Williams lands new job
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — It didn't take former New Orleans defensive coordinator Gregg Williams long to find a new job.
His indefinite suspension by the NFL was lifted today by the league and shortly thereafter the NFL approved his hiring by Tennessee. With the Titans Williams will be a senior assistant coach for defense.
He had been suspended for his role in the New Orleans' bounty scandal.
The league issued a statement saying that Commissioner Roger Goodell (guh-DEHL') cited several reasons for reinstating Williams including that Williams accepted responsibility for his role in the bounty program, his commitment to never be involved in any pay for performance system and pledging to teach safe play and respect for the rules.
Surgery for Peterson
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) — Running back Adrian Peterson of the Vikings had surgery today for a sports hernia. The NFL MVP is expected to make a quick recovery "with no long-term concerns", according to the team.
Peterson, who also was named offensive player of the year after returning from a torn ACL to rush for 2,097 yards, was bothered by an abdominal injury for the last month of the season. He sat out the fourth quarter against Houston in December, which may have kept him from breaking Eric Dickerson's single-season rushing record.
Peterson was still able to amass the second-most rushing yardage in league history.
Tribe inks Aviles
CLEVELAND (AP) — The Indians have signed infielder Mike Aviles (ah-VEE'-lihs) to a two-year contract with a club option for the 2015 season. Aviles, who was acquired in a trade from Toronto in November, gives the Indians depth at second base and shortstop. He spent last season as Boston's primary shortstop, batting .250 with 13 homers and 60 RBIs in 136 games.
The 31-year-old was eligible for salary arbitration before agreeing to the deal. The Indians have not gone to an arbitration hearing with a player since 1991.
Round one today
PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. (AP) — The opening round of the Pebble Beach Pro-Am is underway. Defending champion Phil Mickelson is looking to repeat his success of last week when he won the Phoenix Open.
Matt Every of the U.S. has the early clubhouse lead at minus-5. It could have been better but he bogeyed the 18th hole.
Two players are on the course at 6-under, Hunter Mahan (MAY'-han) of the U.S. and South Korean Seung-Yul Noh.
Mickelson is 3-under after 11 holes while Vijay Singh (VEE'-jay SING) shot even-par 72. This is Singh's his first tournament since he admitted using deer-antler spray, which is said to contain a substance that is on the banned list of the PGA Tour's anti-doping policy.
Celtics entertain Lakers and Nuggets play host to Thunder
UNDATED (AP) — The NBA has a light schedule this evening with just two games being played. In Boston it's a rematch of longtime rivals as the Celtics play host to the Lakers. This game doesn't have all the luster of previous encounters as L.A. is three games under .500 at 23-26 and the Celtics are 25-23.
The other game is in Denver as the Nuggets are playing host to the Bulls. Chicago comes in a game back of Indiana in the Central Division with 29 wins and 19 defeats, while Denver is six games back of Oklahoma City in the Northwest Division with 31 wins and 18 losses.
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Irish to stay in Big East, for now
SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Notre Dame basketball coach Mike Brey says the Fighting Irish will stay in the Big East for the 2013-14 season before leaving for the Atlantic Coast Conference. The school announced in September it was leaving the Big East to join the ACC, with its football program remaining independent.
Brey said one reason Notre Dame decided to remain in the Big East another season is it believes the seven Catholic schools that have decided to leave and form their own league will remain in the Big East next season.
Hoosiers look for another conference win
UNDATED (AP) — Indiana, the top team in The Associated Press poll, is on the road tonight in Champaign for a game with Illinois. The Hoosiers, who are 20-2, staked claim to the No. 1 ranking with an 81-73 win over then No. 1 Michigan on Saturday. The only other top-five club in action tonight is Duke. The fourth-ranked Blue Devils entertain North Carolina State in an ACC game.
The remaining top-25 games tonight have No. 6 Gonzaga (gahn-ZAG'-uh) playing Pepperdine, 19th-ranked Oregon hosting Colorado and 21st-ranked Missouri at Texas A&M.
Gators lose big man
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Florida, the second ranked team in the AP poll, will be without forward Will Yeguete (YEH'-geht) for at least the rest of the regular season following arthroscopic knee surgery. Yeguete, usually the first player off the bench, is averaging 6.0 points and 6.3 rebounds this season.
Busy night of play on ice
UNDATED (AP) —There are 12 games being played in the NHL this evening.
In years gone by the Washington-at-Pittsburgh game would have drawn attention but the Capitals are mired in last place in the Southeast Division with 5 points, while the Penguins top the Atlantic with 14. In an all-Atlantic Division matchup the Rangers are playing host to the Islanders while another Atlantic team, New Jersey, is hosting Southeast leader Tampa Bay.
There's a good Northwest Division contest tonight as division-leading Vancouver plays at Minnesota.
The remaining NHL schedule has Montreal at Buffalo, Florida playing at Philadelphia, Columbus hosting Calgary, Toronto at Winnipeg, the Blues at home to Detroit, Nashville entertaining L.A. and Chicago at Phoenix.