Wednesday's Sports In Brief
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) PRO FOOTBALL
Alex Smith quietly stayed behind the scenes after losing his job and watched from the sideline as San Francisco returned to the Super Bowl for the first time in 18 years. Yet the No. 1 overall draft pick from 2005 did make one thing known: The veteran quarterback still considers himself a starter.
And he hoped to get that chance again. Now, he appears to have it.
The Kansas City Chiefs have agreed to acquire Smith from the 49ers in the first major acquisition since Andy Reid took over as the team's new coach in early January, a person with knowledge of the trade told The Associated Press.
NEW YORK (AP) - The NFL says it will look into whether questions asked of Colorado tight end Nick Kasa at the combine violated any laws or league policies banning employers from inquiring about a possible employee's sexual orientation.
Kasa told ESPN Radio in Denver that during interviews with team officials at the combine in Indianapolis: ``(Teams) ask you, like, `Do you have a girlfriend?' `Are you married?' `Do you like girls?'''
He did not identify who asked him such questions.
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - Rather than risk another injury, and go through another coaching transition in Buffalo, defensive end Chris Kelsay decided to retire after 10 seasons with the Bills.
Kelsay made up his mind this week and traveled from his offseason home in Nebraska to inform general manager Buddy Nix of his plans during a meeting at the team's facility.
NEW YORK (AP) - Pacers center Roy Hibbert and Warriors forward David Lee were each suspended a game without pay for starting an altercation during their game that drifted into the courtside seats.
Three other players were fined for the incident in the fourth quarter of Indiana's 108-97 home win Tuesday. Hibbert was ejected after the skirmish, which began when he and Lee exchanged shoves under the basket after a missed shot.
The NBA said that the Warriors' Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson and the Pacers' Lance Stephenson were fined $35,000 each for escalating the fight.
NEW YORK (AP) - The New York Knicks said new X-rays of Rasheed Wallace's left foot showed a broken bone, and he is expected to miss another eight weeks, possibly ending his comeback season.
The forward will have surgery this week, damaging news for a team that has missed his play off the bench.
ATLANTA (AP) - Former WNBA player and Olympic gold medalist Chamique Holdsclaw is being indicted in a November 2012 shooting in Atlanta, prosecutors said.
A six-count indictment charges Holdsclaw, 35, with aggravated assault, criminal damage and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, Fulton County District Attorney's spokeswoman Yvette Jones said.
Holdsclaw was arrested after an argument with Tulsa Shock player Jennifer Lacy, 29, who told police she was Holdsclaw's ex-girlfriend. The two also were Atlanta Dream teammates in 2009. Holdsclaw broke the windows to Lacy's car and shot at it Nov. 13, 2012, police said. No one was injured.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) - Four players for two-time defending national champion Alabama have been dismissed from school following their arrests after two robberies on campus.
University spokeswoman Deborah Lane said that linebackers D.J. Pettway and Tyler Hayes, safety Eddie Williams and H-back Brent Calloway are no longer enrolled after a judicial review.
Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban had earlier said the players ``are no longer associated with the football program.''
CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) - The NCAA is alleging that former Miami booster Nevin Shapiro was responsible for providing about $170,000 in impermissible benefits to Hurricanes athletes, recruits, coaches and others between 2002 and 2010.
Shapiro allegedly spent more than half that amount - at least $90,000 - in an effort to get NFL players Vince Wilfork and Antrel Rolle to sign with a sports agency he was involved with, said the person, who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because neither Miami nor the NCAA has publicly released the allegations.
Also included in the allegations: That Shapiro spent at least another $56,000 on ``meals, entertainment, clothing, jewelry, travel, lodging and cash'' on football players, recruits and others.
TRACK AND FIELD
JOHANNESBURG (AP) - The substance found in Oscar Pistorius' bedroom after the shooting death of his girlfriend was identified by his representatives Wednesday as Testis compositum - an herbal remedy they said is used for ``muscle recovery.'' A product by that name also is sold as a sexual enhancer.
Testis compositum is marketed by some online retailers in both oral and injectable forms as a testosterone booster and sexual performance aid that contains the testicles, heart and embryo of pigs, among other ingredients. Some online retailers also say it can be used to treat fatigue.
NEW YORK (AP) - The desire to produce a quick documentary on Olympic runner Oscar Pistorius and the shooting death of his live-in girlfriend has led to a new partnership between two television networks.
The Investigation Discovery Network on Sunday will premiere a special, ``Beauty & The Blade Runner,'' about the South African athlete and his role in the shooting death of model Reeva Steenkamp. ID is making the special with the help of NBC News and that company's Peacock Productions.
PARIS (AP) - David Beckham made his first start for Paris Saint-Germain, which advanced to the French Cup quarterfinals with a 2-0 win Wednesday night over rival Marseille.
The 37-year-old midfielder made his PSG debut Sunday as a 76th-minute substitute in a 2-0 league win against Marseille. He played until the 86th minute in the cup match, leaving three minutes after receiving a yellow card for a confrontation and argument with Jordan Ayew.
LONDON (AP) - Worn down by constant criticism by fans, Rafael Benitez announced he will leave as Chelsea's manager at the end of the season.
Benitez made his decision public during an extraordinary post-match outburst in which he also took aim at the Premier League club's hierarchy.
ACAPULCO, Mexico (AP) - Raphael Nadal took another step in his return from injury as the former world No. 1 defeated Argentina's Martin Alund 6-0, 6-4 to reach the Mexican Open quarterfinals.
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) - Defending champion Roger Federer and top-seeded Novak Djokovic are on course to face each in the Dubai Championships final after each moved into the quarterfinals with straight set victories.
FLORIANOPOLIS, Brazil (AP) - Venus Williams beat Garbine Muguruza of Spain 6-4, 2-6, 7-5 to reach the quarterfinals of the Brazil Tennis Cup.