Wednesday’s Sports in Brief

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Penn State University President Rodney Erickson had comforting words but few answers to tough questions at a town hall meeting, the first of three with alumni this week.

Erickson is attempting to repair the school’s image more than two months after former defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky was arrested on sex abuse charges.

Dave Hrinak, a 1980 graduate who lives near Pittsburgh, said before the meeting that he has one main message for Erickson.

“Never again let anybody get as much power as Joe Paterno had,” Hrinak said, adding that he feels that way even though he respects Paterno.

One questioner, however, called the treatment of Paterno “unconscionable.” Erickson responded by saying that “We will certainly want to honor Joe as the future unfolds.”

Pressed for details later in the evening on what that meant, he replied that there were “no plans in place yet, but there will be.”

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — Defensive coordinator Ted Roof is leaving Central Florida after a month to take the same position at Penn State under new coach Bill O’Brien, a person familiar with the hiring said, requesting anonymity because O’Brien wanted to formally announce his hirings at the same time.

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — A Penn State administrator charged with failing to report an allegation of child sex abuse involving former defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky has been diagnosed with a recurrence of lung cancer.

Athletic Director Tim Curley’s wife said that doctors are monitoring his condition after an illness first diagnosed in June 2010 flared up again.


SAN DIEGO (AP) — Sports agent Leigh Steinberg, who represented many of the NFL’s biggest stars and was the inspiration for the movie “Jerry Maguire,” filed for bankruptcy protection in federal bankruptcy court in Santa Ana, Calif.

Steinberg said he takes responsibility for debts of several million dollars.

“I just lost track while I was in rehab,” Steinberg told The Associated Press. He said he struggled with alcohol for years but has been sober since 2010.


INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Indianapolis Colts hired Eagles executive Ryan Grigson as their new general manager.

The 40-year-old Grigson spent the past nine years with Philadelphia, where he was named director of player personnel in 2010 after four years as college scouting director.

Colts owner Jim Irsay last week fired vice chairman Bill Polian and his son, Chris, the Colts’ GM, after a 2-14 season.

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Packers offensive coordinator Joe Philbin will be away from the team indefinitely while he and his family deal with the death of his 21-year-old son.

Michael Philbin’s body was recovered from an icy Wisconsin river Monday.

The family will hold a visitation Thursday and the funeral is Friday afternoon.

CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Bears received permission to interview four candidates for their general manager job.

The team reported on its website that it will interview Kansas City Chiefs director of college scouting Phil Emery, New England Patriots director of pro personnel Jason Licht, San Diego Chargers director of player personnel Jimmy Raye and New York Giants director of college scouting Marc Ross.


“American Idol” Kelly Clarkson will sing the national anthem at the Super Bowl in Indianapolis on Feb. 5, a person familiar with Super Bowl entertainment plans told The Associated Press.


WACO, Texas (AP) — Heisman Trophy winner Robert Griffin III is skipping his senior season at Baylor to enter the NFL draft after a college career in which he set or tied 54 school records in 41 games.

Stanford’s Andrew Luck and Griffin are likely to be the first two quarterbacks drafted in April.

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The NCAA broadened the definition of agents to include parents, closing the loophole that allowed 2010 Heisman Trophy winner Cam Newton to keep playing despite his father’s pay-for-play scheme.


WASHINGTON (AP) — Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby is ready to resume skating.

Coach Dan Bylsma said that Crosby will skate during the team’s current road trip, which includes visits to the Florida Panthers on Friday and the Tampa Bay Lightning on Sunday.

Crosby is out with lingering concussion symptoms and hasn’t played since Dec. 5.


SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Canadian freestyle skier Sarah Burke was in critical condition a day after she was airlifted from Park City to a Salt Lake City hospital with injuries after a training accident in the superpipe.


MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Manny Pacquiao’s camp says there is no economic sense in setting up a bout with Floyd Mayweather on May 5 after the unbeaten American publicly challenged the Filipino champion via Twitter.


HONOLULU (AP) — PGA Tour Commissioner Tim Finchem received a four-year contract extension, keeping him in charge of golf’s biggest tour through 2016.


NEW YORK (AP) — Preston Mattingly, the 24-year-old son of former Yankees star and current Los Angeles Dodgers manager Don Mattingly, agreed to a minor league contract with New York.

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — A bankruptcy judge in Delaware approved a settlement between the Los Angeles Dodgers and Fox Sports that clears the way for the sale of the team.


ARICA, Chile (AP) — Joan Roma won the 10th stage of the Dakar Rally ahead of Mini teammate Stephane Peterhansel, who finished 21 seconds behind to extend his overall lead in the car category.

In motorbikes, Joan Barreda Bort won, while Cyril Despres kept the overall lead.


SYDNEY (AP) — Defending champion Li Na moved into the Sydney International final with a 1-6, 7-5, 6-2 over Petra Kvitova and will face No. 3-ranked Victoria Azarenka, who beat Agnieszka Radwanska 1-6, 6-3, 6-2.

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Bernard Tomic moved into the final of the Kooyong exhibition tournament with a 6-4, 4-6, 7-6 (2) win over Gael Monfils. He’ll meet the winner of Friday’s semifinal between Mardy Fish and Jurgen Melzer.

HOBART, Australia (AP) — Qualifier Mona Barthel beat defending champion Jarmila Gajdosova of 2-6, 6-3, 6-2 to move into the semifinals at the Hobart International.

Barthel will take on Angelique Kerber, who advanced with a 6-0, 3-6, 7-5 win over Sorana Cirstea.

Top-seeded Yanina Wickmayer moved into the semifinals with a 6-4, 6-0 win over Simona Halep.

AUCKLAND, New Zealand (AP) —Olivier Rochus beat Benoit Paire 6-3, 6-7 (5), 7-6 (4), ending the qualifier’s giant-killing run at the Heineken Open and setting up a semifinal against Philipp Kohlschreiber.

Kohlschreiber, the 2008 champion, topped second-seeded Nicolas Almagro 7-6 (5), 6-4.



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