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Browns Closing in on Deal With Oregon’s Kelly; Reid to K.C.

  • FILE - Los Angeles Lakers Executive Vice President Jeanie Buss shows the lucky rock she was given by boyfriend Phil Jackson before the NBA Draft Lottery in this May 24, 2005 file photo taken in Secaucus, N.J. Jackson finally replaced the rock. Buss posted a picture Thursday night Jan. 3, 2013 on her official Twitter account of her left hand with a diamond ring on her finger. Buss later confirmed the engagement to ESPN.com, saying she received the ring at Christmas and she's "beyond happy." (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)

    FILE - Los Angeles Lakers Executive Vice President Jeanie Buss shows the lucky rock she was given by boyfriend Phil Jackson before the NBA Draft Lottery in this May 24, 2005 file photo taken in Secaucus, N.J. Jackson finally replaced the rock. Buss posted a picture Thursday night Jan. 3, 2013 on her official Twitter account of her left hand with a diamond ring on her finger. Buss later confirmed the engagement to ESPN.com, saying she received the ring at Christmas and she's "beyond happy." (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)

  • FILE - Los Angeles Lakers Executive Vice President Jeanie Buss shows the lucky rock she was given by boyfriend Phil Jackson before the NBA Draft Lottery in this May 24, 2005 file photo taken in Secaucus, N.J. Jackson finally replaced the rock. Buss posted a picture Thursday night Jan. 3, 2013 on her official Twitter account of her left hand with a diamond ring on her finger. Buss later confirmed the engagement to ESPN.com, saying she received the ring at Christmas and she's "beyond happy." (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)

    FILE - Los Angeles Lakers Executive Vice President Jeanie Buss shows the lucky rock she was given by boyfriend Phil Jackson before the NBA Draft Lottery in this May 24, 2005 file photo taken in Secaucus, N.J. Jackson finally replaced the rock. Buss posted a picture Thursday night Jan. 3, 2013 on her official Twitter account of her left hand with a diamond ring on her finger. Buss later confirmed the engagement to ESPN.com, saying she received the ring at Christmas and she's "beyond happy." (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)

  • Philadelphia Eagles head coach Andy Reid, right, shakes hands with New York Giants head coach Tom Coughlin after an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 30, 2012, in East Rutherford, N.J. The Giants won 42-7. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)

    Philadelphia Eagles head coach Andy Reid, right, shakes hands with New York Giants head coach Tom Coughlin after an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 30, 2012, in East Rutherford, N.J. The Giants won 42-7. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)

  • Philadelphia Eagles head coach Andy Reid watches from the sidelines during the second quarter of their NFL football game against the New York Giants, Sunday, Dec. 30, 2012, in East Rutherford, N.J. The Giants won 42-7. (AP Photo/Philadelphia Daily News, David Maialetti)  THE EVENING BULLETIN OUT, TV OUT; MAGS OUT; NO SALES

    Philadelphia Eagles head coach Andy Reid watches from the sidelines during the second quarter of their NFL football game against the New York Giants, Sunday, Dec. 30, 2012, in East Rutherford, N.J. The Giants won 42-7. (AP Photo/Philadelphia Daily News, David Maialetti) THE EVENING BULLETIN OUT, TV OUT; MAGS OUT; NO SALES

  • FILE - Los Angeles Lakers Executive Vice President Jeanie Buss shows the lucky rock she was given by boyfriend Phil Jackson before the NBA Draft Lottery in this May 24, 2005 file photo taken in Secaucus, N.J. Jackson finally replaced the rock. Buss posted a picture Thursday night Jan. 3, 2013 on her official Twitter account of her left hand with a diamond ring on her finger. Buss later confirmed the engagement to ESPN.com, saying she received the ring at Christmas and she's "beyond happy." (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)
  • FILE - Los Angeles Lakers Executive Vice President Jeanie Buss shows the lucky rock she was given by boyfriend Phil Jackson before the NBA Draft Lottery in this May 24, 2005 file photo taken in Secaucus, N.J. Jackson finally replaced the rock. Buss posted a picture Thursday night Jan. 3, 2013 on her official Twitter account of her left hand with a diamond ring on her finger. Buss later confirmed the engagement to ESPN.com, saying she received the ring at Christmas and she's "beyond happy." (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)
  • Philadelphia Eagles head coach Andy Reid, right, shakes hands with New York Giants head coach Tom Coughlin after an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 30, 2012, in East Rutherford, N.J. The Giants won 42-7. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)
  • Philadelphia Eagles head coach Andy Reid watches from the sidelines during the second quarter of their NFL football game against the New York Giants, Sunday, Dec. 30, 2012, in East Rutherford, N.J. The Giants won 42-7. (AP Photo/Philadelphia Daily News, David Maialetti)  THE EVENING BULLETIN OUT, TV OUT; MAGS OUT; NO SALES

Cleveland — Chip Kelly is close to taking his fast-paced offense to the NFL.

A person familiar with the negotiations says the Cleveland Browns are nearing a deal with Oregon’s offensive mastermind to be their next coach.

