Thursday's Sports In Brief

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Associated Press

Posted on March 29, 2013 at 7:03 AM

Updated Friday, Mar 29 at 7:06 AM

AMES, Iowa (AP) — The remarkable job that Iowa State's Fred Hoiberg has done in turning around his alma mater apparently got the attention of several colleges and NBA teams. The Cyclones responded by opening their wallet to keep "The Mayor" in office for at least another decade.

Iowa State announced that Hoiberg has agreed to a new 10-year, $20 million deal with the Cyclones that will run through 2023.

Hoiberg, who just completed his third season with the Cyclones, finalized the contract with Iowa State President Steven Leath and athletic director Jamie Pollard on Thursday night. Hoiberg, a former star player at Iowa State, has led the school to back-to-back NCAA tournament appearances for the first time in 12 years. The Cyclones nearly made the NCAA regional semifinals last Sunday before Aaron Craft's late 3 led Ohio State past Iowa State 78-75.

NEW YORK (AP) — CBS analyst Doug Gottlieb got coverage of the NCAA tournament's Sweet 16 off to an awkward start, saying he was there to bring the "white man's perspective" to the network's pregame show.

Speaking on a panel with four African-American men, Gottlieb made his comment during a pre-game segment before Marquette beat Miami, sparking criticism on Twitter that his words were inappropriate.

"I don't know why you guys ask me, I'm just here to bring diversity to this set, give kind of the white man's perspective," he said during the show.

Fellow analyst Greg Anthony made a face after Gottlieb's remark and Kenny Smith said he had "jumped right into it." Gottlieb was still on set Thursday night and unavailable for comment, but issued a statement through CBS. "It was not a smart thing to say and I apologize," he said.

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PRO BASKETBALL

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Kobe Bryant has a bone spur in his left foot.

Following Los Angeles' 113-103 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks on Thursday night, the Lakers revealed the injury. He left the arena using one crutch, but appeared to be walking without pain.

Bryant led the Lakers with 30 points, leaving him four points behind Wilt Chamberlain for fourth place on the NBA's career list. Bryant played 36½ minutes and didn't show any signs of difficulty during the game.

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Everyone in the Timberwolves locker room on Wednesday night believed Kobe Bryant got away with a foul that allowed the Los Angeles Lakers to hold on to a much-needed victory in Minnesota.

On Thursday, the NBA agreed with them: The league informed the Timberwolves that the referee crew should have called Bryant for a foul on a potential game-tying 3-pointer at the buzzer.

It won't change the outcome of the game, a 120-117 victory for the Lakers, who have beaten the Timberwolves 22 straight times and are clinging to the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference. It also may do little to assuage a feeling in the Timberwolves organization that they are not getting the same respect from the officials that more star-laden teams receive.

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Danny Granger's season is ending the same way it began in Indiana — with a sore left knee that will require more medical treatment.

The team announced Thursday that Granger would miss the rest of the season so he could undergo surgery on the bothersome knee that has slowed him since last year's playoffs.

The move comes just two days after Pacers coach Frank Vogel told reporters he expected Granger to return during the current four-game road trip.

NEW YORK (AP) — Amare Stoudemire said Thursday his recovery from right knee surgery is going "a little bit ahead of schedule," though he isn't sure if he can return to the New York Knicks for the first round of the playoffs.

Stoudemire had surgery to clean up and remove tissue from the knee about 2½ weeks ago and the Knicks said his expected recovery time would be about six weeks. The playoffs open the weekend of April 20.

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BASEBALL

NEW YORK (AP) — Johan Santana may have thrown his final pitch for the New York Mets and perhaps even the last of his big league career.

The Mets said Thursday the two-time Cy Young Award winner probably has re-torn the anterior capsule in his left shoulder and likely will need a second operation that would sideline him for the entire season. Santana missed 2011 following his first shoulder surgery.

Santana had surgery on Sept. 14, 2010, and did not make it back to the major leagues until last April 5. He went 6-9 with a 4.85 ERA in 21 starts last year and threw the first no-hitter in team history on June 1 against St. Louis.

NEW YORK (AP) — Alex Rodriguez will make more this year than all the Houston Astros combined — a lot more. And he won't even play the first half of the season, if at all.

