Ex-Packers DC Capers joins Jaguars

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) - Former NFL head coach Dom Capers has joined Jacksonville's coaching staff as senior defensive assistant, returning to the Jaguars two decades after his first stint with the team.

The team says Capers will work closely with defensive coordinator Todd Wash and the other assistants on that side of the ball.

Capers served as Jacksonville's defensive coordinator from 1999-2000 under current executive Tom Coughlin.

Capers was the head coach of two NFL expansion teams - the Carolina Panthers (1995-98) and the Houston Texans (2002-05). Most recently, he served as Green Bay's defensive coordinator (2009-17). He was out of the league last season, but spent countless time at Jacksonville's practice facility.

Jaguars coach Doug Marrone says Capers "has career experiences and accomplishments that will benefit our coaches and our players. He adds a unique perspective and veteran presence that will be valuable assets to immediately help us."

The Jaguars also released place-kicker Kai Forbath on Tuesday. Forbath played the final three games of the regular season in place of injured starter Josh Lambo, who was set to hit free agency in March.

Lambo signed a four-year, $15.5 million contract extension last week, making Forbath expendable.

OLYMPICS

An advocacy group has published a first-of-its-kind comprehensive list of coaches banned from Olympic sports, creating a database of nearly 1,000 people no longer allowed to work in the U.S. Olympic system because of sex-abuse allegations, doping positives and other criminal activities involving minors.

The staff at greatcoach.com compiled the list using information from the U.S. Center for SafeSport, the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency and the more than 50 national governing bodies that oversee individual sports, most of which feed into the U.S. Olympic team.

The website, designed by former pro moguls skier Bill Kerig, was originally started to help families find certified coaches who are best qualified to work with their kids.

PRO BASKETBALL

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - Former President Barack Obama and Golden State Warriors superstar Stephen Curry told a roomful of minority boys on Tuesday that they matter and urged them to make the world a better place.

Obama was in Oakland, California, to mark the fifth anniversary of My Brother's Keeper, an initiative he started after the 2012 shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. The death of the African-American teen sparked protests over racial profiling.

The initiative was a call to communities to close opportunity gaps for minority boys, especially African-American, Latino and Native American boys, Obama said to roughly 100 boys attending the alliance's first national gathering. The My Brother's Keeper Alliance is part of the Obama Foundation.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) - Jim Harbaugh is taking Michigan's football team to South Africa in May.

Director of football operations Mark Taurisani tweeted about the trip Tuesday.

Like last year's visit to France , the Wolverines will not practice in South Africa. Harbaugh did have practices in Italy in 2017.

PRO BASEBALL

GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) - Derek Dietrich and Cincinnati have finalized a minor league contract, giving the Reds another infield and outfield option.

The 29-year-old had spent all six of his previous big league seasons with the Miami Marlins and would have been eligible for salary arbitration, but he was designated for assignment on Nov. 20 and became a free agent.

He made $2.9 million last year, when he hit .265 with 16 home runs in 149 games while playing mostly in left field. He is a .254 career hitter with 60 homers.

Cincinnati announced the move Tuesday.

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