Tuesday's Sports in Brief
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - With players and coaches penned in cubicles, reporters were joined at the Super Bowl media day by a guy in a superhero costume, another in an old-time football uniform, kids with microphones and some women who wore dresses that left little to the imagination. They asked the Patriots and Giants anything that crossed their minds.
And we do mean anything.
"This is crazy, man. It's crazy,'' said Patriots safety Patrick Chung. "I've never seen anything like this ever.''
Actually, none of the players had. For the first time, the NFL let fans in on the act, too. For $25 - or more, for those who waited until the last minute to buy their tickets - fans could sit in the stands at the stadium and listen to the interviews over a headset.
Silly stuff, to be sure. But the fans loved every minute of it. Parents let their kids skip school - Zane Bishop, a high school senior, had his head buried in a book during the break, cramming for his AP Government exam Wednesday - and the tickets were in such high demand people were actually scalping them.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - At least four lawsuits blaming the NFL for concussion-related dementia and brain disease will be consolidated in Philadelphia, and more could follow.
A U.S. judicial panel approved requests by the NFL and plaintiffs lawyers to try similar cases before Senior U.S. District Judge Anita B. Brody in Philadelphia.
The lawsuits represent more than 300 retired players or spouses, including two-time Super Bowl champion Jim McMahon.
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - Michael Huyghue announced his resignation as commissioner of the United Football League, citing the second-tier pro league's "funding issues'' in his decision to step down from the post he's held since the league's inception in 2009.
PITTSBURGH (AP) - Sidney Crosby's concussion-like symptoms may not be due to a concussion after all.
The Pittsburgh Penguins star said he's been diagnosed with a soft-tissue injury in his neck that mimics the symptoms of a concussion but is significantly more treatable.
"There's a pretty big possibility that I could be causing some of the issues and I hope that's the case,'' Crosby said. "I hope that it'll improve and that's hopefully the end of it.''
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - Prosecutors in the Jerry Sandusky child sex-abuse case asked to have jurors brought in from another Pennsylvania county, a day after disclosing in court records they would tell the former Penn State assistant coach the names of his 10 alleged victims.
The attorney general's office argued in a court motion that pretrial publicity and Penn State's prominent role in its local community mean Sandusky's criminal trial warrant the use of jurors from outside the State College area. Sandusky's lawyer said he would fight the proposal.
SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) - An affidavit filed in a slander suit against Syracuse University and basketball coach Jim Boeheim says the wife of fired assistant Bernie Fine had sex with players, and several people associated with the program knew about it, including Fine.
In the affidavit, Bobby Davis, a former ball boy with the men's team, says he was present on several occasions when he heard players talk about having sex with Laurie Fine. A lawyer for Laurie Fine said the accusations were "disgusting.''
NEW YORK (AP) - Penguin Press said that Phil Jackson is writing a memoir called "Eleven Rings.''
The Hall of Famer won 11 NBA championships as coach of the Chicago Bulls and Los Angeles Lakers.
The book is tentatively scheduled to be out next year.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Danica Patrick will be guaranteed a spot in the Daytona 500 via a partnership with Tommy Baldwin Racing.
TBR will officially field Patrick's No. 10 Chevrolet in all 10 of her Sprint Cup Series races this season. It will begin the season with the points Dave Blaney earned last season for the No. 36 car.
Because Blaney finished 33rd in points last season, his car is guaranteed a starting spot in the first five races of the season. Teams can transfer or sell the points to another team, and Stewart-Haas Racing acquired them so Patrick is guaranteed to race in the Feb. 26 season opener.
HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. (AP) - Joe Gibbs Racing says no employees were injured when a fire broke out in its machine shop.
A spokesman for the NASCAR team says a few employees were treated on site for smoke inhalation, but were not transported to the hospital.
NEW YORK (AP) - Former Chicago Cubs general manager Jim Hendry was hired as a special assignment scout for the New York Yankees.
WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) - Serena Williams said sister Venus has been training every day and will be ready for the Fed Cup matches against Belarus this weekend in what will be her first competitive tennis since she pulled out of the U.S. Open because of an autoimmune disease.
LONDON (AP) - Andy Murray will miss Britain's Davis Cup match against Slovakia next month after sustaining "a few injuries'' during his run to the Australian Open semifinals.
ZAGREB, Croatia (AP) - Second-seeded Alex Bogomolov Jr. of Russia beat wild card Dino Marcan of Croatia 6-3, 6-1 to advance to the second round of the Zagreb Indoors.
VINA DEL MAR, Chile (AP) - Carlos Berlocq of Argentina defeated Daniel Gimeno-Traver of Spain 7-5, 6-0 on to reach the second round of the Vina Del Mar VTR Open.
MONTPELLIER, France (AP) - Feliciano Lopez beat Igor Kunitsyn of Russia 6-4, 7-6 (7) to reach the second round of the Open Sud de France.
LIVERPOOL, England (AP) - A fan interrupted Everton's home match against Manchester City for several minutes when he handcuffed himself to a goal post.
Police officers took about three minutes to free him from the post at Goodison Park before the Premier League match could resume.
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