Nets player involved in sexual assault probe
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Philadelphia police are investigating a possible sexual assault at an upscale hotel, and the Brooklyn Nets say the probe involves one of the team's players.
Officer Jillian Russell, a police spokeswoman, says the assault reportedly happened around 3:30 a.m. Tuesday in a room at the Four Seasons Hotel. Police are investigating, and Russell says no one has been charged.
The Nets say the investigation involves a member of their team, which plays at Philadelphia on Tuesday night. General Manager Billy King says the team will have no further comment until the investigation is concluded and that all of the team's players will be available for Tuesday's game against the Sixers.
Boylan takes over Bucks
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Assistant Jim Boylan has been named interim head coach of the Milwaukee Bucks a day after the team and Scott Skiles agreed to part ways.
It's the second time Boyland has succeeded Skiles. The last time was in 2007 when Skiles was fired as coach of the Chicago Bulls.
Boylan will have the Bucks job through the end of the season.
General manager John Hammond downplayed the notion that Skiles had lost control of the locker room or otherwise felt friction with management.
Anthony sought out Garnett to talk
GREENBURGH, N.Y. (AP) — Carmelo Anthony says he lost his cool after Kevin Garnett said things to him that he feels shouldn't be said to "another man."
Anthony said he sought out Garnett after the Knicks' loss to Boston on Monday night so they could discuss it. He would not elaborate on what was said.
Anthony went toward the Celtics' locker room and waited for Garnett outside the team bus. He said they have spoken and sorted out the matter.
The All-Star forwards exchanged words during the game and Anthony clearly was affected. He shot 6 of 26, seeming at times in the second half to be most concerned with pushing and shoving Garnett.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota Timberwolves coach Rick Adelman was not at the arena for Tuesday night's game against Atlanta due to personal reasons.
The team released a statement a few hours before the Wolves were set to play the Hawks announcing assistant Terry Porter would coach the team in Adelman's place. Adelman also missed practice on Monday.
COLLEGE FOOTBALL-BCS CHANGES
Rose, Sugar Bowls to host 1st playoff semifinals
KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. (AP) — The first semifinals in the new playoff system will be played in the Rose Bowl and the Sugar Bowl on Jan. 1, 2015.
The BCS conference commissioners announced the dates and rotation for all 12 years of the coming postseason format after a meeting in Key Biscayne.
In the second year of the playoff, the Orange Bowl will host a semifinal, along with one of three other sites that still have yet to be selected.
The site of the first championship is also still to come, though Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas, seems to be the front-runner.
COLLEGE FOOTBALL-WASHINGTON STATE-ABUSE
Courgars, Leach cleared in abuse probe
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — A Pac-12 report says It's investigation found no evidence of physical or mental abuse of players in the Washington State football program under coach Mike Leach.
The findings of the independent review mirrored the findings of Washington State's own internal review of the allegations, which was released last month.
Former Washington State receiver Marquess Wilson contended near the end of last football season that players were suffering physical and mental abuse at the hands of coaches. Wilson quit the team, and subsequently recanted his allegations.
Eagles to interview ex-Bears coach
UNDATED (AP) — The Eagles will interview Lovie Smith for their coaching vacancy on Thursday.
Smith was fired after nine seasons with the Bears. He led Chicago to three division titles and one NFC championship. He lost his job after the team went 3-5 following a 7-1 start and missed the playoffs.
The Eagles, who fired Andy Reid after 14 seasons, also plan to interview Indianapolis offensive coordinator Bruce Arians and Seattle defensive coordinator Gus Bradley this week.
In other coaching search news;
— A person familiar with the interview says the Browns are meeting with Montreal Alouettes coach Marc Trestman. Trestman interviewed with the Chicago Bears on Monday night and arrived at the Browns' facility in suburban Berea on Tuesday, said the person who spoke to the Associated Press on the condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the search. Trestman is the fifth known candidate to interview with the Browns, who fired Pat Shurmur last week after two seasons.
— Minnesota assistants Mike Singletary and Mike Priefer will interview for the Chicago head coaching vacancy. Vikings coach Leslie Frazier has confirmed that the Bears made the request. There are at least 10 other coaches reported to be under consideration to replace the fired Lovie Smith in Chicago.
After an unsuccessful stint as coach of the San Francisco 49ers, Singletary was hired by his former Bears teammate Frazier to be a linebackers coach and a special assistant. He's been with the Vikings for two years.
Bryant has finger surgery
IRVING, Texas (AP) — Dallas Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant has undergone successful surgery on his broken left index finger after postponing the procedure for the final three games of the season.
