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Press Box: Eakins reportedly will become Oilers head coach

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The Edmonton Oilers apparently are moving quickly to hire a new coach.

One day after announcing that the team had fired Ralph Krueger, reports indicated Sunday that Dallas Eakins would be hired to fill the vacancy.

Eakins is the coach of the Toronto Marlies in the American Hockey Association. He also is considered a candidate for coaching jobs with the Vancouver Canucks, Dallas Stars and New York Rangers.

Krueger lost his job after one season, reportedly informed of the decision via Skype. The Oilers were 11-22-7 in 2012, finishing third in the Northwest Division and 12th in the Western Conference. Edmonton has not made the playoffs since it reached the Stanley Cup Finals in 2006.

Eakins would be Edmonton's fourth coach since 2009.

---Pittsburgh Penguins chairman Mario Lemieux may instruct team general manager Ray Shero to fire coach Dan Bylsma after the Penguins were swept by the Boston Bruins in the Eastern Conference finals, the New York Post reported.

The Penguins won the Stanley Cup in 2009 under Blysma, but there has been concern that the Penguins failed to adjust to the Bruins' style in the playoff loss.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

--A ring that appeared to be quarterback Terrelle Pryor's from Ohio State's 2008 Big Ten championship team sold on eBay for $18,000 on Saturday night, according to CBSSports.com.

The ring that matched the description of Pryor's and was accompanied by a picture with his last name embossed on it also noted the team's 42-7 victory over Michigan on Nov. 28, 2008.

--Nevin Shapiro, the convicted Ponzi scheme mastermind currently serving a 20-year prison sentence, reportedly told Sports Illustrated that he received inside information from University of Miami football coaches that helped him gamble on Hurricanes games.

Multiple sources told the Miami Herald that the new allegations levied by Shapiro are part of an expose Sports Illustrated is close to publishing looking into the NCAA and its investigation into the university's athletic program. Miami is due to have a hearing in front of the NCAA's infractions committee Thursday through Saturday, defending itself and answering questions before an eight-person committee.

AUTO RACING

---Trevor Bayne joked over the radio that he should have gotten married a long time ago after he concluded a stunning late-race comeback on Sunday at Iowa Speedway in Newton, Iowa.

Bayne exchanged vows with new wife, Ashton, on Tuesday and celebrated their honeymoon by winning the NASCAR Nationwide Series DuPont Pioneer 250.
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