A-Rod's $29 million salary tops the major leagues for the 13th straight season, according to a study of major league contracts by The Associated Press.

Rodriguez's Yankees are on track to have the highest payroll on opening day for the 15th straight year, climbing above the Los Angeles Dodgers to a projected $228 million with this week's acquisition of Vernon Wells.

With teams due to set opening-day rosters Sunday, the Yankees' payroll will be nearly 10 times the spending of the Astros, who have shrunk their payroll to about $25 million.

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The brains behind two of the last three World Series titles plan to stick together for at least another four seasons.

The San Francisco Giants extended the contracts of general manager Brian Sabean and manager Bruce Bochy through the 2016 season Thursday night, bringing even more stability to a franchise that has counted on continuity during its recent run of success. Both had previous deals set to expire after this summer before the Giants exercised their 2014 options in December.

JUPITER, Fla. (AP) — Pitcher Adam Wainwright and the St. Louis Cardinals have agreed to $97.5 million, five-year contract covering 2014-18 that raises his guaranteed income to $109.5 million over the next six seasons.

Wainwright had been eligible to become a free agent after the World Series. He gets $12 million this year under his previous deal, and the new agreement pays him $19.5 million in each of the following five years.

CLEVELAND (AP) — Late Hall of Fame pitcher Bob Feller is being honored by Major League Baseball with an annual award named for him.

The Bob Feller Act of Valor Award will be given each year to a major leaguer and Hall of Famer who displays good character, assists those less fortunate, supports U.S. servicemen and women and conducts himself with dignity on and off the field. The U.S. Navy will give a companion award to one service member.

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HOCKEY

PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Pittsburgh Penguins' perfect march through March is turning into a flat-out sprint. And the latest addition to their star-studded lineup — Jarome Iginla — isn't even due in town until the weekend.

The streaking Penguins raced past the Winnipeg Jets 4-0 for their 14th straight win. At the rate Sidney Crosby and company are going, the NHL record of 17 consecutive victories set by Pittsburgh 20 years ago is well within reach.

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SYRACUSE SCANDAL:

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — Fired Syracuse University assistant basketball coach Bernie Fine has filed the initial paperwork in a defamation lawsuit against ESPN for reporting two former ball boys' claims that the longtime coach sexually abused them.

A yearlong federal investigation that followed accusations that Fine abused team ball boys ended with no charges. Fine was Hall of Fame Coach Jim Boeheim's assistant for 35 seasons.

ESPN reported the allegations on Nov. 17, 2011. Fine was fired 10 days later when a third man made similar claims.

In the court paperwork, Fine indicated he'll sue for defamation and seek undefined damages. The "summons with notice" was filed Nov. 15, 2012, in state Supreme Court in Onondaga County and sat unreported until Thursday, when The Associated Press asked the court clerk for a copy.

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PRO FOOTBALL:

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — Osi Umenyiora is looking for another ring with the Atlanta Falcons.

The free-agent defensive end signed a two-year, $8.5 million contract with Atlanta. Umenyiora, who won two Super Bowl championships in his 10 years with the New York Giants, says the Falcons are "probably the most talented team I've seen in my life."

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PISTORIUS:

PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) — Oscar Pistorius could compete at this year's world championships after a South African judge eased his bail restrictions and ruled that the athlete, who faces a murder trial for the shooting death of his girlfriend, can travel overseas to run.

The international athletics body said that if Pistorius qualifies, it had no objections to him running — an event that could eclipse the stir last year when he became the first double amputee to compete at the Olympics. Pistorius' agent told The Associated Press soon after the ruling that the world championships in Moscow in August could be a possibility if the runner wanted to return to the track on his carbon fiber blades.

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AUTO RACING:

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Mark Martin will drive for Joe Gibbs Racing while Denny Hamlin recovers from a fractured vertebra in his lower back.

Martin's first start in the No. 11 Toyota will be next week at Martinsville Speedway, where he wasn't scheduled to race. Brian Vickers had already been tabbed to drive Martin's car for Michael Waltrip Racing at Martinsville.

Hamlin is expected to miss at least five races while he heals. JGR didn't specify how long Martin will be in the car, but the fifth race is at Talladega, a track Martin has opted to skip the last few years.

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