Wednesday's Sports In Brief

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Associated Press

Posted on December 5, 2013 at 4:02 AM

PRO BASKETBALL

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The game between the San Antonio Spurs and Minnesota Timberwolves was postponed because of smoky conditions inside the Mexico City arena.

The arena was evacuated about 45 minutes before the scheduled 9:30 p.m. EST tipoff when a generator malfunction outside the arena sent smoke pouring into the building, according to NBA spokeswoman Sharon Lima.

Mexico City Police said in a statement there was a fire in the generator room on the fourth floor of the modern glass-clad arena that opened in 2012.

The matchup will be made up in Minnesota at a later date.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The prosecutor overseeing the investigation of sexual assault allegations against Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston said that it is completed.

State Attorney Willie Meggs has scheduled a news conference at 2 p.m. Thursday in his office to announce his findings. Meggs said investigators have learned as much as they can about the December 2012 incident.

Winston has led the Seminoles to the No. 1 ranking, and they will play for a conference title Saturday, with a shot at the national crown. The quarterback also is the leading candidate for the Heisman, and many voters are waiting to see whether Winston will be charged with a crime before casting their ballots.

SEATTLE (AP) — Washington selected former quarterback Marques Tuiasosopo as their interim head coach for the Huskies' upcoming bowl game after Steve Sarkisian left to take the head coaching job at USC.

Washington athletic director Scott Woodward announced the decision following an afternoon team meeting. Tuiasosopo was Washington's quarterbacks coach this past season and met with Woodward earlier in the day when he was offered the interim job.

The 34-year-old Tuiasosopo was a star quarterback at Washington from 1997-2000, leading the Huskies to a Rose Bowl title after the 2000 season. He spent the 2012 season on the coaching staff of Jim Mora at UCLA as an assistant tight ends coach.

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — LSU has announced that Zach Mettenberger's playing career with the Tigers is officially over.

LSU coach Les Miles confirmed the severity of the injury five days after Mettenberger injured his left knee while unloading a 32-yard completion in the fourth quarter of No. 14 LSU's 31-27 victory over Arkansas last Friday.

Miles initially expressed hope that Mettenberger's injury did not involve any torn ligaments and that he'd be ready to return for a bowl game that the Tigers will likely play in January, depending on the bowl bid they accept this Sunday.

Instead, Mettenberger will require surgery and his rehabilitation will take place when he would have been preparing for next spring's NFL draft.

GRAMBLING, La. (AP) — Grambling State has named current McNeese State tight ends coach Broderick Fobbs as the Tigers' next head coach, hoping he can not only win but also heal a strained relationship between players and the administration.

Fobbs will remain with McNeese through the Cowboys' second-round FCS playoff game Saturday. He'll then take over for Dennis "Dirt" Winston, who was Grambling's second interim coach of 2013, a season defined by a midseason player walkout that forced the cancellation of Jackson State's homecoming game in October.

BASEBALL

DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit Tigers agreed to terms with free agent reliever Joe Nathan on a two-year contract with a club option for 2016, accomplishing one of their main objectives this offseason by adding one of baseball's most accomplished closers to the bullpen.

The three-time defending AL Central champions announced the deal two days after trading right-hander Doug Fister to Washington.

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Right-hander Ryan Vogelsong has finalized his $5 million, one-year contract with the San Francisco Giants.

Vogelsong underwent his physical to stay put with the club. The Giants declined to exercise Vogelsong's $6.5 million 2014 option on Nov. 4 and owed him a $300,000 buyout.

Now, his new deal includes performance bonuses for starts and innings pitched.

BOSTON (AP) — The World Series champion Boston Red Sox have signed free-agent catcher A.J. Pierzynski to a one-year contract.

The lefty-hitting Pierzynski replaces Jarrod Saltalamacchia in the Boston lineup. The Red Sox are hoping Pierzynski and David Ross, who took over for Saltalamacchia in the World Series, can do the job until prospects Christian Vazquez and Blake Swihart are ready. Pierzynski and Ross will both be 37 next season.

CHICAGO (AP) — Veteran slugger Paul Konerko is returning to the Chicago White Sox after agreeing to a one-year, $2.5 million contract and opting to come back for another season rather than retire or sign elsewhere.

PRO FOOTBALL

PITTSBURGH (AP) — The NFL fined Steelers coach Mike Tomlin $100,000 for interfering with Baltimore's Jacoby Jones on a kickoff return in the third quarter of a 22-20 loss to the Ravens on Thanksgiving night.

The fine is the second-highest ever levied by the league on a head coach, behind only the $500,000 the NFL docked New England's Bill Belichick in 2007 for spying on an opponent's defensive signals.

There is also the chance the Steelers have a draft pick taken away "because the conduct affected a play on the field."

BEREA, Ohio (AP) — Browns defensive end Desmond Bryant's season has ended because of an irregular heartbeat that will require surgery.

Bryant, who signed a five-year, $34 million contract as a free agent with Cleveland in March, reported symptoms on Monday morning, a team spokesman said. The Browns said Bryant will undergo "a minor heart procedure" this week. He is expected to make a full recovery and resume his playing career.

HOCKEY

GREENBURGH, N.Y. (AP) — Just two days after surprisingly watching from the bench for a second straight game, No. 1 goalie Henrik Lundqvist agreed to a long-term contract extension with the New York Rangers.

Lundqvist, in the final season of a six-year, $41.25 million deal, agreed to a seven-year contract worth $59.5 million. His salary-cap charge will rise from $6.875 million to $8.5 million and make him the NHL's highest-paid goalie.

The deal should keep him starring on Broadway for the rest of his career.

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