Weekend Sports Briefs

BALTIMORE (AP) — NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell says the league will look into making about 10 game officials full-time employees to help with consistency in the way rules are applied.

Speaking to a group of about 75 fans before Sunday’s playoff game between the Ravens and Texans, Goodell said the proposal would have those officials go to the league offices in New York to help review game films and evaluate the calls.

Currently, all of the officiating crews for NFL games are filled with part-time employees.

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Offensive coordinator Joe Philbin rejoined the Green Bay Packers for Sunday’s divisional playoff game against the New York Giants after spending the week with his family following the death of his son.

A Packers spokesman said Philbin and the team decided Sunday morning that he would coach in the game. CBS Sports first reported Saturday that Philbin would have a role.

ATLANTA (AP) — Completing an unusual swap of offensive coordinators, the Falcons hired Dirk Koetter from Jacksonville on Sunday to replace Mike Mularkey only four days after the Jaguars introduced Mularkey as their new coach.


SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — A prison inmate who was one of four men to accuse a former Syracuse University assistant basketball coach of sexual abuse when they were children has admitted that he made up his claim.

The accuser, Floyd VanHooser, wrote in a letter that he lied to police and in December interviews with The Associated Press and The Post-Standard newspaper of Syracuse. He said he wanted to get back at the coach, Bernie Fine, because Fine did not hire a lawyer to help VanHooser fight a criminal conviction.

Fine had helped raise the 56-year-old VanHooser after his parents died.


HONOLULU (AP) — Johnson Wagner played bogey-free over the last 12 holes and won the Sony Open for his third PGA Tour title.

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa’s Branden Grace won the Joburg Open for his first European Tour title, closing with an even-par 72 for a one-stroke victory over England’s Jamie Elson.


OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — A person with knowledge of the negotiations says the Oakland Athletics and right-hander Bartolo Colon have reached agreement on a one-year deal that will bolster the team’s depleted rotation.

Colon’s contract is pending a physical, the person said Sunday, speaking on condition of anonymity because the team had yet to make a formal announcement.

BOSTON (AP) — Catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia and the Boston Red Sox have reached agreement on a one-year, $2.5 million contract.


COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — New Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer dismissed two players for off-the-field problems.

Ohio State spokesman Jerry Emig confirmed Sunday that defensive backs Dominic Clarke and DerJuan Gambrell were released from their scholarships.


INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The NCAA Division I Board of Directors believes scholarship limits should be expanded but delayed implementation of a $2,000 expense allowance Saturday, opting to ask the working group to make a modified proposal in April.


CORTINA D’AMPEZZO, Italy (AP) — Lindsey Vonn ended a five-week winless streak Sunday with an emphatic victory in a World Cup super-G that moved her into sole possession of third place on the career wins list. Vonn placed second in Saturday’s downhill won by Italy’s Daniela Merighetti.

WENGEN, Switzerland (AP) —Swiss star Beat Feuz won before his home fans Saturday, capturing a World Cup downhill on the classic Lauberhorn course while Bode Miller seemed poised to win but made a tactical error and finished fifth.


SYDNEY (AP) — Finnish qualifier Jarkko Nieminen won the Sydney International Sunday for his second ATP title, beating France’s Julien Benneteau 6-2, 7-5 in the rain-delayed final.


AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Janet Evans qualified for the Olympic trials in the 800-meter freestyle on Sunday, her second qualifying time in two days since coming out of retirement.

The mother of two also posted an Olympic-trial qualifying time in the 400 freestyle on Friday.


HOUSTON (AP) — Meb Keflezighi won the U.S. Olympic men’s marathon trial on Saturday to qualify for his third Games. Ryan Hall and Abdi Abdirahman finished second and third to also make the team that will represent the U.S. in London.

HOUSTON (AP) — Shalane Flanagan won the U.S. women’s Olympic trial on Saturday to qualify for her third Games. Desiree Davila finished second and Kara Goucher was third to make up the team that will represent the U.S. in London.

HOUSTON (AP) — Ethiopian runners swept the Houston full and half marathons in record times on Sunday.

Tariku Jufar won the men’s marathon in 2 hours, 6 minutes and 51 seconds and Feyisa Lelisa captured the half in a personal-best 59:22. Alemitu Abera won the women’s 26.2-mile race in 2:23.14 and Belaynesh Oljira won the women’s half in 1:08.26.

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — Kenyan Peter Omae Ayieni pulled away over the last mile to win the Rock ‘n’ Roll Arizona Marathon in 2 hours, 24 minutes, 47 seconds on Sunday.

Trisha Miller of Missoula, Mont., was the women’s winner in 2:49.12.


INNSBRUCK, Austria (AP) — Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Kozak acknowledged Sunday that more than 70 construction projects for the 2014 Sochi Winter Games are behind schedule but denied the Olympics would be affected.


RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Jose Aldo stopped Chad Mendes with one devastating knee to the head with a second left in the first round Saturday night, defending his featherweight title in his homeland at UFC 142.


PHOENIX (AP) — Ryan Dungey won the Monster Energy AMA Supercross race Saturday night at Chase Field, holding off Jake Weimer and defending series champion Ryan Villopoto.


ADELAIDE, Australia (AP) — German sprinter Andre Greipel won the 31-mile Down Under Classic on Sunday.

It’s a prelude to the Tour Down Under cycle race that is the first event of the UCI World Tour.


LIMA, Peru (AP) — Frenchmen Stephane Peterhansel and Cyril Despres won the Dakar Rally on Sunday, completing the final stage two weeks after the race began in Argentina.

Peterhansel won Dakar for a record-10th time and Despres added his fourth title.



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