Vikings kicker meets empathetic letter-writing 1st-graders

BLAINE, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota kicker Blair Walsh says the messages sent to him by a group of first-graders after he missed the field goal that would've won a playoff game for the Vikings were so touching that he visited the kids at school.

  • Written by DAVE CAMPBELL, AP Pro Football Writer

49ers hire Chip Kelly as new coach

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — The San Francisco 49ers hired Chip Kelly as their coach Thursday, finding a focused, football-first leader CEO Jed York is counting on to turn the once-proud franchise back into a contender.

  • Written by JANIE McCAULEY, AP Sports Writer