Friday's Sports In Brief
Friday's Sports In Brief
The Associated Press
Feb. 23, 2013
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The NFL is providing an iPad application to help team doctors diagnose whether a player has a concussion.
League officials demonstrated how the new system will work at the annual scouting combine. The move comes after a recommendation from the NFL's Head, Neck & Spine Committee.
The app will create a scoring system to determine if there are large discrepancies between a player's baseline score and his gameday score. If there is a large discrepancy, it would indicate the player has sustained a concussion.
Seahawks team doctor Stanley Herring, a committee member, says that while it will help diagnose head trauma, team doctors still need to trust their observations and instincts, too.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department joined a lawsuit against disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong that alleges the former seven-time Tour de France champion concealed his use of performance-enhancing drugs and defrauded his longtime sponsor, the U.S. Postal Service.
The lawsuit alleges that riders on the team, including Armstrong, knowingly violated their postal service agreements by regularly using banned substances and methods to enhance their performance.
In recent weeks, settlement discussions had been under way between Justice and Armstrong's lawyers. A person familiar with the negotiations said the two sides are tens of millions of dollars apart on how much Armstrong should pay to settle the case.
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Retired NFL star Ray Lewis will serve as honorary starter for the Daytona 500, waving the green flag to start Sunday's "Great American Race."
Lewis ended his 17-year NFL career in perfect fashion this month, directing a successful goal-line stand that provided him a second Super Bowl title. A 13-time Pro Bowl linebacker with the Baltimore Ravens, Lewis announced his retirement Jan. 2.
Lewis won't be the only celebrity on hand for Sunday's race. Rappers T.I. and 50 Cent will attend NASCAR's season opener, which has Danica Patrick starting on the pole.
Actor James Franco will serve as grand marshal and give the command to "start your engines."
FAIRFIELD, Conn. (AP) — Former Boston Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine has been hired as the athletics director at Sacred Heart University.
Valentine was fired in October after just one season in Boston, when the Red Sox went 69-93. He managed the Texas Rangers from 1985-92 and the Mets from 1996-02, leading New York to the 2000 World Series. After managing in Japan, he joined ESPN as an analyst. Last month he signed on to be the part-time co-host of a weekday talk show for NBC Sports Radio that debuts in April.
Valentine is a native of Stamford, Conn. who worked as the director of public safety for the city before taking the job with the Red Sox.
CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) — The NCAA's Committee on Infractions agreed to consider the request of three former Miami assistant coaches who say their individual cases in the Hurricanes' athletic scandal are tainted and should be dismissed, said a person familiar with the situation.
However, it's unclear when the committee will decide.
Former Miami basketball assistants Jake Morton and Jorge Fernandez, along with former football assistant Aubrey Hill, filed a motion with the committee on Thursday, saying, among other things, that they believe they cannot get a fair hearing because elements of the NCAA's probe of Miami were admittedly botched.
BATH, Pa. (AP) — The U.S. luge team's slippery sleds that fell off a truck have been found by the side of an eastern Pennsylvania roadway.
A man spotted the training sleds on the roadside Feb. 16 and held onto them for safekeeping. Mike Miller learned from media reports they belonged to USA Luge and contacted state police, who picked them up. The resident of Moore Township in Northampton County said he's glad the sleds are being returned to their owner.
A USA Luge representative had lost five of the sleds out of the back of his truck while in Pennsylvania for a recruiting event.
LONDON (AP) — Anti-doping penalties will include financial punishments for elite runners competing in the world's leading marathons.
Tokyo, Boston, London, Berlin, Chicago and New York — the six members of the World Marathon Majors series — can now suspend payment and demand repayment of prize money, appearance fees and performance bonuses from athletes found guilty of doping offenses.
Paula Radcliffe, the women's marathon world record-holder, said in a statement released by WMM that she "would love to see all major events follow its lead."
The Tokyo Marathon is scheduled for Sunday.