Wednesday's Sports in Brief

The Associated Press Published:

PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) -- The NFL's new rule for postseason overtime was expanded to cover the regular season on a 30-2 vote by the NFL owners.

All games that go into overtime now cannot end on a field goal on the first possession.

The opposing team must get one series, and if it also kicks a field goal, the extra period continues. If it fails to score it loses, and if it gets a touchdown, it wins.

Owners also gave the replay official permission to review turnovers just as he reviews all scoring plays.

In other rules changes: a team will lose a down for illegally kicking a loose ball; too many men on the field becomes a dead ball foul; and a player receiving a crack-back block is now considered a defenseless player and the hit will result in a 15-yard penalty.

Not passed were proposals to have the booth official handle video reviews rather than the referee, and outlawing the horse-collar tackle made on quarterbacks in the pocket.

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -- Cornerback Ronde Barber is returning to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for his 16th NFL season, signing a one-year contract to come back to the only team he's played for.

He started 16 games last season for the Bucs, starting every game since Week 10 in 1999 -- the longest active streak in the NFL.

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- The San Francisco 49ers added another member of last season's Super Bowl-champion New York Giants, agreeing to terms with veteran running back Brandon Jacobs on a one-year contract.

Wide receiver Mario Manningham signed a two-year deal to join the 49ers last week.

NEW YORK (AP) -- Nike claimed in a lawsuit in U.S. District Court that Reebok has used Tim Tebow's name on Jets-related apparel without permission since it was announced last week that Tebow was traded from the Denver Broncos to New York.

The Tebow trade occurred just before Nike replaces Reebok on Sunday as the supplier of NFL team uniforms.

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- A financial adviser for Indianapolis Colts defensive end Dwight Freeney and the adviser's lover have been arrested on federal wire fraud charges that allege they swindled about $2.2 million from the lineman.

Eva Weinberg, 48, of Los Angeles, and Michael Stern, 51, of Miami, were arrested last week by FBI agents who believe they were trying to flee the United States.


TOKYO (AP) -- Dustin Ackley drove in the go-ahead run in the top of the 11th inning and Ichiro Suzuki went 4 for 5 as the Seattle Mariners beat the Oakland Athletics 3-1 in baseball's season-opener in Tokyo.

LAGUNA NIGUEL, Calif. (AP) -- The cap Bobby Thomson wore for his famed "Shot Heard 'Round the World" is being put up for auction.

SCP Auctions will take bids from April 30 until May 19.

Thomson's three-run homer in the bottom of the ninth inning for the New York Giants won the deciding third game of a 1951 playoff for the National League pennant.

Fan Bernard Davies ran on to the field at the Polo Grounds and took the cap from Thomson's head during the celebration. Davies' grandson, Jeff Eskin, is selling the cap on behalf of the family.


NEW YORK (AP) -- Tiger Woods' former swing coach thinks the 14-time major winner's chances at the Masters next week depend on his putter.

"Tiger hasn't putted well enough at Augusta in some time, since 2005," Hank Haney said while signing copies of his book, "The Big Miss: My Years Coaching Tiger Woods," at a midtown Manhattan golf store a day after its release. "If he putts well -- it really gets down to eliminating three putts. If he does that I would be very surprised if he doesn't have a chance to win. I'd be shocked if he doesn't have a chance to win."

Haney worked with Woods from 2004-10, when the then-No. 1 player in the world won six majors. He resigned not long after Woods returned to the PGA Tour from the sex scandal that ended his marriage.


ORANGE, Calif. (AP) --NBA Hall of Famer Dennis Rodman has been told he could face up to 20 days in jail unless he pays some $860,000 in child support. But his lawyer said he's made payments and will fight to have his contempt of court finding overturned.

Rodman appeared in an Orange County court Tuesday for sentencing but it was postponed to May 29.


LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Brittney Griner of Baylor, Nnemkadi Ogwumike of Stanford, Skylar Diggins of Notre Dame, Elena Delle Donne of Delaware and Julie Wojta of Wisconsin Green Bay are the finalists for the John R. Wooden Award given to the top women's college basketball player.


The Chicago Tribune and reported late Wednesday that Illinois had reached a deal with Ohio's John Groce to replace Bruce Weber as men's basketball coach.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- Authorities say the Kentucky-Louisville basketball rivalry boiled over at a Kentucky dialysis clinic when one patient punched another during an argument about the teams.

Georgetown police Lt. Robert Swanigan said the altercation began Monday with a verbal exchange between a 68-year-old Kentucky fan and a 71-year-old Louisville supporter.

Swanigan said the Kentucky fan, who was receiving treatment, flipped off the Louisville fan, and that the Cardinals fan punched him in the face.

Swanigan said police were called to the Georgetown clinic, but the Kentucky fan declined to file charges.

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) -- Former Syracuse University assistant basketball coach Bernie Fine has put his house on the market for $549,900.

Syracuse fired Fine in November amid allegations he sexually molested two former ball boys. Federal agents searched Fine's property and removed several filing cabinets from the house after Fine was fired.


KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. (AP) -- Venus Williams was eliminated by Agnieszka Radwanska in the quarterfinals of the Sony Ericsson Open, 6-4, 6-1.

Radwanska will play Marion Bartoli, who handed top-ranked Victoria Azarenka her first loss this season, 6-3, 6-3. The other match will be between No. 2 Maria Sharapova and No. 4 Caroline Wozniacki.

BRUSSELS (AP) -- Kim Clijsters has a torn hip muscle and will need four weeks off the tour.

A statement from her management company said she'd been troubled with hip pains during the Sony Ericsson Open over the weekend in Key Biscayne, Fla., where she lost to Belgian compatriot Yanina Wickmayer in straight sets.


NEW YORK (AP) -- Former marathon world-record holder Khalid Khannouchi retired because of foot injuries.

The Moroccan set the world record in 1999 in 2 hours, 5 minutes, 42 seconds to win the Chicago Marathon, becoming the first man to run under 2:06.

He became a U.S. citizen in 2000 and broke his own record, setting the American record in 2:05:38 at the 2002 London Marathon.


NICE, France (AP) -- Ice dance Olympic champions Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir of Canada took the lead after the short dance program at the figure skating world championships, relegating defending champions Meryl Davis and Charlie White to second place.

Earlier in the pairs competition, defending champions Aliona Savchenko and Robin Szolkowy of Germany took the lead after the short program.


WINTER PARK, Colo. (AP) -- Mikaela Shiffrin tore through the soft snow conditions as she turned in two smooth runs to defend her slalom title at the U.S. championships.

The 17-year-old Shiffrin finished in a combined time of 1 minute, 39.57 seconds, holding off Hailey Duke by more than a second.


NEW YORK (AP) -- Houston Dynamo midfielder Colin Clark was suspended for three games by Major League Soccer and fined for directing a gay slur toward a ball boy during Houston's 2-0 loss at Seattle last week.