds of marijuana being shipped to his home.

Raiders: S Tyvon Branch was designated the franchise player, guaranteeing him a one-year deal worth about $6.2 million.

Steelers: WR Mike Wallace will not be franchised, allowing him to become a restricted free agent, ESPN.com reported.

Vikings: The team and Gov. Mark Dayton unveiled plans for a $975 million stadium to be built near the Metrodome and open in 2016.

Et cetera

Tennis: Novak Djokovic beat Janko Tipsarevic 6-1, 7-6 (8-6) in the quarterfinals of the Dubai Championships in the United Arab Emirates. He faces Andy Murray. Roger Federer faces Juan Martin del Potro in the other semi. … No. 4 seed Andy Roddick, ranked 30th in the world, reached his second quarterfinal of the year with a 6-4, 7-5 win over Denis Istomin at the Delray Beach Championship in South Florida.

America's Cup: NBC reached a deal to air the first two races of the final in September 2013 in San Francisco, the first time the event will be on network TV since 1992. The remaining races will air on NBC Sports Network.

Boxing: Women at this summer's Olympics will be allowed to wear a skirt or shorts under an amendment to amateur rules. Over the past year, the world's governing body faced criticism for encouraging women to wear skirts during matches. President Wu Ching-Kuo said fans and officials claimed they couldn't tell women from men, particularly on television, because they wore the same headgear.

Track: Michael Rodgers, the 2009 U.S. champion in the 100 meters, accepted a nine-month ban after testing positive for a banned stimulant. Rodgers, who tested positive in July, will be eligible for the Olympics.

Times staff, wires

Sports in brief 03/01/12 [Last modified: Thursday, March 1, 2012 11:51pm]
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