|Sports briefs - April 22, 2013|
|Tuesday, April 23, 2013 10:05 AM|
By The Associated Press
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Darrelle Revis walked into the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ weight room and received a round of applause from some of his new teammates. The warm reception meant a lot to Revis.
The three-time All-Pro may have left the New York Jets feeling underappreciated, but he’s a welcome addition to a defense that ranked last in the NFL last season and is expected to help transform the Bucs into a playoff team. And, the well-paid Revis is confident he’s up to the task.
“We’re going to make a lot of noise. Don’t worry about that,” the seventh-year pro said Monday in his introductory news conference. “I think this was a great move on my part to be a part of this organization.”
The star cornerback acquired from the Jets said he’s going to “do my best” to play up to expectations that come with a new six-year, $96 million contract. He also insisted during a news conference that he holds no grudges against his old team, which was reluctant to give a player coming off surgery to repair a torn knee ligament such a commitment.
“I have nothing to prove to the New York Jets,” Revis said. “I have nothing to prove to anybody.”
RENTON, Wash. (AP) — Kam Chancellor became the first member of Seattle’s standout secondary to be locked up for the long term when he signed a four-year extension with the Seahawks that will keep the young safety under contract with the only organization he’s ever played for through the 2017 season.
Chancellor was Schneider’s top priority this offseason when it came to take care of players in-house. Chancellor, who turned 25 earlier this month, has grown from being a fifth-round pick in 2010 into the hard-hitting anchor in Seattle’s talented secondary. In 2011, Chancellor was a Pro Bowl selection in his first season as a starter, when he had 73 tackles, four interceptions and 13 passes defensed. Last season, Chancellor was used even more in run support and recorded a career-high 92 tackles.
DECATUR, Ala. (AP) — Baltimore Ravens linebacker Rolando McClain is facing new charges in his north Alabama hometown.
Decatur police said the 23-year-old McClain is charged with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest after a disturbance at a park Sunday. Police haven’t released details, but McClain is free from jail after posting a $1,000 bond. McClain is now with the Ravens after being released by the Oakland Raiders. This is third time McClain has been arrested in Decatur since 2011.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Scott Fujita, a Super Bowl-winning linebacker who became enmeshed in the Saints bounty scandal, has signed a one-day contract with New Orleans and retired.
The 33-year-old player did so not from an office building but from Machu Picchu, Peru, where he signed the contract. Fujita finished his career with the Cleveland Browns, but was implicated and suspended for one game by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell for his role in what the league called a Saints performance pool designed to knock targeted opponents out of games from 2009 to 2011. Fujita later was essentially absolved by former Commissioner Paul Tagliabue.
MANCHESTER, England (AP) — With 75,000 delirious Manchester United fans chanting “Champions! Champions!” at full voice, Rio Ferdinand tugged the back of Robin van Persie’s jersey near the forward’s number and shouted: “No. 20! No. 20!”
Twenty was the number at Old Trafford. Van Persie’s first-half hat trick helped Manchester United produce a performance of style and swagger, a 3-0 victory over Aston Villa that clinched the club’s record 20th English league title with four matches to spare.
Signed from Arsenal last summer, van Persie put United ahead 83 seconds with a shot from close range. He doubled the lead with a volley in the 12th minute and completed his hat trick in the 33rd minute with his league-high 24th goal of the season. Manchester United (27-4-3) has a 16-point lead over Manchester City (20-5-8), which has five games left. United will receive the trophy after its last home game of the season, against Swansea on May 12.
LONDON (AP) — Luis Suarez was charged by England’s Football Association, fined by Liverpool, and even rebuked by the government on Monday for biting an opponent a day earlier.
In a Premier League match broadcast globally on Sunday, Suarez bit Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic’s arm. Although he escaped punishment during the game, Suarez now faces a lengthy ban. The sum was undisclosed, but clubs can only fine players two weeks’ worth of wages without seeking permission from the Professional Footballers’ Association. Suarez said he wants money to be donated to families affected by the 1989 Hillsborough Stadium disaster, which killed 96 Liverpool fans.
GREENBURGH, N.Y. (AP) — J.R. Smith won the NBA’s Sixth Man of the Year award after turning a role he didn’t want into one of the strengths of the New York Knicks’ first division championship team in nearly two decades.
