Tuesday's Sports in Brief

The Associated Press Published:

PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Syracuse will have to chase a national championship without starting center Fab Melo, who has been declared ineligible for the NCAA tournament.

The university announced that the 7-foot Brazilian, who did not travel with the team to Pittsburgh for the second- and third-round games, won't take part in the tournament due to an eligibility issue. The school did not elaborate.

BRISTOL, Conn. (AP) -- President Barack Obama is picking Kentucky, Ohio State, Missouri and North Carolina to reach the Final Four.

Obama filled out an NCAA tournament bracket for ESPN for the fourth straight year. On the women's side, he selected Baylor, St. John's, Connecticut and Notre Dame to advance.

DALLAS (AP) -- SMU fired men's basketball coach Matt Doherty on Tuesday after six seasons in which the high-profile former North Carolina coach failed to take the Mustangs to the NCAA tournament.

ATLANTA (AP) -- Glen Rice Jr. was kicked off the Georgia Tech basketball team less than a week after a shooting incident outside an Atlanta nightclub led to criminal charges.

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- The Pac-12 men's basketball tournament is moving to Sin City for the next three years.

Commissioner Larry Scott announced the deal at the MGM Grand hotel-casino in Las Vegas, saying the move, combined with having the women's tournament to Seattle, will generate buzz and create atmosphere for the conference's fans.

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) -- Samford fired longtime men's basketball coach Jimmy Tillette.

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Dick Harter, a veteran NBA assistant who led Penn to two NCAA tournament appearances and was the Oregon coach when the Ducks ended UCLA's 98-game home winning streak, died at the age of 81.


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- The Tennessee Titans will be meeting with Peyton Manning on Wednesday.

Owner Bud Adams told WSMV-TV the Titans' contingent will fly out of Nashville and spend the day with Manning. Adams told the TV station he thinks Manning really is interested in the Titans' offer, and he expects a quick decision from the four-time MVP.


Wide receivers grabbed the big money at the beginning of NFL free agency.

Vincent Jackson is headed to Tampa Bay, Pierre Garcon to Washington and Marques Colston will stay in New Orleans, all getting huge deals.

Josh Morgan also caught a hefty contract from the Redskins, while Miami dealt its top receiver, Brandon Marshall, to Chicago for two third-round draft choices.

Jackson got a five-year, $55.55 million contract with the Buccaneers. He will be paid $13 million in each of his first two years, then $10 million for the third year. Jackson will provide a deep threat for Josh Freeman.

Garcon gets $42.5 million over five years from the Redskins, with $20.5 million in guaranteed money, including an $11 million signing bonus.

NEW YORK (AP) -- The players' union wants the NFL to delay announcing any punishment to the New Orleans Saints for their bounty program until it can conduct its own investigation.

NFLPA spokesman George Atallah told The Associated Press on Tuesday that "We asked the league to hold off on any punishment until our information gathering was completed."

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Reggie Wayne agreed in principle to a new deal that could keep the receiver in a Colts uniform for the rest of his career, a person with knowledge of the deal told The Associated Press, requesting anonymity because the details were still being worked out.

SAN DIEGO (AP) -- The Chargers agreed to a four-year deal with former New Orleans Saints wideout Robert Meachem.

DENVER (AP) -- Two Denver Broncos players are suing the NFL to overturn their drug suspensions, saying the league violated protocol in collecting urine samples from linebacker D.J. Williams and defensive lineman Ryan McBean, and then refused to clear the players even after the collector was fired.

Williams and McBean, suspended without pay for Denver's first six games of the 2012 season, filed their suit Monday in Denver District Court.


MILWAUKEE (AP) -- The Milwaukee Bucks traded Andrew Bogut and Stephen Jackson to the Golden State Warriors for a three-player package headed by high-scoring guard Monta Ellis.

CHICAGO (AP) -- The NBA fined Chicago Bulls star Derrick Rose $25,000 for criticizing officiating.

Rose sounded off after a 104-99 victory over the New York Knicks on Monday, saying he's "got to be the only superstar in the league that's going through what I'm going through right now."


NEW YORK (AP) -- Major League Baseball says expanded replay will have to wait at least another year.

Baseball had hoped to increase video reviews this season to include trapped balls, fair-or-foul calls down the lines and fan interference all around the ballpark.

The additional replay required the approval of MLB and the unions representing the umpires and the players. MLB executive Rob Manfred told The Associated Press that all three sides weren't able to come up with an agreement.


PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Penguins captain Sidney Crosby will return to the ice Thursday night, when Pittsburgh faces the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden.

Crosby, battling concussion problems, hasn't played since Dec. 5, and has only played in eight games this season. He also missed the final 41 games of last season, as well as a first-round, seven-game playoff loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning with the same issues.


CONCORD, N.C. (AP) -- The crew chief for five-time champion Jimmie Johnson lost his appeal challenging penalties for failing the opening day inspection at the Daytona 500.

The three-member committee heard testimony from Hendrick Motorsports and NASCAR, then ruled unanimously in favor of the sanctions against Chad Knaus.


PHOENIX (AP) -- Former Fiesta Bowl CEO John Junker pleaded guilty in federal court to a felony conspiracy charge stemming from his role in an illegal campaign-finance scheme.

Junker entered his plea in U.S. District Court in Phoenix. It's his second plea agreement in the case.

The 56-year-old Junker pleaded guilty last month in Maricopa County Superior Court to a state felony charge of soliciting a fraudulent scheme.


WASHINGTON (AP) -- Michelle Obama will lead the U.S. delegation to the opening ceremonies for the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London.

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) -- A taekwondo athlete who opened an escort agency to fund his campaign to compete at the London Olympics succeeded in winning a place on New Zealand's 2012 team.

Logan Campbell opened what he called "a high-class" agency in Auckland in 2009 to help raise the $250,000 he believed he needed to compete internationally to qualify for the London Olympics.

Prostitution is legal in New Zealand.


SAN BENEDETTO DEL TRONTO, Italy (AP) -- Vincenzo Nibali of Italy won the Tirreno-Adriatico, overtaking 40-year-old American Chris Horner in the closing individual time trial.

Nibali was ninth fastest in 5.8-mile time trial. The Liquigas rider had an overall time of 29 hours, 38 minutes, 8 seconds to beat Horner by 14 seconds.


INDIAN WELLS, Calif. (AP) -- Roger Federer outlasted hard-serving Milos Raonic 6-7 (4), 6-2, 6-4 under the lights in the fourth round of the BNP Paribas Open.

Rafael Nadal didn't have as much trouble in sunny conditions, beating countryman Marcel Granollers 6-1, 6-4.

In women's action, top-ranked Victoria Azarenka and No. 2-seeded Maria Sharapova won their matches in just more than an hour to reach the quarterfinals.