Chip Kelly to pick between UCLA, Florida, sources say

The Chip Kelly sweepstakes has taken a dramatic twist.

It now appears to be a two-horse race between Florida and UCLA, a person close to the hiring process told the Orlando Sentinel.

The L.A. Times reported Tuesday that Kelly met with a contingent of athletics officials from UCLA as the Bruins look to replace Jim Mora Jr.

The meeting came two days after Florida officials flew to meet Kelly in his native New Hampshire. They returned Sunday night without a deal in place to make him the Gators’ next head coach. No formal offer was presented, according to another source.

ESPN reporter Mark Schlabach posted on Twitter that Kelly’s decision is expected “in coming days.”

The University of Minnesota and football coach P.J. Fleck agreed to a one-year contract extension through the 2022 season.

Fleck signed a five-year, $18 million contract in January. The Gophers are 5-6 this season under the 36-year-old Fleck, who was hired by Minnesota to replace Tracy Claeys after four seasons as the coach at Western Michigan.

Kent State fired football coach Paul Haynes on Wednesday after five losing seasons. The Golden Flashes lost to Akron on Tuesday night to finish the season 2-10.


G LEAGUE: The Maine Red Claws acquired Daniel Dingle from the available player pool and waived Jerome Seagears.

Dingle, a 6-7 forward from Temple University, was a second-round selection by the Greensboro Swarm in the 2017 NBA G League Draft. Dingle averaged 12.6 points, 4.5 rebounds and 3.5 assists in 32 games for Temple his senior season.

Seagears played two games for Maine this season, averaging 6.8 points in 8.5 minutes per game.


SHARAPOVA INVESTIGATION: Maria Sharapova is being investigated by police in India in a cheating and criminal conspiracy case involving a real estate company that used the tennis star to endorse a luxury housing project that never took off.

Real estate firm Homestead Infrastructure is accused of taking tens of millions of rupees (millions of dollars) from home buyers for a project named “Ballet by Maria Sharapova,” a luxury apartment complex with its own helipad, tennis academy and other amenities. The five-time Grand Slam champion traveled to India in 2013 to launch the project at a glitzy ceremony.

Police began the investigation on Nov. 16.

Piyush Singh, a lawyer representing one of the home buyers, said that Sharapova’s celebrity was the reason most people put their money into the project.


CHAMPIONS LEAGUE: Chelsea advanced to the knockout stage with a game to spare after defeating 10-man Qarabag 4-0 at Baku, Azerbaijan, securing Manager Antonio Conte’s 50th overall victory with the team.

Barcelona’s 0-0 draw with Juventus at Turin, Italy, was enough to ensure the Spanish superpower the top spot in Group D.

Already through, Paris Saint-Germain conceded the first goal of its European campaign in the first minute – before going on to thrash Celtic 7-1 in Paris.

n• A goalless draw with Basel in Switzerland would have been enough for Manchester United to top Group A, but the Premier League club slipped to its first group stage loss 1-0 on a goal conceded just a minute from time.