Associated Press Sportswatch

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press


Judge shoots down deal

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- A federal judge in Philadelphia has preliminarily rejected a $767 million settlement of NFL concussion claims, fearing the sum may not be enough.

U.S. District Judge Anita Brody has asked for more financial details from all parties. In her ruling the judge says the settlement is designed to cover nearly 20,000 men for 65 years.


Report: Lions hired Caldwell

ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) -- The Detroit Lions have reportedly hired former Colts coach Jim Caldwell as their new leader. A person familiar with the situation has told The Associated Press that Caldwell is replacing the fired Jim Schwartz. Caldwell helped lead the Colts to the Super Bowl after taking over in 2009. He was dismissed two years later.

Caldwell spent the last two seasons with the Ravens, first as quarterbacks coach and then this last season as offensive coordinator.


Stanford safety leaving for the pros

STANFORD, Calif. (AP) -- Free safety Ed Reynolds has announced he is going to skip his final year of eligibility at Stanford to enter the NFL draft. He ranked third on the Cardinal with 87 tackles this past season.


Roberts agrees with Yankees

NEW YORK (AP) -- Second baseman Brian Roberts and the New York Yankees have completed their $2 million, one-year contract. The deal was agreed to last month and finalized three days after a spot on the 40-man roster opened with the suspension of Alex Rodriguez.

The 36-year old Roberts is a two-time All-Star and an option to replace the departed Robinson Cano (kan-OH').


Young agrees to deal

BALTIMORE (AP) -- The Orioles and outfielder Delmon Young have agreed to a minor league contract. He split time last season with the Phillies and Rays, hitting a combined .260 with 11 home runs and 38 runs batted in in 103 games.


Left-hander agrees to deal with Cincy

CINCINNATI (AP) -- The Cincinnati Reds and left-hander Jeff Francis have agreed to a minor league deal. The 33-year old split time as a starter and reliever with Colorado last season.


Minor league deal for pitcher

CHICAGO (AP) -- Chicago's White Sox have come to terms with pitcher Brian Omogrosso on a minor league contract. The right-hander appeared in 12 games last season with the Sox after pitching in Triple-A ball.


Top-seed Williams back in action

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) -- Women's No. 1 Serena Williams is back on the court this evening, U.S. time, for her second match of the Australian Open. Williams, who won her opening match in straight sets, is set to face a player from Serbia. In the only other women's match that involves a highly ranked player; fourth-seed Li Na (lee nah) has her second round match as well.

For the men, the highest seed to see action is No. 2 Novak Djokovic (NOH'-vak JOH'-kuh-vich). Third-seed David Ferrer (feh-REHR') is also scheduled for a second round match.

A check of unranked players of note in action today shows Sam Querrey (KWEER'-ee) and Alison Riske (RIHS'-kee) of the U.S.


Pacers look to tie Spurs

UNDATED (AP) -- Indiana can rejoin San Antonio as the winningest team in the NBA with a victory tonight. The 29-7 Pacers are home this evening to the Sacramento Kings. The 30-8 Spurs are off tonight.

Oklahoma City can break its first-place tie in the Northwest Division with Portland tonight. The Thunder are in Memphis while the Blazers are idle. Both Portland and Oklahoma City have records of 28-9.

The remaining games this evening feature the Cavaliers playing in L.A. against the Lakers and the Knicks at Charlotte.


Busy night of college play

UNDATED (AP) -- Eight games are on the college basketball schedule this evening with No. 3 Wisconsin leading the way. The Badgers are on the road for a game at Indiana. In other top-10 games fifth-ranked Wichita State is home to Bradley while seventh-ranked Florida is entertaining Georgia.

The other five games have 13th-ranked Kentucky at Arkansas; 19th-ranked Cincinnati home to Temple; Creighton, the 20th-ranked school in the AP poll, home to Butler; 22nd-ranked Pittsburgh at Georgia Tech, and No. 25 Oklahoma at Kansas State.


Jockeying for position continues in hockey

UNDATED (AP) -- The battle for first place in the NHL's Atlantic Division heats up tonight as the top two clubs are back on the ice. First-place Boston, which has 60 points, is home to the Maple Leafs, while second-place Tampa Bay, which has 58 points, is in New York to face the Rangers. Toronto, by the way, is just a point out of the eighth and final playoff berth in the East.

The overall leader in the Eastern Conference remains Pittsburgh, and the Penguins have the night off.

The overall league leader is Anaheim with 75 points, and the Ducks are taking a well-deserved day of rest.

Chicago's Blackhawks are second in the West and first in the Central, and tonight they are home to Colorado. The St. Louis Blues, who have 67 points, trail the Blackhawks by three in the Central Division.

The rest of tonight's schedule has San Jose skating at Washington, the Sabres are home to the Flyers, New Jersey is at Montreal, the Islanders are playing the Panthers in Florida, Calgary has as game in Nashville, the Wild are home to Ottawa and Edmonton is at Dallas.


Polak activated

ST. LOUIS (AP) -- The St. Louis Blues have activated defenseman Roman Polak from the injured list. He missed 10 games with a lower-body injury.


School files suit against ACC

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) -- The University of Maryland has filed a $157 million dollar counterclaim against the Atlantic Coast Conference. The claim alleges the league tried to recruit two Big Ten schools after Maryland announced its intention to leave for the Big Ten.

Maryland is also asking the ACC to pay the $16 million the school says has been improperly withheld since November 2012, when the school announced it was leaving for the Big Ten.

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