New Dolphins owner: Parcells still in charge
New Miami Dolphins majority owner Stephen Ross won't mess with success: He says Bill Parcells will remain in charge of the football operation. Ross, a New York real estate billionaire, completed his purchase of 95 percent of the franchise for $1 billion, with Wayne Huizenga retaining a 5 percent interest. Ross then addressed speculation he and Parcells might not be hitting it off. The sale triggered a clause in Parcells' contract allowing him to leave and still receive the $9 million to $12 million remaining on the four-year contract he signed a year ago. "Parcells is in charge," Ross said in a conference call.
Steelers: : Hines Ward needs extensive work to rehabilitate his sprained right knee for the Super Bowl, but coach Mike Tomlin still expects the wide receiver to play. "We're definitely not going to count him out," Tomlin said. "We're going to save a seat on the bus for 86."
Colts: : Ron Meeks resigned after seven seasons as defensive coordinator. The Colts led the NFL in scoring defense in 2007 but dropped to seventh last season and were eliminated from the AFC playoffs in the first round by San Diego.
Eagles: : Two Cardinals fans hung their team's flag in a tree and burned "Go Cards," "Go Kurt," and "I heart AZ" in Philadelphia quarterback Donovan McNabb's yard with diesel fuel last week, Chandler, Ariz., police Sgt. Joe Favazzo said. Favazzo said Chandler resident Rex Perkins, 37, and co-worker Ryan Hanlon, 28, admitted to the pranks and were cited for misdemeanor criminal damage.
Morgan's Lee to coach North Carolina A&T;
Alonzo Lee, defensive coordinator and linebackers coach at Morgan State, has been named head coach at North Carolina A&T.; In three years at Morgan, Lee, 51, built one of the top-rated defenses in the Football Championship Subdivision. Morgan went 6-6 last season; North Carolina A&T; finished 3-9 and, in five of those losses, surrendered 40 points or more. Both schools play in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference. Morgan has not named Lee's successor.
Et cetera: : Maryland linebacker Moise Fokou was a late addition to the South roster of the Senior Bowl. ... Michigan hired former Syracuse coach Greg Robinson as defensive coordinator. ... Oklahoma State hired Bill Young to be its defensive coordinator, luring him back to his alma mater from Miami.
Duke, insurance company at odds over settlement
Duke University's insurance company says it was left in the dark and shouldn't have to pay for a settlement with three Duke lacrosse players falsely accused of rape. The Durham (N.C.) Herald reported that National Union Fire Insurance Co. filed court papers that said campus leaders didn't tell the company about the settlement, in violation of its contract. The university has sued the company for failing to cover the costs of its out-of-court settlement with the three players. The university said it was barred from disclosing information because of the settlement's confidentiality clause.
Self's greeting to recruit might be NCAA violation
Kansas officials are checking to see whether men's coach Bill Self's brief encounter with a top recruit might constitute an NCAA infraction. Self agrees he said hello to John Wall, a 6-foot-4 guard who had just played in a high school tournament in Springfield, Mo. It happened during an evaluation period last week when college coaches are not allowed contact with prospects other than to exchange greetings. Wall is rated the No. 1 recruit in the class of 2009 by Rivals.com.
Big East: : The conference has decided not to take any action after Connecticut women's coach Geno Auriemma's post-game exchange with Syracuse player Nicole Michael last week. Commissioner Michael Tranghese issued a statement saying both school's athletic directors have assured him there will be no repeat of the incident, and both are committed to the league's principles of sportsmanship.
Terps' Meharg receives Coach of Year honor again
Maryland's Missy Meharg, who led the Terps to a 22-2 record and the NCAA championship last fall, has been named Coach of the Year by the National Field Hockey Coaches Association. It's the unprecedented seventh such award for Meharg and the third time she has won it in the past four years. In 21 seasons at Maryland, Meharg's teams have won five national titles.
NHL: : Brendan Bell scored host Ottawa's third power-play goal of the game with 1:22 remaining to lift the Senators to a 3-2 win over the Washington Capitals. Dany Heatley scored a pair of power-play goals in the first to stake the Senators to a 2-0 lead. Sergei Fedorov and David Steckel scored in the second to help the Capitals erase a two-goal deficit and tie it at 2 midway through the middle period. ... New York Islanders goalie Rick DiPietro is out for the season after playing only five games because of persistent problems with his surgically repaired left knee.
NBA: : Mike Bibby scored nine of his season-high 31 points in the final five minutes, and the visiting Atlanta Hawks beat the Chicago Bulls, 105-102. ... Tim Duncan scored 27 points and Manu Ginobili had 26 before the host San Antonio Spurs sat their stars early in a 99-81 win over the Indiana Pacers. ... Linas Kleiza scored 27 points and the host Denver Nuggets beat the Sacramento Kings, 118-99. ... Mehmet Okur scored 22 points and hit consecutive late three-pointers to boost the Utah Jazz past the Minnesota Timberwolves, 112-107, for its seventh straight home win.
More NBA: : Pistons coach Michael Curry said Richard Hamilton will be replaced by Amir Johnson and Kwame Brown in the starting lineup. ... The Grizzlies signed forward Darius Miles to a second 10-day contract.
Cycling: : Lance Armstrong has taken a more prominent role on the second day of his comeback race today, featuring in two attacks and riding at the front of the peleton during the second stage of the Tour Down Under. He was in 120th place yesterday and was expected to be placed much higher when the classifications were announced.
Sports Legends Museum: : The Babe Ruth Museum will hold its annual "Babe's Birthday Bash" on Feb. 6 from 5 to 9 p.m. at the Sports Legends Museum. Orioles third baseman Melvin Mora will be honored as the 2009 recipient of the Babe Ruth Community Service Award. The event will also include a special birthday cake and rendition of "Happy Birthday" to honor Ruth, who was born in Baltimore on Feb. 6, 1896. Tickets are $40 for members of the Babe Ruth Museum, $55 for the general public when purchased in advance and $60 the night of the event. For tickets, call 410-727-1539 or visit www.BabeRuthMuseum.com. On Feb. 4, "An Evening with Cal & Eddie" will be held the Sports Legends Museum from 6 to 9 p.m. and feature a "fireside chat" with Cal Ripken Jr. and Eddie Murray hosted by broadcaster Scott Garceau. Only 150 tickets are available, for $500 each. They can be purchased by calling 410-727-1539, ext. 3013 or by contacting Mary Hennemann at MaryH@BabeRuthMuseum.com.