Seahawks fire DC Norton after 4 seasons

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RENTON, Wash. (AP) The Seattle Seahawks have fired defensive coordinator Ken Norton Jr. and passing game coordinator Andre Curtis, the team said Tuesday.

Norton's firing brought an end to what had been several seasons of continuity on the defensive side. The news was first reported by The Seattle Times.

Coach Pete Carroll had said last week it was too early to know the extent of changes coming to the Seahawks' coaching staff. But he noted two specific areas for improvement - creating more turnovers and improving the pass rush - and both are on the defensive side.

Browns' McDowell attacks police officer

CLEVELAND (AP) Cleveland Browns defensive tackle Malik McDowell, who was given a second chance by the team after serving jail time, was arrested Monday in Florida on charges of beating a police officer and public exposure.

Police in Deerfield Beach, Florida, said they were responding to a "naked male walking near a school" when an officer approached McDowell, who was sitting on a curb, according to the arrest report. The officer said McDowell stood up, uttered an obscenity at him and "charged at me full speed with a closed fist." (MORE)

Dodgers promote ex-pitcher Gomes to GM

LOS ANGELES (AP) The Los Angeles Dodgers promoted former major league pitcher Brandon Gomes to general manager on Tuesday, filling a spot that had been vacant since 2018.

Gomes had been an assistant GM with the team since 2019. The Dodgers last had a GM in 2018, when Farhan Zaidi quit that November to join the rival San Francisco Giants. (MORE)

Prescott regrets comments on officials

FRISCO, Texas (AP) Dak Prescott apologized Tuesday night for his comments that condoned Dallas Cowboys fans throwing objects at NFL officials after the team's playoff loss, with the quarterback saying in a series of tweets that he deeply regretted what he said after the game.

When initially asked about objects such as water bottles being thrown at Dallas players as they left the field at the end of their 23-17 wild-card loss to the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday, Prescott said it was "sad" fans would do that. After another reporter said it appeared that officials were the targets, the quarterback responded, "Credit to them then." (MORE)

Florida State stuns No. 6 Duke in OT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) Florida State let a late lead evaporate in regulation. Given another chance in overtime, the Seminoles got it done against No. 6 Duke.

RayQuan Evans made a pair of free throws with 12 seconds left in overtime, John Butler blocked Wendell Moore Jr.'s driving attempt in the lane with 2 seconds remaining, and Florida State stunned Duke 79-78 on Tuesday night. (MORE)

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