Weekend Sports In Brief
Wisconsin's tying half-court heave went in, of course. Then Kansas lost again. And in case you were asleep late Saturday night, Notre Dame rallied past Louisville in five overtimes.
March Madness is weeks away, but February Frenzy is already in full swing.
Six more Top 25 teams went down Saturday, including two of the top five. When the next Associated Press poll comes out Monday, it likely will have a new No. 1 for the sixth straight week - marking the second-longest such streak since the first rankings in 1949.
Fourth-ranked Duke overcame early and late deficits to beat Boston College 62-61 on Sunday night, but seventh-ranked Arizona lost 77-69 to California and Illinois made 11 3-pointers in a 57-53 victory at No. 18 Minnesota. That made it six top-10 teams and 14 in the Top 25 overall with at least one loss since the poll came out last Monday.
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) Joe Paterno's family released its response to Penn State's report on the Jerry Sandusky scandal Sunday, attacking Louis Freeh's conclusion that the coach hid sex abuse allegations against his longtime assistant.
In a report commissioned by the family, former U.S. Attorney General and Pennsylvania Gov. Dick Thornburgh said the investigation by former FBI director Freeh resulted in a ``rush to injustice.'' That report, authorized by the university, found that Paterno and three former administrators covered up child sexual abuse allegations against former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky.
Those findings last July were unsupported by the facts, said the family critique released. Months in the making, the report was billed as an independent analysis of the work by Freeh, who defended his report Sunday.
VINA DEL MAR, Chile (AP) - Rafael Nadal lost the singles and doubles finals at the VTR Open on Sunday in a disappointing finish to his comeback tournament after being sidelined for seven months with a left knee injury.
Nadal was beaten by Argentina's Horacio Zeballos in three sets in the singles final. Then, Nadal and partner Juan Monaco lost 6-2, 6-4 in the doubles championship against the Italian pair of Paolo Lorenzi and Potito Starace.
Nadal was an overwhelming favorite, particularly in singles where he was shooting for this 37th singles title on clay. But Zeballos won 6-7 (2), 7-6 (6), 6-4 for his first title on any surface, looking every bit the equal of the seven-time French Open champion. It was only the fifth loss for Nadal in a singles final on clay.
RIMINI, Italy (AP) - The United States was eliminated in the first round of the Fed Cup, losing to Italy 3-2 Sunday when Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci defeated Varvara Lepchenko and Liezel Huber in the decisive doubles match.
Errani and Vinci, the top-ranked doubles team, won 6-2, 6-2 against an understrength American team. The U.S. was without Serena and Venus Williams and Sloane Stephens because of injuries.
PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. (AP) - Brandt Snedeker didn't have to take a back seat to anyone at Pebble Beach.
A runner-up to Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson the last two weeks, Snedeker finished off a command performance Sunday with a 7-under 65 for a two-shot victory over Chris Kirk in the Pebble Beach National Pro-Am. Snedeker tapped in for par on the 18th hole to finish at 19-under 267, setting the tournament record at Pebble Beach.
Kirk closed with a 64, though he never got closer than two shots. James Hahn, tied with Snedeker to start the final round, had a 68 and tied for third.
FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) - Boston Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington said outfield prospect Bryce Brentz accidentally shot himself in the leg last month, but could recover in time to play in spring training.
Cherington said Saturday that Brentz was cleaning the gun went it went off. The bullet passed through Brentz's left leg. Cherington said Brentz wasn't doing anything illegal. The GM said the team had talked to the 24-year-old about the accident.
Brentz was a first-round draft pick by the Red Sox in 2010. He hit a combined .290 with 17 home runs and 76 RBIs last season in Double-A and Triple-A.
CLEVELAND (AP) - The Cleveland Indians signed first baseman-designated hitter Jason Giambi to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.
The Indians announced the signing Saturday, six days ahead of the team's first full-squad workout. The 42-year-old Giambi spent the past three-plus seasons filling a part-time role with the Rockies. The 2000 AL MVP was a mentor to younger players and he interviewed for Colorado's managerial position this offseason.
Also, with at least one spot open in his rotation, new Indians manager Terry Francona will give Japanese right-hander Daisuke Matsuzaka a shot at winning a starting job. Matsuzaka agreed to a minor league contract with Cleveland. Matsuzaka, who pitched for Francona with the Boston Red Sox, must pass a physical for the deal to be finalized.
METAIRIE, La. (AP) - The Saints hired Rob Ryan as their new defensive coordinator and added Stan Kwan as an assistant special teams coach.
Saints coach Sean Payton, who announced the additions to his staff on Saturday, said the Saints found Ryan's defenses challenging when they played his previous teams. In 2010, Ryan was Cleveland's defensive coordinator when the Browns beat the Saints in the Superdome, 30-17, intercepting passes by Drew Brees four times.
Ryan, the brother of Jets coach Rex Ryan, spent the past two seasons as Dallas' defensive coordinator and was fired after last season, when his defense ranked 19th.
MIAMI (AP) - The Miami Dolphins agreed to a local referendum on their plan seeking tax money for an upgrade of their stadium, a person familiar with the discussions said Sunday.
The Dolphins believe passage by Miami-Dade County voters would help the chance of the plan's approval by the Florida Legislature, the person told The Associated Press, speaking on condition of anonymity because the team declined to comment.
The surgeon who operated on Lindsey Vonn's right knee was ``optimistic for a full recovery'' after she shredded two ligaments during a crash last week at the world championships in Schladming, Austria. She also broke a bone in her lower leg.
Dr. Bill Sterett, a physician for the U.S. Ski Team, performed the procedure on the four-time overall World Cup champion Sunday morning in Vail, Colo. In a release issued by the ski team, Sterett said the surgery went well and that she was resting comfortably.
ATHENS, Greece (AP) - The Greek Cup basketball final was struck by violence Sunday, with fans storming the court and tearing seats apart, and police using stun grenades to contain the mayhem.
The game was suspended for an hour before Panathinaikos defeated archrival Olympiakos 81-78 in front of nearly empty stands.
The trouble began with 7:03 left in the second quarter and Panathinaikos leading 26-17. Panathinaikos' Stefan Lasme tangled with Pero Antic under the basket and head-butted his opponent, drawing a technical foul. Olympiakos fans responded by throwing objects onto the court, with one hitting Panathinaikos' Greek-American guard Mike Bramos, who was on the bench. Fans then ran onto the court and exchanged blows, forcing riot police to intervene - at one point using the stun grenades.
LONDON (AP) - Paul Gascoigne is recovering in a hospital in the United States after reacting badly to a detox program in his battle to beat alcoholism, according to people close to the former England midfielder.
Gascoigne, who starred in the 1990 World Cup, flew to Arizona this week to receive treatment for alcohol addiction after a relapse. His life isn't believed to be at risk.