The Indianapolis Colts have hired Philadelphia Eagles offensive coordinator Frank Reich as their new head coach. Team officials made the announcement Sunday. Reich is expected to be introduced at a news conference Tuesday. The move comes five days after the Colts announced Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels would be their next coach — only to have McDaniels back out of the deal eight hours later. Now, the Colts have hired the man who helped the Eagles outwit McDaniels in last week’s Super Bowl. It didn’t take long for the Colts to choose the 56-year-old Reich after interviewing him Friday. He returns to the franchise where he started his coaching career in 2008. Reich may be best known for rallying the Bills from a 35-3 deficit to a 41-38 overtime victory over the Oilers in January 1993 — the biggest comeback in playoff history. And now he will be paired with the architect of the second-biggest playoff comeback in Andrew Luck. Reich joined the Colts as an offensive assistant in 2008, became Peyton Manning’s position coach in 2009 as the Colts won their first 14 games en route to their second AFC title in four years. Indianapolis lost in the Super Bowl to New Orleans . . . Authorities say 49ers linebacker Reuben Foster has been arrested on suspicion of domestic violence and possessing an assault rifle. Arrest records show Foster was booked at the Santa Clara County jail Sunday with bail set at $75,000. The East Bay Times reports that a woman who has been in a long-term relationship with Foster told officers an assault occurred after an argument. Officers located the rifle while responding to the call.
Eichel to miss 4-6 weeks with sprained ankle
Sabres forward Jack Eichel suffered a sprained right ankle Saturday night in Boston, and coach Phil Housley says it’s premature to rule out Buffalo’s leading scorer for the remainder of the season. Housley said Eichel will miss four to six weeks. The Sabres are last in the Eastern Conference standings and sit 19 points out of the playoff contention with 27 games left. Eichel was hurt during the first period while attempting to play the puck behind the Bruins’ net. He was checked from behind by the Bruins’ Matt Grzelcyk and fell awkwardly into the boards. Eichel leads Buffalo with 22 goals and 53 points in 55 games in his third season since being selected with the No. 2 pick in the 2015 draft. Eichel became the franchise’s highest-paid player after signing an eight-year, $80 million contract extension in October. The contract kicks in next season . . . Sidney Crosby scored twice, including his 400th career goal, as the Penguins pulled away from the host Blues for a 4-1 victory. Crosby, 30, had not scored in his previous 10 games dating to Jan. 14. Crosby jammed a shot under Jake Allen’s pad from the side of the net at 3:31, tying it at 1 with his 18th of the season. He becomes the 95th player in NHL history to reach the 400-goal mark. The Penguins captain stopped the drought in the second period in front of his father, Troy, who was on the two-game fathers’ trip that began Friday in Dallas. Troy Crosby got the puck after the game along with a big hug. Crosby added an empty-net goal with 2:48 left . . . . . . Kings forward Dustin Brown was suspended for one game without pay for kneeing Tampa Bay’s Mikhail Sergachev in Saturday’s game.
At first look, Virginia is top seed
Virginia is the top overall seed in preliminary NCAA Tournament rankings, with Villanova, Xavier, and Purdue earning the other top seeds. The Cavaliers, No. 2 in the AP Top 25, were slated as the South Region’s top seed in rankings released by the NCAA. Villanova was No. 1 in the East, Xavier topped the Midwest, and Purdue was No. 1 in the West. The South Region, to be played in Atlanta, also included Cincinnati, Michigan State and Tennessee. Duke, Texas Tech, and Ohio State joined Villanova in the East, to be played at TD Garden with the Sweet 16 and Elite 8 games March 23-25. The NCAA followed the precedent set by College Football Playoff a year ago by releasing its rankings early to drum up support for Selection Sunday. The preliminary rankings held up: The committee stuck with 15 of the top 16 seeds. The rankings could certainly change before the field of 68 is selected on March 11 with more than 1,000 games yet to be played . . . Trae Bell-Haynes tied a career-high with 27 points to surpass 1,500 career points as host Vermont won its 14th straight with an 81-69 victory over UMass Lowell to clinch a home playoff game. Vermont (21-5, 11-0 America East) has also won 32 straight regular-season conference games and 21 consecutive contests at home. The Catamounts are one of seven teams in the country without a conference loss. Jahad Thomas paced UMass Lowell (9-15, 3-8) with 23 points . . . Jairus Lyles scored 18 points as UMBC (18-8, 9-3 American East) won at New Hampshire (10-16, 6-6) for the first time in six years, 68-59. UNH’s Tanner Leissner, a 6-foot-7-inch senior forward from Converse, Texas, had 16 points and moved past Al McClain (1980-84) to become the school’s all-time leading scorer with 1,882 points.