Smith received 484 points, including 72 first-place votes, from a panel of 121 writers and broadcasters. The Clippers’ Jamal Crawford finished second with 352 points, getting 31 first-place votes.
Smith averaged 18.1 points in 80 games, all off the bench. He had 29 games in which he scored 20 points as a reserve, tying Crawford for the NBA lead. The 6-foot-6 swingman wanted to start, but said he accepted it fairly quickly once coach Mike Woodson told him he would be a reserve.
PHOENIX (AP) — The Phoenix Suns announced that they parted ways with general manager Lance Blanks after a season during which the team posted the second-worst record in franchise history.
In a release, Suns President of Basketball Operations Lon Babby called Blanks “a trusted friend and colleague” and thanked him for his work with the franchise. Babby said the team will continue to prepare for the offseason while looking for Blanks’ replacement. Blanks has been the GM since August 2010.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Coroner’s investigators say the death of Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling’s son was a drug-related accident.
Los Angeles County Coroner’s officials said in a statement that Scott Ashley Sterling died from a pulmonary embolism after injecting narcotic medication meant to be taken orally. The report did not say with certainty what drug Scott Sterling injected, but said the painkiller oxycodone was found in his system. It also listed diabetes as a significant condition in his death.
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Rutgers was set to introduce Los Angeles Lakers assistant Eddie Jordan as the new coach of the Scarlet Knights’ scandal-marred basketball program.
The athletic department announced a basketball press conference for 4:30 EDT Tuesday where Jordan is expected to be introduced.
The university’s board of governors will meet earlier in the afternoon to sign off on the five-year contract that Jordan reached last week. The official hiring will come 20 days after Mike Rice was fired after a video showed him grabbing and throwing a ball at players, and uttering anti-gay slurs during practices across his three seasons. The scandal also forced former athletic director Tim Pernetti, the university’s interim general counsel and assistant coach Jimmy Martelli to resign.
LEWISTON, N.Y. (AP) — Chris Casey has inherited a winning program and high expectations in his first Division I head coaching job.
Casey was introduced as the new men’s basketball coach at Niagara University. The former coach at Division II Long Island University Post takes over a program that went 19-14 and won the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference regular season championship in 2013 with the youngest roster in the conference.
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Former Auburn coach Gene Chizik lashed out at media reports accusing the football program of flouting the NCAA rules and called it “the most scrutinized” and sometimes vilified program in college football.
Chizik spoke hours after athletic director Jay Jacobs said an internal review into allegations by former players of academic fraud before the 2010 BCS championship game found no evidence of wrongdoing. The coach, who was fired after a 3-9 season, said he ran a clean program and decried reports going back to Cam Newton’s Heisman Trophy-winning season three years ago.
“The notion that we would pay a player in any shape or form to come to Auburn or stay at Auburn is absurd,” Chizik said in a 35-minute interview with writers who cover the team.
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — The NCAA granted Central Florida’s appeal of a one-year postseason ban in football.
The decision will make it bowl-eligible as it moves into the American Athletic Conference this season. In a release, the NCAA wrote that its Committee on Infractions “determined the football postseason ban is excessive such that it constitutes an abuse of discretion.”
UCF was originally issued the ban as part of sanctions levied last July for major recruiting violations in football and basketball. It also received a one-year postseason ban in basketball, $50,000 fine, five years’ probation, reduction of basketball scholarships, and limits on football recruiting.
The Atlantic Coast Conference will retain the media rights of any school that chooses to leave the conference before 2027, essentially locking its schools into the league through the length of its current television deal.
The league said that presidents of 15 current and soon-to-be member schools have agreed to and signed the deal, which is effective immediately and could slam the brakes on years of realignment around college athletics. The decision applies to eventual new arrivals Pittsburgh, Syracuse, Notre Dame and Louisville. Maryland, which has announced plans to leave for the Big Ten in 2014, wasn’t included.
THE VILLAGES, Fla. (AP) — A North Carolina man rolled the first 900 series in Professional Bowlers Association history — three straight perfect games.
Joe Scarborough, a 50-year-old self-employed electrical contractor from Charlotte, opened the first round of qualifying in the PBA50 Sun Bowl on Sunday with three games of 300, throwing 36 consecutive strikes. Scarborough was competing in his second event in the renamed PBA Senior Tour. He said his previous high three-game series was an 838 and he had bowled 14 prior 300 games.