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Tuesday's Sports in Brief

Tuesday's Sports in Brief

With much of the Northeast in the early stages of recovering from Superstorm Sandy, the NFL and NBA plan to carry on with their schedules.

The New York City Marathon is hoping that the course will be clear by Sunday and runners will be able to get to the starting line in Staten Island.

The NBA's season-opening games Tuesday night in Miami, Los Angeles and Cleveland all tipped off on time.

There was some concern about whether Philadelphia would be able to host its opener Wednesday against the Nuggets.

However, the NBA's announced on Twitter that the Nets' first game at their new Brooklyn home against the crosstown-rival Knicks on Thursday will go as scheduled at 7 p.m. despite the lack of public transportation to the Barclays Center.

The biggest challenge for the New York City Marathon on Sunday could be getting to the start, not the finish.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg said the race is still on, but flying in runners from out of town will be tricky, and there may not be subway service to get everyone to the starting line.

In the NFL, Steelers coach Mike Tomlin says he is focusing on ways to stop Eli Manning and not whether the storm's aftermath will affect Sunday's game in New York against the defending Super Bowl champion Giants.

``I'm simply focused on the things that are in our control,'' he said.

BASEBALL

Pittsburgh center fielder and San Diego third baseman Chase Headley were among nine players who won Gold Gloves for the first time.

Baltimore shortstop J.J. Hardy also was in the first-time group. The Orioles were the only team with three winners, with center fielder Adam Jones and catcher Matt Wieters also being picked by major league managers and coaches.

St. Louis catcher Yadier Molina and Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira each won for the fifth time.

Angels center fielder Mike Trout didn't get chosen despite a season full of sensational catches. The San Francisco Giants were shut out after playing great defense to win the World Series.

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Pitcher Jake Peavy and the Chicago White Sox agreed to a $29 million, two-year contract.

The right-hander will receive $14.5 million in each of the next two seasons. Peavy could receive a $15 million option for 2015 if he has 400 innings in the next two years, including a minimum of 190 in 2014, and he doesn't finished 2014 on the disabled list.

Chicago also exercised a $9.5 million option on right-hander Gavin Floyd, declined a $10 million option on right-hander Brett Myers and turned down a $13 million option on third baseman Kevin Youkilis, acquired from Boston in June.

The Los Angeles Dodgers brought back Brandon League, agreeing to a $22.5-million, three-year deal.

DETROIT (AP) Jim Leyland is returning next year as manager of the Detroit Tigers.

The team and its manager quickly ended any remaining speculation about his status by announcing that Leyland's contract was extended through 2013. He managed on a one-year deal this year and led the Tigers to the World Series, where they were swept by the San Francisco Giants.

THE NCAA

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - The NCAA passed a proposal that will impose tougher sanctions on programs and hold coaches more accountable for rule-breaking.

The board's decision concludes an effort that began in August 2011 when university leaders met with NCAA President Mark Emmert at a retreat in Indianapolis in the midst of one of the most scandalous years in college sports history.

Under the new legislation, programs that commit the most egregious violations could face postseason bans of two to four years and fines totaling millions. Head coaches also could be suspended for up to one full season for violations committed by their assistants if they cannot prove they were unaware of the infractions.

PRO BASKETBALL

GREENBURGH, N.Y. (AP) - Amare Stoudemire could be sidelined for two months, the second straight season the New York Knicks forward will miss significant time because of injury.

The Knicks said that Stoudemire would have left knee surgery and could be out six to eight weeks, more than twice as long as originally estimated when he was hurt during the preseason.

DENVER (AP) - Ty Lawson signed a four-year, $48 million extension with the Denver Nuggets, eliminating a distraction that's been hanging over the team and its star point guard for weeks.

CLEVELAND (AP) - Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert wishes he wouldn't have guaranteed his team would win an NBA title before LeBron James.

When James left Cleveland for Miami as a free agent in July 2010, Gilbert famously promised in a letter to disappointed Cleveland fans that his Cavs would win a championship before James got one with the Heat.

Well, that ended in June when James, capping his third MVP season, led Miami to a finals win over Oklahoma City.

``Looking back now, that probably was not the most brilliant thing I've ever done in my life,'' Gilbert said.

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Indiana Pacers forward Danny Granger is out indefinitely because of a sore left knee.

Team officials said that Granger will get a second opinion on the injury and an update will be provided following that visit.

YOUTH FOOBALL

DEERFIELD BEACH, Fla. (AP) - Authorities said they uncovered a massive gambling operation targeting youth football games in South Florida, leading them to arrest nine men, including several coaches with extensive criminal backgrounds who they say exploited kids to turn a profit.

The 18-month long investigation started when ESPN journalists brought Broward County Sheriff's officials surveillance video showing parents openly exchanging money in the stands while watching their kids' tackle football games. Authorities later uncovered the stakes on pee wee games were high, with more than $100,000 wagered on the youth football championship.

PRO FOOTBALL

ST. LOUIS (AP) - The St. Louis Rams say running back Steven Jackson is not available in a trade.

