Tuesday's Sports In Brief


PITTSBURGH (AP) Michael Vick needed a job. The Pittsburgh Steelers needed a backup quarterback. One solid workout solved both problems.

The Steelers signed the four-time Pro Bowler to a one-year deal, hopeful there's enough game left in the 35-year-old's still dangerous legs to provide the defending AFC North champions some insurance should something happen to Ben Roethlisberger.

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Vick spent 2014 with the New York Jets, who made no move to retain him. Now, with backup Bruce Gradkowski on injured reserve after hurting his left (non-throwing) hand in last Sunday's preseason win over Green Bay, Pittsburgh didn't hesitate to reach out to Vick.

OXNARD, Calif. (AP) - Orlando Scandrick's season is over before it started after the Dallas cornerback tore two ligaments in his right knee in practice at training camp.

A person with knowledge of the injury told The Associated Press that an MRI exam revealed tears to the anterior cruciate ligament and medial collateral ligament.

Video showed Scandrick's leg bending awkwardly under rookie receiver Lucky Whitehead at the end of a play. Scandrick, who was carted off the field, had recently returned to practice after sitting out with soreness in his left knee.

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) - Not long after praising his young offensive line earlier in the day, Broncos coach Gary Kubiak welcomed two-time Pro Bowl guard Evan Mathis to Denver. The 11th-year pro agreed to a one-year deal that could be worth up to $4 million.

Suddenly, Peyton Manning goes from having three NFL novices protecting him to working behind a line with a top set of guards.

Mathis and Louis Vasquez were first-team AP All-Pros in 2013.


NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Big 12 Conference athletic directors are unanimously backing a proposal that would prohibit schools from accepting transfers who were disciplined for violent acts at their previous schools.

In a text to The Associated Press, Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby said that conference ADs meeting in New Orleans ''supported a policy draft similar to that of the (Southeastern Conference).'' Bowlsby said the draft would still need to be refined and submitted to a joint council of faculty athletic representatives and athletic directors for approval.

The SEC earlier this year passed a rule preventing schools from accepting transfers who have been dismissed from another team for ''serious misconduct.'' The rule applies to university or athletics department discipline and does not take into account whether a legal case has been made or pending.

BOISE, Idaho (AP) - Boise State says allegations by Sam Ukwuachu's girlfriend that he assaulted her when they were students there were never reported to school officials and accusations of physical violence against women were not a reason for his dismissal.

Ukwuachu, 22, was convicted of sexual assault last week in Waco, Texas, where he had transferred to Baylor from Boise State in 2013.

During Ukwuachu's trial, his former girlfriend from Boise State testified he choked and hit her. Boise State said that was not reported to school officials, but the university has requested transcripts of the woman's testimony and will begin a Title IX inquiry into the incident.

PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) - Rutgers has suspended star receiver Leonte Carroo and quarterback Chris Laviano, along with three other players, for the first half of its season opener against Norfolk State for a curfew violation. Coach Kyle Flood said Laviano, who was competing to be the starting quarterback, tried using a fake ID.

The suspension of Laviano means Hayden Rettig will start at quarterback for Rutgers in the season opener on Sept. 5 against Norfolk State. The two have been competing for the top job since the spring. Rettig is a sophomore transfer from LSU who sat out last season. It will be his first time playing in a game since high school.

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Southern California coach Steve Sarkisian publicly apologized for his drunken appearance at a team rally last weekend, attributing his slurred, profane speech to a combination of alcohol and medication.

Sarkisian plans to seek unspecified treatment, but the second-year Trojans coach doesn't believe he has a drinking problem.

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) - Junior quarterback Austin Appleby has won the starting job at Purdue.

Third-year coach Darrell Hazell selected Appleby over redshirt freshman David Blough. Appleby started the Boilermakers' final seven games last season, but was challenged by Blough during spring practice and fall camp.

Purdue opens the season on Sept. 6 at Marshall.

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Connor Mitch finally won the quarterback job at South Carolina, and Gamecocks coach Steve Spurrier said the sophomore has a chance to keep it well beyond next week's season opener with North Carolina.

Spurrier picked Mitch from a four-way quarterback competition that began during spring practice. Spurrier said Mitch played his way past junior Perry Orth, redshirt freshman Michael Scarnnechia and true freshman Lorenzo Nunez.


LOS ANGELES (AP) - Anxiety over taxpayer costs helped cripple Boston's 2024 Olympic bid, but organizers in potential stand-in Los Angeles projected that they could stage events from Santa Monica Beach to the Hollywood Hills and bank a $161 million surplus.

Los Angeles, which hosted the 1932 and 1984 Olympics, is viewed as the likely replacement for Boston's failed bid because the city's many existing venues could help keep costs low.

The Los Angeles plan projects spending $4.1 billion; Boston's operating budget was about $4.6 billion, but billions more could have been needed for construction, security and other costs.


MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Minnesota has finalized a two-year contract extension for coach Richard Pitino through the 2020-21 season, including a $400,000 raise.

The university released the details months after the terms were agreed to while Norwood Teague was the athletic director. Pitino, who finished his second year as coach of the Gophers, will now make $1.6 million annually. His $500,000 base salary stayed the same; his supplemental compensation was bumped up from $700,000 to $1.1 million.


CALGARY, Alberta (AP) - The Calgary Flames completed the top task on their summer to-do list by signing captain Mark Giordano to a six-year contract extension.

The 31-year-old defenseman still has a year remaining on his deal, but Flames general manager Brad Treliving said in May that re-signing Giordano was his ''No. 1 priority'' this offseason.

The deal announced Tuesday is worth $40.5 million, at $6.75 million per season.