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Published February 19, 2013 5:17 pm
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football • The Kansas City Chiefs have the first overall pick in the NFL draft for the first time in franchise history, and with no clear-cut No. 1 it's a pretty safe assumption that their new brain trust will be busy this week. It's also a pretty safe bet that while Kansas City keeps an eye on just about every player available at the annual scouting combine in Indianapolis, every other team will be keeping an eye on the Chiefs.

Players begin arriving at the combine Wednesday. On-field workouts begin Saturday.

"We have the first pick in the first round. We all know there is some pressure involved in that," said general manager John Dorsey, who was hired from Green Bay to replace the fired Scott Pioli in January. "But you make the right pick by choosing the best player."

Dorsey and new coach Andy Reid have spent the past couple weeks putting together a rough draft board, but they both understand that it could change dramatically before April 25, when the draft begins.

• Former Boise State and Colorado coach Dan Hawkins has been hired to coach the Montreal Alouettes of the CFL. He succeeds Marc Trestman, who was hired as the Chicago Bears' coach last month. Trestman led the Alouettes to Grey Cup titles in 2009 and 2010 and was the CFL's coach of the year in 2009. Hawkins has never coached in the CFL. He was 19-39 at Colorado and 53-11 at Boise State and has an overall coaching record of 112-61-1.

Mike Miller, the Arizona Cardinals' offensive coordinator last season, will be on the Alouettes' coaching staff.

• The Kansas City Chiefs have released wide receiver Steve Breaston and tight end Kevin Boss as part of their roster overhaul under new coach Andy Reid and general manager John Dorsey. The team announced the moves Tuesday.

• The Baltimore Ravens and Joe Flacco's agent plan to meet this weekend in their first attempt to reach a new contract for the Super Bowl MVP.

After the team and Flacco couldn't agree on a new deal last summer, Flacco played out the final year of his rookie contract — and struck it big. Flacco made less than $6.76 million in 2012, and even if the Ravens put a franchise tag on him, he would at least double that salary for next season.

Mayweatherwill fight Guerrero

Boxing • Floyd Mayweather Jr. will fight Robert Guerrero on May 4, and he's changing television networks to do it. The biggest star in boxing on Tuesday announced his next bout, along with his move from HBO to Showtime, which has signed him to a lucrative multi-fight deal. Guerrero (31-1-1, 18 KOs) beat out several contenders to get the biggest payday of his career and a long-awaited shot at his sport's biggest name. The WBC's interim welterweight champion, Guerrero is from Gilroy, Calif.

Sounders acquire Joseph from Chivas

soccer • The Seattle Sounders have acquired seven-time MLS all-star Shalrie Joseph in a trade with Chivas USA. The Sounders and Chivas completed the trade on Tuesday. Joseph will occupy a designated player slot on the Sounders roster. Seattle also acquired two future draft picks and a higher allocation spot in the trade.

Joseph is a 10-year veteran of the MLS, spending most of his career with New England before a trade to Chivas last season. Joseph has four times been named to the MLS Best XI team and was a finalist for league MVP in 2009.

His time with Chivas was expected to come to an end after new coach Jose Luis Sanchez Sola announced at the start of training camp that Joseph was not in the club's future plans.

From wire reports




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