Tuesday's Sports in Brief

As the NCAA considers whether Penn State should face penalties following the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal — including a possible shutdown of its celebrated football program — the university says it will respond within days to the governing body's demand for information.

The head of the NCAA has declared that the so-called death penalty has not been ruled out for Penn State, but university president Rodney Erickson said Tuesday he doesn't want to "jump to conclusions" about possible sanctions.

The NCAA is investigating whether Penn State lost "institutional control" over its athletic program and violated ethics rules. Its probe had been on hold for eight months while former FBI Director Louis Freeh conducted an investigation on behalf of the school's board of trustees. Freeh's 267-page report, released last week, asserted that late football coach Joe Paterno and three top officials buried allegations against Sandusky, his retired defensive coordinator, more than a decade ago to protect the university's image.


HOUSTON (AP) — Jeremy Lin is taking his game off Broadway — way off — to Houston after the New York Knicks announced Tuesday night they wouldn't match the Rockets' three-year, $25 million offer for the restricted free agent.

The 23-year-old point guard, undrafted out of Harvard, became an international phenomenon and the biggest story in sports during one dazzling month in the Big Apple. But the Knicks decided keeping the show in town was too costly.

Rockets general manager Daryl Morey celebrated the reacquisition on Twitter:

"Welcome to Houston (at)JLin7. We plan to hang on this time. You will love (hash)RedNation."

The Rockets waived Lin after two weeks in their training camp in December. Team owner Leslie Alexander said in a statement late Tuesday that the team was "thrilled to have Jeremy back."

NEW YORK. (AP) — The Brooklyn Nets continued their offseason barrage of signings Tuesday, agreeing to a two-year deal with power forward Kris Humphries.

Humphries, 27, averaged 13.8 points and 11.0 rebounds for the Nets last season, and has averaged a double-double in back-to-back seasons: 2010-11 and 2011-12. Last season's effort came on a one-year deal and for a bad team. Then still in New Jersey, the Nets went 22-44.

But Humphries, who will make $24 million over the life of the contract, will now be part of a new-look group in Brooklyn that includes guards Deron Williams and Joe Johnson, center Brook Lopez, and forward Gerald Wallace, who all either decided to re-sign with the Nets this month, or in the case of Johnson, accept a trade from Atlanta to Brooklyn.


WASHINGTON (AP) — When the Justice Department decided not to prosecute Lance Armstrong for taking performance-enhancing drugs, his legal problems seemed to be over.

Now the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency has weighed in with its own investigation of the seven-time Tour de France cycling champion, and Armstrong's supporters are turning to Capitol Hill for help.

On Tuesday, the office of Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison said she met in June with the Lance Armstrong Foundation's CEO and its chief lobbyist to discuss domestic and international cancer care as well as the possible consequences to the foundation from the proceeding against Armstrong. As a Texas-based nonprofit, the foundation has had a longstanding relationship with Hutchison, a Texas Republican who is a member of the Senate Cancer Caucus.

PAU, France (AP) — The RadioShack Nissan Trek team pulled Frank Schleck, one of the biggest names in pro cycling, out the Tour de France on Tuesday after he failed a doping test, threatening to overshadow Bradley Wiggins' bid to win the three-week race in Paris this weekend.

The 32-year-old rider from Luxembourg, who was third in last year's Tour, left a police station in Pau where he had discussed the case with authorities after cycling's governing body announced the positive test.

The International Cycling Union, or UCI, said Schleck had tested positive for banned diuretic Xipamide in an anti-doping test conducted by a French anti-doping lab on a sample taken from him on July 14.

It marked the second doping scandal to hit this Tour, and was another reminder of the doping cloud that has damaged the image of cycling and its biggest event for years.

Schleck, the RadioShack leader, had been in 12th place overall — 9 minutes, 45 seconds behind leader Wiggins — going into the second and latter rest day on Tuesday.

The revelation was likely to add stress on the crash-and sickness-depleted pack, just as they were gearing up for two grueling days in the Pyrenees starting Wednesday.

