Posted: Wednesday September 19, 2012 7:22 AM

Tuesday's Sports in Brief

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NEW YORK (AP) - NFL Films President Steve Sabol, half of the father-son team that revolutionized sports broadcasting and mythologized pro football into the country's favorite sport, died Tuesday from brain cancer. He was 69.

In March 2011, Sabol was diagnosed with a tumor on the left side of his brain after being hospitalized for a seizure.

He started working with his father, Ed - NFL Films' founder - in 1964, and they introduced a series of innovations now taken for granted today, from slow-motion replays to sticking microphones on coaches and players.

"Steve Sabol was the creative genius behind the remarkable work of NFL Films,'' NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said in a statement from the league confirming Sabol's death. "Steve's passion for football was matched by his incredible talent and energy. Steve's legacy will be part of the NFL forever. He was a major contributor to the success of the NFL, a man who changed the way we look at football and sports, and a great friend.''

NEW YORK (AP) - Will Smith and Anthony Hargrove met with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell about the Saints bounty scandal, while Scott Fujita's meeting was postponed.

Fujita, now with the Cleveland Browns, is undergoing treatment for an injured left knee which he hurt during the preseason and couldn't come to New York, the NFLPA said.

NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said the players left the NFL offices around 4 p.m. EDT, about three hours after they arrived. Smith and Hargrove did not make themselves available to reporters.

ATLANTA (AP) - Atlanta Falcons running back Michael Turner was jailed on charges of drunken driving and speeding just hours after he scored a touchdown in the team's win over the Denver Broncos.

Turner, 30, of Suwanee, Ga., was booked into the Gwinnett County jail in metro Atlanta just after 5 a.m. Turner spent barely two hours behind bars before he was released on $2,179 bond, jail records showed.

A Gwinnett County police officer pulled over Turner's black Audi R8 on Interstate 85 northeast of Atlanta after clocking the car at 97 mph - 32 mph over the speed limit, said Cpl. Edwin Ritter, a police spokesman.

CHICAGO (AP) - Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler acknowledged that he was wrong to shove teammate J'Marcus Webb on the sideline during the loss at Green Bay last week.

He has no second thoughts about yelling at him, however.

"I probably shouldn't have bumped him, I'll go with that,'' Cutler told WMVP-AM in Chicago. "As far as me yelling at him and trying to get him going in the game, I don't regret that. I shouldn't have bumped him, I'll stick to that.''

DAVIE, Fla. (AP) - Miami Dolphins general manager Jeff Ireland admits he muttered a profanity as he walked away from a fan following an unfriendly conversation at halftime of the team's most recent game.

The fan approached Ireland, complained about the direction of the Dolphins and told the GM he should fire himself. Ireland said he regrets what he said in response.

BASEBALL

NEW YORK (AP) - Toronto shortstop Yunel Escobar was suspended for three games by the Blue Jays for wearing eye-black displaying an anti-gay slur written in Spanish during a game last weekend against Boston.

Escobar apologized to his team and "to all those who have been offended'' for what he said was meant to be "just a joke.''

"It was not something I intended to be offensive,'' he said through a translator. "It was not anything intended to be directed at anyone in particular.''

Escobar insisted the word is often used within teams and by Latinos and "I didn't see it as something bad at the time.''

CHICAGO (AP) - Dusty Baker reached another milestone in his long major league career when he managed his 3,000th game, guiding the Cincinnati Reds against one of his former teams, the Chicago Cubs.

"I'm just glad that out of the 3,000 games, I won more than we've lost,'' said the 63-year-old Baker, who had a 1,572-1,426 record before Tuesday's game and also managed one tie in 2002.

At 19th on the career list, Baker isn't even halfway to Connie Mack, who is tops at 7,755 games managed.

SPORTS BUSINESS

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Anschutz Entertainment Group, the owner of the Staples Center arena and the NHL's Los Angeles Kings, and the top contender to build a stadium and bring the NFL back to Los Angeles, is up for sale, its parent company said.

