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Associated Press / January 13, 2011

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Recently fired Panthers coach John Fox finally arrived in Denver early yesterday to meet with the Broncos about their head coaching vacancy after his flight out of North Carolina was delayed three times this week by winter weather.

Fox then met with John Elway, who is leading the team’s second head coaching search in two seasons, to see if he was a good fit with the Broncos, who are coming off a franchise-worst 4-12 season.

Fox touts a top-of-the-pile résumé.

“I’ve been doing it. I have a plan, whether it’s a bye week schedule, a training camp schedule. It’s not my first rodeo, so to speak,’’ Fox said. “So, I think I do have a blueprint to do it. We’ve had success, some years more than others. But you know the full body of work I think holds a blueprint for success.’’

Fox has built a team from the ground up before.

“When I went into the Panthers we were 1-15 and it was very similar, a second [overall] pick, much the same situation,’’ he said.

Fox’s contract wasn’t renewed by the Panthers following an NFL-worst 2-14 season. He is the fifth candidate the Broncos have interviewed to replace Josh McDaniels, who was fired Dec. 6 amid the team’s worst slide in four decades and the embarrassing Spygate II taping scandal.

In Cleveland, Browns president Mike Holmgren did not interview any candidates on the 10th day of the team’s pursuit of a replacement for Eric Mangini.

The Browns have met with St. Louis offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur, Atlanta offensive coordinator Mike Mularkey, and Giants defensive coordinator Perry Fewell.

ESPN.com, citing anonymous league sources, said the Browns hope to finalize a contract with Shurmur “within the next 48 hours’’ and introduce him at a news conference by tomorrow.

QB has a future Coach Pete Carroll said the Seahawks would like to bring quarterback Matt Hasselbeck back for the 2011 season.

Asked directly about Hasselbeck’s future with the franchise during his weekly news conference, Carroll said the team would like to do “everything we can’’ to have Hasselbeck return for an 11th season with the team.

“He’s had a terrific run for us and we want to see what we can do to keep that going,’’ Carroll said.

Seattle plays at Chicago Sunday in the NFC divisional playoff.

Hasselbeck’s current contract was signed before the start of the 2005 season and was followed by Hasselbeck leading Seattle to its only Super Bowl appearance. That contract expires at the end of this season.

Hasselbeck’s first season with Carroll has had plenty of ups and downs. He was booed off the field less than a month ago, but that was countered by the highs of last Saturday’s 41-36 upset of New Orleans to open the playoffs in one of Hasselbeck’s finest performances.

Hasselbeck threw for 272 yards and a career playoff-high four touchdowns in engineering the Seahawks’ upset of the defending Super Bowl champions.

Vikings weigh in Though Minnesota state lawmakers appear likely to insist that a roof be part of any public deal for a new Vikings stadium, the team is sticking with its offer to pay about a third of the bill — minus whatever a roof would cost. Vikings vice president and stadium point man Lester Bagley said the Vikings would prefer an outdoor stadium, but understood that might not win legislative approval when lawmakers in February take up the team’s request for a stadium funded in part by taxpayers. Bagley said the Vikings wouldn’t insist on playing outside, but saw it as precedent that the Twins ponied up about a third of the cost of outdoor Target Field. “A roof does not provide any benefit to the Vikings,’’ Bagley said. “It also costs a couple hundred million dollars more in capital costs, in addition to the operating costs that are much higher for a covered facility.’’ With the team’s lease for the currently snow-damaged Metrodome set to expire after next season, Bagley said lawmakers must act this year to replace a building he called “not a viable NFL facility’’ and ensure the Vikings stay in Minnesota. An outdoor stadium has been estimated to cost at least $700 million, with a permanent or retractable roof likely to add another few hundred million dollars. But most lawmakers want a roofed facility.

Admission by Snyder Speaking at a summit for owners of area sports teams hosted by the Washington Post, Redskins owner Dan Snyder acknowledged that he has made personnel mistakes. Snyder didn’t specify which move he considered his biggest mistake, but it presumably was underperforming defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth, whom the Redskins signed to a $100 million contract two offseasons ago . . . In Diamondhead, Miss., Brandi Favre, the 34-year-old sister of Vikings quarterback Brett Favre, was arrested in a raid on a condo where people were making crystal methamphetamine . . . Ex-Lions wide receiver Tommie Boyd pleaded guilty to a second-degree criminal sexual conduct charge on accusations involving a 15-year-old girl. The 39-year-old Boyd entered the plea Tuesday in Macomb County (Mich.) Circuit Court. Authorities dropped five other charges.

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