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Lions go with Caldwell...Judge halts NFL concussion settlement...Serena, Djokovic on tap

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Updated: Tue, 14 Jan 2014 08:15:50 EST

ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) — The Detroit Lions say they've hired Jim Caldwell as their new coach and will introduce him at a news conference tomorrow. He takes over for Jim Schwartz, who was let go after a second-half collapse led to a 7-9 season. Caldwell spent this season as Baltimore's offensive coordinator and was head coach of the Colts from 2009-11, leading Indianapolis to the Super Bowl in his first season but losing his job following a 2-14 campaign that left him 26-22.

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A federal judge in Philadelphia has preliminarily rejected a $767 million settlement of NFL concussion claims, fearing the sum may not be enough. U.S. District Judge Anita Brody has asked for more financial details from all parties. In her ruling the judge says the settlement is designed to cover nearly 20,000 men for 65 years. The awards would vary based on an ex-player's age and diagnosis.

NEW YORK (AP) — Cy Young Award winners Clayton Kershaw of the Los Angeles Dodgers and Detroit Tigers hurler Max Scherzer (SHUR'-zur) head 146 players who filed for salary arbitration. Also filing today are Tampa Bay pitcher David Price, Pittsburgh third baseman Pedro Alvarez, Cincinnati pitcher Aroldis (ah-ROHL'-dihs) Chapman, Arizona outfielder Mark Trumbo, Baltimore catcher Matt Wieters (WEE'-turz) and Washington pitcher Jordan Zimmermann. Players are set to swap proposed salaries with their clubs Friday, and hearings will be scheduled for next month in St. Petersburg, Fla.

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Women's No. 1 Serena Williams is back on the court this evening, U.S. time, for her second match of the Australian Open. In the only other women's match involving a highly-ranked player, fourth-seed Li Na (lee nah) has her second round match as well. For the men, the highest seeds to see action are No. 2 Novak Djokovic (NOH'-vak JOH'-kuh-vich) and No. 3 David Ferrer (feh-REHR').

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — The University of Maryland has filed a $157 million dollar counterclaim against the Atlantic Coast Conference. The claim alleges the league tried to recruit two Big Ten schools after Maryland announced its intention to leave for the Big Ten. Maryland is also asking the ACC to pay the $16 million the school says has been improperly withheld since November 2012, when the school announced it was leaving for the Big Ten.

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