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Bruce Arians’ job title may be head coach of the Arizona Cardinals, but he will always be a father first.

The veteran coach says he does not allow assistant coaches to stay at the facility past 10:00 p.m. and that he makes sure they do right by their kin.

“For our coaches, I tell them, if you miss a recital or a football game or a basketball game, I’ll fire you,” Arians told SiriusXM NFL radio. “You can always come back and work.

“Those kids are not going to be there forever. They’re going to grow up and be gone.”

Arians says he made the policy in spite of one of his former bosses and mentors, Marty Schottenheimer, who didn’t allow coaches to leave the office with the Kansas City Chiefs. Thanks to a lenient offensive coordinator, Arians was able to go see his son play a seventh-grade football game, and recalled the anecdote when deciding his own coaching policies.

“It was killing me to miss the game, and they played Thursday afternoons and Joe Pendry was a great offensive coordinator that we had,” Arians said. “He said, ‘Why you upset?’ I said, ‘I wanted to go see Jake play. They’re playing right now.’ He said, ‘Go ahead.’ I said, ‘You know Marty doesn’t allow us to leave the office.’ He said, ‘Well, I’ll tell him you went jogging. Just, when you get back, throw some water on your face.’

“As soon as (Jake) saw me in the stands, he lit up. It was some of the best days, watching the kids play.”

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Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians underwent surgery in February to remove a “small portion” of his kidney, he revealed in his new book released Tuesday called “The Quarterback Whisperer.”

An ultrasound for a hernia in December showed a cancerous spot on the organ. Arians coached the remainder of the season before undergoing the procedure and said he’s ready for “at least one more season” as the leader of the Cardinals.

“Now I feel great,” Arians wrote, according to Darren Urban of the Cardinals’ official site. “My energy has returned. I’m told I’m cancer-free again. I’m ready for at least one more season of NFL football – maybe more.”

Arians’ health has been an issue since the start of the 2016 season. He was hospitalized while on a visit to San Diego due to diverticulitis and needed another hospital check in late November.

The 64-year-old is also a survivor of prostate cancer.

“I now realize more than ever nothing is guaranteed in life,” Arians wrote. “Every day needs to enjoyed and celebrated to the fullest. Roses need to be smelled, sunsets savored, time with family cherished. Moving forward, I want to be a beacon of hope for others struggling with cancer. My fight is their fight. I’m not coaching for myself in 2017; I’m coaching for everyone who’s dealing with cancer. This is my charge.”

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As Hue Jackson seeks to turn around the Cleveland Browns’ fortunes on the field, he is also looking to make a much bigger difference off it.

Jackson is set to launch the Hue Jackson Foundation, which has the goal of helping those impacted by human trafficking, according to the Browns’ official website.

The foundation will focus on awareness, prevention, and healing for victims of trafficking.

Jackson and his wife Michelle have three daughters and say they are starting the foundation for reasons close to their hearts.

Ohio has some of the highest human trafficking rates in the U.S., the Browns’ website notes.

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Matthew Stafford led the Detroit Lions to their second playoff appearance in three seasons last year and head coach Jim Caldwell couldn’t be any more impressed with the leader of his team.

Stafford completed 65.3 percent of his passes for 4,327 yards and 24 touchdowns against 10 interceptions, steering the Lions to a 9-7 record and a wild-card appearance.

Although Stafford is entrenched as the face of the franchise, Caldwell believes he could reach a new level during the upcoming season.

“When we got here we found out some other things about him that you just didn’t see on film: His toughness, his intelligence, his desire. And all of those things, I think, without question rub off on his teammates,” Caldwell said of Stafford to Clark Judge of the Talk of Fame Network.

“He’s also unflappable in very, very tight situations. And he’s improving. That’s the other thing I think you find with guys at that position in this league: When they get to around their fifth, sixth, seventh year, there’s still a climb, there’s still an ascension. You can see the direction in which they’re going. Stats don’t always tell the story, but I think when you couple that with wins it does. And Matthew certainly is on the rise.”

It’s a daunting proposition that Stafford could continue to improve entering his ninth season. For the time being, NFC North opponents are likely praying that Caldwell’s assessment proves to be incorrect.

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The Arizona Coyotes and head coach Dave Tippett have mutually agreed to part ways, the team announced Thursday.

