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Zorn hired as Redskins coach

WASHINGTON -- The Washington Redskins hired Jim Zorn as their coach Saturday night, a surprise ending to a monthlong search for a replacement for Joe Gibbs.

Zorn will be introduced at a news conference at 3 p.m. Sunday, according to a person who was informed of the Redskins' decision. The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because a formal announcement had not been made.

Zorn, a former Seattle quarterback, has been the Seahawks' quarterbacks coach for the last seven years. The Redskins hired him to be their offensive coordinator -- his highest coaching position until now -- on Jan. 26 while continuing their search for a head coach.

Owner Dan Snyder and his advisers settled on Zorn after completing the last of their initial interviews, with New York Giants coordinator Steve Spagnuolo, earlier this week. The owner had to wait until the Super Bowl was played to speak to Spagnuolo, who withdrew his name from consideration Thursday and signed a new three-year contract with the Giants.

• TENNIS -- Top-seeded Anna Chakvetadze rallied to defeat Marion Bartoli 2-6, 6-2, 6-0 and will face Agnes Szavay in the final of the Open Gaz de France.

The Russian cruised through the third set, breaking Wimbledon finalist Bartoli three times. Chakvetadze converted her first match point after a backhand into the net by Bartoli.

Chakvetadze lost her serve twice in the first set, landing only 39 percent of her first serves.

• PRO BASEBALL -- Curt Schilling received a cortisone shot in his right shoulder, beginning a treatment plan the Red Sox hope will bring the right-hander back before the end of the season, The Boston Globe reported.

The painkilling shot would allow Schilling to begin rehabbing an injured shoulder tendon. Boston's team physician believes the tendon is damaged, not torn, and that rehabilitation gives Schilling his best chance to play this year.

Schilling's physician, Dr. Craig Morgan, disagrees, saying the tendon is torn and requires surgery.

Morgan said he could not confirm that Schilling had received the cortisone shot, but repeated his opinion that the team's recommended course of action is doomed to fail.

• PRO HOCKEY -- Paul Martin scored two goals in an NHL game for the first time and the New Jersey Devils routed the Carolina Hurricanes.

The offensive outburst was triggered by the Devils defensemen, as Colin White and Johnny Oduya joined Martin in scoring. Dainius Zubrus and Jay Pandolfo also connected, and Martin Brodeur made 22 saves as the Devils ended a two-game losing streak. New Jersey won for only the fourth time in 10 home games.

Keith Aucoin scored for the Hurricanes.

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