Tuesday's Sports in Brief

The Associated Press Published:

NEW YORK (AP) -- Eli Manning hoisted the Lombardi Trophy from a glittering blue-and-white float, and Mayor Michael Bloomberg joked that New York City should be nicknamed the "Big Blue Apple," as thousands of fans crowded lower Manhattan to celebrate the Giants' Super Bowl victory amid tons of confetti.

The parade set off from the southern tip of Manhattan and rolled slowly north to City Hall, past fans dressed head to toe in red, blue and white Giants gear, with confetti wafting slowly from the high-rises lining Broadway.

Manning, the Super Bowl MVP, joined by coach Tom Coughlin, Bloomberg, Gov. Andrew Cuomo and other teammates, waved and grinned from the float as a deep roar rose from the crowds.

BOSTON (AP) -- People aren't quite done piling on New England Patriots receiver Wes Welker for a dropped fourth-quarter pass that helped the New York Giants win the Super Bowl.

An online pawnbroker dumped hundreds of Butterfinger candy bars in Boston's Copley Square on Tuesday with a note: "Thank you Wes Welker."

The stunt by Pawngo.com drew takers for the candy and a citation from the city for commercial dumping.

OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) -- Ricky Williams is retiring from the NFL, telling the Baltimore Ravens he won't be back to fulfill the second year of a contract he signed in August. Playing as a backup to Ray Rice this year, the 34-year-old Williams ran for 444 yards and scored two touchdowns.

DENVER (AP) -- Denver prosecutors say Broncos running back Knowshon Moreno has been charged with drunken driving and careless driving after getting pulled over in south Denver.

Denver district attorney's spokeswoman Lynn Kimbrough said that Moreno also is charged with failure to have proof of insurance and is due back in court March 2.


The Big Ten, which helped scuttle talk of a four-team playoff to crown a national champion in college football several years ago, is taking another look.

Michigan State athletic director Mark Hollis said all of the Big Ten athletic directors are comfortable exploring the possibility of a four-team playoff.

"Four is better than two," Hollis said.


Memphis is the latest school to sign up for a spot in the Big East.

A person familiar with the decision says Memphis is joining the Big East for all sports in 2013. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because an official announcement would be made Wednesday.

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) -- Prosecutors asked to have Jerry Sandusky kept indoors as part of his bail conditions, citing complaints that the former Penn State assistant football coach was seen outside and watching children in a schoolyard from the back porch of his home, where he remains under house arrest while awaiting trial on child molestation charges.


BOSTON (AP) -- Paul Pierce passed Larry Bird for No. 2 on the Celtics' career scoring list, finishing with 15 points as Boston increased its winning streak to five straight with a 94-84 victory over the Charlotte Bobcats.

Pierce needed nine points to tie Bird's total of 21,791. He had seven points at halftime, then hit a 3-pointer with 10:23 left in the third quarter to pass Bird.

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Clippers guard Chauncey Billups will miss the remainder of the season after tearing his left Achilles tendon during Los Angeles' 107-102 victory over the Magic in Orlando on Monday night.

GREENBURGH, N.Y. (AP) -- The New York Knicks say they expect Carmelo Anthony to miss a week or two with a strained right groin.

DENVER (AP) -- Denver Nuggets forward Danilo Gallinari is expected to miss a month with a sprained left ankle that turned out to be less serious than first feared.


MADRID (AP) -- Alberto Contador vowed to return to the pinnacle of cycling, maintaining his innocence in the face of a two-year doping ban that stripped the Spanish star of his 2010 Tour de France title.

He said his lawyers are considering whether to appeal the ban handed down by sports' highest court and insisted that even if the punishment stands he will return to challenge for more Tour titles.

The penalty is retroactive and will expire in August.

DOHA, Qatar (AP) -- British rider Mark Cavendish won the third stage of the Tour of Qatar, while former champion Tom Boonen of Belgium retained the overall lead.


ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) -- The University of Michigan Board of Regents called a special meeting to discuss renting Michigan Stadium to the NHL for the Winter Classic.

The meeting is scheduled for Wednesday morning. If the regents give their OK as expected, that would likely be one of the last hurdles to bringing the NHL's annual showcase to one of the most iconic venues in college sports.


LOS ANGELES (AP) -- NL Cy Young Award winner Clayton Kershaw and the Los Angeles Dodgers avoided a salary arbitration hearing next week, agreeing to a $19 million, two-year contract.

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) -- Rangers slugger Josh Hamilton visited doctors for Major League Baseball and the players' association this week in New York following his admitted relapse with alcohol.

General manager Jon Daniels said that Hamilton was accompanied by Shayne Kelley, the team's newly hired major league staff assistant whose job includes being in a support role for Hamilton.

ROCK HILL, S.C. (AP) -- Police say former major league outfielder Danny Clyburn Jr. was shot and killed in his South Carolina hometown.

Lancaster police say officers found the 37-year-old Clyburn in the front yard of his home around 2 a.m. Tuesday. Police say 36-year-old Derrick Lamont McIlwain turned himself in later in the day and was charged with murder.


ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Harry Keough, who played for the U.S. soccer team that famously upset England at the 1950 World Cup, died at his home in St. Louis. He was 84.


PARIS (AP) -- French Open champion Li Na retired with a sore back against Tsvetana Pironkova in the second set of her opening match at the Open GDF Suez.

Third-seeded Li took a medical timeout while trailing 7-6 (5), 3-2 to have her lower back massaged and played a few more points before retiring.

PATTAYA, Thailand (AP) -- Vera Zvonareva began her quest for a third Pattaya Open title by putting away local qualifier Varatchaya Wongteanchai 6-2 7-5.