Serena makes return; US advances at Fed Cup
In Serena Williams’s first competition since giving birth five months ago, she and her sister lost, 6-2, 6-3, to Lesley Kerkhove and Demi Schuurs of the Netherlands in a Fed Cup doubles match in Asheville, N.C. The US team already had clinched a victory in the best-of-five event thanks to a pair of singles victories by Venus Williams, so this doubles loss merely narrowed the final score to 3-1. The US team advanced to a World Group semifinal April 21-22 at France, which defeated Belgium, 3-2, this weekend. Serena hadn’t played competitive tennis since winning the 2017 Australian Open while pregnant for her 23rd career Grand Slam singles title, one off Margaret Court’s record. Serena’s daughter, Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr., was wearing a headband with red and white stripes, plus a blue coat, as her father, Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian, held her just behind the players’ bench. ‘‘I didn’t manage my time well, but I was thinking about it in the future how to manage it better,’’ Serena Williams said. ‘‘This is literally my first time traveling with the baby and everything. I'm going to try to do better. It was hard. It was the first time for me.’’ Earlier Sunday, Venus defeated Richel Hogenkamp, 7-5, 6-1, to give the US team a decisive 3-0 lead in its best-of-five matchup. In other Fed Cup action this weekend, the Czech Republic beat Switzerland, 3-1, as double Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova beat Belinda Bencic, 6-2, 6-4, and Germany beat Belarus, 3-2 . . . Second-seeded Lucas Pouille of France continued his hold over Richard Gasquet, beating him 7-6 (7-2), 6-4, to win the Open Sud de France in Montpellier for his fifth career ATP title. It was Pouille’s fourth straight win against Gasquet, who was playing his sixth straight final at the tournament. Gasquet won it in 2013, ’15, and ’16 but missed out on a 15th career title.
Mother of Pirates catcher rescued after kidnapping
Venezuelan authorities say police have rescued the mother of Pittsburgh Pirates catcher Elias Diaz three days after she was kidnapped. Zulia state governor Omar Prieto announced that 72-year-old Ana Isabel Soto was rescued earlier in the day by judicial police, state police, and other security officers. Prieto said in a tweet that he has ordered state police to investigate a police anti-drug team for alleged involvement in the kidnapping. Venezuelan media said five officers had been arrested in the case . . . Wally Moon, who became a celebrated figure when he lofted “moon shot” home runs over the short left-field screen at the Los Angeles Coliseum to help take an aging Dodgers team to a 1959 World Series championship, died on Friday in Bryan, Texas. He was 87. Moon, a lefthanded-hitting outfielder, was the National League’s rookie of the year in 1954, batting .304 for the Cardinals, and had several fine seasons afterward. But the Cards traded him to the Dodgers before the 1959 season when he was coming off an injury. He received two more World Series championship rings with the Dodgers, in 1963 and 1965, but his playing time had diminished as the Dodgers’ rebuilding brought the outfielders Tommy Davis, Willie Davis, Ron Fairly, and Frank Howard. Moon retired after the 1965 season with a career batting average of .289 and 142 home runs.
Kings cut loose Johnson
Three days after being acquired at the trade deadline, seven-time All-Star Joe Johnson was waived by the Sacramento Kings before their game against the Timberwolves on Sunday night. Johnson, 36, was acquired along with guard Iman Shumpert, a 2020 second-round draft choice, the rights to forward Dimitros Agravanis, and cash in a three-team trade involving the Cavaliers and Jazz . . . Yoel Romero beat Luke Rockhold by knockout in the third round of their scheduled middleweight interim title bout in Perth, Australia, the main card highlight of UFC 221. But Romero was deemed ineligible to claim the title when he missed weight at Friday’s weigh-ins. The title bout had been troublesome from the outset. Australian Robert Whittaker originally was to defend his maiden UFC title against Rockhold, but was forced to withdraw in January after he contracted chicken pox while recovering from a staph infection. The 40-year-old Romero, who won a gold medal in wrestling at the 2000 Sydney Olympics, stepped into the fight at short notice.