Woodson cleared to play for Packers — Charles Woodson has been cleared to play again, and the Green Bay Packers are counting on the defensive back to provide a lift in Saturday night’s playoff game against the Minnesota Vikings. Woodson deferred to team physician Dr. Pat McKenzie and gave his broken collarbone as much time to heal as possible, sitting out Sunday’s regular-season finale at Minnesota. He was injured on Oct. 21 and has missed nine consecutive games.
Cardinals interview coordinator; Reid next? — The Arizona Cardinals officially have begun their coaching search with a formal interview of defensive coordinator Ray Horton. The interview, conducted Tuesday by team president Michael Bidwill, was the first in the team’s search for a replacement for Ken Whisenhunt, who was fired Monday after six seasons on the job. The team has reached out to Andy Reid but had not scheduled an interview. Reid was fired Monday after 14 seasons as head coach in Philadelphia.
49ers sign kicker Cundiff — The San Francisco 49ers signed kicker Billy Cundiff on Tuesday to compete with struggling veteran David Akers. The team announced the move a day after coach Jim Harbaugh said that the NFC West champion Niners (11-4-1) — off this week as the NFC’s No. 2 seed — planned to try out kickers because of Akers’ prolonged funk. Cundiff was released by the Washington Redskins on Oct. 9 after missing five of his 12 field-goal attempts. He had already worked out once for the Niners on Nov. 27 before they invited him back this time, as Harbaugh initially chose to stick with Akers. Now, Akers and Cundiff will compete to see who kicks in the team’s NFC divisional playoff game in prime time Jan. 12 at Candlestick Park. San Francisco will play Green Bay, Seattle or Washington.
Indians, Myers agree to deal — Free agent Brett Myers is getting a fresh “start" with the Indians. The veteran right-hander has agreed to a one-year contract with a club option for 2014 with Cleveland, which will give him a chance to win a starting job after he pitched in relief last season for Houston and the Chicago White Sox. Myers’ deal is contingent on the 32-year-old passing a physical.
U.S. beats France at Hopman Cup — The United States rallied past France 2-1 Tuesday, with John Isner and Venus Williams capturing the decisive mixed doubles to win a second straight series at the Hopman Cup. France won the opening singles when Jo-Wilfried Tsonga overwhelmed Isner 6-3, 6-2. Williams then tied it after trailing by a set and 4-1 to defeat Mathilde Johansson 3-6, 7-5, 6-4. The Americans won the mixed doubles 6-7 (5), 6-2 10-8 by taking six of the last seven points in the match tiebreaker. The U.S., which defeated South Africa in its opening series, next plays Spain.
— From wire reports