Buccaneers turn to Arians to lead team

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TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - Bruce Arians is the latest coach entrusted to transform the struggling Tampa Bay Buccaneers into winners.

The 66-year-old came out of a one-year retirement Tuesday to fill the team's fifth coaching vacancy in a decade.

Arians replaces Dirk Koetter, who was dismissed Dec. 30 after leading the Bucs to 19 wins and no playoffs berths over the past three seasons.

Arians coached the Arizona Cardinals for five years, stepping down after the 2017 season with a 50-32-1 record that included one division title, two playoff berths, three seasons with double-digit wins and one NFC championship game appearance.

"Bruce Arians is one of the NFL's most well-respected coaches over the past two decades and we are excited to have him leading our team," Bucs owner/co-chairman Bryan Glazer said in a statement.

"Throughout this process, we focused on finding the right coach with a proven ability to elevate our players and lead our team forward," Glazer added. "Bruce has played a large role in the development and career success of some of our league's best players and we look forward to seeing him continue that work here with our franchise."

The Bucs, who've finished last in the NFC South seven of the past eight seasons, haven't made the playoffs since 2007 - the second-longest drought in the league. They haven't won a postseason game since their 2002 Super Bowl run under Jon Gruden.

PRO GOLF

VIRGINIA WATER, England (AP) - Padraig Harrington has been chosen as captain of the Europe team for the 2020 Ryder Cup at Whistling Straits.

The appointment of Harrington was announced by the European Tour at its headquarters at Wentworth on Tuesday.

The 47-year-old Irishman has served as vice-captain for the last three Ryder Cups, most recently under Thomas Bjorn last year when Europe regained the trophy outside Paris.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

NEW YORK (AP) - Assistant coaches Sam Mills III of the Carolina Panthers and Adam Zimmer of the Minnesota Vikings will be the head coaches of the East-West Shrine Game, which features some of college football's best prospects.

The 94th annual East-West Shrine Game will be played Saturday, Jan. 19, at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida, and be televised on NFL Network.

Mills will coach the East team. Zimmer will coach the West team.

PRO BASEBALL

NEW YORK (AP) - Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia has been cleared to resume working out, including baseball activities.

The 38-year-old left-hander had a blockage in one artery to his heart and had a procedure Dec. 11 to insert a stent to clear the blockage.

Sabathia had a scheduled follow-up stress test Tuesday, according to the team, and was cleared to work out.

Yankees pitchers and catchers are scheduled to start spring training workouts on Feb. 14.

Sabathia is part of a projected rotation that includes Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, James Paxton and J.A. Happ. Yankees general manager Brian Cashman hopes to trade Sonny Gray, who struggled and was booed by Yankees fans, and said he would step up trade efforts after Sabathia was given a go-ahead.

PRO TENNIS

Former top-10 player Mardy Fish will be the new captain of the U.S. Davis Cup team, taking over the job as the event shifts to a drastically different setup.

A person familiar with the U.S. Tennis Association's choice told The Associated Press on Tuesday that Fish will replace former captain Jim Courier, who stepped down in September after eight years leading the Americans. The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because the USTA scheduled a formal announcement about Fish on Wednesday.

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