SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- The man who was fatally stabbed during a confrontation after a Dodgers-Giants game in San Francisco was the son of a Dodgers security guard, the team said Thursday.
Jonathan Denver's father, Robert Preece, worked security on game days at Dodger Stadium, the Dodgers said.
Meanwhile, the father of the suspect Michael Montgomery, accused of stabbing Denver to death, said his son told him it was done in self-defense.
San Francisco police say Denver, 24, was with his father, brother and two other people a few blocks from the San Francisco Giants' ballpark late Wednesday when their group exchanged words with some Giants fans who were leaving a nightclub.
The exchange turned physical and Denver, who was wearing Dodgers gear, was stabbed to death.
NEW YORK -- The NCAA is now on its own in the legal battle over whether athletes should share in the money made from the use of their likenesses.
Electronic Arts and the Collegiate Licensing Company have settled all lawsuits brought against the companies by former and current college athletes over the unauthorized use of the players' images and likenesses in video games and other merchandise.
The NCAA is not part of the settlements, which includes the O'Bannon case. Brought by former UCLA basketball star Ed O'Bannon, that lawsuit was asking for the NCAA, EA and CLC to share billions of dollars in revenues -- including those made from massive television rights deals -- with college athletes.
The settlement was submitted for approval to the U.S. District Court in Northern California and the terms were confidential.
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The NHL is confident the ice won't melt on its plan to play outdoor hockey in sunny Southern California.
The Los Angeles Kings will take on the Anaheim Ducks on Jan. 25 at Dodger Stadium, the iconic baseball venue nestled high in the hills above downtown.
It's the NHL's first outdoor game in a warm-weather city, but the league's ice-making technicians say they're up to the challenge of building a viable rink in Los Angeles' balmy year-round temperatures.
MONTREAL (AP) -- Denis Brodeur, the father of star goalie Martin Brodeur who enjoyed a lengthy career as one of Canada's most successful sports photographers, died Thursday, the New Jersey Devils said. He was 82.
SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) -- Vincent Viola grew up in Brooklyn, graduated from West Point, is a former chairman of the New York Mercantile Exchange and after the Sept. 11 attacks founded a center devoted to combating terrorism.
He's now the new owner of the Florida Panthers, said a person familiar with the situation.
Viola will be introduced in that role Friday after paying $250 million to buy the NHL franchise, the person said, speaking to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the terms have not been made public.
HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL
BROCTON, N.Y. (AP) -- The teammates of a high school football player in upstate New York who died after being injured in a game have voted to end their season early.
Damon Janes was injured during the third quarter of Westfield-Brocton's Sept. 13 against Portville. He was able to get on his feet but lost consciousness on the sidelines. He died three days later and an exact cause of death has not been released.
ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) -- Calvin Johnson is trying to stay positive after Nate Burleson's injury.
Burleson was coming off a big game last weekend at Washington, but he broke his arm in a car crash early Tuesday, so now the Lions will have to rely on Johnson and a number of less proven options at wide receiver. That didn't work out well last season, when Burleson hurt his leg and the Lions slumped to a 4-12 finish.
Johnson doesn't sound too worried about a repeat. In fact, he's hopeful some of his teammates will benefit from bigger roles.
Burleson's absence toward the end of last season didn't hurt Johnson's stats. He finished with 122 catches for a record 1,964 yards -- but Detroit's offense could have used more balance.