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Martz, Lions close on coordinator deal

DETROIT - Former St. Louis Rams coach Mike Martz has accepted the Detroit Lions' offensive coordinator position, but contract terms hadn't been worked out as of midday Wednesday, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported on its Web site.

Lions coach Rod Marinelli said Wednesday afternoon there was "nothing finalized" with Martz, but things were "very close."

"The one thing I do like about him, he is a winner," Marinelli said in a news conference at the Super Bowl XL media headquarters. "That man has won. He knows how to move the football. … I like him. I would love to have him, but we're still talking."

Tice joins Jaguars as assistant coach

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Jaguars coach Jack Del Rio hired close friend, one-time teammate and former Minnesota Vikings coach Mike Tice as an assistant head coach Wednesday.

Del Rio said Tice will work on the offensive side of the ball.

"Over the last 10 years, Mike has been a major contributor to some very productive offenses," Del Rio said in a statement. "Mike brings toughness, experience and passion. He will certainly be a tremendous asset to me and our offensive staff as we continue our pursuit of a championship."

Chelios to captain Olympic team

DETROIT - Red Wings defenseman Chris Chelios will captain the U.S. hockey team at the Turin Olympics, the third straight Winter Games he has been accorded the honor.

The 44-year-old Chelios will be the oldest American hockey player to compete in an Olympics, USA Hockey said Wednesday.

Chelios and fellow 2006 Olympian Keith Tkachuk are the only two U.S. hockey players to make four Olympic squads (1984, 1998, 2002, 2006). Chelios led the United States to a silver medal at the 2002 Games in Salt Lake City and also was captain at the 1998 Games in Nagano, Japan.

Blackhawks' Aucoin may miss rest of year

CHICAGO - Blackhawks defenseman and captain Adrian Aucoin will have surgery on a dislocated right shoulder and could miss the rest of the season.

A key offseason acquisition, Aucoin's first year with Chicago has been filled with injuries. He missed 18 games with groin problems and then hurt his shoulder Sunday against Calgary. Aucoin had missed just 10 games total in his three previous seasons with the New York Islanders.

Blues recall Lalime from Rivermen

ST. LOUIS - Patrick Lalime, sent to the minors after struggling in his first season in goal for St. Louis, returned to the Blues on Wednesday.

The goalie was recalled from Peoria of the American Hockey League, where he was 6-6-1 with a 2.86 goals-against average and a .903 save percentage.

Lalime, 31, was expected to lend stability after years of revolving goalies. But he struggled badly and was sent down in December.

The Rivermen, meanwhile, received goalie Chris Beckford-Tseu, center Trent Whitfield and left wing Timofei Shishkanov from the Blues.

From Pantagraph wire services


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