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Carolina Panthers middle linebacker Luke Kuechly (59) hits New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) during the first half of an NFL football game in Charlotte, N.C., Sunday, Dec. 29, 2019. Kuechly announced his retirement from the NFL on Tuesday night.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Carolina Panthers linebacker Luke Kuechly is retiring from the NFL after eight seasons.

The 28-year-old Kuechly made the surprising announcement Tuesday night in a video posted on the team's website. He said, "I think now is the right chance to move on."

Kuechly was selected to seven Pro Bowls and was a first-team All-Pro five times. However, he suffered three concussions during his career, which may have led to his decision.

Kuechly finishes his career with 1,092 tackles, which is the most by any player since coming into the league in 2012 as a first round pick out of Boston College.

He helped the Panthers win three NFC South titles and reach the Super Bowl after the 2015 season.

Panthers tap

LSU's Brady as

offensive coordinator

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — A person familiar with the situation says the Carolina Panthers have agreed to terms on a contract to make LSU passing game coordinator Joe Brady their new offensive coordinator.

The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Tuesday because the Panthers had not confirmed the move.

Brady, who has worked with the Saints, worked closely with Heisman Trophy winning quarterback Joe Burrow, who led the Tigers to a win over Clemson in the national championship game.

Seahawks face

free agency questions

RENTON, Wash. (AP) — When the Seattle Seahawks head into free agency, it's clear where their focus will need to be.

The line of scrimmage must be a priority for general manager John Schneider and coach Pete Carroll.

The free agent class is highlighted by a pair of defensive linemen in Jadeveon Clowney (South Carolina) and Jarran Reed (Alabama).

Red Sox fire

Alex Cora

(AP) - The Boston Red Sox fired manager Alex Cora on Tuesday, a day after baseball he was implicated in the sport's sign-stealing scandal. Cora was described as the key person in the planning and execution of the cheating scheme as the bench coach for Houston when it won the 2017 World Series.

Petrino back coaching

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — Bobby Petrino, a coach with a track record of on-the-field success and off-the-field embarrassments, will be the next coach at Missouri State.

Petrino, 58, will be introduced at a news conference Thursday.

Petrino has a 119-56 record in 14 seasons at Arkansas, Western Kentucky and Louisville. He also spent part of one season coaching the NFL's Atlanta Falcons, before abruptly resigning.

Braves' stadium

now Truist Park

ATLANTA (AP) — Truist Park is the new name of the Atlanta Braves' stadium, replacing SunTrust Park.

Atlanta announced the change Tuesday following SunTrust bank's merger with BB&T to form Truist Financial Corp. The stadium in Cobb County, north of downtown Atlanta, opened in 2017.

Most new purple signs at the stadium are expected to be in place in time for the Braves' home opener against Miami on April 3.

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