Andy Reid officially named Chiefs head coach

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Andy Reid officially named Chiefs head coach

Four days after he was fired by Eagles owner Jeff Lurie, Andy Reid has been named the 12th head coach of the Kansas City Chiefs.

Reid agreed to a five-year deal on Friday and replaces Romeo Crennel, fired Monday by the Chiefs after just one full season and three games as interim coach. Reid and the Chiefs had met past midnight Thursday night into Friday morning, a source told CSNPhilly.com, and had agreed on major portions of an agreement.

The Chiefs on Friday morning fired general manager Scott Pioli, who was part of the original interview process, to clear the way for Reid to hammer out the rest of the deal and bring in his own general manager.

The new general manager, the source said, will be either Tom Heckert, the former Eagles and Browns general manager, or Packers Director of Football Operations John Dorsey, who was director of college scouting in Green Bay when Reid was on Mike Holmgrens Packers staff in the 1990s.

Monte Kiffin, who built the Buccaneers defense that stifled the Eagles in the 2002 NFC Championship Game, could become Reids defensive coordinator, and Pat Shurmur, Reids quarterbacks coach in Philly and recently fired as Browns head coach, would be a logical choice as offensive coordinator.

Reid is also expected to bring with him some coaches from the Eagles staff, including quarterbacks coach Doug Pederson, a source confirmed.

The Chiefs havent won a playoff game since 1993 under Joe Montana and coach Marty Schottenheimer. Reid won more playoff games with the Eagles during the nine-year span from 2000 through 2008 (10) than the Chiefs have won in their 53-year history (eight). The Chiefs have lost their last six postseason games by an average of 10.3 points.

Reid had a 130-93-1 record in 14 years with the Eagles but was 33-31 over the past four seasons without a playoff win.

Reid immediately emerged as the favorite for the head coaching vacancy in Arizona after he was fired. The Cardinals fired coach Ken Whisenhunt Monday after six years that included a 2008 NFC Championship Game win over Reids Eagles.

But his first interview was with the Chiefs on Wednesday in Philadelphia, and by Thursday afternoon, Reid had cancelled plans to meet with the Cards and with the Chargers, who emerged on Thursday as the third suitor for Reid after firing head coach Norv Turner.

Reids meeting with Chiefs owner Clark Hunt, team president Mark Donovan and Pioli lasted nearly nine hours and was the first clear sign that the Chiefs were serious in their pursuit of Reid.

The only other known candidate for the Chiefs job was Falcons special teams coach Keith Armstrong, a Bucks County native who satisfies the leagues Rooney Rule provision that prohibits teams from hiring a head coach without interviewing a minority candidate.

In the Chiefs, Reid gets a team that was worst in the NFL this year in scoring at 13.2 points per game and 25th in the league in points allowed at 26.5.

The Chiefs this year became only the 14th team in NFL history to allow 425 or more points and score 211 or fewer points. Their only wins came by a combined nine points against the Saints in overtime in September and the Panthers in December.

Its a strikingly similar situation to 1999, when Reid took over an Eagles team that in 1998 ranked 30th in offense and 19th in defense and won three games by a total of nine points.

With the Eagles in 1999, Reid had the second pick in the draft in his first year and selected Donovan McNabb, a move that helped turn the franchise into a winner by 2000. The Chiefs this year will have the first pick in the draft, a move that could certainly have ramifications for the Eagles, who pick fourth.

Despite their league-worst 2-14 record, the Chiefs have some talent. They had five Pro Bowl picks this year tailback Jamaal Charles, linebackers Tamba Hali and Derrick Johnson, safety Eric Berry and punter Dustin Colquitt.

But the Chiefs are unsettled at quarterback, much like the team Reid inherited in 1999, with Koy Detmer, Bobby Hoying and Rodney Peete.

Brady Quinn and Matt Cassel each started eight games for the Chiefs this year and combined for eight touchdowns and 20 interceptions. Cassel did make the Pro Bowl in 2010 but is just 19-28 in four seasons since leaving the Patriots to sign with the Chiefs.

Reid is the second former Eagles head coach to wind up coaching the Chiefs.

Dick Vermeil, who coached the Eagles from 1976 through 1982 and led the team to the 1980 Super Bowl, coached the Chiefs from 2001 through 2005 after winning the Super Bowl in 1999 with the Rams.

The last seven Eagles head coaches have all gotten another head coaching job after being fired by the Eagles Mike McCormick to the Colts in 1980, Vermeil to the Rams in 1997, Marion Campbell to the Falcons in 1987, Buddy Ryan to the Cards in 1994, Rich Kotite to the Jets in 1995, Ray Rhodes to the Packers in 1999 and now Reid to the Chiefs.

