Titans interested in hiring Williams
Gregg Williams may be a step closer to returning to the NFL after being suspended indefinitely for his role in the New Orleans Saints’ bounty program. Tennessee coach Mike Munchak has talked with Williams and is interested in adding him to his Tennessee staff, said a person familiar with the situation. The person spoke Sunday to the Associated Press on the condition of anonymity because the Titans do not discuss personnel moves until they are finalized. Before the Titans could hire Williams, he must be reinstated by the league. Commissioner Roger Goodell suspended him indefinitely for his role in the bounty program, and NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said the league has not yet addressed Williams’s potential reinstatement. Williams was the Saints’ defensive coordinator from 2009-11 and was hired by St. Louis in January 2012 by former Titans coach Jeff Fisher before being suspended indefinitely in March 2012. Williams coached with the Titans franchise from 1990-2001 . . . Philadelphia tackle Todd Herremans recently had foot surgery, according to CSN Philly. Herremans reportedly needed the surgery after he developed an infection. His season ended when he dislocated a bone in the foot in November . . . St. John’s Prep senior Alex Moore, the Globe’s Division 1 Player of the Year, has committed to the University of Pennsylvania. Moore helped lead St. John’s to the Division 1 Super Bowl title and was named Massachusetts Gatorade player of the year. The running back/safety amassed more than 1,300 yards of offense, scored 19 TDs, and intercepted four passes.
Jones wins first gold as winter athlete
The US team, including Olympic 100-meter hurdler Lolo Jones, won gold in the combined bobsled-skeleton team event at the world championships in St. Moritz, Switzerland. The event combines the times of men’s and women’s bobsled, and men’s and women’s skeleton. The United States finished in a combined 4 minutes 31.29 seconds, edging Germany by 0.24 seconds even though the Germans won three of four disciplines . . . Austrian Marcel Hirscher won the World Cup slalom event in Kitzbuehel, Austria. It was the 10th career slalom win for Hirscher, who finished in 1:44.34. Felix Neureuther of Germany was 0.77 back in second. Ivica Kostelic of Croatia won the combined, which adds the slalom results to those from Saturday’s downhill. He became the first skier to win that competition four straight years . . . Overall World Cup leader Tina Maze had an emphatic slalom victory before her home fans in Maribor, Slovenia. Maze finished in 1:33.68, and Frida Hansdotter of Sweden finished second, 0.86 seconds behind . . . The Austrian ski federation said Marlies Schild might recover in time from knee surgery to defend her slalom title at next month’s world championships in Schladming, Austria. Schild was initially ruled out for three months after hurting her right knee in December.
Fan hurt by snowmobile at X Games
A young fan was treated and released after being hurt when a runaway snowmobile veered into the crowd at the Winter X Games in Aspen, Colo., after the rider fell off during a jump gone wrong. The teenager was evaluated on site for a injury. It’s not clear whether he was hurt jumping out of the way or was struck by the sled. . . . In Kearns, Utah, Heather Richardson won the 1,000-meter race to become the first American woman to win the World Sprint Championships since 2005. Richardson finished in 1:13.19, edging Canada’s Christine Nesbitt. Richardson won the overall title with 148.015 points. Defending champion Jing Yu of China was second with 148.280 points. Michel Mulder of the Netherlands took second place in the 1,000, but it was good enough to give him the men’s overall title. Mulder edged Finland’s Pekka Koskela with 136.790 points.
Galatasaray (Turkey) to sign Drogba
Ivory Coast captain and former Chelsea striker Didier Drogba has left Shanghai (China) Shenhua to sign a 1½-year contract with Galatasaray of the Turkish League, Turkish television reported. Drogba, 34, signed a 2½-year deal with Shenhua in June . . . Lionel Messi netted four goals, setting a La Liga record with goals in 11 consecutive games, in Barcelona’s 5-1 thrashing of visiting Osasuna . . . Both Liverpool and Tottenham were beaten by lower-league opposition in the FA Cup on Sunday, with Liverpool losing, 3-2, against third-tier Oldham in London and Tottenham losing, 2-1, at second-tier Leeds.
MLB rules fake throw to third a balk
Major League Baseball is imposing a rule that pitchers who fake a throw to third base and then throw to another base will be charged with a balk, according to the New York Times. The rule change takes effect this season. MLB proposed the change last year but the players association rejected it. The sport was able to override the union by approving it unilaterally at the owners’ meetings this month under the collective bargaining agreement . . . The Philadelphia Flyers are sending 2012 first-round draft pick Scott Laughton back to Oshawa of the Ontario Hockey League . . . Luis Rivero Gonzalez of Guatemala won the Miami Marathon in a time of 2:26:14. Mariska Kramer of the Netherlands won the women’s title in 2:46:07 . . . The US Golf Association will announce Monday that the West Course at Winged Foot will host the 2020 US Open.