South Bend seeks new use for hall of fame building

TOM COYNE Associated Press Published:

SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- South Bend officials are looking to find a new occupant for a prime piece of downtown real estate that will go vacant after the College Football Hall of Fame closes its doors today.

The National Football Foundation announced three years ago it was moving the hall to Atlanta after failing to draw the crowds expected when it moved the facility from Ohio to South Bend in 1995.

Mayor Pete Buttigieg (BOO'-tah-juhj) says he doesn't want to see the 58,000-square-foot facility sit vacant long. The city is trying to sell the building for $2.8 million.

South Bend executive director of community investment Scott Ford says the city is looking for a business that would be a catalyst for further investment and activity downtown.

• Football

Early curfew: Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly says the top-ranked Fighting Irish will have an early curfew every night they are in Miami preparing to play second-ranked Alabama for the national title.

Kelly told the media Saturday he usually has a 2 a.m. curfew the first night or two on bowl trips so players can have fun. He says the curfew in Miami will be 11 p.m. every night, saying he has told the Irish (12-0) to approach the game as a business trip.

The Irish are seeking their first national championship since 1988. Kelly says the Irish had a physical practice Saturday and will have another Sunday. The Irish head to Miami on Wednesday. The Irish play Alabama (12-1) in the BCS title game Jan. 7.

Peyton inks deal: The New Orleans Saints and suspended coach Sean Payton will indeed be together again next season as the bounty scandal fades into history and the bid to win a second Super Bowl resumes.

Payton has agreed in principle to a multiyear contract extension, the team said.

Payton signed an extension in 2011 worth more than $6 million a year that would have kept him in New Orleans through 2015, but Goodell objected to certain language in that deal, leaving Payton's future uncertain until the deal was reached Friday.

Roster moves: The New England Patriots have activated defensive lineman Jermaine Cunningham to the 53-man roster and signed wide receiver Kamar Aiken and defensive back Malcolm Williams from the practice squad.

The team also released defensive lineman Ron Brace.

Cunningham has played in 11 games with three starts in 2012 and has 24 tackles. He joined the Patriots as a second-round (53rd overall) draft pick out of Florida in 2010.

• Basketball

Jersey retired: Jamaal Wilkes' jersey was retired by the Los Angeles Lakers on Friday night, putting the smooth forward known as "Silk" in company with the franchise's Hall of Fame stars.

Wilkes was enshrined in the Pro Basketball Hall of Fame this year, and the Lakers hung his No. 52 on the wall at Staples Center during halftime of their game against Portland.

Gibson injured: Cleveland guard Daniel Gibson sustained a concussion Friday against Atlanta and sat out the Cavaliers' game Saturday night in Brooklyn.

Gibson was injured when he collided with Atlanta's Anthony Morrow midway through the second quarter. Gibson was on the floor for several minutes before being helped to his feet.

He walked to the locker room under his own power, but didn't return to the game.

• Elsewhere

York holds record: Boston College coach Jerry York became the NCAA hockey career victory leader Saturday, directing the top-ranked Eagles to a 5-3 win over Alabama-Huntsville on Saturday in the Mariucci Classic.

York has 925 victories in 41 seasons to move past former Michigan State coach Ron Mason for the record. In 19 seasons at Boston College, York is 458-223-61.

York began his career as a 26-year-old head coach at Clarkson in 1972, then took over for Mason at Bowling Green before heading to Boston College. He has won four national titles with the Eagles to go with one at Bowling Green.

Retains title: Novak Djokovic retained his title at the World Tennis Championship exhibition tournament in Abu Dhabi on Saturday by rallying past Nicolas Almagro of Spain 6-7 (4), 6-3, 6-4.

The top-ranked Serb swept past David Ferrer in straight sets to reach the final, but he got a tough test from the 11th-ranked Almagro.

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