Texans name Wade Phillips interim coach while Gary Kubiak recovers

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Texans defensive coordinator Wade Phillips will be Houston’s interim head coach with Gary Kubiak out indefinitely after suffering a mini-stroke this past weekend.

Phillips, a former head coach for Dallas, took over after Kubiak was taken to the hospital and he ran Houston’s practice on Monday. Offensive coordinator Rick Dennison likely will take over the play-calling duties.

The team said that the Kubiak, 52, suffered a transient ischemic attack at halftime of Sunday’s loss to Indianapolis. He was released from the hospital Tuesday and is expected to make a full recovery, but there is no timetable for his return to the team.

BEARS: Quarterback Jay Cutler’s status for this week’s game against Detroit will likely come into clearer focus today as he recuperates from a groin injury.

SAINTS: Moved linebacker Jonathan Vilma to injured reserve, ending his season – and possibly his career – only three days after he had returned for his first game of this season.

BRONCOS: John Moffitt, a third-year guard, let the team know he wouldn’t be returning after their bye. Then he announced on Twitter that he was calling it a career.

Denver has five days to formally release Moffitt, who left more than $1 million on the table, including about $312,500 for the remainder of this season and $752,500 in non-guaranteed salary in 2014.

TASERED: Police in Wisconsin said a husband used a Taser on his wife as part of a bet on the outcome of Monday night’s Bears-Packers game.

Police in Mayville, Wis., said the wife called authorities Monday night from a bar in the town and told officers her husband had used the device on her buttocks twice in an alley behind the bar, the Chicago Tribune reported Wednesday.

The husband, John Grant, 42, of Tinley Park, Ill., told officers he and his wife made a bet that he could use a Taser on her if the Bears won, which they did 27-20. Grant said he is a Bears fan and his wife is a Packers fan.

Grant’s wife told officers she did not give consent, but a video police viewed on her cellphone depicted the woman “laughing and it seemed apparent that Ms. Grant had consented,” police wrote in their report. The couple had been drinking heavily.

Grant was arrested on a charge of felony possession of an electronic weapon.

OBITUARY: Clarence “Ace” Parker, the oldest member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, has died. He was 101.

Parker died Wednesday, according to Bryan Johnson, of B.W. Foster Funeral Home in Portsmouth, Va.

A Portsmouth native, Parker played football, basketball and baseball at Duke, then was a first-round draft choice of the National Football League's Brooklyn Dodgers in 1937. Instead of pursuing a career on the gridiron, Parker opted to play baseball for Connie Mack and the Philadelphia Athletics.

In his first at-bat, the shortstop hit a home run at Fenway Park, becoming the third player in major league history to homer in his first at-bat.

He later traded baseball for football, starring for the Dodgers from 1937-41, and winning the most valuable player award in 1940.

That season, the 5-foot-10, 178-pounder threw 10 touchdown passes, ran for 306 yards and two touchdowns, caught two touchdown passes, kicked 19 extra points and shared the league lead with six interceptions on defense. He also punted for the Dodgers, averaging 38 yards per kick.

After the 1941 season, Parker left football to serve in World War II.

He returned after the war with the Boston Yanks in 1945 and finished his football career the following season in the rival American Football Conference playing quarterback for the New York Yankees. Again, he traded shoes and went back to his first love, baseball.

He played and managed in the minor leagues for the Portsmouth Cubs and the Durham Bulls from 1946 to 1952, and then coached football and baseball at Duke from 1947 until 1965. He also worked as an NFL scout for the St. Louis Cardinals and the San Francisco 49ers until his retirement in June 1987.

He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1972.


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