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Tuesday's Sports in Brief

Wednesday - 1/9/2013, 6:40am  ET

The Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Robert Griffin III is having surgery Wednesday on a torn ligament in his right knee -- and to see if there's a second ligament that also needs to be repaired.

Baylor coach Art Briles confirmed to USA Today and The Associated Press on Tuesday night that the Washington Redskins rookie has a torn lateral collateral ligament. He said the surgery also will determine whether Griffin has damaged the ACL in that knee.

A person close to Griffin, speaking on condition of anonymity because the Redskins have not made an announcement, also confirmed the details surrounding Griffin's injury to the AP.

A torn LCL requires a rehabilitation of several months, possibly extending into training camp and the start of next season. A torn ACL is a more severe injury, typically requiring nine to 12 months of recovery.

Griffin tore his ACL in the same knee while playing for Baylor in the third game of the 2009 season and missed the rest of the year.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) -- The Jacksonville Jaguars hired Atlanta director of player personnel David Caldwell as general manager, charging him with turning around one of the league's worst teams.

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) -- Dallas defensive coordinator Rob Ryan was fired after his injury-depleted unit struggled in a pair of season-ending losses that kept the Cowboys out of the playoffs for a third straight year.

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) -- Tony Sparano was fired as the New York Jets' offensive coordinator after one season in which the offense ranked among the league's worst.

Sparano was hired last March to replace Brian Schottenheimer and take over an offense that struggled mightily. Instead, the former Miami Dolphins head coach wasn't able to jumpstart the running game or figure out a way to use Tim Tebow consistently as the Jets finished 30th in the NFL in total offense.

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- The Philadelphia Eagles added former Bears coach Lovie Smith to their list of candidates.

The Eagles will interview Smith for their coaching vacancy on Thursday, making him just the second former head coach to be considered for the job.

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) -- Minnesota assistants Mike Singletary and Mike Priefer will interview for the Chicago head coaching vacancy.

NEW YORK (AP) -- Bill Cowher added a bit of intrigue to the NFL coaching carousel, telling Newsday he probably will return to the sideline at some point.

The 55-year-old Cowher coached the Pittsburgh Steelers from 1992-2006, winning a Super Bowl after the 2005 season. He is now a TV analyst for CBS.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) -- A day after ESPN cameras lingered on her, announcers piled on compliments and at least one pro athlete made an online pass, Twitter was still abuzz about former Miss Alabama Katherine Webb, who is dating Crimson Tide championship quarterback AJ McCarron.

Webb gained tens of thousands of Twitter followers during and after Alabama's 42-14 win over Notre Dame on Monday. For her part, the beauty pageant queen isn't taking it too seriously.

"It's been actually kind of fun," the 23-year-old model and Miss Alabama USA 2012 told The Associated Press.

ESPN announcer Brent Musburger remarked that Webb was a beautiful woman as the cameras revisited her. "Wow, I'm telling you quarterbacks: You get all the good-looking women," he said.

Some found Musburger's remarks out of line. On Tuesday, ESPN released this statement: "We always try to capture interesting story lines and the relationship between an Auburn grad who is Miss Alabama and the current Alabama quarterback certainly met that test. However, we apologize that the commentary in this instance went too far and Brent understands that."

KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. (AP) -- The first semifinal games in the new college football playoff system will be played in the Rose Bowl and the Sugar Bowl on Jan. 1, 2015.

The BCS conference commissioners announced the dates and rotation for all 12 years of the upcoming postseason format after a meeting in Key Biscayne.

COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) -- Texas A&M offensive tackle Luke Joeckel is choosing the NFL over a final season of blocking for Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel.

The Outland Trophy winner said he thought it was in his "best interest" to enter April's NFL draft. Aggies coach Kevin Sumlin said Joeckel was projected as a high first-round pick

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) -- Syracuse will name defensive coordinator Scott Shafer as the Orange's next coach, a person familiar with the selection process told The Associated Press.

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