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Kelly not paying attention to NFL teams

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Kelly not paying attention to NFL teams

MIAMI (AP) Brian Kelly says leaving Notre Dame ``isn't an option.'' Alabama's Nick Saban says he has no ``unfinished business'' in the NFL.

While Oregon coach Chip Kelly ponders which NFL job - if any - he wants, the coaches getting ready to meet in the BCS championship said during media day at Sun Life Stadium that they have no interest in jumping to the pros.

Brian Kelly is in his third season with the top-ranked Fighting Irish and has led them to an undefeated season. Notre Dame will try to win its first national championship since 1988 by beating No. 2 Alabama on Monday night.

The 51-year-old Kelly has steadily climbed the coaching ladder, from Grand Valley State to Central Michigan to Cincinnati to Notre Dame, winning big at every stop along the way.

The next logical step would be the NFL, but for now, he said he has no desire to give it a try.

``Leaving is not an option. I don't even think about it,'' he said Saturday.

Chip Kelly is being courted by the Cleveland Browns, Philadelphia Eagles and Buffalo Bills. There haven't been the same type of rumors and speculation about Brian Kelly.

He said even if an NFL team was interested in talking to him about a job vacancy, he wouldn't know.

He said there is a strict protocol in place and any NFL team would have to speak with his agent first, and that information wouldn't be passed along to him until after the BCS championship game.

``I think from my perspective I've got the best job in the country, NFL, college, high school, whatever,'' Kelly said. ``I just look at the place that I'm at and thankful for the opportunity that I have.''

Saban, who did a two-year stint with the Miami Dolphins before taking the Alabama job in 2007, doesn't seem to have any interest in going back. But the rumors about NFL teams being interested in the Crimson Tide coach come up just about every year.

``I don't have any unfinished business in the NFL,'' Saban said. ``It's not something I'm concerned about. It's not even anything I want to do.''

It's getting easier to believe the 61-year old Saban with every passing year, but the way he left the Dolphins will always leave some doubting what he says.

``I guess I have to say it. I'm not going to be the Alabama coach,'' Saban said on Dec. 21, 2006, two weeks before he became Alabama coach.

Saban has a chance to win his third national title in the last four seasons with the Crimson Tide, and fourth championship overall. He also won one in 2003 with the LSU. He left the Tigers for the Dolphins after the 2004 season and went 15-17 in two seasons with Miami.

``I'm not looking for new challenges,'' he said. ``I'm just trying to take advantage of helping the challenging situation that we have and continue to be successful.''

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AP Sports Writer Time Reynolds contributed to this report.

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What It Means: Wizards reportedly expected to make extension offer to Bradley Beal

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What It Means: Wizards reportedly expected to make extension offer to Bradley Beal

Despite the litany of teams who would love to get their hands on Bradley Beal this offseason, Washington has so far remained committed to keeping Bradley Beal a Wizard.

And when he's eligible in July, they plan to offer him a three-year, $111 million extension, per ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.  

"He's eligible for a three-year, $111 million extension," Wojnarowski said during ESPN's televised mock draft special. "I'm told it's the team's intention to offer that up to him and try and move forward."

Keeping Beal long-term may wind being a smart move, as NBC Sports Washington's Ben Standig wrote this week. The extension would lock Beal up for the next five years and secure him and John Wall -- once he's fully recovered from offseason Achilles surgery -- as the Wizards' backcourt for the foreseeable future. 

The offer may seem financially burdensome, considering the Wizards just signed John Wall to a massive supermax extension that starts this season. But although the Wizards are currently strapped for cash, there's hope on the horizon. Ian Mahinmi's $15.6 million deal and Dwight Howard's $5.4 million deal expire after the 2019-2020 season.

The Wizards could decline Jabari Parkers $20 million team option and let Bobby Portis walk in restricted free agency this offseason. If both those happen, the Wizards could open up cap space for Beal's extension.

Considering John Wall is out for likely the entire next season and the Wizards still don't have a GM, their best move might be to lock in what proven production they have.

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Rain knocks out another Phillies-Nationals game

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Rain knocks out another Phillies-Nationals game

WASHINGTON -- The Nationals and Phillies are 2-for-2.

Tuesday night's game was postponed following a two-hour rain delay. Monday's game was postponed after a three-hour rain delay.

Tuesday's game will be made up as part of a split day-night doubleheader Sept. 24 at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m., bumping a four-game series to a five-game series. The Nationals and Phillies are scheduled to also play a split day-night doubleheader Wednesday.

The day was not without news. Nationals ace Max Scherzer broke his nose in batting practice when a ball bounced off his bat and struck him in the face. Scherzer was attempting to bunt at the time.

Scherzer's injury and the multiple postponements throw the Nationals' pitching plans into disarray. They're not sure if Scherzer will pitch as expected Wednesday. It appears Austin Voth, who was scratched from his Thursday start for Triple-A Fresno, will be available to pitch in one of the Wednesday games -- should they be played. More rain is expected Wednesday.

The Nationals will bump Patrick Corbin, who was slated to pitch again Tuesday, into a Wednesday spot. Wednesday's other starter is TBA. It could be Scherzer if he is ready. It could be Erick Fedde, and Voth could be used in the bullpen as the 26th man. That would provide Scherzer a chance to pitch Thursday and Strasburg on Friday against Atlanta. 

Or, Scherzer could be provided more time off. There's a lot to sort out once again thanks to the rain.

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