Phillips, defensive coordinator at San Diego the past three seasons, has a 48-42 head coaching record over three seasons with Buffalo, two with Denver and season-ending interim stints with New Orleans and Atlanta. “It’s great to have these cowboy boots back in Texas,” said Phillips, showing his boots from the podium, where his father sat to his right. “(Jones) feels like and I feel like I was the best fit for this job. … I think I can make an immediate impact.” Bears defensive lineman Terry “Tank” Johnson pleaded guilty Thursday to violating probation in a 2005 gun case. Cook County Judge John Moran denied a request to lift the player’s home confinement, but said Johnson could leave his house to attend practices. Moran delayed sentencing until March 15 so that a presentencing investigation can be done. Junior wants more Phillips was hired Thursday, providing Dallas with an experienced replacement for Bill Parcells and someone well-versed in the 3-4 defense. Maybe more significantly for Jones was getting a coach who can win now. The Cowboys haven’t won a postseason game in 10 seasons, the longest drought in the history of a team with five Super Bowls. Twice during his introduction of Wade Phillips as Dallas Cowboys coach, Jerry Jones had to stop and gather himself. The decision was that emotional for the team owner. “We needed to get it right,” Jones said, pausing as tears welled up in his eyes. “In my mind, we got it right.” Dale Earnhardt Jr. wants more than a piece of his father’s company. He wants his stepmother to give him majority ownership, a negotiating demand that might force him to part ways with Dale Earnhardt Inc. after this season. His DEI contract is up at the end of the year, and negotiations have been tense since Teresa Earnhardt seemingly questioned his commitment to the team in a December interview. “The main factor is the ownership part,” Earnhardt Jr. said Thursday at NASCAR’s annual preseason media day at Daytona International Speedway. “It has nothing to do with money and nothing else really. … My father has been gone for five, six years now. I want majority ownership. That’s basically it.” If NASCAR’s most popular driver were to leave DEI, he would become the sport’s most sought-after free agent. Most people believe Earnhardt only would part ways with DEI to drive for team owner Richard Childress, who fielded cars for the elder Earnhardt during six of his seven championship seasons. The widow of the late Dale Earnhardt, Teresa Earnhardt took over as DEI’s chief executive officer after Earnhardt’s death in 2001 at the Daytona 500. Phoning it in? Barry Bonds might get a telephone call from baseball commissioner Bud Selig instead of a handshake if the San Francisco Giants slugger breaks Hank Aaron’s home run record. Selig wouldn’t say Thursday whether he would attend any Giants games if and when Bonds closes in on the mark. Selig insisted that Major League Baseball would celebrate Bonds’ potential feat exactly as it does any other major milestone, such as a pitcher’s 300th win. Last year, Selig telephoned San Diego closer Trevor Hoffman when he became the career saves leader. Shannon Stewart and the Oakland Athletics agreed to a $1 million, one-year contract, giving the club the additional backup outfielder it sought before the start of spring training. Stewart batted .293 last year with two homers and 21 RBIs in 174 at-bats for the Minnesota Twins. He was bothered by foot injuries and played in just 44 games. St. Louis Cardinals star Albert Pujols became a U.S. citizen Wednesday during a ceremony at the Eagleton Courthouse. Pujols’ wife, Deidre, arranged to have about two dozen relatives and friends watch U.S. District Judge E. Richard Webber swear in Pujols. Reds right-hander Bronson Arroyo signed a two-year extension keep him under contract through at least 2010. There’s a team option for the following season. Iverson hobbled Allen Iverson ‘s swollen right ankle doesn’t have any structural damage, but he still stayed home while the Denver Nuggets left for a two-game trip to the Midwest. Clijsters pulls out Former U.S. Open champion Kim Clijsters may miss the French Open and limit her farewell season further to reduce the risk of injury. Clijsters, ranked fourth in the world, pulled out of this week’s Open Gaz de France in Paris because of a sore hip to ensure she could play in next week’s Diamond Games in Antwerp – her last tournament in her Belgian homeland before retiring at the end of the year. Fresh off her Australian Open title, Serena Williams has agreed to play for the U.S. Fed Cup team for the first time since 2003 – joining older sister Venus on the squad that faces Belgium in the first round in April. In Bangkok, Nicole Pratt of Australia beat former Poly High star Vania King 6-2, 6-4 at the Pattaya Women’s Open. Briefly Leading after the downhill leg of the world championships combined event, Bode Miller was on track for a medal, perhaps gold, until he inexplicably slowed down in the final gates of the slalom and finished sixth in Are, Sweden. Floyd Landis will skip the Tour de France – and all races in France this year – as part of an agreement with French doping authorities in a case that could strip him of cycling’s most prestigious title. Teresa Barnard, injured last year in a drunken-driving accident involving former Oklahoma State basketball coach Eddie Sutton, seeks more than $125,000 in a legal claim filed with the state. Ashley Force made her much-anticipated professional debut, finishing sixth in the first round of Funny Car qualifying in the NHRA’s season-opening CARQUEST Winternationals. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
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