The Denver-based Anschutz Co. said in a statement that it is "commencing a process'' to sell the subsidiary known as AEG and had hired Blackstone Advisory Partners as an adviser.

It wasn't immediately clear how far along the company is in the sale process, or whether it has entertained any offers, but the price for AEG could be well into the billions.

PRO HOCKEY

SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) - The Florida Panthers announced the layoffs of an unknown number of staff members on the third full day of the NHL lockout.

The Panthers are believed to be the NHL's second team to publicly announce layoffs since the league's collective bargaining agreement with its players expired at 11:59 p.m. on Saturday and ushered in the league's fourth work stoppage in the last 20 years.

The Ottawa Senators have already had layoffs and full-time employees have been placed on a reduced work week.

AUTO RACING

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - NASCAR reinstated A.J. Allmendinger, saying the driver had successfully completed its rehabilitation program after testing positive for a banned substance.

Allmendinger was suspended two months ago after failing a random drug test in June and his backup "B'' urine sample later tested positive. NASCAR has not revealed the substance, but he has said he tested positive for Adderall, a prescription drug typically used to treat attention deficit disorder. He does not have an ADD diagnosis or prescription, and said he took it a couple of days before the June 30 race at Kentucky Speedway because he was tired.

OLYMPICS

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Olympic snowboard champion Shaun White apologized for "unwise choices,'' saying he got "carried away'' after police accused him of pulling a hotel fire alarm that forced guests to evacuate.

White was charged with public intoxication and vandalism and is due in court Oct. 10.

The 26-year-old snowboarding star said on his Facebook page he wants to apologize for "any inconvenience it caused my family, friends, business partners, the hotel and their guests. He added that he was "celebrating a happy occasion with a ton of family and friends and got carried away. I'm truly sorry for my poor behavior.''

Police responded to the Loews Vanderbilt Hotel at 2 a.m. Sunday. A drunken man identified as White pulled the fire alarm, forcing an evacuation, police added. An employee also reported seeing White destroy a hotel phone.

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -Olympic gold medalist Rulon Gardner filed for bankruptcy after trying to capitalize on his fame in numerous business and publicity pursuits over the years.

Court records show Gardner owes a major creditor nearly $3 million while bringing in a household income of $37,392.

Gardner disputes the debt, saying he was defrauded by a business associate into co-signing a loan to develop a hot-spring resort in his hometown of Afton, Wyo., that "was nothing but a complete fraud.''

Gardner said he lost $400,000 of his own money on the deal and the creditor is going after him while his former business partner is in federal prison for fraud.

PRO BASKETBALL

HOUSTON (AP) - Jeremy Lin went through his first workout with the Houston Rockets.

The 6-foot-3 point guard was waived by the Rockets last December, then picked up by the Knicks. He was hesitant to buy a home and slept on teammate Landry Fields' couch the night before his breakout game against New Jersey on Feb. 4.

Lin signed a three-year, $25 million contract with Houston over the summer.

TENNIS

PERTH, Australia (AP) - Seven-time Grand Slam tournament winner Venus Williams will represent the United States in the Hopman Cup mixed-teams tournament later this year for the first time in her career.

Organizers said the 32-year-old Williams will team up with big-serving John Isner at the tournament in Perth, Western Australia, from Dec. 29 to Jan. 5.

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) - Top-seeded Mikhail Youzhny of Russia beat Michal Pospisil of Canada 7-6 (4), 6-1 to advance to the second round of the St. Petersburg Open.

METZ, France (AP) - Nikokaly Davydenko of Russia beat Mischa Zverev of Germany 2-6, 6-3, 6-3 in the first round of the Moselle Open.

GUANGZHOU, China (AP) - Top-seeded Marion Bartoli of France and sixth-seeded Monica Niculescu of Romania were knocked out in the first round of the Guangzhou Open.

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) - Caroline Wozniacki reached the second round of the Korea Open by beating Arantxa Rus of the Netherlands 6-1, 6-2.

 
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