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Titans hire Mike Vrabel

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The Tennessee Titans hired Houston defensive coordinator Mike Vrabel Sunday as their new coach in a fast search that wrapped up after three interviews and just five days after firing Mike Mularkey.

Vrabel was the first person Tennessee interviewed after firing Mularkey on Monday. Mularkey, who also coached Buffalo and Jacksonville, went 21-22 and led the franchise to its first playoff victory in 14 years . This will be Vrabel’s first head coaching job after 18 years in the NFL — 14 as a player and four as a coach.

Tennessee also interviewed Carolina defensive coordinator Steve Wilks — who satisfied the Rooney rule requiring teams to interview at least one minority candidate — and Los Angeles Rams offensive coordinator Matt LaFleur.

The 42-year-old Vrabel is coming off his first season as defensive coordinator for the Texans. Vrabel’s 14-year career was spent with the Steelers, Patriots and Chiefs.

French duo capture title

MOSCOW — Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron won their fourth consecutive European figure skating championship, extending the two world records they already held.

The French duo’s free dance Saturday was to sections from Beethoven’s “Moonlight Sonata.” They were fluid in the first movement and animated in the third. Papadakis and Cizeron scored a record 121.817 points for the free dance and 203.16 total.

Silver and bronze went to Russian couples Ekaterina Bobrova/Dmitri Soloviev and Alexandra Stepanova/Ivan Bukin, respectively.

Cook shoots 64 to take lead

LA QUINTA, Calif. — Austin Cook played a six-hole stretch in 6 under and shot an 8-under 64 in breezy conditions Saturday to take the lead at the CareerBuilder Challenge.

Cook began the run at La Quinta Country Club with birdies on Nos. 4-5, eagled the sixth and added birdies on No. 7 and 9 to make the turn in 6-under 30.

Fellow former Arkansas player Andrew Landry and Martin Piller were a stroke back, and Jon Rahm and Scott Piercy were 17 under.

Elsewhere:

n Rory McIlroy fired a 7-under 65 Saturday in the third round of the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship to sit one shot behind leaders Ross Fisher and Thomas Pieters. Northern Ireland’s McIlroy is on 16-under 200 overall with the former world No. 1 playing his first event since October. Top-ranked Dustin Johnson (68) is five shots behind the leaders.

Shutdown affects AFA

AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. — The federal government shutdown prompted the Air Force Academy on Saturday to call off sports events and upended plans for military outside the U.S. wanting to follow the NFL’s conference playoff games on TV and radio.

Hours after the partial shutdown took effect, the Air Force Academy said both home and away events had been postponed. Among them were the men’s and women’s basketball games at Fresno State

The American Forces Network, which broadcasts American radio and television programming in Europe and other locations outside the U.S., put a message on its Facebook page that said its services would not be available due to the government shutdown.

The shutdown arrives as the two NFL conference championships are being played today — Minnesota vs. Philadelphia and Jacksonville vs. New England.

The Associated Press

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