Monday's Sports in Brief

Published July 17, 2012

| Associated Press

Joe Paterno's family on Monday vowed its own investigation of the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal, rejecting the findings of a special investigator who concluded the late football coach and other top Penn State administrators concealed Sandusky's abuse to shield the university from bad publicity.

"Our interest has been and remains the uncovering of the truth," the family said in a statement.

The family characterized the 267-page report by former FBI Director Louis Freeh, who was hired by the university's board of trustees, as "yet another shocking turn of events in this crisis" and said Paterno, who died in January at age 85, did not knowingly protect a pedophile.

Sandusky awaits sentencing after being convicted last month of abusing 10 boys. He has maintained his innocence.

The Paterno family, in its statement, said the coach reported the 2001 allegation from graduate assistant Mike McQueary, who told Paterno he saw Sandusky sexually assaulting a boy in the football team showers, to his superiors.

Monday's statement was issued amid calls for the removal of the famed statue of Paterno outside Beaver Stadium. A university spokesman said Sunday there's been no decision on the sculpture's fate.

PRO FOOTBALL

OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) — Pro Bowl running back Ray Rice happily shed his franchise tag on Monday and reached agreement with the Baltimore Ravens on a five-year contract worth roughly $40 million.

The Ravens and Rice, their most versatile offensive weapon, went down to the 4 p.m. deadline before hammering out the deal. Had Rice not signed, he would have played the 2012 season under the $7.7 million franchise tag tender.

Instead, he will get $17 million this year and $8 million in 2013.

Baltimore has made the playoffs in each of Rice's four seasons, twice advancing to the AFC title game. He earned his second Pro Bowl invite last year after leading the NFL with 2,068 yards from scrimmage, including a career-high 1,364 yards rushing. He also scored a career-best 15 touchdowns.

Since being drafted out of Rutgers in the second round of the 2008 draft, Rice leads the NFL in receptions and yards receiving by a running back. He's had 250 catches for 2,235 yards during that span.

CHICAGO (AP) — Pro Bowl running back Matt Forte and the Chicago Bears have agreed to a four-year contract, settling the biggest issue hanging over the team.

The Bears confirmed the deal before Monday's deadline. Had the sides not reached an agreement, Forte would have had to play next season for $7.74 million after being hit with the franchise player tag. Or he could have held out.

The Bears didn't release terms, and agent Adisa Bakari didn't return calls seeking comment. The Chicago Sun-Times, citing an unidentified source, reported the deal is worth $32 million with more than $18 million guaranteed.

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch was arrested over the weekend in the Oakland area for investigation of DUI, the California Highway Patrol confirmed late Monday.

Lynch, 26, was arrested early Saturday in the city of Emeryville, Officer Peter van Eckhardt said.

He was taken to the Santa Rita Jail, where he was cited and later released. Lynch took a chemical test but it wasn't clear whether that was a blood or breath test, the officer said.

Van Eckhardt said the test results would be forwarded with the rest of the arrest information to the Alameda County district attorney's office to determine whether charges will be filed. He had no details of the arrest.

The Seahawks said a statement late Monday that the team is "aware of the situation with Marshawn and still gathering information."

DALLAS (AP) — Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant is free on bond after he was arrested on a misdemeanor family violence charge.

Bryant turned himself in to police in the southern Dallas suburb of DeSoto on Monday. His attorney, Royce West, said Bryant posted $1,500 bond after learning a warrant had been issued for his arrest.West said he was gathering details of the allegations and declined to elaborate or comment. Cowboys spokesman Rich Dalrymple also declined to comment while the team gathered information.

DeSoto police said details would be released on Tuesday.

Under state law, family violence is an attack or "a threat" of imminent harm against a member of a family or household. It's a misdemeanor punishable by up to a year in jail and a $4,000 fine.

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma is asking a federal judge for a hearing Thursday on his bid to block his season-long suspension stemming from the NFL's bounty investigation.

In a court filing Monday, Vilma's attorneys ask U.S. District Judge Helen "Ginger" Berrigan to hear their request for a temporary restraining order before the Saints' training camp opens on July 23.

Berrigan didn't immediately rule on Vilma's hearing request.

Vilma has said his suspension is without merit and has accused NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell of damaging his reputation and irreparably harming his career.

Vilma wants to attend training camp so he can continue receiving treatment for a knee injury.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Josh Scobee and the Jacksonville Jaguars nearly waited until the last hour before agreeing on a new deal Monday.

Scobee signed a four-year contract worth between $13.8 million and $14.2 million, making him one of the NFL's highest-paid kickers. He inked the deal about two hours before the NFL's deadline to sign franchise players to long-term contracts.

