Sport in Short: American Football

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JOE GIBBS, the head coach of the Washington Redskins for the last 12 years, is to retire. He will be replaced by Richie Petitbon, the team's defensive co- ordinator. Gibbs said it 'was the toughest decision I have ever made'. Unspecified health problems were said to be a significant factor in the decision, though none was considered life-threatening.