Monday' Sports in Brief

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FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) -- Tim Tebow handled his first New York close-up all with the same cool approach that has won him so many fans around the country.

Speaking at a news conference in the Jets' field house because the media crush was so great the session couldn't be held in the team's normal press room, New York's headline-grabbing backup QB went out of his way to play down any conflict between himself and starter Mark Sanchez.

"Me and Mark have a great relationship," said Tebow, who used the word "excited" more than 40 times. "We've been friends the past three years and have already texted back and forth. We are going to have a great working relationship and I think we'll have a lot of fun together."

Sanchez also refused to stir the volatile mix that is the Jets.

"He's such a good guy, people don't want to believe it," said Sanchez, who was in California and didn't watch the news conference because he was working out. "There's no such thing as that good of a guy, but he is. He's a great guy, a great competitor, and he's going to make a great teammate."

PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) -- Sean Payton's season-long suspension for New Orleans' bounty system could be on hold while Commissioner Roger Goodell considers an appeal by the Saints coach.

Goodell, speaking at the NFL owners meetings, said Payton has until next Monday to appeal.

Payton's agent, Donald Yee, said "no decisions have been made about an appeal" by his client.

Bill Parcells said he has not been approached about becoming interim coach of the Saints, but he has spoken to Payton about how to handle the season. The coach who led the New York Giants to two Super Bowl victories is a mentor to Payton, and hired Payton as an offensive assistant in Dallas in 2003.

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- The Indianapolis Colts plan to bring Andrew Luck to Indianapolis for an individual workout during the next couple of weeks. Luck is widely expected to be the No. 1 pick in next month's draft. Robert Griffin III is expected to go second, but Grigson said the Colts wouldn't see the Heisman Trophy winner work out at the team complex.


Kansas forward Thomas Robinson was a unanimous pick for The Associated Press' All-America team, while Ohio State forward Jared Sullinger was a repeat selection.

Draymond Green of Michigan State, freshman Anthony Davis of Kentucky and Creighton's Doug McDermott rounded out the team.

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Anthony Davis of Kentucky, Jared Sullinger of Ohio State and Thomas Robinson of Kansas are among players chosen for the John R. Wooden Award All-American team.

The others on the team are Isaiah Canaan of Murray State, Jae Crowder of Marquette, Marcus Denmon of Missouri, Draymond Green of Michigan State, Kevin Jones of West Virginia, Doug McDermott of Creighton, and Tyler Zeller of North Carolina.

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Sin City casinos are sticking with Kentucky and Ohio State as Final Four favorites and still think the Wildcats have by far the best shot of winning the NCAA title.

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- Frank Martin agreed to become South Carolina's next men's basketball coach, said people familiar with the decision say

The people spoke to The Associated Press Monday on condition of anonymity because the school had not announced the hiring. The university's board of trustees is scheduled to meet Tuesday morning to discuss a contract matter.

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) -- Sophomore guard Dion Waiters of Syracuse plans to enter the NBA draft.

Waiters says he plans on signing with an agent and calls his two years at Syracuse an "amazing experience."

STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) -- Mississippi State forward Renardo Sidney signed with an agent and will declare for the NBA draft.

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) -- Austin Rivers is leaving Duke after one season for the NBA.

The son of Boston Celtics coach Doc Rivers announced his decision and plans to hire an agent after spending the weekend discussing his plans with his family.

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) -- UAB hired North Carolina assistant Jerod Haase to be its head basketball coach.

Haase will replace Mike Davis, who was fired after making the NCAA tournament once in six seasons.


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Jaime Alas scored in stoppage time and El Salvador forged a 3-3 tie that ousted the United States from Olympic qualifying.

The Americans had to win to reach Saturday's semifinals in Kansas City, Kan., and they led 3-2 on Joe Corona's goal in the 68th minute.

But Alas scored his goal off the hands off keeper Sean Johnson to stun the Americans, who missed the Olympics for the second time since 1976.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Cuba listed Yosmel de Armas as absent against Canada in the CONCACAF men's Olympic qualifying tournament, and the Cuban coach declined to comment on why the midfielder was not present after the game.


DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) -- Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert had a heart attack in Dubai as he was preparing to run Game On Dude in the $10 million Dubai World Cup.

Baffert's assistant, Jim Barnes, said from Santa Anita racetrack in Arcadia, Calif., that Baffert was "doing very good" after having three stents inserted in two arteries. Barnes said he had spoken to the trainer's wife, Jill, who had accompanied her husband to the Middle East, along with their young son, Bode.


KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. (AP) -- Andy Roddick beat Roger Federer for only the third time in their 24 meetings Monday night, dominating with his serve to win 7-6 (4), 1-6, 6-4 in the third round at the Sony Ericsson Open.

In the women's bracket, Serena Williams rallied from a break down in both sets to beat Samantha Stosur 7-5, 6-3 and advance to the quarterfinals.


RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- A federal appeals court refused to reinstate former race car driver Jeremy Mayfield's lawsuit against NASCAR over his 2009 suspension for failing a random drug test at Richmond International Raceway.