Had Scobee and the team not reached an agreement by 4 p.m., the strong-legged veteran likely would have signed a one-year tender worth $2.88 million.

The new deal is worth $3.45 million annually, with $4.75 million guaranteed. There is $400,000 worth of incentives Scobee could reach.

BASKETBALL

NEW YORK (AP) — The Knicks and Portland Trail Blazers have completed a sign-and-trade deal that sends Raymond Felton back to New York as a potential replacement for Jeremy Lin.

Kurt Thomas, another former Knicks player, also returns to New York in Monday's deal. The Knicks signed and traded forward Jared Jeffries, along with center Dan Gadzuric, the draft rights to Kostas Papanikolaou and Giorgos Printezis, and a protected future second-round pick to Portland.

Felton and the Knicks agreed to a multiyear deal Saturday, providing them another option if they decline to match the offer sheet Lin signed with Houston. Felton averaged 17.1 points in 54 games with the Knicks before they sent him to Denver as part of the package for Carmelo Anthony in February 2011.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Clippers forward Blake Griffin had arthroscopic surgery on Monday to repair the medial meniscus tear of his left knee that he injured during practice with the U.S. national team in Las Vegas.

Griffin returned to Los Angeles last Thursday after experiencing discomfort in the same knee that bothered him during the playoffs. He will miss the London Olympics, but the Clippers say he should be ready for the start of the NBA season.

DALLAS (AP) — Free agent shooting guard O.J. Mayo tweeted that he "will be signing" with the Dallas Mavericks.

Soon after Mayo posted his note on Twitter late Monday night, Mavericks owner Mark Cuban sent out his own tweet that read, "Welcome to the family OJ. We are fired up !! MFFL Mavs/Mayo Fan For Life!"

In 301 games over the past four seasons with the Memphis Grizzlies, the 6-foot-4 Mayo has averaged 15.2 points a game. Mayo was the third overall pick in the 2008 draft by Minnesota, who then traded him to Memphis in a seven-player deal.

NEW YORK (AP) — The Brooklyn Nets signed veteran swingman Jerry Stackhouse to a one-year, $1.4 million deal on Monday.

Stackhouse provided the terms after general manager Billy King announced the deal.

Stackhouse appeared in 30 games with the Hawks last season, averaging 3.6 points and 9.1 minutes. The 17-year NBA veteran did not appear in any of Atlanta's six playoff games.

ATLANTA (AP) — The Atlanta Hawks improved their long-distance shooting Monday, acquiring small forward Kyle Korver from the Chicago Bulls for a trade exception and cash.

The 6-foot-7 Korver averaged 8.1 points for the Bulls in 65 games last season, including seven starts. He ranked 10th in the NBA by making 43.5 percent of his 3-point attempts.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The NBA champion Miami Heat will play two preseason games against the Los Angeles Clippers in China this fall.

The teams will meet Oct. 11 at MasterCard Center in Beijing and Oct. 14 at Mercedes-Benz Arena in Shanghai.

It's the first time the reigning NBA champions will play in the NBA China Games, which will mark their sixth edition.

Eight NBA teams will play in eight international games in October as part of the league's international preseason schedule.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Coaches Gary Blair of Texas A&M and Jim Foster of Ohio State headline the 2013 women's basketball Hall of Fame class.

Joining them are Jen Rizzotti, Peggie Gillom-Granderson, Annette Smith-Knight and Sue Wicks. The class was announced Monday night during the U.S. women's basketball Olympic team's exhibition game against Brazil on Monday night.

Blair has won over 620 games in his 27-year coaching career and is one of three coaches to lead two schools to the NCAA women's Final Four, including his current team Texas A&M, which won the national championship in 2011.

Foster has won 765 games in his career and is just the second college coach to win at least 200 games at three schools — Ohio State, Vanderbilt and St. Joseph's.

Rizzotti helped UConn to its first national championship in 1995 and a perfect 35-0 record. She had 1,540 points, 637 assists and 349 steals in her career at Connecticut and was honored as The Associated Press player of the year in 1996.

Since graduating, Rizzotti has had quite a career as a coach, building Hartford into a perennial NCAA tournament team.

Gillom-Granderson starred at Mississippi and is the Rebels leading scorer (2,486) and rebounder (1,271). She joins her sister Jen Gillom as the only siblings in the Hall of Fame.

Smith-Knight helped guide Texas to a 34-0 record and national championship in 1984. She's the Longhorns leading scorer with 2,523 points.

Wicks, who played for Rutgers, holds the school record for points (2,655), scoring average (21.2), rebounds (1,357) and blocked shots (293). She went on to a successful career for the New York Liberty in the WNBA.

