Monday's Sports In Brief


Associated Press

Posted on April 2, 2013 at 2:00 AM

Updated Tuesday, Apr 2 at 2:03 AM


INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Louisville's Kevin Ware was up and walking on crutches, and coach Rick Pitino said his player's spirits have been boosted by the outpouring of support from friends and fans.

Ware isn't in any pain after a 2-hour surgery Sunday night to repair a horrifying fracture in his right leg suffered in an NCAA tournament game against Duke. Doctors reset the bone and inserted a rod, and are monitoring him to make sure there's no infection, Pitino said.

Ware broke his leg in the first half of Sunday's Midwest Regional final when he landed awkwardly after trying to contest a 3-point shot, breaking his leg in two places. He was taken off the court on a stretcher as his stunned teammates openly wept.


NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Yankees held a tribute to the victims of the Newtown school shootings and honored first responders to the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

The names of the 20 children and six educators who died inside the Connecticut school Dec. 14 scrolled on the video board in center field at Yankee Stadium during a moment of silence before New York's opener against Boston. The honor guard included members of Newtown police and firefighters.

Major League Baseball asked all of its teams to wear patches on their uniforms during openers to honor the dead and those affected by the shooting. Each patch includes the Newtown seal, a black memorial ribbon and 26 stars.


HOUSTON (AP) — Jack Pardee, one of Bear Bryant's "Junction Boys" at Texas A&M who went on to become an All-Pro linebacker and an NFL coach, died. He was 76.

In November, Pardee's family announced that he had gall bladder cancer that had spread to other organs and that he had six to nine months to live. The family has established a memorial scholarship fund in Pardee's name at the University of Houston, where Pardee coached from 1987-89.

Pardee played three seasons at Texas A&M and was the 14th pick in the 1957 NFL draft by Los Angeles. He played for the Rams from 1957-64, sat out a year to deal with melanoma, and played seven more seasons. He finished his career with the Redskins in 1973 and coached them from 1978-80.


LOS ANGELES (AP) — Southern California hired Andy Enfield as men's basketball coach after he took Florida Gulf Coast to the round of 16 in the NCAA tournament.

Athletic director Pat Haden said Enfield has reached an agreement to take over at the Pac-12 school and will be introduced Wednesday. Haden said Enfield's success at FGCU wasn't a flash in the pan and that his up-tempo style and stingy defense will be fun for both Trojans players and fans.

The 43-year-old coach was 41-28 in his only two seasons as a head coach at the Fort Myers, Fla., school. He led the Eagles to a school-record 26 wins this season, including upsets of No. 2 seed Georgetown and No. 7 seed San Diego State as a 15th-seed in the NCAA tourney.


Doug McDermott made Creighton history last season when he was selected as the school's first player on the AP All-America team. Now he's done it again.

The 6-foot-8 junior forward, the second-leading scorer in Division I, was a repeat selection and the 51st player to earn the honor in consecutive seasons after averaging 23.1 points and 7.5 rebounds while shooting 56.1 percent from the field and 49.7 percent from 3-point range.

Trey Burke of Michigan and Otto Porter Jr. of Georgetown tied as the leading vote-getters for first team, while Victor Oladipo of Indiana and Kelly Olynyk of Gonzaga were the others selected.

The votes came from the same 65-member national media panel that selects the weekly Top 25.


PARIS (AP) — The President of French soccer club Paris Saint-Germain wants veteran midfielder David Beckham to stay next season, describing him as "fantastic on and off the pitch."

The 37-year-old former England captain has had a strong start since joining PSG in January, even though he's mostly come on as a substitute. His current contract lasts until the end of the season.

In an interview with sports daily L'Equipe, team president Nasser Al-Khelaifi said "we want to keep him for next season," adding that discussions should hopefully begin soon.

Al-Khelaifi adds that "signing David was one of our best decisions. As a person, a player, an ambassador, he is exceptional" and that "he has created something within the squad."