Oregon athletic officials were so convinced that Chip Kelly was destined to be head coach of the Ducks that they offered him the job before it came open.
In just his second season leading Oregon, Kelly is taking the second-ranked Ducks to the national championship game on Jan. 10 against No. 1 Auburn -- and for that he was voted AP Coach of the Year on Tuesday.
Kelly received 24 votes from the 60-member AP football poll panel to beat out his BCS title game counterpart, Gene Chizik of Auburn, who received 17 votes. Stanford's Jim Harbaugh was third with five votes.
San Jose Earthquakes forward and De La Salle High product Chris Wondolowski and Los Angeles Galaxy defenders A.J. DeLaGarza and Sean Franklin were among 12 players with no international experience selected for a U.S. national team training camp ahead of the Americans' exhibition against Chile (Jan. 22 in Carson).
Tyler Ennis scored two goals to lift the host Buffalo Sabres to a 5-2 victory over the Anaheim Ducks.
Manny Pacquiao plans to fight Sugar Shane Mosley in his next bout May 7 in Las Vegas. Promoter Bob Arum told The Associated Press that the deal will be done after Mosley's lawyers approve the final paperwork for the welterweight fight at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.
Marlies Schild of Austria flew down the Courchevel (France) course to win her second World Cup slalom of the season, while overall leader Lindsey Vonn and rival Maria Riesch crashed out in their first runs.
Roger Federer beat Rafael Nadal 4-6, 6-3, 6-3 in Zurich to open a two-match exhibition series for charity between the world's top-ranked tennis players.
Wire services contributed to this digest.