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NEW CHARGERS COACH?: Marty Schottenheimer, a division rival for 10 seasons, is close to being hired as coach of the San Diego Chargers.

Schottenheimer flew to San Diego on Sunday and met with Chargers general manager John Butler into the evening, a source close to the negotiations told The Associated Press on condition of anonymity.

Schottenheimer has been the leading candidate since he was fired by Washington on Jan. 13, opening the way for the Redskins to hire Steve Spurrier. Butler interviewed Schottenheimer on Jan. 17.


U.S. WOMEN WIN: Shannon MacMillan and Tiffeny Milbrett scored in the first 8 minutes Sunday to give the United States a 2-0 victory over China in the Four Nations Women's Soccer Tournament.

The U.S. team finished the four-team tourney in third place with a record of 1-1-1.


WORLD RECORDS: Zoe Baker of Britain and Thomas Rupprath of Germany broke short-course world records at a World Cup meet, raising the total to six new marks in two days in Berlin.