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Grizzlies sign Seth Curry


MEMPHIS — The Memphis Grizzlies signed guard Seth Curry on Tuesday.


The 23-year-old Duke product and younger brother of Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry went undrafted. He was originally signed by the Warriors on Aug. 23, 2013, but was waived on Oct. 25, 2013.


Curry averaged 21.3 points and 7.8 assists per game for the NBA Development League’s Santa Cruz Warriors.


Report: Romo gets epidural injection


ARLINGTON, Texas — Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo received an epidural injection to relieve pain on the herniated disc in his back, according to a report by NFL.com.


The injection is a standard procedure in treating a herniated disc and the Cowboys hope to know by Wednesday or Thursday if the shot had a positive effect.


Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said Monday the team has "not made that determination at all" after reports surfaced on Monday saying Romo would miss the rest of the season with a back injury.


"We’ll evaluate him on a day-by-day basis and make the best decision for our team," said Garrett.


In addition, quarterbacks David Carr, John Skelton and Tyler Thigpen are working out for the Cowboys as Dallas is seeking insurance behind backup Kyle Orton.


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Jeff Monken named Army football coach


WEST POINT, N.Y. — Jeff Monken has been named Army’s new head football coach.


Monken replaces Rich Ellerson, who was fired last week after his fifth straight loss to Navy.


"We were fortunate to have an excellent pool of candidates to consider," Army’s Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Boo Corrigan said. "We were very impressed with each of the individuals we interviewed. There was tremendous interest in the position nationally and we felt there were several very qualified candidates, but throughout the process Jeff separated himself from the others. His passion, energy and strong experience in turning around a program immediately helped him rise to the top of our list."


Monken spent the last four seasons as head coach at Georgia Southern, where he posted a 38-16 mark and helped guide the program’s transition to the elite Football Bowl Subdivision level from the Football Championship Subdivision ranks.


Georgia Southern, which will join the Sun Belt Conference next year, was a member of the FCS and qualified for the NCAA playoffs in all three eligible seasons under Monken, advancing to the national semifinals each year while posting double-digit victory totals.


"I am thrilled to accept the head coaching position at West Point," Monken said. "Not only is the United States Military Academy one of the most prestigious academic institutions in the world, it boasts one of the nation’s richest, most historic traditions in all of college football. I am anxious to get started…meet our players, put our coaching staff in place, and begin preparations for the 2014 football season."


Army went 20-41 with Ellerson at the helm, including a 3-9 record this past season.


Bettman upholds Thornton’s 15-game ban


NEW YORK — National Hockey League commissioner Gary Bettman has upheld the 15-game suspension issued to Boston Bruins forward Shawn Thornton.


Bettman heard Thornton’s appeal at a hearing in the league’s U.S. headquarters this past Friday, and issued a 12-page decision on Tuesday.


"In this case there is no dispute that Mr. Thornton’s conduct was in violation of Rule 46.15 and warranted a match penalty. The NHLPA does not dispute that a lengthy suspension was warranted. The only question raised by this appeal is the appropriate length of the penalty, which the Union contends should be reduced from fifteen (15) games to somewhere in the range of 10-12 games. I find that there is clear and convincing evidence to support Mr. Shanahan’s conclusion that a suspension of fifteen (15) games is appropriate," Bettman wrote.


The NHL’s Department of Player Safety issued its harshest punishment of the season thus far to the 36-year-old Thornton for his attack on Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Brooks Orpik during a Dec. 7 meeting between the teams in Boston.


The veteran enforcer was also in line to forfeit $84,615.45 in salary for his actions.


Under the terms of the current Collective Bargaining Agreement, now that Bettman has heard his initial appeal, Thornton can also take his grievance to an independent arbitrator.


"We respect the process including the ability to attend the hearing with Commissioner Bettman in support of Shawn," said Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli in a statement. "At this time, we will decline comment until the process is complete and Shawn has exhausted all rights available to him."


Akron assistant coach Arrington dies in car accident


AKRON, Ohio — Akron assistant football coach Alan "Tank" Arrington died Monday following an automobile accident in the state of Mississippi. He was 44.


"I can’t put into words how tragic this is," head coach Terry Bowden said. "We have lost someone who was truly special and had dedicated his life to guiding young men. Tank was a very good friend and a great person. My thoughts are with his family and those who had the chance to know him and play for him. In all my years of coaching I have never known someone who loved and cared for his players more than Tank. I have lost a best friend and I’m heartbroken."


Arrington, who was in his second season on Bowden’s staff, came to Akron after six seasons at North Alabama.


"The Zips family has suffered a great loss," athletics director Tom Wistrcill said. "Tank was a wonderful representative of the university and our team, and our thoughts are with his family and friends in this difficult time. We will do all that we can to help support them, our student-athletes and staff."