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Monday’s Sports in Brief

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) – NCAA President Mark Emmert reiterated his support for a two-round, four-team BCS championship playoff and his concern about the discord created by conference expansion.

Emmert said there are ongoing discussions about what he described as a Final Four model, a scenario that would’ve matched LSU against Stanford and Alabama versus Oklahoma State this season with the winners advancing to the title game. Alabama defeated LSU 21-0 to avenge its lone loss and win the championship.

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) – Joe Paterno’s family says it will sell DVDs of the coach’s memorial service and donate the proceeds to charity.



A statement from son Scott Paterno said numerous media outlets have expressed an interest in selling copies of the emotional memorial service that drew about 12,000 people to a campus arena last week.

The family says it will launch a website where copies can be purchased on DVD. The family says any money generated by the sales would go to charity.



PRO FOOTBALL

OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) – Jim Caldwell is back in the NFL, this time as the Baltimore Ravens quarterbacks coach.

The 57-year-old’s hiring comes less than two weeks after he was fired as head coach of the Indianapolis Colts following a 2-14 season.

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) – New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski did not practice for the Super Bowl because of his high left ankle sprain.

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) – The Broncos hired former Jaguars coach Jack Del Rio to replace Dennis Allen as Denver’s defensive coordinator.

Del Rio reunites and Broncos coach John Fox. Del Rio held the same position when Fox coached Carolina.

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) – A person familiar with the hiring told The Associated Press that the Indianapolis Colts hired Bruce Arians as offensive coordinator.

Arians recently left Pittsburgh, where he held the same position. He will join the staff of new coach Carl Pagano, the person said on the condition of anonymity because the team has not yet announced the hiring.

COVINGTON, Ky. (AP) – Cincinnati Bengals receiver Jerome Simpson pleaded not guilty to marijuana trafficking.

Simpson entered the plea in Kenton County Circuit Court in Covington. A grand jury indicted the four-year veteran on one count of marijuana trafficking in excess of 8 ounces on Jan. 19

BASEBALL

DETROIT (AP) – Victor Martinez had knee surgery and will need a second operation, making it likely he will miss the entire 2012 season.

The Detroit Tigers star had microfracture surgery Friday to repair the medial and lateral meniscus in his left knee and is projected to have anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction surgery on the same knee in six-to-eight weeks.

BALTIMORE (AP) – Hall of Fame third baseman Brooks Robinson was hospitalized in Florida with a fractured scapula following a fall from a stage during a player reception in Hollywood, Fla., before the annual Joe DiMaggio Legends Game.

HOUSTON (AP) – New Houston Astros owner Jim Crane says he won’t change the team’s name.

Crane said last week he was considering a switch. But he emailed a video message to season-ticket holders saying, “one thing that we are not going to change is the name.”

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. (AP) – The Hall of Fame Classic is moving to a new date – the Saturday before Father’s Day.

The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum says the timing is a better fit for families. The first three Classics were held on Father’s Day, and crowds at Doubleday Field have decreased somewhat since the first drew a near sellout.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Kentucky starts it second straight week – and fourth this season – as the No. 1 team in The Associated Press’ college basketball poll.

The Wildcats were again a runaway choice, receiving 63 first-place votes from the 65-member national media panel.

Syracuse, which got the other No. 1 votes, and Ohio State both moved up one place to second and third. Missouri, which had been No. 2, dropped to fourth after its loss to Oklahoma State, and North Carolina was fifth.

Baylor remains the unanimous No. 1 choice in the women’s poll, with Notre Dame, Connecticut, Stanford and Duke rounding out the top five.

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) – Joseph Curran, who coached the Canisius men’s basketball team to three consecutive NCAA tournament appearances in the 1950s, died. He was 89.

PRO BASKETBALL

WASHINGTON (AP) – Wizards forward Andray Blatche will be out three to five weeks because of a strained left calf.

SOCCER

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Women’s Professional Soccer won’t play the 2012 season amid a legal dispute with an ousted owner.

The league’s Board of Governors voted to suspend the season with hopes of resuming in 2013, the WPS announced.

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) – The Zimbabwe Football Association suspended 67 players, including most of its national team, following an investigation into match-fixing.

A ZIFA probe last year led to a number of players admitting that they accepted money from an Asian betting syndicate to lose exhibition games on Far East trips from 2007-09.

TENNIS

MONTPELLIER, France (AP) – Florian Mayer of Germany beat Gilles Muller of Luxembourg 7-6 (3), 6-3 to reach the second round of the Open Sud de France.

French wild-card Guillaume Rufin and Russian wild card Nikolay Davydenko also advanced.

ZAGREB, Croatia (AP) – Top-seeded Ivan Ljubicic of Croatia beat Slovakia’s Karol Beck 7-6 (5), 3-6, 6-3 to advance to the second round of the Zagreb Indoors.

Fifth-seeded Andreas Seppi from Italy also advanced by beating Germany’s Daniel Brands 6-4, 7-6 (1).

VINA DEL MAR, Chile (AP) – Leonardo Mayer of Argentina and Brazil’s Joao Souza advanced to the second round at the VTR Open.

Mayer defeated Santiago Giraldo of Colombia, 7-6 (5), 6-1 on the red clay courts, while Souza won over Filippo Volandri of Italy, 1-6, 7-5, 7-6 (5).

CYCLING

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) – The Court of Arbitration for Sport says it plans to publish its verdict in Alberto Contador’s doping case on Feb. 6, but left open the possibility the day would change.


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