“On behalf of the entire Coyotes organization, I would like to sincerely thank Tip for all of his hard work and the many contributions he made to our organization,” team owner Andrew Barroway said. “Tip is a man of high character and we are very grateful for his leadership during his tenure as our head coach. Ultimately, we have some philosophical differences on how to build our team. Therefore we mutually agreed that it is in everyone’s best interest to have a coaching change in order to move our franchise forward.”

Barroway bought out the Coyotes’ minority owners to become the sole owner of the club earlier in June.

Tippett, 55, took over the Coyotes’ bench in 2009-10, and since led Arizona to a 282-257-83 overall record and three playoff berths in eight seasons.

Although Tippett had four years remaining on his deal as head coach and vice president of hockey operations, Craig Morgan of AZ Sports reports the breakup was a structured buyout.

The Coyotes placed 28th overall in 2016-17, but the timing of the split is strange, to say the least, with the entry draft scheduled for Friday – in which Arizona will select seventh overall – and free agency around the corner.

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) At 31 and entering his 14th NBA season, eight-time All-Star Dwight Howard says his best basketball is ahead of him.

Wearing a teal suit with black trim, a smiling Howard insisted Monday he can return to being a dominant center with the Charlotte Hornets, where he will be reunited with coach Steve Clifford and play for one of his childhood heroes, team owner Michael Jordan.

”A lot of people have written me off, which is great because it’s going to make me work even harder,” Howard said during his introductory news conference. ”I’m just looking forward to this opportunity because I have a lot left in the tank.”

This will be Howard’s third team in three seasons.

The Atlanta Hawks, his hometown team, traded him to Charlotte one year into a three-year, $74 million contract. Howard said he has no hard feelings, adding that ”sometimes things just don’t work out.”

But he’s confident Charlotte is the right fit.

”I think I’m a lot healthier than I have been in the past five years and I think this is going to be my best time,” Howard said. ”I’m a lot wiser now, stronger mentally and physically, and I’m in the right place with a great coach, a great GM and the GOAT (greatest of all time). So I think this is the perfect opportunity.”

Much of Howard’s optimism stems from being reunited with Clifford.

They worked together for seven seasons in Orlando and Los Angeles, and the 6-foot-11 three-time Defensive Player of the Year loves Clifford’s defense-first mentality. He’s also confident Clifford will put him in the right situations to succeed on offense.

”He understands me,” Howard said. ”… He was always there for me and not once did he turn his back on me or talk bad about me. He was very positive and he was somebody that I have always trusted in.”

The feeling is mutual.

Clifford said he’s never coached a player smarter than Howard when it comes to understanding defensive coverages. While Howard has incredible athletic ability, Clifford said, he’s never been given the credit he deserves for playing a ”thinking man’s game.”

”Smart always wins in the NBA,” Clifford said.

Howard is expected to start in Charlotte alongside All-Star point guard Kemba Walker, guard Nic Batum and forwards Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and Marvin Williams. Cody Zeller, last year’s starting center, is expected to come off the bench for the Hornets but still see significant minutes.

Howard said he’s learned a lot over the past 13 seasons.

”Over the years a lot of things have been said and I’ve not said anything back,” Howard said. ”Somehow things that weren’t true kept getting stirred up, and that gave a lot of people wrong opinions about who I was as a person. I should be the one speaking up for myself instead of allowing other people to do that.”

In Charlotte, Howard becomes the second big-name athlete to be known as ”Superman,” joining former NFL MVP quarterback Cam Newton of the Carolina Panthers.

Both are from the Atlanta area and have met a couple of times but aren’t close friends. Howard said he’s eager to connect with Newton and get to know him better.

”We have the same attitude; we love to win, but we want to have fun,” Howard said.

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The Ottawa RedBlacks signed head coach Rick Campbell and general manager Marcel Desjardins to contract extensions through the 2020 season, the club announced Wednesday.

“The results speak for themselves,” Jeff Hunt, president of the RedBlacks’ parent company, OSEG Sports, said in a statement. “Marcel and Rick have taken the team to the Grey Cup championship game in each of the last two seasons. They’ve shown exemplary skills assembling and leading our football operations department and making the RedBlacks a model franchise in the CFL. Having stability in both of these roles is a tremendous asset to have – we’re proud of their work and delighted that they’ll both be with us for at least the next four seasons.”

Campbell and Desjardins have held their respective positions since the franchise joined the CFL as an expansion team in 2014. Together, they led Ottawa to the Grey Cup championship in 2016.

The RedBlacks will begin their title defense Friday versus the Calgary Stampeders.