Sports Briefs 1-16-13

ANDREW SELIGMAN AP Sports Writer Published:

CHICAGO -- The Bears have hired Montreal Alouettes coach Marc Trestman to replace the fired Lovie Smith, hoping he can get the most out of quarterback Jay Cutler and make Chicago a playoff team on a consistent basis.

It's the first head coaching job in the NFL for Trestman, a long-time assistant in the league who spent the past five seasons coaching the CFL's Alouettes and led them to two Grey Cup titles.

Trestman was an offensive coordinator with San Francisco, Arizona and Oakland.

The Bears are turning to the 57-year-old Trestman in part because of his background with quarterbacks.

• Football

FirstEnergy Stadium: Cleveland Browns Stadium's name will change, and a dome and artificial turf are still options, but don't expect cheerleaders or jazzing up the team's beloved orange helmets, team owner Jimmy Haslam said Tuesday.

An electric utility, Akron-based FirstEnergy Corp., bought the naming rights to the stadium, which will be known as FirstEnergy Stadium. Financial terms of the long-term deal weren't disclosed.

McCoy new coach: The Chargers introduced Mike McCoy as their new coach, hiring the 40-year-old Denver Broncos offensive coordinator to replace Norv Turner. Turner and general manager A.J. Smith were fired after the Chargers finished 7-9.

Wide receiver: Former Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson will play wide receiver in the Senior Bowl. Robinson finished his career with 4,495 rushing yards, an NCAA record for quarterbacks.

Senior Bowl executive director Phil Savage says he is "comparable to Antwaan Randle El" in athleticism, ball skills and speed. Randle El was an Indiana quarterback who went on to play receiver with the Pittsburgh Steelers and Washington Redskins.

Start classes early: Quarterback Malik Zaire and offensive lineman Steve Elmer were among five football players who graduated high school early to start classes at Notre Dame.

Tight end Mike Heuerman of Naples, Fla., wide receivers James Onwualu of St. Paul, Minn., and Corey Robinson of San Antonio were the others to enroll Tuesday, eight days after the Fighting Irish lost to Alabama 42-14 in the BCS title game. Zaire is from Trotwood, Ohio, and Elmer is from Midland, Mich.

• Elsewhere

Soriano to Yanks: Reliever Rafael Soriano and the Washington Nationals reached agreement pending a physical on a $28 million, two-year contract that includes $14 million in deferred money, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press on Tuesday.

Soriano, 33, had 42 saves and a 2.26 ERA for the Yankees last year.

Australian Open: Novak Djokovic was all but perfect in his second-round match against Ryan Harrison, beating the 20-year-old American 6-1, 6-2, 6-3 to stay on track for his third consecutive Australian Open title and the fourth of his career.

Maria Sharapova was even more convincing a few hours earlier, winning 6-0, 6-0 for the second time in two matches to set up a third-round encounter with Venus Williams. The second-seeded Russian beat Japan's Misaki Doi in just 47 minutes.

Listening devices: Days after Carmelo Anthony's overreaction to some bad words led to an NBA suspension, MSG chairman James Dolan had listening devices monitoring everything said to and by Anthony, according to a report in the Newark Star-Ledger.

The report said Dolan had two MSG Network audio technicians stationed at opposite corners of the court during Friday's home game against Chicago. Holding umbrella-shaped parabolic microphones, they were told to record Anthony's interactions and send the tape directly to Dolan.

Cancer returns: ESPN anchor Stuart Scott says his cancer has returned. Scott, 47, announced that he would undergo chemotherapy every two weeks but would continue to work. The "SportsCenter" host was first diagnosed with cancer in 2007, when an emergency appendectomy revealed a malignant tumor. He underwent chemotherapy again in 2011.

Zetterberg captain: The Detroit Red Wings have chosen Henrik Zetterberg as their captain, replacing retired defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom. The 32-year-old Zetterberg has been an alternate captain. The Swedish forward had 22 goals and 47 assists last season.

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