Update on the latest in sports:


Associated Press

Posted on January 30, 2013 at 10:32 AM

Updated Wednesday, Jan 30 at 4:02 PM


No new trial for Sandusky

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Jerry Sandusky isn't getting the new trial he asked for. He'd argued that his lawyers weren't given enough time to prepare for the proceeding that ended with a 45-count guilty verdict.

Judge John Cleland issued a 27-page order saying Sandusky's lawyers conceded that their post-trial review turned up no material that would have changed their trial strategy. He also has rejected post-sentencing motions regarding jury instructions, hearsay testimony and other matters.

The former Penn State assistant football coach is serving a 30- to 60-year state prison sentence for sexual abuse of 10 boys. He's maintained his innocence and vowed to appeal.

Sandusky lawyer Norris Gelman says the defense will appeal to mid-level Superior Court within the next 30 days.


Lewis tells Harbaugh 'nothing to' report

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Ravens coach John Harbaugh says star linebacker Ray Lewis assured him "there's nothing to" a magazine report linking him to a company that makes deer-antler spray containing a banned performance enhancer.

Harbaugh says Lewis "knows there is nothing to it. He understands it's something he's never been involved in."

On Tuesday, Sports Illustrated reported that Lewis sought help from a company that makes the unorthodox product to speed his recovery from a torn right triceps. Lewis missed 10 games with the injury.

Baltimore plays the San Francisco 49ers in the Super Bowl on Sunday in the final game of Lewis' 17-year NFL career.


Seahawks Hill arrested

RENTON, Wash. (AP) — Seattle Seahawks linebacker Leroy Hill has been arrested.

Police say they responded to Hill's home around 4 p.m. Tuesday. A 26-year-old woman told them she had been assaulted several times and was kept in Hill's home against her will. Police say the woman escaped the home when Hill used the bathroom. She was treated at a hospital and released.

It's at least the fourth time that the 30-year-old football player has been arrested and the second time he's been accused of domestic violence.

A Seahawks spokesman says the team is aware of the situation. Hill is scheduled to become a free agent this offseason.


Armstrong's solution for cycling's doping problem

LONDON (AP) — Lance Armstrong says a truth and reconciliation program is the "only way" to deal with cycling's doping crisis and the sport's governing body should have no role in the process.

Armstrong spoke to Cyclingnews in his first interview since admitting to Oprah Winfrey that he doped to win the Tour de France seven times.

Armstrong says the best way forward for cycling is a truth and reconciliation process offering amnesty to riders and officials who come forward about the extent of performance-enhancing drug use in the sport.

He says "it's not the best way, it's the only way" and the issue is more than about him.

Armstrong says in the email interview that "publicly lynching one man and his team will not solve this problem."


Singh says he used deer-antler spray

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Vijay Singh admits he used deer-antler spray but says he wasn't aware that it may contain a substance banned by the PGA Tour.

The 49-year-old Fijian first revealed he used the spray in an interview with Sports Illustrated. The magazine says Singh paid one of Sports With Alternatives To Steroids' owners $9,000 last November for the spray, hologram chips and other products.

PGA Tour spokesman Ty Votaw says the tour is "looking into the matter."

The magazine also reported Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis sought help from SWATS in his recovery from a torn right triceps.


Back to the future in Ann Arbor

UNDATED (AP) — For the first time in two decades, Michigan's basketball team will be playing a game as the top-ranked team in the AP poll. The Wolverines moved up to No. 1 on Monday after beating Illinois a day earlier for their 19th win in 20 games this season.

Michigan is 6-1 in the Big Ten and tied for first place with Indiana heading into this evening's home game against Northwestern.

The third-ranked Hoosiers are 18-2 and on the road to play Purdue.

Also in the top 10 tonight, No. 4 Florida hosts South Carolina, former No. 1 Duke checks in at No. 5 for its game at Wake Forest and 10th-ranked Oregon visits Stanford.


Busy night on the NBA hardwood

UNDATED (AP) — The league-leading Spurs return to the court tonight, riding the NBA's longest current winning streak. San Antonio will be looking for a ninth straight victory when it hosts the last-place Charlotte Bobcats.

Elsewhere, Eastern Conference leader Miami is at Brooklyn, New York hosts an Orlando team that's dropped six straight, Washington is at Philadelphia, Detroit plays at Indiana, Sacramento visits Boston, Atlanta is home to Toronto, the L.A. Clippers are at Minnesota, Milwaukee hosts Chicago, Denver puts a four-game winning streak on the line against Houston team that's won three in a row, New Orleans travels to Utah and the L.A. Lakers bring a three-game winning streak into their outing at Phoenix.


McDonald paying a price

NEW YORK (AP) — The NHL has suspended New York Islanders forward Colin McDonald for two games after a boarding incident involving Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Ben Lovejoy on Tuesday.

Under the terms of the new collective bargaining agreement, McDonald will lose $7,567.56 in salary. The funds will be sent to the Players' Emergency Assistance Fund.


Chicago looking to protect unblemished record

UNDATED (AP) — The NHL's Blackhawks will be looking to improve on the best start in franchise history when they take the ice tonight at Minnesota. Chicago is a perfect 6-0-0, matching idle San Jose for best record in the league. The Wild are 3-2-1.

Also this evening, Montreal is at Ottawa, Phoenix hosts Edmonton and Colorado skates at Vancouver.


No arbitration for Jepsen

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — The Los Angeles Angels and reliever Kevin Jepsen have agreed to a one-year contract worth $1,181,250, avoiding arbitration.

The hard-throwing right-hander returned to an important role in the Halo's bullpen last year after missing much of the 2011 season with a knee injury. He went 3-2 with a 3.02 ERA.

Jepsen asked for $1.4 million in arbitration and was offered $975,000. He made $501,000 in 2012.


Soccer club investigating racist chants

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Dutch club FC Den Bosch is pledging to do all it can to identify and punish a group of fans who hurled racist abuse at United States striker Jozy Altidore (JOH'-zee AL'-tih-door) during a match.

Den Bosch says fans responsible for the monkey chants Tuesday in the Dutch Cup match do not belong in the their stadium and "will face the toughest possible sanctions."

After the match, Altidore, who is black, told Dutch television the chants were the worst abuse he has been subjected to on a soccer field.


Swimmer-turned-golfer getting help

U.S. Olympian Michael Phelps is playing today's pro-am at the PGA Tour's Waste Management Phoenix Open with new equipment.

The winner of a record 18 gold medals in Olympic swimming has signed on with Ping to provide custom-made clubs to fit his 6-foot-4 frame.

Ping added a few special touches to Phelps' clubs, including accents in both gold and red, white and blue.

Phelps has been working with renowned coach Hank Haney for an eight-episode series on the Golf Channel that begins Feb. 25.


Crash and burn

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Three-time Indy 500 winner Dario Franchitti (DAH'-ree-oh fran-KEE'-tee) and Ashley Judd are separating after 11 years of marriage.

Judd's spokeswoman confirms a Tuesday report from People magazine that the 39-year-old Scottish race car driver and the 44-year-old actress are ending their marriage.

The couple wed in a private ceremony in his native Scotland in 2001.