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The Cardinals and the St. Louis Press Club on Friday announced the creation of the Mike Shannon Scholarship for Sports Broadcast Journalism. The $5,000 scholarship will be awarded annually, beginning this year, to a full-time student pursuing a degree leading to a career in sports journalism, with given to students from the St. Louis metropolitan area.

“St. Louis has a rich history of producing some of the most talented sportswriters and broadcasters in the industry and I look forward to helping the next wave of men and women pursue their dreams of a career in sports journalism,” Shannon said in a statement.

The Cardinals Hall of Famer retired after last season, his 50th in the broadcast booth.

A panel of judges from the St. Louis Press Club and members of the Shannon family will select the scholarship recipient based on aptitude, interest in pursuing a sports journalism career, academic standing and financial need.

Applications for the Mike Shannon Scholarship Fund are being accepted through April 1. A recipient will be announced on May 1. Interested students can learn more about the application requirements at stlpresslub.org/scholarships.html. Anyone wishing to contribute to the scholarship fund can do so at stlpressclub.org/MikeShannon.html. (Rick Hummel)

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Nagy, 43, originally joined chiefs coach Andy Reid’s staff in 2013 as quarterbacks coach before being promoted in 2016 to offensive coordinator, a position he held for two seasons.

The Chicago Bears hired Nagy in 2018 as their head coach, but he was fired after the team went 6-11 this past season. In four seasons as the Bears’ coach, Nagy posted a 34-31 record, including a 12-4 mark and the NFC North divisional title in his first season in Chicago.

Nagy now replaces former quarterbacks coach Mike Kafka, who recently left the Chiefs’ coaching staff to become the Giants’ offensive coordinator. (Kansas City Star)

Elsewhere in the NFL: Ken Burrough, the former Houston Oilers receiver who was the last NFL player to wear No. 00, died Thursday at his home in Jacksonville, Florida. He was 73.

Burrough was the 10th overall pick in the 1970 draft by New Orleans, but played just one season for the Saints before being traded to the Oilers. He spent the next 11 seasons in Houston, where he was selected to the Pro Bowl in 1975 and 1977. Burrough led the NFL in receiving yards in 1975 with a career-high 1,063. He piled up 6,906 yards receiving and 47 touchdowns with the Oilers, helping lead them during their Luv Ya Blue period where they twice reached the AFC championship game. The Oilers now are the Tennessee Titans.

Burrough was the last NFL player to wear No. 00 as the league restricted the use of Nos. 0 and 00 in 1973, but allowed players who already had those numbers to retain them until retirement.

• Former Auburn and San Diego Chargers running back Lionel James died Friday after a lengthy illness, the university said. He was 59.

James played five seasons with the Chargers after being drafted in the fifth round in 1984. He set an NFL record with 2,535 all-purpose yards in 1985. He led the AFC in receptions that season (86) while setting the NFL record for receiving yards by a running back — 1,027. (AP)

• Carolina agreed to a three-year contract with unrestricted free agent tight end Ian Thomas, who is considered a strong blocker. He had 18 receptions for 188 yards last season. (AP)

Jimenez, Sluman share golf lead: Miguel Angel Jimenez had a hole-in-one during a 6-under 66 in breezy conditions to match Jeff Sluman for the first-round lead at the Cologuard Classic, a PGA Tour Champions tournament in Tucson, Ariz.

Jimenez won the PGA Tour Champions’ season-opening Mitsubishi Electric Championship in Hawaii and kick-started his round at Tucson National by acing the 193-yard par-3 seventh hole. The 58-year-old Spaniard overcame a bogey on the eighth par-5 with three birdies on the back nine to match Sluman.

Tom Lehman tied the lead at 6 under with a birdie on the par-5 17th, but failed to get up and down at No. 18 for a bogey to shoot 67. Woody Austin had seven birdies and Rod Pampling went bogey free to both shoot 67. (AP)

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