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Chip Kelly gets 49ers reins; Timbers draft 2

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THURSDAY SPORTS NEWS


Hello, Mr. Chip.

San Francisco has a new NFL head football coach, and he’s Chip Kelly, who was hired Thursday by the 49ers.

Kelly recently was let go by the Philadelphia Eagles, but the former University of Oregon head coach will be staying in the NFL, working with 49ers general manager Trent Baalke.

Kelly, 52, is the 10th coach in SF history. He replaces Jim Tomsula, who was fired 11 days ago after posting a 5-11 record in his only year in charge of the team.

TIMBERS PICK POLK, BRETT

The Portland Timbers picked two players in Thursday’s MLS SuperDraft: forward/winger Ben Polk from Syracuse and midfielder/winger Neco Brett from Robert Morris.

Polk was the No. 20 pick in the first round. He helped lead the Orangemen to the NCAA College Cup with 12 goals and four assists in 22 matches He is 5-9, 175 pounds and from Phoenix.

Brett, a native of Kingston, Jamaica, is 5-8, 165. He went No. 40 overall (second round). He had 13 goals and five assists as a senior.

Rounds three and four will take place on Tuesday.

LYNCH LIKELY FOR CAROLINA GAME

Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch says he is ready to play Sunday at Carolina in an NFC division playoff road game.

Lynch has been out since Nov. 15 and has been rehabbing from Nov. 25 abdominal surgery.

LONG GETS PRO BOWL SPOT

Kyle Long, Chicago Bears right tackle from the University of Oregon, has been chosen to the Pro Bowl for the third time in three seasons.

He’ll replace injured Jason Peters, a tackle with the Philadelphia Eagles, in the Jan. 31 game at Honolulu.