ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — The Buffalo Bills are searching for a coach after Doug Marrone’s surprise decision to step down after the team’s best finish in a decade.
Bills owner Terry Pegula announced Wednesday that Marrone exercised the opt-out clause in his contract.
“We are disappointed that Coach Marrone will no longer be an important part of our organization,” Pegula said in a team statement. “We thank him for all of his hard work and leadership during his tenure, and wish him and his family the best with the next chapter in their lives.”
Pegula said the team will immediately begin searching for a coach. One candidate might already be on the staff in defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz, who previously spent five seasons coaching the Detroit Lions.
The Bills have gone through six head coaches since Wade Phillips was fired following the 2000 season.
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — Mike Sullivan is returning to his old job as the New York Giants’ quarterbacks coach.
Coach Tom Coughlin announced the hiring Wednesday, a day after the team confirmed Danny Langsdorf was leaving to become the offensive coordinator at Nebraska.
Sullivan worked with Coughlin from 2004 to 2011, serving as wide receivers coach from 2004-09 and quarterbacks coach for the last two years. He left after the Giants won their second Super Bowl under Coughlin to become the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ offensive coordinator in 2012-13. After leaving the Bucs, he stayed in Tampa and worked this year as a consultant.
PHOENIX (AP) — The Phoenix Suns recalled rookie guard Tyler Ennis, second-year guard Archie Goodwin and rookie forward T.J. Warren on Wednesday from Bakersfield of the NBA Development League.
The three players each played three games for the Jam. Ennis averaged 15.7 points and 3.3 assists, Goodwin 15.7 points and 3.7 rebounds, and Warren 15.3 points and 7.3 rebounds.
They rejoined the Suns for a game Wednesday night at Oklahoma City. For Phoenix, Warren is averaging 4.2 points in 10 games, Ennis 3.7 in six games, and Goodwin 3.5 in 10 games.
BOSTON (AP) — Sacramento Kings coach Tyrone Corbin says his interim tag has been lifted for the rest of the season.
Corbin spoke before the game against the Boston Celtics on Wednesday. He replaced fired coach Michael Malone on Dec. 15.
Corbin says the team can “relax on that part of it and focus more on the games.”
The Kings are 2-5 since Corbin took over the team.
Michael Malone was fired just 24 games into his second season. General manager Pete D’Alessandro has said he wants the Kings to play a more free-wheeling offense.
Corbin went 112-146 in three-plus seasons as coach of the Utah Jazz.
CINCINNATI (AP) — The Reds acquired outfielder Marlon Byrd and cash from the Philadelphia Phillies on Wednesday for a minor league pitcher, filling the biggest hole in their lineup.
The Reds tried to get a left fielder through free agency but failed, prompting them to trade for the 37-year-old Byrd. He played center field and right field during his major league career, but came up through the minors as a left fielder.
“Hopefully it’s going to be like riding a bike,” Byrd said during a conference call. “I’m going to have to put a little extra work on it this offseason.”
Byrd is the latest veteran traded for prospects as the Phillies rebuild. They’ve also sent 2007 National league MVP Jimmy Rollins to the Dodgers and left-handed reliever Antonio Bastardo to the Pirates. The Phillies have missed the playoffs three straight years after winning five straight NL East titles, two pennants and the 2008 World Series.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles Dodgers have signed free-agent pitcher Brett Anderson to a one-year contract.
The 26-year-old left-hander is 27-32 with three saves and a 3.73 ERA in 92 games over six major league seasons with Oakland and Colorado.
As a member of the Rockies last season, Anderson was limited to eight starts because of a broken left index finger and lower back surgery. He went 1-3 with a 2.91 ERA.
Anderson was originally selected by Arizona in the second round of the 2006 first-year player draft.
To make room on the 40-man roster, the Dodgers designated infielder Erisbel Arruebarrena for assignment Wednesday.
MANCHESTER, England (AP) — Frank Lampard will play for Manchester City throughout the Premier League season.
The English champions said Wednesday night it has extended his contract and he can continue to play in domestic and European competitions. Lampard is available for Thursday’s league match against Sunderland.
The 36-year-old former England and Chelsea midfielder was on a short-term deal that was to expire on New Year’s Day. That’s when he would have officially become a player for the MLS team New York City FC, a sister club of Manchester City.