Ravens hire J. Brooks as assistant to offense
The Ravens announced that they have hired Jason Brooks as their assistant to the offense. Brooks will handle offensive quality-control duties, including self-scouting, game film analysis and breaking down opponents' tendencies, while also assisting wide receivers coach Jim Hostler. "Jason comes in here with college coaching and pro personnel experience, and we're happy to have him on board," head coach John Harbaugh said in a statement. "He is a high-energy, hardworking individual who adds a lot to our team. Plus, with his dad, he's from a coaching family with a strong background." Brooks, 31, is the son of Ravens defensive line coach Clarence Brooks. He most recently worked as the wide receivers coach at Norwich University and has served as a scouting assistant for the Miami Dolphins, among other positions.
Vick: : Michael Vick is out of prison and headed home to Hampton, Va., penniless and reviled for running a vicious dogfighting ring, but hopeful for a second chance at his once-charmed life as a star NFL quarterback. The suspended quarterback served 19 months in prison on the dogfighting conviction that capped one of the most astonishing falls in sports history - one that stole his wealth and popularity. Vick, who turns 29 in June, left the federal penitentiary in Leavenworth, Kan., by car early Wednesday. He will serve two months in home confinement.
Owners meetings: : Teams looking to hire general managers might soon be required to interview at least one minority candidate. Commissioner Roger Goodell said the league's owners discussed expanding the Rooney Rule - which already applies to coaching openings - during the final session of their two-day meetings in South Florida.
49ers: : Cornerback Walt Harris could miss the coming season after tearing a ligament in his right knee during a collision in practice Tuesday. Harris, 34, will need surgery on his anterior cruciate ligament.
Browns: : Wide receiver and return specialist Joshua Cribbs is not attending Cleveland's voluntary minicamp as he tries to get the team to renegotiate his contract. Cribbs has four years remaining on a six-year, $6.7 million contract he signed in 2006.
The Maryland football team will face West Virginia in four consecutive seasons starting in 2010, the school announced. The Terps and Mountaineers, who had previously announced a home-and-home series in 2010 and 2011, extended the contract for an additional two years through the 2013 season. Maryland will host West Virginia in 2011 and 2013, with trips to Morgantown set for 2010 and 2012. The Terps open their 2009 season Sept. 5 at California.
More football: : Knoxville police questioned Tennessee defensive back Brent Vinson as a witness in a shooting. Charles Corn was taken to the University of Tennessee Medical Center after being shot at a Knoxville townhouse complex late Tuesday night. He was listed in critical condition Wednesday afternoon. Vinson is not considered a suspect. ... Kansas State filed a lawsuit challenging a secret deal between former athletic director Bob Krause and ex-football coach Ron Prince that would pay Prince $3.2 million in deferred compensation between 2015 and 2020. Prince's agent responded that the lawsuit is without merit and the deal between his client and the university is legally binding.
Golf: : UCLA's Maria Jose Uribe shot a 3-under-par 76 to help the Bruins secure the top spot after the second round of the NCAA Division I women's golf championship at Caves Valley Golf Course. UCLA has a seven-stroke lead (589) over second-place Southern California (596). Central Florida's Stephanie Connelly of Pasadena (72-74-146) is tied for sixth place individually with Maria Hernandez of Purdue and Pernilla Lindberg of Oklahoma State. Connelly, along with Group 6 golfers Alice Kim (University of California-Davis) and Cindy LaCrosse (Louisville) will tee off in Thursday's third round at 8:20 a.m.
Men's basketball: : Knoxville police are seeking former Tennessee guard Ramar Smith, among others, for questioning about a home invasion and robbery. Knoxville police spokesman Darrell DeBusk said the Monday evening robbery at a local apartment complex involved several suspects, but police have not named Smith as a suspect.
Big Sky Conference: : The league's men's and women's basketball teams will play league games on Fridays and Saturdays next season as members try to trim costs for the 2009-2010 school year. The conference will also not allow air travel for road trips of less than 450 miles and is reducing the Big Sky volleyball and tennis tournaments to four teams instead of six.
Mickelson to take leave, announces wife has cancer
Phil Mickelson was gearing up for his favorite time of year, working his way toward Bethpage Black and another crack at the U.S. Open before a New York gallery that treats him like a rock star. All that changed, along with his priorities, when he disclosed that his wife, Amy, has been diagnosed with breast cancer. Mickelson is taking an indefinite leave from the PGA Tour. He withdrew from the Byron Nelson Championship, which he won in 1996. He is to defend his title next week at Colonial, but even that is uncertain. A statement from his management company said his 37-year-old wife would have more tests, though treatment would begin with "major surgery" as early as the next two weeks. Mickelson, a three-time major champion with 36 career PGA Tour victories, was closing in on the No. 1 ranking held by Tiger Woods. He was runner-up to Woods at Bethpage Black in 2002.
NHL: : An attorney for Las Vegas-based businessman John Breslow, who owns 3 percent of the Phoenix Coyotes, said Breslow told the NHL he has formed a group interested in submitting a bid for the team. Coyotes owner Jerry Moyes filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection for the team this month.
Horse racing: : Rachel Alexandra returned to the track for the first time since winning the Preakness. She galloped a mile on a fast Churchill Downs track. Kentucky Derby winner Mine That Bird galloped 1 1/2 miles for the first time since finishing second at the Preakness. ... Flying Dixie, with John Velazquez aboard, won the $47,040 allowance feature for fillies and mares at Belmont Park.
Auto racing: : NASCAR suspended driver Carl Long for the next 12 Sprint Cup races and fined crew chief Charles Swing $200,000, the largest penalty in the sport's history. Swing also was suspended until Aug. 18 for using an engine that was too big for NASCAR's specifications last weekend at Lowe's Motor Speedway. Long was docked a NASCAR-record 200 points.
Soccer: : Jadson scored in the seventh minute of overtime, and Shakhtar Donetsk of the Ukraine beat Germany's Werder Bremen, 2-1, to win the final UEFA Cup.
- From Sun staff and news services