Thursday's Sports in Brief
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) A person familiar with the situation says the Charlotte Bobcats will interview Hall of Famer Jerry Sloan on Friday for their vacant head coaching position.
The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because the team hasn't made its list of candidates public.
The 70-year-old Sloan spent 23 seasons with the Utah Jazz before resigning in February 2011. He hasn't coached since.
NEW YORK (AP) - LeBron James was the leading vote-getter for the All-NBA team, while Kobe Bryant earned his 10th first-team selection, tied for second on the career list.
Bryant, a first-team pick for the seventh straight season, joined Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Elgin Baylor, Bob Cousy, Michael Jordan, Bob Pettit, and Jerry West with 10 selections to the first team. Karl Malone is the leader with 11.
Joining them on the first team were scoring champion Kevin Durant, Clippers point guard Chris Paul and Magic center Dwight Howard.
Guards Tony Parker and Russell Westbrook were selected the second team along with forwards Kevin Love and Blake Griffin and center Andrew Bynum.
Despite vigorously denying he gave one of his horses an illegal performance-enhancing mixture, trainer Doug O'Neill was suspended 45 days - a ban that won't take effect until after his superstar colt, I'll Have Another, tries to win the Triple Crown in the Belmont Stakes on June 9.
SCHENECTADY, N.Y. (AP) - The New York State Racing and Wagering Board suspended harness racing trainer Lou Pena indefinitely for more than 1,700 equine drug violations in nearly 700 races.
Pena also faces the loss of his license in New York and fines up to $25,000 per violation. The board said it also might seek to recover more than $2.5 million in purse money won with horses that were illegally drugged.
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) - Mark Sanchez was sharp in the New York Jets' first session of organized team activities open to the media, while backup Tim Tebow threw two interceptions in a three-play span.
Tebow, acquired in March to be Sanchez's backup, was picked off by Bart Scott and then newly signed Yeremiah Bell two plays later. Tebow also was used as the personal protector on the punt team.
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) - New York Giants receiver Hakeem Nicks is expected to be sidelined up to three months after breaking his right foot at a team organized activity.
Nicks fractured the fifth metatarsal of his right foot as he was running a route during individual drills in the Timex Performance Center field house, the team said.
WASHINGTON (AP) - The NFL and its referees' union have agreed to federal mediation.
George Cohen, director of the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service, will conduct the talks between the on-field officials and the league. Cohen also mediated between the NFL and its players' union before last year's lockout.
No dates or sites have been announced.
NEW YORK (AP) - The New York Yankees denied a report that they are for sale.
The Daily News reported that there were rumors in Major League Baseball and New York banking circles that the Steinbrenner family ``is exploring the possibility of selling the Yankees.''
Not so, says Yankees managing partner Hal Steinbrenner. He says the idea of a Yankees sale is ``pure fiction'' and ``I expect that the Yankees will be in my family for many years to come.''
Hal's father, George Steinbrenner, headed a group that bought the Yankees from CBS Inc. in 1973 for about $8.7 million net. The elder Steinbrenner died two years ago.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Former Boston Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling's faltering video game company, which received a $75 million loan guarantee to move to Rhode Island in 2010, laid off its entire staff.
The company was more than two weeks late this month on a $1.1 million payment to the state's Economic Development Corporation.
QUEBEC CITY (AP) - International and U.S. Olympic leaders finalized a new revenue-sharing agreement that ends years of acrimony between the powerful bodies and clears the way for future American bids for the games.
After years of protracted negotiations, the two sides signed a long-term agreement that will reduce the USOC's future share of TV and marketing revenues - a breakthrough that helps bring the U.S. back into the international fold.
QUEBEC CITY (AP) - Describing talks with Saudi Arabia as ``not an easy situation,'' IOC President Jacques Rogge said the Olympic body is still working with the Gulf country on sending female athletes to the London Games.
Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Brunei are the only countries that have never fielded women on their Olympic teams. While Qatar and Brunei have announced plans to take female athletes to London, the Saudis have not yet done so.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Susie Wheldon somberly marked her late husband's Indianapolis 500 victory, accepting the champions ring seven months after Dan Wheldon was killed in a horrific crash at Las Vegas.
``He loved Indianapolis Motor Speedway so much,'' she said softly as cameras clicked. ``I'm proud to be here with our two children, Sebastian and Oliver, and to represent him as a two-time winner of the Indianapolis 500.''
CONCORD, N.C. (AP) - Aric Almirola took the pole for the Coca-Cola 600 with a lap of 192.940 mph, giving Richard Petty Motorsports a front-row sweep at Charlotte Motor Speedway for NASCAR's longest race.
Teammate Marcus Ambrose was second at 191.598 in qualifying for the Sunday night race.
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) - Condolences streamed in from as far as Texas and Massachusetts as fans and friends gathered in Morgantown to pay tribute to former West Virginia University football coach Bill Stewart.
Stewart died of an apparent heart attack at age 59 while on a golf outing Monday.
LAWRENCEVILLE, N.J. (AP) - Rider hired Kevin Baggett as its new coach.
Broncs athletic director Don Harnum announced the appointment at roughly the same time that former coach Tommy Dempsey was named the new coach at Binghamton.
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) - Zach Johnson shot a bogey-free 6-under 64 to take a one-stroke lead after the first round of the Colonial.
Jason Dufner was a stroke back along with PGA Tour rookie Harris English, Tom Gillis and Kyle Reifers.
BENTON HARBOR, Mich. (AP) - Roger Chapman shot a 3-under 68 to take the first-round lead in the Senior PGA Championship at difficult Harbor Shores.
VIRGINIA WATER, England (AP) - Ireland's Peter Lawrie and Scotland's David Drysdale shared the first-round lead at 6-under 66 in the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth.
LONDON (AP) - David Beckham's England career will be honored at the team's final European Championship warm-up match, June 2 against Belgium at Wembley, with the former captain receiving an award from the continent's governing body for players who have at least 100 international appearances.
STRASBOURG, France (AP) - Second-seeded Francesca Schiavone easily defeated Johanna Larsson 6-0, 6-3 to reach the Strasbourg International semifinals, but three-time champion Anabel Medina Garrigues lost.
Schiavone next plays Sloane Stephens of the United States, who beat Ayumi Morita of Japan 6-3, 6-4.
Alize Cornet clinched her 7-6 (2), 7-6 (5) victory against Garrigues on her first match point.
BOISE, Idaho (AP) - Tara Whitten led a Canadian sweep of the first three spots in the Exergy Tour prologue after American gold medalist Kristin Armstrong fell and likely broke her left collarbone during the two-mile stage.
Whitten finished in 4 minutes, 9 seconds, just ahead of Gillian Carleton. Clara Hughes was third.
VEDELAGO, Italy (AP) - Andrea Guardini edged Mark Cavendish in a bunch sprint to win the 18th stage of the Giro d'Italia and Joaquin Rodriguez kept his grip on the overall lead.