The six will be inducted next June at the Hall of Fame in Knoxville, Tenn.

CYCLING

PAU, France (AP) — Pierrick Fedrigo of France won the 15th stage of the Tour de France on Monday while Bradley Wiggins kept the overall lead by staying with his rivals in the main pack far behind.

The 99-mile route from Samatan to Pau was mostly flat. But, with fatigue kicking in, the teams with strong sprinters didn't try to chase down Fedrigo and Christian Vande Velde of the U.S. in the final breakaway.

Fedrigo, of the FDJ-BigMat team, captured a Tour stage for the fourth time in his career. He left a group of six riders with about four miles to go. Vande Velde, who rides for Garmin-Sharp, was the only one able to stay close.

Vande Velde tried to outsprint Fedrigo in the last 200 yards, but his rival accelerated to the line to become the fourth French rider to win a stage this Tour.

BASEBALL

CINCINNATI (AP) — Reds first baseman Joey Votto will have surgery to repair torn cartilage in his left knee, leaving the NL Central leaders without their best hitter for the next three to four weeks.

The 2010 National League MVP hurt the knee while sliding into third base June 29 in San Francisco, but has continued playing. Votto started for the NL in the All-Star game last Tuesday.

A medical exam Monday night detected the tear, and Votto will have arthroscopic surgery on Tuesday.

Votto decided to have the surgery. Reds general manager Walt Jocketty said it's a simple procedure that takes only 20 to 30 minutes.

Votto is batting .342 with 14 homers and 49 RBIs. He leads the NL in doubles, walks, on-base percentage and extra-base hits.

NEW YORK (AP) — Toronto Blue Jays slugger Jose Bautista left Monday night's game against the New York Yankees in the eighth inning because of a wrist injury.

Bautista immediately grabbed his left wrist and dropped into a crouch outside the batter's box after hitting a long foul ball against David Robertson. Several members of Toronto's staff attended to Bautista, who was tied for second in the majors with 27 homers.

After a few minutes, he walked off the field holding his wrist, and Ben Francisco took over at bat with a 2-1 count. Francisco walked.

After the game, the Blue Jays said Bautista didn't break a bone. He has a tendon injury and will have an MRI on Tuesday to determine how severe it is.

DENVER (AP) — Colorado Rockies infielder Chris Nelson was hospitalized to have tests for an irregular heartbeat.

The team said Nelson was admitted before Colorado's game against Pittsburgh on Monday night and will remain overnight.

Nelson is hitting .256 with five home runs and 23 RBIs in 58 games this season.

DENVER (AP) — Rockies right-hander Juan Nicasio is likely out for the season following arthroscopic surgery on his left knee.

Doctors removed "four significant pieces" from Nicasio's left knee, Colorado manager Jim Tracy said.

Nicasio went on the 15-day disabled list June 2 after twisting to field a ground ball hit by the Dodgers' Elian Herrera the day before. He twice had fluid drained from the knee, most recently Wednesday, before having the surgery.

COLLEGES

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — The Big East has reached an agreement with Syracuse University, allowing the Orange to leave the league a year early for the Atlantic Coast Conference.

Syracuse announced last fall its intention to join the ACC, but under Big East bylaws the school needed to serve a 27-month exit period. Instead, the Orange will now be allowed to leave on July 1, 2013, and will have to pay a fee of $7.5 million to depart. That's $2.5 million more than specified in the conference bylaws.

Under the terms of the agreement, a vote will be taken the next time the Big East Conference presidents meet, likely via teleconference. That session has not been officially scheduled yet, according to associate commissioner John Paquette, but it's a mere formality now.

Pitt will also leave the Big East for the ACC, but its departure date remains uncertain.

Syracuse and Pittsburgh announced last September they were jumping to the ACC, and the Big East initially announced it would hold both schools to their league membership through the 2014-15 season. Pitt paid half its $5 million exit fee at the time of the announcement and agreed to remain in the conference until July 1, 2014.

That move prompted Big East member West Virginia and TCU, which had agreed to join the Big East in 2012, to instead bolt for the Big 12, and the Big East extended membership offers to Boise State and San Diego State, among others.

PRINCETON, N.J. (AP) — The Ivy League has imposed new rules to limit concussions in lacrosse and soccer.

The league announced Monday that its presidents accepted a series of recommendations made by a committee, including the possibility of suspension for hits to the head. The changes, which also will limit the amount of contact in practice, will take effect this fall for men and women.

The recommendations call for continued emphasis on educational initiatives. Consistent with current protocols, preseason meetings will emphasize learning and recognizing the signs of concussions, as well as the importance of reporting symptoms of concussions.

