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Browns conduct interviews, wait for Oregon's Kelly

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Browns conduct interviews, wait for Oregon's Kelly

CLEVELAND (AP) Win or lose, once Chip Kelly finishes coaching Oregon in the Fiesta Bowl and walks off the field and likely toward a job in the NFL, the Browns will be waiting for him

They won't be alone.

The Philadelphia Eagles and Buffalo Bills also are interested in signing Kelly, the offensive mastermind whose break-neck, stop-us-if-you-can system is already being copied in the pro game. There could be others courting the 49-year-old Kelly, but the Browns, Eagles and Bills seem to be the leaders to land him.

It's not yet clear who will get the first crack at Kelly, who has spent the past few days in advance of Thursday night's game against Kansas State deflecting questions about his future.

Browns owner Jimmy Haslam and CEO Joe Banner have spent the past few days in Arizona, where they have already several interviews in preparation of their meeting with Kelly. On Tuesday, the Browns interviewed Cardinals defensive coordinator Ray Horton, who described his meeting with the team as ``fantastic.''

On Wednesday, the Browns' brass met with former Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt, fired earlier this week after six seasons with the club. Whisenhunt was a special teams coach in Cleveland under Chris Palmer in 1999, the Browns' first season back in the league as an expansion franchise.

And according to multiple reports, the Browns also interviewed Syracuse's Doug Marrone and Penn State's Bill O'Brien for their coaching vacancy.

However, O'Brien's agent, Joe Linta, said late Thursday night that the coach has decided to stay at Penn State. O'Brien, who previously worked as New England's offensive coordinator, steered the Nittany Lions through the horrendous Jerry Sandusky sex-abuse scandal this season and to an 8-4 record.

``His loyalty to the team and those kids was a really strong bond,'' Linta said in a phone interview with the Associated Press. ``Although he loves the NFL and loves coaching, the experience this year with those kids was the opportunity of a lifetime for him.''

The Browns are not confirming or commenting on any interviews.

When he announced Pat Shurmur's firing earlier this week, Haslam was aware that a bidding war might lie ahead if Cleveland is to get its top choice as coach.

Although this may be his first foray into a coaching search, Haslam has hired many business executives over the years and he wasn't concerned about any competition. In fact, he seemed to relish a race.

``We're not going to worry about who else is out there looking for a coach,'' Haslam said. ``We have our people in mind and we're going to work hard to bring the right person here to Cleveland.''

Kelly's lack of any pro coaching experience doesn't seem to be scaring off the Browns. They are intrigued by his uptempo, no-huddle offense, which New England coach Bill Belichick implemented this season after meeting with Kelly during the summer.

Before the search ends, Banner may find himself trying to beat out the Eagles, his former team. Banner spent 19 seasons with Philadelphia, including the last 12 as president.

Like Haslam, Banner believes the Browns will be able to get the coach they're after.

``We go into this extremely confident that we can go after the top people available, at least the top people in our opinion, and that we have a very good chance of being successful in convincing them that this is the right situation,'' he said. ``Most of these top coaches are focused on finding a place where they think they can win and we think we can make a very good case why this is the best opportunity in the league right now.''

Marrone emerged as a surprise candidate to many, but his NFL experience makes him attractive. Before returning to his alma mater to coach the Orange, the 48-year-old spent three seasons as an offensive coordinator with New Orleans, where he helped quarterback Drew Brees throw for more than 4,000 yards three years straight.

There was speculation about Marrone's future when Syracuse started 2-4, but the Orange won six of its last seven and rolled West Virginia 38-14 in the New Era Pinstripe Bowl last week.

The Browns aren't putting any timeline on finding their next coach, Cleveland's sixth since '99.

``The sooner the better,'' Haslam said. ``The key thing is to get the right person. If we happen to find the right person this week, we'll have him back here in a week. If it takes a month, we're going to take a month because we're very sensitive to getting this right.''

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AP Sports Writer Genaro C. Armas in State College, Pa. contributed to this report.

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Simms' 11 points lifts VCU over Missouri St.

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Simms' 11 points lifts VCU over Missouri St.

RICHMOND, Va. -- Mike'L Simms had 11 points as VCU extended its home win streak to eight games, beating Missouri State 61-51 on Sunday night.

De'Riante Jenkins had 10 points for VCU (8-2).

After VCU outscored Missouri State 35-25 in the first half, both teams scored 26 in the second as the home team clinched the victory. The Rams' 26 second-half points marked a season low for the team.

Isiaih Mosley had 15 points for the Bears (6-6). Keandre Cook added 12 points. Gaige Prim had 10 points.

VCU takes on College of Charleston on the road on Wednesday. Missouri State matches up against Oral Roberts on the road on Saturday.

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Hoyas win NCAA Men’s College Cup in penalty kick shoot out

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Hoyas win NCAA Men’s College Cup in penalty kick shoot out

It was a showdown like no other in Cary, North Carolina on Sunday night.

Right down to the wire. 

After two scoreless 10 minute overtimes, it all came down to a seven round penalty kick shootout where a save by Georgetown goalkeeper Tomas Romero won it all for the Hoyas, 7-6.

Romero stopped Virginia's Axel Gunnarsson to give the Hoyas their first NCAA men’s soccer championship. 

After scoring 17 goals, Georgetown University won the 2019 Men’s College Cup National Champions over UVA.

It was a very back and forth battle between the two teams. 

Virginia jumped out on top. In the 10th minute, Junior midfielder Joe Bell scored the first goal and his 7th goal this season putting Virginia ahead 1-0. 

Junior midfielder Paul Rothrock responded with an unassisted goal in the 16th minute, putting Georgetown on the board and tying the game 1-1.

In the 22nd minute, Georgetown Freshman Daniel Wu had a set piece, scoring his first goal of the season and extending the Hoyas lead 2-1. 

Later in the 58th Daniel Steedman gave the Cavaliers a spark tying it up 2-2. 

It looked as if the Hoyas had it in the bag when Derek Dodson broke the tie in the 81st minute putting Georgetown on top 3-2 but that didn't last very long. 

Inside five minutes to go in regulation time, Daryl Dike attempted a header which was deflected but followed through with his own rebound regaining the tie 3-3 for UVA.

That is where things got interesting.

After a hard fought game, two ovetimes and a penalty kick shoot out the Hoyas would go on to take the title over the Cavaliers winning 7-6.