Reid close to deal with Chiefs...Vikings questions...NHL blues...

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Associated Press

Posted on January 3, 2013 at 3:00 PM

Updated Friday, Jan 4 at 4:36 PM

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Andy Reid arrived in Kansas City today and the Chiefs are close to making an official announcement that he will become their next coach. Reid and the Chiefs have reportedly agreed to a deal giving the longtime Eagles coach broad authority over football decisions.

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings have listed quarterback Christian Ponder and cornerback Antoine Winfield as questionable for their playoff game tomorrow against Green Bay. Ponder was limited in practice all week with a bruised right elbow.

NEW YORK (AP) — The NHL and the players' association met separately with a federal mediator throughout the morning and well into the afternoon with no sign that they would return to the bargaining table anytime soon. Federal mediator Scot Beckenbaugh has been shuttling back and forth between the hotel in which the union is working, and the league office, but as of late afternoon, the sides had made no plans to get together.

TORONTO (AP) — The Blue Jays have claimed pitcher Chad Beck off waivers from the Pittsburgh Pirates, bringing the right-hander back to Toronto. He appeared in 14 games for the Blue Jays in 2012, posting a 6.32 earned-run average

KAPALUA, Hawaii (AP) — Webb Simpson has the lead through 5 holes of the Tournament of Champions in Hawaii. He's 2-under-par while Jason Dufner is 1-under after 6 holes.

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