Some football players from Georgia, Georgia Tech and Northwestern had the letters APU -- All Players United -- written on their gear during Saturday's games as a show of solidarity that organizers hope will lead to changes in the NCAA.
National College Players Association, an advocacy group for college athletes, organized All Players United and launched the campaign Saturday with an announcement on its web site.
Georgia Tech quarterback Vad Lee had APU written on his wrist tape, as did several other Yellow Jackets during their 28-20 home win against North Carolina that was televised on ESPN.
Georgia Tech defensive end Jeremiah Attaochu also had APU written on his wrists and said he heard about the plan from a teammate before the game.
"It was briefly explained to me before the game," Attaochu said. "It's a campaign for NCAA reform."
ESPN reported that Northwestern quarterback Kain Colter also had APU written on his wrist tape, and some Georgia offensive linemen had it written on their gear.
NCPA, founded by former UCLA football player Ramogi Huma, has been pushing for better health care of college athletes, more scholarship money, and to lift NCAA restrictions on legitimate employment and players' ability to directly benefit from commercial opportunities.
No surgery needed: Cleveland Browns quarterback Brandon Weeden will probably not need surgery on his sprained right thumb and could return sooner than expected.
Coach Rob Chudzinski said after practice on Friday that it's "highly unlikely" that the second-year QB will need surgery. Weeden was injured in Sunday's loss at Baltimore. On Thursday, he visited a hand specialist, who confirmed the diagnosis of a sprain and did not find any further damage.
Chudzkinski said the team will re-evaluate Weeden next week and "play it by ear" as to when he plays again.
Accepted money: Houston Texans running back Arian Foster says in an upcoming documentary he accepted money his senior year at Tennessee.
Sports Illustrated first reported Foster's comments in the documentary, "Schooled: The Price of College Sports."
Foster, who played for the Volunteers from 2005-08, expanded on his comments after the Texans' practice.
Andrew Muscato, a producer of the documentary, said Foster didn't specify how much money he received or who paid him during the four-hour interview in February.
Thibault wins honor: Talk about landing on your feet. In 10 months, Washington Mystics' Mike Thibault went from being fired to winning the WNBA's 2013 Coach of the Year, the league officially announced Saturday.
Thibault received 12 votes from a national panel of 39 media members. Seattle's Brian Agler and Chicago's Pokey Chatman each were one behind.
The WNBA's all-time leader in victories has won the award three times including 2006 and 2008 with Connecticut. The Sun let their longtime coach go in November after 10 seasons
Rookie of the year: Chicago Sky forward Elena Delle Donne got all 39 first-place votes to easily win the WNBA's rookie of the year award.
The second overall draft pick and part of a heralded class of first-year players, Delle Donne was presented with the trophy by WNBA president Laurel J. Richie before the Sky's playoff opener against the Indiana Fever.
Delle Donne averaged 18.1 points, 5.6 rebounds and shot 93 percent from the free throw line to help Chicago make the playoffs for the first time in franchise history. The Sky earned the top seed in the Eastern Conference.
Race 14 postponed: The attempt to modernize the stodgy old America's Cup is slowing the regatta's momentum and keeping a boatload of Kiwis holding on match point.
Trying to fit racing into a nice, neat two-hour TV window doesn't quite work in a sport that relies on wind and tides that keep their own schedule and don't always cooperate.
Race 14 was postponed Saturday because the wind hadn't settled in from the desired direction by the 2:40 p.m. cutoff time. That forced Emirates Team New Zealand and defending champion Oracle Team USA back to shore to await perhaps better conditions on Sunday.
The Kiwis have been sitting on match point since Wednesday, leading 8-3 and needing one more win to wrest the oldest trophy in international sports away from software tycoon Larry Ellison.
Winter Classic candidates: Nationals Park, RFK Stadium and FedEx Field are the candidates to host the Winter Classic when the NHL's annual New Year's Day outdoor game comes to the nation's capital in 2015.
NHL Chief Operating Officer John Collins says the league has yet to select an opponent when the Washington Capitals host the game for the first time.
Collins and Capitals owner Ted Leonsis made the formal announcement Saturday that the game is coming to D.C.
Leonsis has lobbied to host the game for years. The Capitals played in the 2011 Winter Classic in Pittsburgh.
The average high temperature on Jan. 1 in Washington is 44 degrees, and the record was 69 in 2005.
Shot at third straight: Funny Car driver Robert Hight secured his second No. 1 qualifying position of the year and 45th of his career on Saturday, setting himself up for a shot at his third straight victory of the season Sunday at the Texas Fall Nationals, the second of six races in the NHRA's Countdown to the Championship playoffs.
Shawn Langdon qualified No. 1 in Top Fuel, Erica Enders-Stevens took the top spot in Pro Stock and Hector Arana Sr. led the Pro Stock Motorcycle division.