Report: Pats approach Rams about McDaniels

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Report: Pats approach Rams about McDaniels

Meet the new offensive coordinator, same as the old offensive coordinator?
Maybe.
Bryan Burwell of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch quotes a "well-placed league source" in reporting the Patriots are one of two teams -- Scott Pioli's Chiefs, to no one's surprise, is the other -- to approach the Rams about permission to speak to Josh McDaniels. (UPDATE: Albert Breer of the NFL Network reported Friday afternoon that the Rams have granted permission to both teams.) McDaniels was the Pats' offensive coordinator from 2006-08 (though it's assumed he was also the de-facto O.C. in 2005, the year after Charlie Weis left the post) before taking over as head coach of the Denver Broncos in 2009. He was fired by the Broncos late in the 2010 season and spent this past year as offensive coordinator for the Rams.
St. Louis fired head coach Steve Spagnolo earlier this week, and a new coach would probably bring in a new staff . . . though it's also rumored that ex-Titans coach Jeff Fisher, one of the contenders for the Rams' job, is interested in retaining McDaniels.

Golf legend Arnold Palmer passes away at 87

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Golf legend Arnold Palmer passes away at 87

Arnold Palmer brought a country-club sport to the masses with a hard-charging style, charisma and a commoner's touch. At ease with both presidents and the golfing public, and on a first-name basis with both, "The King," died Sunday in Pittsburgh. He was 87.

Alastair Johnson, CEO of Arnold Palmer Enterprises, confirmed that Palmer died Sunday afternoon of complications from heart problems.

Palmer ranked among the most important figures in golf history, and it went well beyond his seven major championships and 62 PGA Tour wins. His good looks, devilish grin and go-for-broke manner made the elite sport appealing to one and all. And it helped that he arrived about the same time as television moved into most households, a perfect fit that sent golf to unprecedented popularity.

Beyond his golf, Palmer was a pioneer in sports marketing, paving the way for scores of other athletes to reap in millions from endorsements. Some four decades after his last PGA Tour win, he ranked among the highest-earners in golf.

On the golf course, Palmer was an icon not for how often he won, but the way he did it.