The last Eagles head coach who never got another head coaching position was Ed Khayat, who was 8-15-2 with the Eagles in 1971 and 1972 but never coached again.

E-mail Reuben Frank at rfrank@comcastsportsnet.com

Geoff Mosher contributed to this report.

Best of MLB: Stephen Strasburg stays unbeaten as Nats pound Cards

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Best of MLB: Stephen Strasburg stays unbeaten as Nats pound Cards

WASHINGTON -- Stephen Strasburg (9-0) won his 12th consecutive decision dating to last season, pitching six innings of one-run ball as Washington salvaged a four-game split.

Strasburg improved to 12-0 in 15 starts since losing to the Mets on Sept. 9, and the Nationals have won all 15 of those games. The 12 consecutive winning decisions is a franchise record for a starter, breaking a mark shared by Livan Hernandez (2005) and Dennis Martinez (1989).

Jayson Werth connected for a pinch-hit grand slam. Wilson Ramos had three hits, including a two-run homer, and drove in four runs. Bryce Harper hit an RBI single during a three-run fourth off Michael Wacha (2-6), who lost his sixth straight decision (see full recap).

Dodgers score twice in 9th to top Mets
NEW YORK -- Adrian Gonzalez snapped a ninth-inning tie with a two-run single off suddenly struggling closer Jeurys Familia, and Los Angeles beat New York.

Curtis Granderson hit a tying triple for the Mets immediately after Clayton Kershaw was lifted with two outs in the eighth. But the Dodgers quickly regrouped for their sixth victory in seven games since losing four straight.

Kershaw struck out 10, walked none and capped a magnificent May with another sublime performance.

Adam Liberatore (1-0) got the win. Kenley Jansen pitched a perfect ninth for his 15th save.

Familia (2-1) allowed two runs on two hits and two walks (see full recap).

Castro's homer Yanks' only hit in victory
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Starlin Castro's two-run, seventh-inning homer off Jake Odorizzi was the Yankees' only hit of the game, enough to give New York a 2-1 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays on Sunday.

According to Baseball Reference data going back to 1913, the Yankees' only other one-hit win was when Charlie Mullen had an RBI single to beat Cleveland in six innings in a doubleheader nightcap on July 10, 1914.

Nathan Eovaldi (6-2) gave up one run and six hits in six innings to win his career-best fifth consecutive start and beat Odorizzi (2-3).

Dellin Betances, Andrew Miller and Aroldis Chapman each pitched a perfect inning and combined for seven strikeouts. Chapman got his seventh save (see full recap).

Deitrich hurt on odd play in Marlins' win over Braves
ATLANTA -- Derek Dietrich hit a tiebreaking, two-run homer and drove in four runs before getting hurt on a foul ball hit into Miami's dugout.

Dietrich's homer landed deep in the lower section of the right-field seats in the sixth, giving Miami a 3-1 lead. A former Georgia Tech star, Dietrich added a two-run double off Eric O'Flaherty in the seventh inning, then was hit by a foul ball off the bat of Christian Yelich in the ninth.

The team said X-rays were negative and Dietrich was to remain in Atlanta on Sunday night for further evaluations.

Tom Koehler (3-5) allowed three runs -- two earned -- three hits and five walks in seven-plus innings. Julio Teheran (1-5) gave up three runs, five hits and three walks in 5 1/3 innings (see full recap).

Correa's home run lifts Astros over Angels in 13
ANAHEIM, Calif.  -- Pinch-hitter Carlos Correa had a three-run homer off Mike Morin (1-1) in the 13th inning.

Correa got a run-scoring hit in the 13th inning for the second time in six games, following up his game-ending single against Baltimore on Tuesday.

Albert Pujols had three hits for the Angels, who blew an eighth-inning lead and stranded 14 runners while losing for the fourth time in five games.

Michael Feliz (3-1) pitched the 12th for Houston (see full recap).

Report: P.J. Carlesimo won't join Sixers' coaching staff

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Report: P.J. Carlesimo won't join Sixers' coaching staff

It doesn't sound like the Sixers' replacement for Mike D'Antoni will be the most rumored name for the position.

NBA coaching veteran P.J. Carlesimo has decided to not join Brett Brown's staff as associate head coach and instead will remain a television analyst, according to tweets Sunday night by ESPN's Mark Stein.

Stein added that despite "strong mutual interest," Carlesimo made the decision for family reasons.

The 67-year-old Carlesimo has spent parts of nine seasons as a head coach in the league and five more as an assistant. He was last on a NBA bench when he took over as the Brooklyn Nets' interim head coach in 2012-13.

So the Sixers still have a vacancy on their bench after D'Antoni, who joined the Sixers in the middle of last season after Jerry Colangelo joined the organization, signed on to become head coach of the Houston Rockets last week. Who the team's next choice for the role is remains to be seen.