Wiggins, who is aiming to become Britain's first Tour champion, leads fellow Briton and Sky teammate Christopher Froome by 2:05 and Vincenzo Nibali of Italy by 2:23. Defending champion Cadel Evans of Australia is fourth, 3:19 behind.


NEW WAVERLY, Texas (AP) — John Geddert, personal coach of world champion Jordyn Wieber, will lead the U.S. women's gymnastics team at the London Olympics.

Geddert was chosen Tuesday night during the pre-Olympic training camp at the ranch of national team coordinator Martha Karolyi. Jenny Zhang, one of Kyla Ross' coaches, will be his assistant.

Geddert confirmed his selection on Twitter, saying "With pride and honor I announce being named Head Coach for the USA Olympic Gymnastics Team! Pretty cool feeling."


NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Scott Stevens, a longtime New Jersey captain and defenseman, was named an assistant coach by the Devils on Tuesday.

Stevens, who was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2007, was the first player to have his jersey retired by the Devils. His No. 4 hangs from the rafters at the Prudential Center, next to Scott Niedermayer (No. 27) and Ken Daneyko (No. 3), also defensemen who joined Stevens in leading New Jersey to three Stanley Cup titles (1995, 2000, and 2003).

New Jersey also named Matt Shaw an assistant. They will replace Adam Oates, who took the head coaching position with the Washington Capitals, and Larry Robinson, who left for an associate coaching job with the San Jose Sharks.

Also, Dave Barr will remain an assistant on coach Peter DeBoer's staff, as will goaltending coach Chris Terreri, another former Devils goalie, who won the Cup with New Jersey as Martin Brodeur's backup in 1995.

PRAGUE (AP) — Winnipeg Jets goaltender Ondrej Pavelec has been banned from driving for 20 months in his native Czech Republic for drunk driving.

The 24-year-old Pavelec also received a six-month suspended prison sentence for causing a traffic accident May 26 in his hometown of Kladno, west of the capital Prague.

Pavelec hit a car with his BMW. There were no injuries.

Judge Ivo Postulka announced the sentence in a court in Kladno on Tuesday. He says the driving ban will go into effect July 10 and will be enforced in the Czech Republic only.

Pavelec signed a new five-year contract with Jets in June.


ZURICH (AP) — FIFA appointed former United States attorney Michael J. Garcia on Tuesday as lead prosecutor to investigate allegations of corruption in world soccer.

One of Garcia's first tasks will be to inspect a Swiss court document on a World Cup kickbacks scandal to evaluate the behavior of FIFA president Sepp Blatter and other senior officials in the affair.

Garcia should have authority to order fresh probes into other old cases, including claims about how FIFA executive committee members awarded hosting rights for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups.

His appointment by that same ruling board is seen as a crucial step in Blatter's promised anti-corruption reforms.

FIFA also selected German judge Joachim Eckert to chair the judging chamber of its ethics court.

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Major League Soccer's disciplinary committee has suspended Columbus Crew forward Emilio Renteria for one game and fined him an undisclosed amount for his headbutt of Sporting Kansas City's Paulo Nagamura on Saturday.

The incident took place in the 68th minute of the match, won by Kansas City, 2-0.

Renteria was fouled by Nagamura, precipitating an argument. Both players received yellow cards before Renteria headbutted Nagamura. Referees did not see Renteria's action, but it was picked up by cameras.

Fines of MLS players are collected and donated to charity.


CARLSBAD, Calif. (AP) — U.S. Olympian Christina McHale saved a set point, then used a late service break to pull out a 7-6 (5), 7-5 win over Jarmila Gajdosova in the first-round of the Mercury Insurance Open on Tuesday.

Eighth-seeded Chanelle Scheepers beat hometown favorite CoCo Vandeweghe 6-2, 7-6 (4) in the night match.

Earlier, No. 7 seed Yanina Wickmayer of Belgium dropped the first set 7-6 (6) to qualifier Yung-Jan Chan of Taiwan before retiring with a lower back injury.

