Monday's Sports in Brief
NEW YORK (AP) The NFL presented Jonathan Vilma and his attorney with a sworn statement from former Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams saying the linebacker placed a $10,000 bounty on Brett Favre.
Vilma met with Commissioner Roger Goodell on Monday in New York about his suspension, which has been temporarily lifted. Attorney Peter Ginsberg said they were given an affidavit at the meeting.
``What Gregg Williams said in his most recent affidavit is the same falsity he has previously provided,'' Ginsberg said.
``I don't know what Gregg Williams' motives are, but I do know that any suggestion by Williams that Jonathan put up $10,000 as an incentive for his teammates to injure another player is absolutely false.''
Vilma tweeted on Monday night that Williams was ``bullied to sign the affidavit,'' saying Williams signed it on Friday.
Williams is now with St. Louis, though he has been suspended indefinitely. An associate of his said Williams did not want to talk to the media.
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - Tampa Bay coach Greg Schiano didn't break any NFL kneel-down rules and isn't apologizing for his aggressive tactics of going after the New York Giants when they were lined up for the final play.
``To me it's a clean, hard, tough, finish-the-game play,'' Schiano said on Monday. ``Some people disagree with that. That's certainly what makes the world go round. Everybody has opinions. I don't have any remorse or regret. It's clean hard football. It was no sneak attack. We were down ready to go, and that's how we do it all the time.''
What the first-year NFL coach did against the Giants - instructing his defensive lineman to plow into the Giants' offensive line with Eli Manning lined up in victory formation with 5 seconds left on the clock in New York's 41-34 victory- sparked a debate on whether the Bucs crossed the line when it comes to the league's unspoken rules.
The NFL said the Bucs didn't break any league rules and doesn't plan to take any action against Schiano or the team.
ASHBURN, Va. (AP) - The early glow from Robert Griffin III's fast start faded quickly for the Washington Redskins when defensive starters Brian Orakpo and Adam Carriker were declared out for the season.
Two-time Pro Bowl linebacker Orakpo tore the pectoral muscle near his left shoulder, and defensive end Carriker tore the quad tendon in his right knee in the first quarter of Sunday's 31-28 loss to the St. Louis Rams.
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A bomb threat at LSU that led university officials to evacuate the entire campus wound up forcing Les Miles to cancel a game-week practice for the second time in a month.
The second-ranked Tigers were permitted to return to campus and the football operations building Monday evening, but Miles elected to hold only meetings and film sessions of last Saturday night's 63-14 victory over Idaho.
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - Nebraska coach Bo Pelini says he has a clean bill of health and that he left a game over the weekend because he and team doctors were concerned a case of heartburn and his sense of feeling disoriented might be signs of a serious medical problem.
Pelini said a series of tests were negative.
MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Three University of Wisconsin students were charged in an attack on Badgers' running back Montee Ball.
Wendell Venerable, Robert Wilks and Deonte Wilson appeared in Dane County Circuit Court, where a judge continued their signature bonds. A criminal complaint says Ball was kicked and punched Aug. 1 as he walked in Madison. The complaint says a friend interrupted the attack when she threw herself over Ball on the ground.
TULSA, Okla. (AP) - Tulane officials say seriously injured football player Devon Walker will be moved to a new facility within the next two days as he continues therapy for his fractured spine.
Walker has been in St. Francis Hospital since he was injured during the Tulane-Tulsa game on Sept. 8.
Tulane spokesman Roger Dunaway says Walker is ``alert and actively participating in respiratory and other therapies that are part of his recovery.''
There's little doubt former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky faces a long prison sentence. In a few weeks, he'll find out just how long.
A judge announced he will sentence Sandusky on Oct. 9, nearly four months after Sandusky was convicted in the child molestation scandal that brought shame to Penn State.
Sandusky was convicted in June of 45 counts of sex abuse involving 10 boys. Prosecutors said some of the assaults took place on the Penn State campus.
The 68-year-old Sandusky, given his age and the serious nature of the crimes, is likely to receive a sentence that will keep him in prison for life. He is jailed pending sentencing and maintains his innocence.
NEW YORK (AP) - Day 2 of the NHL lockout saw no changes from either side, as talks between the league and the NHLPA remain unscheduled.
The NHL locked the players out over the weekend, when the collective bargaining agreement expired at 11:59 p.m. Saturday. It's the NHL's fourth work stoppage in the last 20 years.
NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly and NHLPA special counsel Steve Fehr have spoken informally since the lockout began, and may do so again on Tuesday. But nothing official will resume until at least Wednesday between Commissioner Gary Bettman and NHLPA executive director Donald Fehr.
The two sides haven't met face to face since last Wednesday.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - JR Motorsports parted ways with crew chief Tony Eury Jr. 10 days after his father was ousted as competition director.
Eury Jr. was crew chief for Danica Patrick and is a partial owner of the Nationwide Series team.
``I had hoped he would be here for a long time, but as we've discussed the direction of JR Motorsports moving forward, it was clear our differences in ideas were too vast to overcome,'' said Dale Earnhardt Jr., one of four owners of the race team.
Earnhardt Jr. and Eury Jr. are cousins, and Eury Jr. was his crew chief for many years at the Sprint Cup level.
TORONTO (AP) - Major League Baseball is checking reports that Toronto Blue Jays shortstop Yunel Escobar played Saturday's game against Boston wearing eye-black displaying a homophobic slur written in Spanish.
Pictures posted online show Escobar with the message written in his eye-black, a sticker players wear under their eyes to reduce glare from the sun. The slur did not appear to be directed at any person in particular.
MLB spokesman Pat Courtney confirmed the commissioner's office is looking into the reports.
LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) - Billy Gillispie said doctors have ordered him to avoid any stress for 30 days in an effort to bring the Texas Tech basketball coach's blood pressure down.
In a text message sent to the Associated Press, Gillispie confirmed he'd been treated for kidney problems and abnormal headaches last week at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota.
The school had no comment on Gillispie, who is currently on indefinite sick leave as Texas Tech gets set to begin practicing Oct. 12.
METZ, France (AP) - American James Blake beat French wild-card Albano Olivetti 6-2, 7-6 (4) despite giving up 19 aces in the first round of the Moselle Open.
ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) - Guillermo Garcia-Lopez of Spain rallied to beat Russian wild card Evgeny Donskoy 2-6, 6-4, 6-3 in the first round of the St. Petersburg Open.