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Associated Press

Posted on January 2, 2013 at 3:00 AM

CARDINALS-COACH

Cardinals interview Horton, could meet with Reid

PHOENIX (AP) — The Arizona Cardinals have interviewed their defensive coordinator Ray Horton for the head coaching job.

The interview, conducted on Tuesday by team president Michael Bidwill, was the first in the team's search for a replacement for Ken Whisenhunt, who was fired on Monday after six seasons on the job.

The team has reached out to Andy Reid but had not scheduled an interview. Reid was fired on Monday after 14 seasons as head coach in Philadelphia.

Bidwill plans to fly to Denver over the weekend to interview Denver Broncos offensive coordinator Mike McCoy.

Horton, Reid and McCoy are the only candidates thus far identified by the Cardinals.

T25-FIESTA BOWL-KELLY'S FUTURE

Oregon coach Chip Kelly a top NFL target again

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Since he arrived in Arizona for the Fiesta Bowl, Oregon coach Chip Kelly has been asked about coaching in the NFL every day.

The questions only figure to pick up after seven NFL coaches were fired on Monday.

As he has in the past, Kelly has deflected the speculation, saying his focus is on preparing the Ducks for their next game.

The 49-year-old coach has been the subject of NFL speculation the past few seasons and a year ago talked to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers before saying he had unfinished business in Eugene.

The fifth-ranked Ducks play No. 7 Kansas State in the Fiesta Bowl on Thursday night at University of Phoenix Stadium.

Kelly will likely have to make a decision about his future not long after it's over.

PEYTON'S PROTEGE

Manning's backup says there's nothing better

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ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — All eyes were on Peyton Manning this season, especially Brock Osweiler's.

He's the Denver Broncos' OTHER first-year quarterback, a 6-foot-8 passing project from Arizona State who's the first signal-caller ever drafted with the intention of one day succeeding the league's most decorated passer.

Osweiler bears a striking resemblance to "Twilight" actor Robert Pattinson, but what he really wants is to look more like Manning.

So, he's taken advantage of his apprenticeship by watching Manning's every move, scribbling copious notes and mimicking his mentor's notorious work ethic and preparation.

Osweiler said he's thrilled to be in Manning's shadow and insists he'll gladly bide his time while learning as much as he can from one of the game's greats.

Still, he says he's ready if needed.

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CLIPPERS-NUGGETS

Nuggets end Clippers' team-record win streak at 17

DENVER (AP) — Danilo Gallinari led six Nuggets players in double figures with 17 points and Denver stopped the Los Angeles Clippers' franchise-record 17-game winning streak with a 92-78 victory on Tuesday night.

Kenneth Faried added 14 points and 11 rebounds for the Nuggets, who won their eighth in a row at home.

The Clippers, whose point total was two above their season-low, were hurt by poor shooting from 3-point range (5 of 29, 17.2 percent) and the free throw line (13 of 29, 44.8 percent). They were led by Blake Griffin and Eric Bledsoe, who had 12 points apiece.

Andre Miller, starting in place of point guard Ty Lawson, had 12 points and 12 assists for the Nuggets.

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