Tuesday's Sports in Brief


SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) The Sacramento Kings issued center DeMarcus Cousins a ''substantial fine'' for a recent altercation with a Sacramento Bee reporter.

Cousins said in a team statement that he chose the wrong time to confront Bee columnist Andy Furillo about an article he wrote that referenced Cousins' brother, Jaleel.

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The Sacramento Bee reported the fine was for $50,000.

Cousins pointed a finger in Furillo's face during a profanity-laced tirade on Dec. 12 following a win against the visiting Los Angeles Lakers.

Cousins said he is ''fiercely protective of my friends and family, and I let my emotions get the best of me in the situation.'' He apologized to ''teammates, fans and the Kings organization,'' but did not include an apology to Furillo.

Kings coach Dave Joerger said he is ''not going to spend another thought'' on the issue. On Monday, the coach called Cousins' actions ''excessive,'' but also said he thought the Bee was not practicing fair reporting in regard to Cousins.


MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Prosecutors say they're reviewing a report prepared by University of Minnesota investigators on allegations of sexual assault by several members of the Gopher football team.

In a statement, Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman said his office will review the report and has no further comment for now. His spokesman, Chuck Laszewski, declined to comment on whether the review means they might reopen the investigation.

Minneapolis police spokeswoman Sgt. Catherine Michal told the St. Paul Pioneer Press the case is closed and there are no plans to reopen it.

The prosecutor's office said in October it had insufficient evidence to charge anyone after a police investigation of the September incident. The university conducted its own investigation, which led to last week's suspensions of 10 players and a brief boycott of football activities by the team.


NEW YORK (AP) - The Oakland Raiders lead the NFL with seven players selected for the Pro Bowl.

Derek Carr, Amari Cooper, Rodney Hudson, Khalil Mack, Reggie Nelson, Kelechi Osemele and Donald Penn were picked from the Raiders, who are in first place in the AFC West going into Week 16.

Six members of the Atlanta Falcons were selected, most among NFC teams. Vic Beasley, Matt Bryant, Devonta Freeman, Julio Jones, Alex Mack and quarterback Matt Ryan were chosen from the NFC South leaders.

Despite missing the first four games of the season because of his ''Deflategate'' suspension, New England quarterback Tom Brady was picked for the 12th time in his career. Cleveland offensive tackle Joe Thomas and Arizona wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald were selected for the 10th time.

Twenty-six of the 32 teams had at least one player picked. Twenty-players were selected to the Pro Bowl for the first time, including three rookies: Ezekiel Elliott and Dak Prescott from Dallas, and Kansas City's Tyreek Hill.

RENTON, Wash. (AP) - Richard Sherman is standing firm on his belief that his sideline outburst last week was justified.

He also believes the dynamic of the Seattle locker room is such that the Seahawks can handle Sherman's open questioning of the offensive play calling.

''Sometimes things need to happen like that,'' Sherman said. ''People need something to talk about this week so you're going to talk about that. It worked out. The way our team works it worked out fine and we'll move forward.''

Sherman remained adamant that yelling in the direction of coach Pete Carroll and offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell was not out of line in Seattle's 24-3 win over the Rams. Sherman was angered by the decision to pass the ball on first-and-goal from the 1-yard line, a throw that was intended for Jimmy Graham and was nearly intercepted. He was seen on the sideline screaming toward Carroll and Bevell and had to be pulled away and calmed down by teammates.


HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - Penn State has countersued its former president, claiming he violated his employment agreement by not disclosing what he knew about Jerry Sandusky before the former assistant football coach's arrest on child molestation charges in 2011.

The university's legal counterattack filed Monday was made public by the court, along with Penn State's response to a revised breach-of-contract lawsuit Graham Spanier filed in the courthouse near State College last month.

The school said Spanier violated a 2010 employment contract and wants back the millions it has paid him over the past five years.

The counterclaim said Spanier did not fully disclose what he knew about the Sandusky grand jury investigation in 2011, or information he purportedly had about complaints regarding Sandusky showering with boys in 1998 and 2001.


PITTSBURGH (AP) - The former nanny of Pittsburgh Penguins player Chris Kunitz was sentenced to five years in federal prison for setting fire to her rental residence and then filing fraudulent insurance claims for the contents.

The public defender for Andrea Forsythe, 28, unsuccessfully sought a term running concurrently to one she'll receive next month for thefts from the Penguins player and other people for whom she worked as a nanny.

She also was ordered to pay more than $179,000 restitution to the insurance companies that covered her losses in the June 23, 2014 fire in Sturgeon.

In the other cases, Forsythe was convicted of numerous crimes and will be sentenced Jan. 3 by a judge in Allegheny County Common Pleas Court. Prosecutors say she stole $12,000 diamond earrings from Kunitz's home in 2013 and sold them to jewelry stores. The earrings were a birthday present for Kunitz's wife, Maureen.