Bryant decided to play through the injury because the Cowboys were still in playoff contention. They lost the finale at Washington 28-18 with the NFC East title at stake.
Bryant broke the finger in the fourth quarter at Cincinnati on Dec. 9 and caught a game-changing touchdown pass after the injury. He had a career-high 224 yards two weeks later against New Orleans.
Caldwell is new Jags GM
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — The Jacksonville Jaguars have agreed to hire Atlanta director of player personnel David Caldwell as general manager, charging him with turning around one of the league's worst teams.
His first move will be deciding the fate of coach Mike Mularkey. Owner Shad Khan tabbed Caldwell on Tuesday, a day after a third interview.
Caldwell is now expected to make a decision on Mularkey, who went 2-14 in his first season in Jacksonville and has lost 20 of his last 23 games as a head coach
Cards pick new general manager
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — The Arizona Cardinals have promoted Steve Keim to general manager. The 40-year-old had been the team's vice president for player personnel. He joined the Cardinals in 1999 as a scout and was promoted to the player personnel position last year.
Keim replaces Rod Graves, who was fired along with coach Ken Whisenhunt the day after the season ended.
High priced Super Bowl ads
NEW YORK (AP) — Super Bowl ads have sold for more than $4 million for some 30-second spots for this year's game.
CBS Corp. CEO Leslie Moonves says that all the commercials for the NFL championship Feb. 3 in New Orleans were sold out.
Companies paid an average of $3.5 million for a 30-second spot last year. TV's biggest event averaged more than 111 million viewers in 2012.
Nats re-sign LaRoche.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Adam LaRoche has signed a two-year deal to stay with the Washington Natioanls. The 33-year old's deal includes a mutual option for a third year.
LaRoche had been looking for a three-year deal after hitting .271 with 33 homers and 100 RBI's last season.
Arod hip surgery set
NEW YORK (AP) — Alex Rodriguez is scheduled for hip surgery on Jan. 16. The New York Yankees third baseman could be sidelined until the All-Star break because of the injury, which was disclosed by the team last month.
A-Rod has been undergoing physical therapy in preparation for the operation by Dr. Bryan Kelly of the Hospital for Special Surgery.
Cardinals lose forward Behanan to injury
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Louisville sophomore forward Chane Behanan will miss up to 10 days with a left high ankle sprain sustained Monday in practice.
Cardinals coach Rick Pitino says Behanan will miss Wednesday night's Big East Conference contest at Seton Hall and possibly four games overall. Behanan is averaging 11.4 points and 7.1 rebounds per game.
GOLF-TOURNAMENT OF CHAMPIONS
Johnson has 3-shot lead at Kapalua
KAPALUA, Hawaii (AP) — Dustin Johnson has extended his own winning streak by shooting a final round 5-under-68 to win the season-opening Tournament of Champions by four shots. The start of the tournament was delayed by four days due to powerful winds. Johnson's victory now makes it six straight years in which he's won at least once. He also has won the last three 54-hole evcents that were reduced to three rounds due to weather.
Defending champ Steve Stricker finished second.
Owners to vote on pact
NEW YORK (AP) — NHL owners will gather in New York on Wednesday to vote on the tentative labor agreement reached with the union last weekend.
If a majority approves, as expected, the NHL will move one step closer toward the official end of the lockout.
As of Tuesday afternoon, a memorandum of understanding of the deal hadn't been completed, so the union has yet to schedule a vote for its more than 700 members. A majority of players also must approve the deal for hockey to return to the ice.
If there are no snags, ratification could be finished by Saturday and training camps can open Sunday. A 48-game regular season would then be expected to begin on Jan. 19.
NHL-STANLEY CUP RIOTS
Miss Congeniality gone bad
VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — Police had an easy time identifying one suspect in Vancouver's Stanley Cup riots: a former Miss Congeniality beauty pageant winner.
Sophie Laboissonniere, who was 20 during the June 2011 riots over the Canucks' loss in the National Hockey League finals, has pleaded guilty for rioting.
She was among the first suspects charged after reports identified her as a Miss Congeniality winner at a Vancouver beauty pageant.
USADA chiefs says Armstrong rep offered donation
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — The chief of the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency tells CBS's "60 Minutes Sports" that a representative for Lance Armstrong offered the agency a "donation" in excess of $150,000 several years before a USADA investigation led to Armstrong being stripped of seven Tour de France titles.
In an interview on the show's premier airing Wednesday night, USADA CEO Travis Tygart said he was "stunned" when he received the offer in 2004 and USADA didn't hesitate to turn it down.
Armstrong's attorney, Tim Herman, denied such an offer was made.