Stanley Cup Final: Long roads culminate for both Sharks and Penguins

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Stanley Cup Final: Long roads culminate for both Sharks and Penguins

PITTSBURGH -- It wasn't supposed to take the San Jose Sharks this long to reach their first Stanley Cup Final. It wasn't supposed to take this long for Sidney Crosby to guide the Pittsburgh Penguins back to a destination many figured they'd become a fixture at after winning it all in 2009.

Not that either side is complaining.

Certainly not the Sharks, whose nearly quarter-century wait to play on the NHL's biggest stage will finally end Monday night when the puck drops for Game 1. Certainly not Crosby, who raised the Cup after beating Detroit seven years ago but has spent a significant portion of the interim dealing with concussions that threatened to derail his career and fending off criticism as the thoughtful captain of a team whose explosiveness during the regular season too often failed to translate into regular mid-June parade through the heart of the city.

Maybe the Penguins should have returned to the Cup Final before now. The fact they didn't makes the bumpy path the franchise and its superstar captain took to get here seem worth it.

"I think I appreciated it prior to going through some of those things," Crosby said. "I think now having gone through those things I definitely appreciate it more. I think I realize how tough it is to get to this point."

It's a sentiment not lost on the Sharks, who became one of the NHL's most consistent winners shortly after coming into the league in 1991. Yet spring after spring, optimism would morph into disappointment. The nadir came in 2014, when a 3-0 lead over Los Angeles in the first round somehow turned into a 4-3 loss. The collapse sent the Sharks into a spiral that took a full year to recover from, one that in some ways sowed the seeds for a breakthrough more than two decades in the making.

General manager Doug Wilson tweaked the roster around fixtures Patrick Marleau and Joe Thornton, who remained hopeful San Jose's window for success hadn't shut completely even as the postseason meltdowns piled up.

"I always believed that next year was going to be the year, I really did," Thornton said. "I always thought we were a couple pieces away. Even last year not making the playoffs, I honestly thought we were a couple pieces away, and here we are."

The Penguins, like the Sharks, are a study in near instant alchemy. General manager Jim Rutherford rebuilt the team on the fly after taking over in June, 2014 and with the team sleepwalking last December, fired respected-but-hardly-charismatic Mike Johnston and replaced him with the decidedly harder-edged Mike Sullivan. The results were nearly instantaneous.

Freed to play to its strengths instead of guarding against its weaknesses, Pittsburgh rocketed through the second half of the season and showed the resilience it has sometimes lacked during Crosby's tenure by rallying from a 3-2 deficit against Tampa Bay in the Eastern Conference finals, dominating Games 6 and 7 to finally earn a shot at bookending the Cup that was supposed to give birth to a dynasty but instead led to years of frustration.

True catharsis for one side is four wins away. Some things to look for over the next two weeks of what promises to be an entertaining final.

Fresh faces
When the season began, Matt Murray was in the minor leagues. Now the 22-year-old who was supposed to be Pittsburgh's goalie of the future is now very much the goalie of the present. Pressed into action when veteran Marc-Andre Fleury suffered a concussion on March 31, Murray held onto the job even after Fleury returned by playing with the steady hand of a guy in his 10th postseason, not his first. San Jose counterpart Martin Jones served as Jonathan Quick's backup when the Kings won it all in 2014 and has thrived while playing behind a defense that sometimes doesn't give him much to do. Jones has faced over 30 shots just four times during the playoffs.

"HBK" is H-O-T:
Pittsburgh's best line during the playoffs isn't the one centered by Crosby or Malkin but Nick Bonino, who has teamed with Phil Kessel and Carl Hagelin to produce 17 goals and 28 assists in 18 games. Put together when Malkin missed six weeks with an elbow injury, the trio has given the Penguins the balance they desperately needed after years of being too reliant on their stars for production.

Powerful Sharks
San Jose's brilliant run to the Finals has been spearheaded by a power play that is converting on 27 percent (17 of 63) of its chances during the playoffs. The Sharks are 9-2 when they score with the man advantage and just 3-4 when it does not.

Old men and the C(up)
Both teams have relied heavily on players who began their NHL careers in another millennium. Pittsburgh center Matt Cullen, who turns 40 in November, has four goals during the playoffs. Thornton and Marleau, both 36, were taken with the top two picks in the 1997 draft that was held in Pittsburgh while 37-year-old Dainius Zubrus draws stares from younger teammates when he tells them he used to play against Hall of Famer (and current Penguins owner) Mario Lemieux.

"When I say 'Twenty years ago I was playing against Lemieux, they say 'I was 2-years-old,'" Zubrus said.