Tuesday's Sports in Brief

Tuesday's Sports in Brief
October 17, 2012, 7:11 am
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CHICAGO (AP) Mike Holmgren won't be finishing the job he went to do in Cleveland.

New Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam III said Tuesday that Holmgren was out as team president, although the Super Bowl-winning coach will remain with the franchise to help in the transition.

Haslam was introduced as the Browns' new boss after the 32 NFL owners unanimously approved his $1 billion purchase of the team from Randy Lerner. Moments later, Haslam announced that former Eagles President Joe Banner would become chief executive officer. The move takes effect Oct. 25 when the sale is concluded.

Haslam plans no other personnel changes before 2013, meaning the jobs of coach Pat Shurmur and his staff and general manager Tom Heckert appear safe for now.

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Juan Castillo's offense-to-defense coaching experiment backfired in Philadelphia, costing the defensive coordinator his job.

Castillo was fired by Eagles coach Andy Reid and replaced by secondary coach Todd Bowles. It was the first time Reid dismissed a coach midseason in his 14 years in charge.

``I put Juan in this situation and things didn't work out the way I had hoped,'' Reid said. ``I take full responsibility for putting him in that situation.''

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A federal magistrate judge ordered NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to provide the court with documents related to the league's bounty investigation of the New Orleans Saints.

The order by Magistrate Daniel Knowles came in response to suspended linebacker Jonathan Vilma's efforts to initiate the discovery process in his defamation case against the commissioner. Vilma has said the NFL has allowed him to review only a fraction of documents related to bounty matter.

Knowles issued a compromise order in which only the court, and not Vilma, may see the documents - including reports of interviews with witnesses - before a subsequent order is made on whether to allow discovery to proceed.

CHICAGO (AP) - The NFL is doubling down on London.

The league announced that the Minnesota Vikings will host the Pittsburgh Steelers at London's Wembley Stadium on Sept. 29, 2013.

The Jacksonville Jaguars will host the San Francisco 49ers at Wembley on Oct. 27, 2013. This is the first time the NFL will play two regular-season games in London in the same season.

CHICAGO (AP) - Houston, San Francisco and South Florida are bidding for the 2016 and 2017 Super Bowls.

NFL owners will vote next May between San Francisco - the 49ers are building a new stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., - and South Florida for the 50th Super Bowl in 2016. The loser of that race will then compete with Houston for hosting the 2017 game.

NEW YORK (AP) - All the single ladies will be watching the upcoming Super Bowl along with football lovers - that's because Beyonce is the halftime show performer.

NFL confirmed the news Tuesday afternoon after Beyonce posted a photo of herself sporting eye black, where ``Feb. 3'' is written on one and ``2013'' on the other, on her Tumblr page. The Super Bowl is set for Feb. 3, 2013 at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans.

Beyonce, whose pop and R&B hits include ``Crazy in Love,'' `'Irreplaceable'' and ``Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It),'' has won 16 Grammy Awards.


TORONTO (AP) - The stalled talks between the NHL and the players' association finally got a jumpstart.

After watching 34 days pass without a new proposal being offered from either side in negotiations for a new collective bargaining agreement, Commissioner Gary Bettman made a new offer to the NHLPA that proposes a 50-50 split of hockey-related revenue and a full 82-game season starting Nov. 2.

As talks resumed for the first time since last week between the league and the union, Bettman proudly announced the offer, which is crafted for - if nothing else - a quick response from the head of the players' association, Donald Fehr, followed by some serious negotiations either here or in New York.


KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) - Clint Dempsey had a pair of goals and assisted on Carlos Bocanegra's equalizer, and the United States rallied to beat Guatemala 3-1 to reach next year's final round of World Cup qualifying.


Spain's 24-game winning streak in qualifiers ended when Olivier Giroud scored in the fourth minute of second-half stoppage time, giving France a 1-1 tie in qualifying for the 2014 World Cup.

On a busy day of international soccer, Germany wasted a four-goal lead at home in a 4-4 tie against Sweden, and the United States advanced to next year's regional finals by rallying for a 3-1 win over Guatemala as Clint Dempsey scored twice and Carlos Bocanegra got a goal.

Mexico, Costa Rica, Panama, Honduras and Jamaica joined the U.S. in next year's finals of the North and Central American region, which will produce three qualifiers for the 2014 tournament in Brazil.


STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) - Penn State will not renew the contract of athletic director Tim Curley, who has been on leave since being charged last year with perjury and failing to report a child sex abuse allegation against Jerry Sandusky.

The school notified Curley his contract would not renewed when it expires in June, university spokesman Dave La Torre said in a statement.


DURHAM, N.C. (AP) - Mike Trout is the first rookie to win Baseball America's player of the year award.

Called up three weeks into the season, the Los Angeles Angels outfielder batted .326 with 30 homers and 83 RBIs. He also led the majors with 49 stolen bases (in 54 attempts) and 129 runs while making several highlight-reel catches.

Trout also was honored with the publication's rookie of the year award.

BOSTON (AP) - New York Yankees bench coach Tony Pena is the second person to be interviewed as the Red Sox continue to search for Bobby Valentine's replacement.

The former Red Sox catcher and Kansas City Royals manager was interviewed on Monday, an off day in the AL championship series between the Yankees and the Detroit Tigers.

LAGUNA NIGUEL, Calif. (AP) - Hall of Famer Ozzie Smith is planning to auction his 13 Gold Gloves and a pair of World Series rings he received from the St. Louis Cardinals in retirement.

SCP Auctions said that bidding for the online sale will start Nov. 14 and end Dec. 1. SCP said Smith decided on the auction, which also includes 11 All-Star game rings, as part of estate and family planning.

In a separate sale, bidding began at Goldin Auctions for Pete Rose's copy of the 1990 agreement in which he accepted a lifetime ban from baseball following an investigation of his gambling while manager of the Cincinnati Reds. Bidding runs through Nov. 17.


BATON ROGUE, La. (AP) - Sports Illustrated reported that former LSU cornerback Tyrann Mathieu might have violated NCAA rules by promoting a night club while he was still a member of the team.

The magazine reports Mathieu appeared in a video made by a group of his friends that goes by the name Era Nation in which he promotes a party at a Baton Rouge club called The Palace on March 10 of this year.

His pictures also were on fliers promoting the event called ``Era Nation Album Release Party For Tyrann Mathieu.''

LSU spokesman Michael Bonnette said the school is aware of the promotional material, but does not believe he committed an NCAA violation.


CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - NASCAR announced competition changes for 2013 that includes the elimination of the top 35 qualifying rule and a reduced field size in the Nationwide Series.

Starting next season, the top 35 cars in owners' points will no longer be guaranteed a spot in the Sprint Cup field. NASCAR will use a 36-6-1 format in which the fastest 36 cars make the race on speed. The next six highest ranking cars in owners points not already qualified then earn a starting spot, followed by the most recent eligible past champion driver.


LUXEMBOURG (AP) - Venus Williams cruised through her first match since the U.S. Open, beating 15-year-old WTA rookie Belinda Bencic of Switzerland 6-3, 6-1 in the first round of the Luxembourg Open.

MOSCOW (AP) - Defending champion Dominika Cibulkova advanced to the second round of the Kremlin Cup, rallying to beat Ekaterina Makarova of Russia 2-6, 6-4, 6-2

VIENNA (AP) - Jesse Levine of the United States defeated Lukasz Kubot of Poland 6-3, 6-4 in the Erste Bank Open.