Tuesday's Sports In Brief

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Associated Press

Posted on March 6, 2013 at 3:00 AM

Updated Wednesday, Mar 6 at 4:01 AM

NEW YORK (AP) — For anyone who thinks TV is already saturated with sports of every stripe, stay tuned.

Here comes Fox with an in-your-face challenge to ESPN — a 24-hour sports cable network called Fox Sports 1, set to launch Aug. 17.

"ESPN, quite frankly, is a machine," Fox Sports executive vice president Bill Wanger said Tuesday in announcing the venture. "They have very consistent ratings, obviously huge revenue. We're coming in trying to take on the establishment. It's no different than Fox News or Fox Broadcasting back in the '80s. We're going to have to scratch and claw our way all the way to the top."

To do that, Fox executives are confident they have enough live events, with rights to college basketball and football, NASCAR, soccer and UFC fights. In its first year, the new network will broadcast nearly 5,000 hours of live competition and news.

Fox owns rights to many Big 12, Pac-12 and Conference USA basketball and football games. Its soccer deals include UEFA Champions League and the men's and women's World Cups from 2015-22.

Starting in 2014, FS1 will start broadcasting Major League Baseball games, including part of the postseason. It will show some NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races as early as 2015, with other NASCAR events on the air from the startup.

PRO FOOTBALL

DENVER (AP) — Von Miller is pulling a Joe Namath and it's only March.

Denver's star pass-rusher is already guaranteeing a Super Bowl title for the Broncos next season.

Miller said he's dedicating the season to his 6-year-old cousin who recently emerged from a coma after a car accident in West Texas that also injured his mother and 8-year-old brother.

On Monday, Miller tweeted: "You can post this where ever.. Denver broncos will win the Super Bowl" in the 2013 season. He added hash tags "4UJEREMIAH" and "IGUARANTEEIT58."

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Linebacker Shawne Merriman is calling it "Lights Out" on his career.

The three-time Pro Bowl selection and 2005 NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year said on his website that he intends to file retirement papers.

"I retire today not because I don't feel I can go out there and still play the game at a very high level," Merriman wrote. "I am retiring because I want to retire on my own terms and leave while I know I can still physically play the game."

The team later confirmed Merriman's intentions in a text message and on its Twitter account.

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Former Northern Iowa wide receiver Terrell Sinkfield was not invited to the NFL scouting combine. He's doing his best to make himself attractive for the upcoming draft, however.

Sinkfield was invited to Minnesota's pro prospect workouts on Monday, with several other prospects from the region.

He said he was told his fastest 40-yard dash was an astounding 4.19 seconds. His other times were 4.27 and 4.44, when he tripped during the run.

PRO BASKETBALL

NEW YORK (AP) — Oklahoma City forward Serge Ibaka was fined $25,000 by the NBA for striking Blake Griffin of the Los Angeles Clippers in the groin area during Sunday's game.

DALLAS (AP) — A federal judge denied a request by Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban to throw out a civil lawsuit accusing him of insider trading.

U.S. District Judge Sidney Fitzwater issued an order rejecting Cuban's request for summary judgment against the Securities and Exchange Commission.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Tim Floyd has talked to USC about his old job as the Trojans' coach. He is not necessarily headed back to Southern California.

Floyd, now the coach at UTEP, met with athletic director Pat Haden about USC's men's basketball opening, UTEP athletic director Bob Stull said.

Floyd resigned from USC under accusations that he improperly recruited star O.J. Mayo. His successor, Kevin O'Neill, was fired in January after three mostly disappointing seasons.

BASEBALL

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Mark Teixeira's stay with the U.S. team at the World Baseball Classic didn't last long.

The Yankees slugger strained his right wrist while taking some light swings off a tee in the batting cage, forcing him to withdraw from the tournament even before the Americans could play the Chicago White Sox in the first of their two scheduled exhibition games.

Yankees general manager Brian Cashman, in Tampa, Fla., said that Teixeira would be out a minimum of 10 days.

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — Depending on one's point of view, Albert Pujols started his exhibition season 10 days late or 10 days early.

Recovering from offseason surgery on his right knee, the three-time MVP went 0 for 3 in his first spring training appearance of 2013 as the Los Angeles Angels beat the Cincinnati Reds 6-4 Tuesday.

Angels manager Mike Scioscia had not expected Pujols to play for another week-and-a-half.

GOLF

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — Rory McIlroy says he should have finished his second round at the Honda Classic, telling Sports Illustrated magazine that "it was not the right thing to do" to walk out after eight holes of his second round.

McIlroy was 7-over for the round and headed toward another missed cut when he hit his second shot into the water on the 18th and abruptly withdrew without finishing the hole. On his way to the parking lot, he reporters that his head was not in the right place. He later issued a statement that his wisdom tooth was causing pain.

"It was a reactive decision," McIlroy told the magazine in a telephone interview Sunday night. "What I should have done is take my drop, chip it on, try to make a 5 and play my hardest on the back nine, even if I shot 85. What I did was not good for the tournament, not good for the kids and the fans who were out there watching me. It was not the right thing to do."

SOCCER

MANCHESTER, England (AP) — Cristiano Ronaldo scored the decisive goal in his return to Old Trafford, rallying Real Madrid over Manchester United 2-1 and into the Champions League quarterfinals with a 3-2 aggregate victory.

United took a 2-1 lead in the total-goal series when Nani's cross in the 48th minute deflected in off a leg of Sergio Ramos for an own goal. The game started to turn when Nani received a red card from Turkish referee Cuneyt Cakir in the 56th minute for a studs-up challenge on Alvaro Arbeloa. United manager Alex Ferguson charged out of his seat and down to the sideline to vent his anger.

Ronaldo starred for United from 2003-09, winning the FIFA Player of the Year award in 2008. United sold him to Real Madrid in June 2009 for 80 million pounds (then $131 million).

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Danish soccer star Nicklas Bendtner was fined $147,000 for drunken driving. A Danish court also suspended his driver's license for three years.

CYCLING

CERILLY, France (AP) — German rider Marcel Kittel won the second stage of the Paris-Nice race in a sprint finish against Elia Viviani, who took the overall lead in the race.

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