Monday's Sports in Brief

LOS ANGELES (AP) The tournament director of the BNP Paribas Open who said women's pro tennis players ''ride on the coattails of the men'' has resigned.

Tournament owner Larry Ellison announced that Raymond Moore was quitting as chief executive officer and tournament director of the $7 million event in the California desert.

Ellison says Moore informed him of his decision to quit when they spoke earlier in the day. Ellison says he understands Moore's decision.

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Moore apologized after he was roundly criticized by executives from the women's and men's pro tours, players Serena Williams and Victoria Azarenka and on social media for his comments Sunday on the tournament's last day.

The 69-year-old former touring pro from South Africa has worked for the desert tournament that features both men's and women's players for several years.


BOCA RATON, Fla. (AP) - New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft has asked the NFL to reinstate the draft picks the team lost in the deflated footballs investigation stemming from the 2014 AFC title game.

Kraft said at the owners' meetings that he sent a letter to Commissioner Roger Goodell more than a month ago seeking a return of the two picks - a first-rounder this year and a fourth-rounder in 2017. He did not say if Goodell responded.

But Kraft didn't sound optimistic that the picks would be returned, or that quarterback Tom Brady's four-game suspension would be rescinded should an appeals court rule in favor of the league in the saga dubbed ''Deflategate.'' Brady had the suspension overturned in an earlier court case before the NFL appealed.

In his letter, Kraft cited new evidence uncovered since the NFL investigation ended.

BOCA RATON, Fla. (AP) - The NFL is looking into playing a regular-season game in China as early as the 2018 season.

An analysis of how much interest there would be in such a game in the world's most populous country is under way and being discussed at this week's owners meetings. Few details have been settled, including which Chinese city the league will target.

Several teams have expressed a willingness to play in China, though the logistics would be more challenging than playing in London during the season.

This year, the NFL will stage three games in London - two at its usual venue, Wembley Stadium, and one at Twickenham rubgy ground. The league also will return to Mexico for a regular-season game in November.


Jamie Dixon is leaving Pittsburgh to become head coach at TCU, where he played on the last Horned Frogs team that won an NCAA Tournament game nearly three decades ago.

TCU hired Dixon a week after Trent Johnson was fired with only eight Big 12 Conference wins in his four seasons.

Scott Barnes, Pittsburgh's athletic director for less than a year, said there had been several conversations with Dixon about the job at his alma mater since the Panthers were knocked out of the NCAA Tournament last week.

TCU will introduce Dixon as its new coach during a news conference Tuesday.

Athletic director Chris Del Conte late Monday tweeted ''Look who's coming home'' with a picture that included Dixon and his family with the AD and other TCU officials.

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - LSU freshman forward Ben Simmons, who led the Tigers in scoring, rebounds and assists this season, has decided to turn pro and relinquish his final three seasons of college eligibility.

Simmons, who initially announced his decision in an interview with ESPN, said he will soon hire an agent and enter the NBA draft, for which Simmons has been widely projected as the top overall pick.

Simmons, who grew up in Australia before moving to Florida for three years of high school at Montverde Academy, averaged 19.2 points, 11.8 rebounds and 4.8 assists this season with LSU.

Opposing coaches and NBA scouts alike have gushed over Simmons' all-court game, vision and instincts, as well as ball-handling and passing ability seen as exceptional for a player with his 6-foot-10 height.


ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) - A Florida jury awarded a total of $25 million in punitive damages in the Hulk Hogan sex tape trial, hitting Gawker Media with a $15 million judgment and its former owner, Nick Denton, with $10 million.

It also assessed $100,000 against A.J. Daulerio, the Gawker editor who decided to post the edited sex video and wrote the post that accompanied it.

The punitive damages come on top of a $115 million the jury imposed Friday after two weeks of trial.

Hogan sued Gawker after it posted a video of him having sex with his then-best friend's wife. Hogan said he didn't know he was being taped.

Hogan's lawyer had asked jurors to add punitive damages to the $115 million judgment. Gawker's lawyer pleaded that the existing verdict was already ''debilitating'' for the company.


NEW YORK (AP) - Turner Sports reporter Craig Sager says in an interview with HBO that his leukemia is no longer in remission.

Sager missed 11 months while undergoing treatment and a bone marrow transplant from his son before returning to his position on the sideline during TNT's NBA coverage in March 2015. But he says in a ''Real Sports'' interview to debut Tuesday that he learned last month that the cancer was no longer in remission.

The 64-year-old Sager says he is in ''unchartered waters'' and must keep his strength up. He adds he has already undergone two stem cell transplants and it's very rare that someone would have a third, so he has to keep his strength up.

Perhaps best known for his outlandish outfits, Sager is not scheduled to work TNT's doubleheader Tuesday night.