In other first-round matches, American Vania King defeated Kai-Chen Chang of Taiwan 6-1, 6-4; Marina Erakovic of New Zealand beat Anne Keothavong of Great Britain 6-4, 6-0; Heather Watson of Britain ousted Eleni Daniilidou of Greece 6-3, 6-3; and Melinda Czink of Hungary beat qualifier Sesil Karatantcheva of Kazakhstan 6-2, 4-6, 7-5.

ATLANTA (AP) — James Blake, coming off right knee surgery and playing with a sore right shoulder, had enough to beat No. 6 seed Ryan Harrison and win his 350th career match on the ATP World Tour.

Blake upset Harrison 1-6, 6-3, 7-5 in a match that began 2½ hours late because of rain at the Atlanta Open on Tuesday night.

Harrison joined fellow U.S. Olympian Donald Young in losing a first-round match. That leaves the Atlanta event with No. 1 seed John Isner and fourth-seeded Andy Roddick as the two remaining Olympians playing singles for the U.S. in London.

Eighth-seeded Go Soeda of Japan, Matthew Ebden of Australia and Michael Russell overcame a nearly three-hour rain delay in the afternoon matches.

Soeda beat Belgium's Xavier Malisse 4-6, 7-5, 6-4. Ebden held off qualifier Sergei Bubka of Ukraine 5-7, 6-1, 6-1, and Russell rallied to beat Alex Kuznetsov 2-6, 6-4, 7-6 (4).

In the late match, Ruben Bemelmans of Belgium breezed past Rajeev Ram 6-1, 6-3.

GSTAAD, Switzerland (AP) — Fifth-seeded Feliciano Lopez of Spain edged 102nd-ranked Adrian Ungur of Romania 2-6, 6-4, 7-6 (7) Tuesday in the first round of the Swiss Open.

Sixth-seeded Julien Benneteau of France was eliminated with a 3-6, 6-4, 6-1 loss to Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria.

In other matches, Lukasz Kubot of Poland rallied past Ivan Dodig of Croatia 3-6, 6-3, 6-4, and Germany's Dustin Brown outlasted Sergiy Stakhovsky of Ukraine 3-6, 6-4, 7-6 (8).

Ernests Gulbis of Latvia beat Italian Filippo Volandri 7-6 (2), 4-6, 6-3.

Thomaz Bellucci of Brazil routed Slovenia's Blaz Kavcic 6-1, 6-1, and Jan Hajek of the Czech Republic advanced when French opponent Edouard Roger-Vasselin retired with a stomach injury while trailing 4-1.

HAMBURG, Germany (AP) — Wild card Julian Reister of Germany upset fifth-seeded Fernando Verdasco of Spain 6-2, 6-3 in the first round of the German Tennis Championships on Tuesday.

Lukas Rosol of the Czech Republic also pulled off another surprise, beating eighth-seeded Viktor Troicki of Serbia 5-7, 6-3, 6-4. The 107th-ranked Rosol stunned Rafael Nadal in the second round of Wimbledon last month.

Other seeded players advancing included top-seeded Nicolas Almagro of Spain, who cruised past Tobias Kamke of Germany 6-4, 6-1, and No. 3 Juan Monaco of Argentina, who beat Cedrik-Marcel Srtebe of Germany 6-4, 3-6, 7-5.


WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) — Purdue has dismissed cornerback Sean Collins after he was arrested over the weekend outside a bar on preliminary charges of public intoxication, resisting arrest and battery.

Coach Danny Hope had suspended Collins. He said Tuesday that the serious allegations prompted his decision to dismiss the junior. He said the school would re-evaluate the situation if the charges change.

Collins is an Indianapolis native who joined the team as a walk-on in 2009. He has not played over the last three seasons.

Police said the 21-year-old Collins is accused of hitting a 22-year-old woman, who was treated and released at a hospital. He was released on $10,000 bond pending an Aug. 20 court appearance.