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Broncos fire Coach Josh McDaniels

Denver -- The Denver Broncos have fired Coach Josh McDaniels in the wake of an illegal taping scandal, the team's Web site reported Monday.

Broncos.com said team owner Pat Bowlen had relieved McDaniels of his duties after guiding the squad to a 3-9 record so far this season.

The move came after the Broncos lost Sunday for seventh time in eight games, 10-6 to the Kansas City Chiefs, and also follows an incident in which both McDaniels and the team paid $50,000 fines last month for the illegal taping of an opponent's practice.

Bowlen said the NFL found a Broncos employee had videotaped a portion of the San Francisco 49ers' Oct. 30 'walkthrough' practice at Wembley Stadium in London, a day before the two teams played each other there.

In a written apology, McDaniels said he did not view the 6-minute tape. But he admitted he erred by failing to disclose the incident to the league office.

McDaniels compiled a 11-17 record in less than two seasons at the Broncos' helm.

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