Coach Jeff Fisher did his best to quash persistent rumors, saying that the Rams aren't shopping Jackson and have not been getting calls about him, either.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Louisville gave Rick Pitino a five-year contract extension that will keep the coach with the Cardinals through the 2021-22 season.

His $3.9 million base salary remains the same, but he will earn a $600,000 retention bonus every other year from 2014 to 2022.

The deal includes incentives for being chosen AP national coach of the year ($100,000) and winning the Big East Conference regular season title ($50,000).

SOCCER

CHICAGO (AP) - Tom Sermanni, who led Australia to the quarterfinals at the last two Women's World Cups, was chosen to replace Pia Sundhage as coach of the U.S. women's soccer team.

Sundhage stepped down Sept. 1 after leading the U.S. women to back-to-back Olympic gold medals and their first World Cup final in 12 years. Sundhage finished with a 91-6-10 record in five years, including 23-1-1 this year.

Sermanni takes over from interim coach Jill Ellis on Jan. 1.

LONDON (AP) - Arsenal staged a stunning comeback at Reading, overcoming a 4-0, first-half deficit and winning 7-5 to advance to the League Cup quarterfinals as Theo Walcott scored a hat trick.

GOLF

Rory McIlroy and Acushnet Co. are ending their sponsorship agreement after this year.

Acushnet has supplied the 23-year-old star with Titleist and FootJoy equipment since he turned pro in 2007.

There are strong indications that McIlroy will sign with Nike for what one industry observer estimated to be upward of $20 million a year. A Nike official said the company would not comment on rumors and speculation.

TENNIS

PARIS (AP) - Jo-Wilfried Tsonga reached the third round of the Paris Masters with a 6-2, 4-6, 7-6 (2) win over Julien Benneteau.

SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) - Caroline Wozniacki and Roberta Vinci had easy straight-set victories in their first round-robin matches at the season-ending Tournament of Champions.

The top-seeded Wozniacki defeated Hsieh Su-Wei of Taiwan 6-2, 6-2 in 60 minutes while it took Vinci five minutes longer to rout Slovakia's Daniela Hantuchova 6-1, 6-2.

PENN STATE

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) - Rescued kidnapping victim Elizabeth Smart said that Penn State's inaugural conference on child sexual abuse is a way to promote discussion about crimes that drew more attention after the molestation scandal involving former university assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky.

Smart, after recounting her sexual abuse by a kidnapper during months of captivity at age 14 starting in 2002, called the conference an ``incredible opportunity to not only change the community but change the nation ... to change how we do things, how we look at victims and how we work around them.''

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5.19.18: Rick Horrow The Sports Professor talks with IndyCar icon Lynn St. James

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Wizards' first pre-draft workout to feature Diallo of Kentucky, local star from UMBC

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Wizards' first pre-draft workout to feature Diallo of Kentucky, local star from UMBC

The Washington Wizards will hold their first pre-draft workout on Tuesday at Capital One Arena and the group of six players features some familiar names. 

Included in the mix is guard Jairus Lyles, who starred for the Unversity of Maryland-Baltimore County and helped lead them as a 16-seed over top-ranked Virginia in the NCAA Tournament. It was the first 16-over-a-1 upset in the tournament's history.

Here are the six players with some notes on each one...

Chris Chiozza, guard, Florida (6-0, 175)

Chiozza played four years at Florida and finished as the school's all-time assists leader. He averaged 11.1 points, 6.1 assists and 1.9 steals per game as a senior.

Hamidou Diallo, guard, Kentucky (6-5, 198)

Diallo redshirted in 2016-17 and played one season for the Wildcats. He averaged 10.0 points and 3.6 rebounds while shooting 45.8 percent from the field. Diallo measured 6-foot-6 with shoes at the combine and boasts a 7-foot wingspan.

Tiwian Kendley, guard, Morgan State (6-5, 190)

Kendly was a big-time scorer at Morgan St., averaging 21.0 points as a redshirt junior and 26.1 points as a senior. He took a lot of shots, however, averaging 18.2 field goal attempts on 45.3 percent from the field this past season. Kendley starred at Eleanor Roosevelt High School in Maryland before joining the college ranks, first at Lamar Community College.

Jairus Lyles, guard, UMBC (6-2, 175)

Lyles was the leading scorer for the Retrievers this past season as they became the biggest underdog Cinderella in NCAA history. He averaged 20.2 points and shot 39.0 percent from three on 6.1 attempts. Lyles began his college career at VCU and played high school ball at nearby DeMatha.

Doral Moore, center, Wake Forest (7-1, 280)

A three-year player at Wake Forest, Moore had a breakout season as a junior with averages of 11.1 points, 9.4 rebounds and 2.0 blocks per game. Moore played with Sixers star Ben Simmons in high school.

Ray Spalding, forward, Louisville (6-10, 215)

Spalding played three years at Louisville and averaged 12.3 points, 8.7 rebounds, 1.7 blocks and 1.5 steals per game as a junior. He posted a 7-5 wingspan at the NBA Combine. Spalding played with Jazz star Donovan Mitchell in college. 

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