The Browns interviewed Kelly yesterday and the Ducks coach was supposed to meet with Philadelphia in Arizona. However, a person familiar with the interviews says the Eagles are “heading in another direction” because Kelly is nearing a deal with Cleveland.

The Eagles were granted permission yesterday to interview Colts offensive coordinator Bruce Arians and Seahawks defensive coordinator Gus Bradley and are scheduled to meet with Broncos offensive coordinator Mike McCoy on Sunday.

Following Oregon’s win over Kansas State in the Fiesta Bowl on Thursday night, the 49-year-old Kelly, a Manchester native and former University of New Hampshire player and assistant coach, said he wanted to get the interview process over “quickly.”

He turned down an offer from Tampa Bay last year to return for his fourth season at Oregon, where he is 46-7. He has boosted the school’s national profile — flashy uniforms helped — with a high-powered offense capable of turning any game into a track meet.

“It’s more a fact-finding mission, finding out if it fits or doesn’t fit,” Kelly said after the Ducks beat No. 7 Kansas State 35-17. “I’ve been in one interview in my life for the National Football League, and that was a year ago. I don’t really have any preconceived notions about it. I think that’s what this deal is all about for me. It’s not going to affect us in terms of we’re not on the road (recruiting). I’ll get an opportunity if people do call, see where they are.

“I want to get it wrapped up quickly and figure out where I’m going to be.”

Kelly has been at the top of the Browns’ list of candidates since the team fired Pat Shurmur, who went 9-23 in two seasons. Cleveland owner Jimmy Haslam and CEO Joe Banner have been conducting interviews in Arizona all week, searching for the team’s sixth coach since 1999.

Reid to K.C.

Kansas City, Mo. — Andy Reid pulled up to Arrowhead Stadium in a black SUV yesterday, stepped out of it wearing a dark suit and red tie, and walked briskly toward the doors of the Kansas City Chiefs’ home.

His new home, as it turned out. Just a few hours later, Reid officially became the coach of the Chiefs.

The longtime Eagles coach signed a five-year deal, two people familiar with the situation told The Associated Press. The people spoke on condition of anonymity because they weren’t authorized to discuss the terms of the contract.

The Chiefs have scheduled an introductory news conference for Monday.

Reid’s agreement was finalized shortly after the Chiefs announced they had parted ways with general manager Scott Pioli after four tumultuous seasons in Kansas City.

It’s expected that Reid will pursue longtime Packers personnel man John Dorsey or former Browns GM Tom Heckert — or perhaps both of them — to work with him in the front office.

Reid inherits a team that went 2-14, matching the worst record in franchise history. But he’ll also have the No. 1 pick in the NFL draft, and with five players voted to the Pro Bowl this season, Kansas City has building blocks in place to make a quick turnaround.

“Overall the job is still attractive,” Chiefs chairman Clark Hunt told the AP earlier this week. “The franchise remains very well respected.”

Hunt promised to be thorough and efficient in finding a replacement for Romeo Crennel, who was fired Monday after his first full season. The Chiefs interviewed Atlanta assistants Dirk Koetter and Keith Armstrong on Tuesday before flying to Philadelphia to meet with Reid.

Nine hours of negotiations on Wednesday went well enough that Reid called off interviews in Arizona and San Diego, and the two sides continued working out details on Thursday.

When news broke that Pioli was out, Reid’s agreement quickly followed.

NHL Hockey

Sides Meet With Mediator

New York — The NHL and the players association met separately with a federal mediator throughout yesterday morning and well into the afternoon with no sign that they would return to the bargaining table any time soon.

Federal mediator Scot Beckenbaugh has been shuttling back and forth between the hotel in which the union is working, and the league office. As of late afternoon, the sides had made no plans to get together.

After marathon talks that lasted deep into Wednesday night, the sides have remained apart with the exception of two smaller meetings on Thursday.

The lockout reached its 111th day yesterday, and the sides have only one week to reach a deal on a collective bargaining agreement that would allow for a 48-game hockey season — the minimum the NHL has said it will play.

Commissioner Gary Bettman set a Jan. 11 deadline so the season can begin eight days later.

The players could be looking to wait until tonight to return to the bargaining table when it is expected that the executive board will again have the authority to exercise a disclaimer of interest that would allow the union to dissolve and become a trade association.

A vote among union members was initiated on Thursday, and players have until 6 p.m. today to cast their ballots that would allow the board to take the action of the disclaimer. An earlier vote passed overwhelmingly last month, but the union let its self-imposed deadline to go by on Wednesday night without acting on it.

A restoration of authority to go the route of the disclaimer might be the leverage the union wants before it starts negotiating again.

Representatives from the league and the union met twice Thursday for small meetings, one dealing with the pension plan, but never got together for a full bargaining session. A long night of discussions Wednesday that stretched into the early morning hours didn’t end well and created Thursday’s lack of activity.

The sides can’t afford many more days like that.

All games through Jan. 14, along with the All-Star game, have been canceled, claiming more than 50 percent of the original schedule.