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WASHINGTON — An official within the NFL tells The Associated Press that Mike Shanahan has agreed to become the Washington Redskins coach.

The official spoke on condition of anonymity Tuesday night because the team was not commenting on its coaching search.

The Redskins announced they would hold a news conference today, although they did not say why.

Shanahan will be Washington's seventh coach since Dan Snyder bought the team in 1999. The Redskins fired Jim Zorn on Monday after a 4-12 season. Shanahan won two Super Bowls in 14 seasons with the Denver Broncos but he was fired a year ago after they missed the playoffs for the third straight season.

The Denver Post first reported the agreement between Shanahan and the Redskins on its Web site.

LOS ANGELES — The company behind a plan to lure the NFL back to Los Angeles said Tuesday the Jacksonville Jaguars and Buffalo Bills are the first teams it will try to relocate.

Majestic Realty Co. managing partner John Semcken said the company is still considering at least seven franchises for a new stadium some 25 miles east of Los Angeles.

They also include the San Francisco 49ers, San Diego Chargers, Minnesota Vikings, St. Louis Rams and Oakland Raiders.

But he said the Jaguars and the Bills are at the top of the list because they play in small markets that tamp down their earning potential and because they have little hope of building larger venues in their home regions.

"Jacksonville and Buffalo are two teams in very, very small markets, he said. "They are teams that have either outdated stadiums or are having trouble filling their stadiums or both."


BOSTON — The Boston Red Sox began the offseason hoping to improve their defense. They did it again by reaching a tentative agreement with third baseman Adrian Beltre.

Beltre and the Red Sox have agreed on a one-year contract, according to a person familiar with the negotiations. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Tuesday because the agreement is subject to a physical and is not yet final.

Beltre, who spent the past five seasons with Seattle, joins shortstop Marco Scutaro and Gold Glove outfielder Mike Cameron as free agents who landed in Boston this offseason.

Barring other moves, the offense figures to be weaker with the departure of Jason Bay, who led the team last year with 36 homers and 119 RBIs, to the New York Mets as a free agent.

Beltre would be guaranteed $10 million, another person said, also speaking on condition of anonymity because the deal was not final. Beltre would get $9 million this year with a $5 million player option for 2011 with a $1 million buyout. The option could escalate to $10 million

With Beltre joining first baseman Kevin Youkilis and second baseman Dustin Pedroia, the Red Sox have three infielders who have won Gold Gloves. Cameron, likely to start in center or left field, has three by himself.

Pro Basketball

NEW YORK — The NBA has denied the Dallas Mavericks' protest of their 116-108 overtime loss to the Houston Rockets last month.

The Mavericks argued that the referees had improperly called a technical foul on center Erick Dampier following an instant replay review with 1:01 left in overtime of the Dec. 18 game. Because it was Dampier's second technical foul, he was ejected.

However, commissioner David Stern ruled Tuesday that the decision to give Dampier a technical was a judgment call, not a misapplication of the rules, and can't be protested under NBA rules.

Cuban wanted the final 1:01 replayed, but wasn't surprised by the decision.

"That's what I expected," Cuban said Tuesday night prior to the Mavericks' game against the Detroit Pistons. "But if the same thing happens, I'll protest it again. It is worth talking to the Board of Governors about."

MIAMI — The Miami Heat traded point guard Chris Quinn to the New Jersey Nets on Tuesday, a move that could be a precursor to Rafer Alston's return to South Florida.

Alston agreed to a buyout agreement with the Nets earlier Tuesday, and two people familiar with the situation told The Associated Press that the guard is hoping to sign with the Heat later this week. If Alston clears waivers Thursday at 6 p.m., he could sign with any team.

Quinn was sent in exchange for a second-round pick in 2012. Miami could get New Jersey's second-round draft pick this year, provided it's not between picks 31-50.

Quinn played in 168 games in parts of four seasons with the Heat, and didn't play in any of Miami's first 32 games this season. Quinn was making just more than $1 million and becomes a free agent at season's end.


LOS ANGELES — Representatives for Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. have wrapped up a day of mediation with no word on any progress on the drug-testing issues endangering the boxers' prospective March 13 bout.

Pacquiao promoter Bob Arum and Mayweather's promotional team all say they've been told to make no public comments after their meeting in Santa Monica on Tuesday.

The mediation wrapped up nearly nine hours after it began in front of Daniel Weinstein, a retired federal judge.

Top Rank and Golden Boy Promotions agreed to the mediation in an effort to resolve their dispute over the methods and frequency of drug testing for the bout, which will be held at the MGM Grand Garden in Las Vegas if a compromise is reached.


CARSON, Calif. — Five months before the United States makes its sixth consecutive World Cup appearance, coach Bob Bradley is searching for starters.

Forward Charlie Davies is likely to miss the tournament because of injuries sustained in a car crash last October and defender Oguchi Onyewu is sidelined until spring following knee surgery. Bradley also is hoping to find players to provide consistency.

Bradley began the search Tuesday with the start of the team's annual training camp for players from Major League Soccer and Scandinavian clubs on winter break.

Bradley cited the competition between Chivas USA's Jonathan Bornstein and FC Dallas' Heath Pearce for a spot at left back as an example of the intensity he expects to see.

— The Associated Press

"Certainly, when you have Heath and Johnny Bornstein in the same camp, they understand," Bradley said. "They've been battling each other for a few years, so I'm sure that's going to continue."

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