Soccer and lacrosse teams will collect prospective data for further study. The league introduced new rules to limit concussions in football earlier this year.

TENNIS

WASHINGTON (AP) — Venus Williams lost an Olympic tuneup Monday during a World Team Tennis match attended by first lady Michele Obama.

Williams, playing for the Washington Kastles, lost 5-0 to the Boston Lobsters' Irina Falconi in the women's singles portion of the match. In the best-of-five games format, Williams — ranked No. 68 — struggled with her serve, double-faulting several times to the 85th-ranked Falconi.

CARLSBAD, Calif. (AP) — No. 6 seed Daniela Hantuchova of Slovakia lost 6-4, 7-5 Ursula Radwanska of Poland in a first-round match Monday night at the Mercury Insurance Open.

Hantuchova lost the match when she made an unforced error, sending a forehand long.

Earlier, U.S. Olympian Varvara Lepchenko cruised to a 6-3, 6-1 win over NCAA champion Nicole Gibbs in another first-round match.

Hantuchova, who has had an inconsistent season marked by a left foot injury that caused her to miss more than one month, dropped the first set when Radwanska registered the only service break in the fifth game.

Gibbs won NCAA titles in both singles and doubles for Stanford at the end of May, but had few answers for Lepchenko, who is having her best year as a pro.

Lepchenko, born in Uzbekistan, became a naturalized U.S. citizen in 2007. The left-hander grabbed the fourth and final spot on the U.S. women's Olympic team behind Serena and Venus Williams and Christina McHale.

With the Olympics less than two weeks away, the tournament has one of its weakest fields in years with just one top-10 player — No. 10 Marion Bartoli of France.

ATLANTA (AP) — Organizers had good reason to worry that the field for the Atlanta Open would suffer if top players took this week off to prepare for the Olympics.

Instead, Atlanta attracted all four Americans who will play singles in London: Ryan Harrison, John Isner, Andy Roddick and Donald Young.

Roddick and Isner also will play doubles at the London Games.

Isner, the top seed, won last week's ATP tournament in Newport, R.I.

Young was the first of the four Olympians to lose. Steve Johnson, who won two straight NCAA singles championships at Southern California, beat Young 6-3, 3-6, 6-3 on Monday night.

Roddick and other top seeds had a bye in Monday's opening of the main draw.

Jack Sock, 19, of Lincoln, Neb., upset Alex Bogomolov Jr., the No. 7 seed, 6-2, 4-6, 6-4 in the first match to be completed following an afternoon rain delay.

Other Olympians in the field include: Dmitry Tursunov, Russia; Lukas Lacko, Slovenia; Yen-Hsun Lu, Taiwan; and Gilles Muller, Luxembourg.

Muller defeated Marinko Matosevic of Australia, 7-6 (5), 6-4. Also Monday, No. 5 seed Kevin Anderson of South Africa defeated Italy's Paolo Lorenzi, 6-4, 6-3.

HOCKEY

ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) — The Washington Capitals re-signed defenseman Mike Green on Monday to a three-year contract.

Green, who played in just 32 games because of injuries last season, will receive $6 million annually for the next two seasons and $6.25 million in the 2014-15 season.

Sidelined by a groin injury and abdominal surgery, he had seven points during the regular season, but finally healthy in the playoffs, Green added four points in 14 games.

The 26-year-old has 251 points, 82 goals, 169 assists in 298 games. Green ranks fourth in points among defensemen and was chosen for the NHL All-Star team in 2010-11.

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — The Glendale City Clerk's Office has rejected petitions that sought to put a referendum on the November ballot about the Phoenix Coyotes' pending arena management deal.

City officials said Monday that the petitions missed the July 9 deadline by three days and lacked the required 1,862 signatures. The two Glendale residents who spearheaded the referendum turned in 1,568 signatures last Thursday.

Ken Jones and Joe Cobb said they wanted to give voters a chance to decide whether to overturn Glendale's 20-year, $324 million lease agreement with potential Coyotes buyer Greg Jamison. The City Council approved the deal last month.

The NHL has yet to finalize the sale to Jamison, a former San Jose Sharks chief executive. But league officials say the deal still is being worked on.

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) — The Los Angeles Kings have re-signed playoff hero Dwight King for two more years.

The Stanley Cup champions announced the deal Monday for King, a restricted free agent.

King's signing means every player who suited up during the Kings' Stanley Cup run is under contract for next season.

King scored five playoff goals last season for Los Angeles, tied with Calder Trophy finalist Adam Henrique of New Jersey for the most postseason goals among rookies.

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