Update on the latest in sports:


Associated Press

Posted on February 8, 2013 at 3:00 AM

Updated Friday, Feb 8 at 3:36 PM


The blame game

UNDATED (AP) — The manufacturer of a protective device blamed for the power outage that interrupted the Super Bowl says a low "trip setting" on the equipment caused the partial blackout in the Superdome.

S&C Electric Co. of Chicago issued a statement saying the outage would have been avoided if the operator of the relay device had set the trip threshold higher.

The equipment was owned and installed by the local electric utility company that supplies power to the dome.

Entergy New Orleans says the device performed with no problems during January's Sugar Bowl and other earlier events, but has been removed and will be replaced.


AP sources say Hill and D-backs have new deal

PHOENIX (AP) — The Arizona Diamondbacks and second baseman Aaron Hill have agreed to a new three-year, $35 million contract. That puts him under Arizona's control through the 2016 season.

The 30-year-old infielder hit .302 with 26 home runs and 85 RBIs last season. He came to Arizona as part of a trade with Toronto in August 2011 and was a big part of the team's stretch run that won the NL West title that year. He signed a two-year, $11 million contract following the 2011 season and is set to earn $5.5 million this year.


— Chone (shahn) Figgins has signed a minor-league contract with the Miami Marlins with an invitation to their major-league camp beginning next week. The veteran third baseman hit .181 in 66 games with Seattle last season. He's a .277 career hitter with 337 stolen bases in 11 seasons, all in the American League.


Day 2 at Pebble Beach

PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. (AP) — They are playing round two of the Pebble Beach Pro-Am on a clear but cool day on the Monterrey Peninsula.

Things got started with Russell Knox and Hunter Mahan (MAY'-han) sharing a one-stroke lead at 6-under par.

Defending champion and last week's winner at Phoenix, Phil Mickelson, began the day five shots off the lead.


Champions Tour gears up

BOCA RATON, Fla. (AP) — Bernhard Langer and Tom Pernice Jr. share the clubhouse lead during the first round of the Allianz Championship. Both carded 6-under-par 66s.

Bart Bryant shot 67 in his first Champions Tour event and is tied with Scott Simpson and Fred Funk.

This is first full-field event of the year for the 50-and-over golfers.


Richardson needs surgery

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Philadelphia 76ers guard Jason Richardson will miss the rest of the season with a knee injury.

Richardson started 33 games for the Sixers this season, averaging 10.5 points, 3.8 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 1.21 steals across 28.4 minutes per game. He missed the past eight games with the injury before the team ultimately decided on surgery.

A season after making it to the Eastern Conference semifinals, Philadelphia is just 21-27 and four games out of the conference's final playoff berth.


Spurs hit the Motor City on a roll

UNDATED (AP) — The hottest team in the NBA returns to the court after a night off. The league-leading San Antonio Spurs bring an 11-game winning streak into their outing at Detroit. The Pistons will be looking to avoid a fourth straight loss.

Also this evening, Eastern Conference leader Miami puts a three-game winning streak on the line at home against the Pacific Division-leading L.A. Clippers, Central leader Indiana aims for a sixth straight victory when it hosts Toronto, Chicago is one and a-half games behind the Pacers entering its road game against Utah, Washington is home to Brooklyn, New Orleans visits Atlanta, Houston is home to Portland, Memphis entertains Golden State, Atlantic Division leader New York is at Minnesota, Phoenix plays at Oklahoma City, and Orlando looks to end an 11-game skid when it plays at Cleveland.


Bruins-Lightning on hold

BOSTON (AP) — The Boston Bruins have pushed back the start of Saturday's game against the Tampa Bay Lightning by six hours because of the blizzard hitting the Northeast.

The game was scheduled for 1 p.m. Eastern. The Bruins and Lightning each already had road games scheduled for Sunday night.

The storm is expected to clear the area by early Saturday afternoon.


One and done

UNDATED (AP) — The NHL isn't giving you much to choose from tonight. Anaheim at Dallas is the lone game on the schedule.

The visiting Ducks are riding a four-game winning streak into Big D. The Stars have won three of their last four outings.

Dallas leads the league in playing short-handed while Anaheim owns the NHL's best power play, scoring at a 26.7 percent clip.


Panthers GM signs first free agent

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The Carolina Panthers say they've signed defensive tackle Colin Cole. He's an eight-year NFL veteran who has been out of the league the past two seasons.

The 6-foot-2, 328-pound Cole has played in 84 career games with 34 starts. He most recently saw action with the Seattle Seahawks, starting 26 games there in two seasons. He has not played in the league since suffering an ankle injury near the end of the 2010 season.

Cole is the first player signed by new Panthers GM Dave Gettleman.


JoePa's wife having her say

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — Breaking more than a year of silence, Sue Paterno is defending her late husband as a "moral, disciplined" man who never twisted the truth to avoid bad publicity.

The wife of the former Penn State coach is fighting back against the accusations against Joe Paterno that followed the Jerry Sandusky scandal. Her campaign started with a letter sent to former Penn State players.

She writes that the family's exhaustive response to former FBI director Louis Freeh's report for the university on the Sandusky child sex abuse case will officially be released to the public at 9 a.m. Sunday on paterno.com.


Canes make James' promotion permanent

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) — Blake James has been hired as Miami's athletic director after serving in the job in an interim capacity for the past four months.

It was widely expected that James would get the job, which he first assumed on a temporary basis when Shawn Eichorst left for the same role at Nebraska in early October.

James' hiring comes with the Hurricanes still involved in an NCAA investigation into the school's compliance practices.

James had been Miami's senior associate athletic director for development and ticket operations before the promotion. He also was in charge of overseeing some Hurricane sports programs. He previously was Maine's athletic director.


Not the usual suspects

RIMINI, Italy (AP) — American Jamie Hampton will face Sara Errani (ehr-RAH'-nee) in the opening match of Fed Cup series against Italy on Saturday.

Varvara Lepchenko will play Roberta Vinci in second singles on the indoor red clay court in Rimini, Italy.

Serena and Venus Williams and Sloane Stephens are injured, so Hampton and Lepchenko will make their Fed Cup singles debuts.

The doubles Sunday will feature Melanie Oudin (oo-DAN') and Liezel Huber (LEE'-zul HYOO'-bur) against Nastassja Burnett and Karin Knapp.

Italy beat the Americans in back-to-back finals in 2009 and 2010, the first victories against the U.S. after nine straight defeats.

Veterans Francesca Schiavone and Flavia Pennetta, who have struggled lately, were left off Italy's squad.