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Eagles set to interview Arians, Bradley

Eagles set to interview Arians, Bradley

PHILADELPHIA (AP) While Andy Reid has found a new home, the Philadelphia Eagles' search to replace him could take some time.

The Eagles were granted permission Friday to interview Colts offensive coordinator Bruce Arians and Seahawks defensive coordinator Gus Bradley for their coaching vacancy.

Team officials already met with three candidates and plan to interview Broncos offensive coordinator Mike McCoy in Denver on Sunday. Oregon coach Chip Kelly was on Philadelphia's list, but a person familiar with the situation told The Associated Press he's nearing a deal with Cleveland and the Eagles are ``heading in another direction.''

That person, who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the team isn't discussing its negotiations publicly, said the Eagles planned to interview several other candidates regardless of any conversations with Kelly.

Reid, who was fired Monday after a 4-12 season, has agreed to a five-year deal with the Kansas City Chiefs, according to two people familiar with those negotiations. Reid flew to Kansas City on Friday and already has started assembling his coaching staff, which should include some former assistants.

The Eagles interviewed Penn State's Bill O'Brien on Thursday and met with Atlanta Falcons defensive coordinator Mike Nolan and special teams coordinator Keith Armstrong on Wednesday. O'Brien is remaining at Penn State. The Eagles wanted to talk to Falcons offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter, but he signed a contract extension to stay with the team through next season.

The interviews with Arians and Bradley will take place next week.

Arians was 9-3 as interim coach in Indianapolis filling in for Chuck Pagano. He previously served as Pittsburgh's offensive coordinator from 2007-11. The 60-year-old Arians is quite familiar with Philadelphia, having coached Temple from 1983-88.

Bradley is in his fourth season in Seattle. His defense finished first in the NFL in points allowed (15.3) and fourth in yards (306.2).

``There are some outstanding college coaches out there and some outstanding coordinators out there,'' owner Jeffrey Lurie said after firing Reid. ``There are outstanding coaches that used to coach in the National Football League out there. (We'll leave) no stone unturned, and we're open to it all.''

The Eagles' search could last until after the Super Bowl. There are several other coaches on playoff teams that could get interviews with Philadelphia, including Cincinnati's Jay Gruden and Mike Zimmer, Green Bay's Ben McAdoo, Seattle's Darrell Bevell, Washington's Kyle Shanahan and Houston offensive coordinator Rick Dennison.

Former coaches Jon Gruden, Bill Cowher and Tony Dungy - all Super Bowl winners - are not on Philadelphia's radar at this time.

The Eagles went to the playoffs nine times in Reid's 14 seasons, but not since 2010. They last won a playoff game in 2008.

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16 years ago with the Wizards, Michael Jordan became the NBA's first 40-year-old to score 40 points

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16 years ago with the Wizards, Michael Jordan became the NBA's first 40-year-old to score 40 points

Sixteen years ago Michael Jordan delivered one of the most memorable performances of his two-year stint with the Washington Wizards. 

On February 21, 2003, Jordan dropped 43 points four days after his 40th birthday. The mark made the Jordan the first player older than 40 to record 40 points or more in a contest. 

It was also the fifth-most points he ever scored in a Wizards uniform. 

The record was made against the then-New Jersey Nets. Throughout the entire game the two teams went back-and-forth with 13 ties and 17 lead changes. That was until the Hall of Famer put the game away for Washington with the final go-ahead basket with 34 seconds to go. 

The Wizards won 89-86. 

"We hadn't really been playing well and coach has been really disappointed in the way we play and I had to take the leadership. I had to do everything I had to do to get this team to understand what winning is all about," Jordan said.

The 43 points was scored on 18-for-30 shooting, all within the 3pt arc. In the third quarter alone he scored 14 of the team's 25 points. He also grabbed 10 rebounds for the double-double in the contest with four steals, three assists and a block.

All 13 seasons of Jordan's career he had incredible feats. The season prior he recorded his final 50-point game at 38 years of age, which is also the oldest anyone's ever been to reach 50 points. And that came two months after he returned from retirement. 

The 2002-03 season was his last and this display was an attempt for Jordan to return to the postseason one final time. He had not been there since he was with the Chicago Bulls in 1998. 

"I've only got 28 games left in my career. I do whatever I've got to do to get into the playoffs."

Ultimately the Wizards did not make it to the playoffs with Jordan, but he sure left his mark on the organization. 

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NHL Hall of Famer Bobby Orr visits Nationals Spring Training

NHL Hall of Famer Bobby Orr visits Nationals Spring Training


Bruins defenseman Bobby Orr, widely regarded as one of the greatest hockey players of all time, visited Nationals spring training at Ballpark of the Palm Beaches today.

Players and staff introduced themselves individually to the Hall of Famer, who was ushered around by GM Mike Rizzo.

Orr also was given a Nationals hat and pullover with his number (4) on it.