MINNEAPOLIS -- Without a game this week, Minnesota coach Jerry Kill has been at home following a seizure that kept him from traveling with the team for last Saturday's loss at Michigan.
This was the fifth game-day episode Kill endured in three seasons with the Gophers, and the fourth that caused him to miss at least a portion of a game. But University President Eric Kaler reiterated Tuesday his support for Kill and the coach's ability to handle the high-profile, high-pressure job while dealing with epilepsy.
Kaler, in a phone interview with The Associated Press, said he and athletic director Norwood Teague have not been considering another coach in light of Kill's latest absence.
"Where we are right now is hoping for and planning on Jerry getting better and being able to fulfill all of his duties," Kaler said. "We're not looking at a Plan B. We're looking at Jerry Kill being our head football coach. He's got a great, great staff."
Raiola apologizes: Detroit Lions center Dominic Raiola apologized Tuesday for "unacceptable" remarks he made to the University of Wisconsin band last weekend as his team moved swiftly to defuse an off-the-field distraction.
"My interaction with the Wisconsin Marching Band was inappropriate," Raiola said in a statement released by the Lions. "I apologize to those I offended along with all of the members of Wisconsin's Marching Band. I also apologize to the Lions' organization and my teammates. I understand the standards to which we should conduct ourselves, and my actions Sunday fell dramatically short of those standards."
Vick misses practice: Michael Vick says his injured left hamstring feels better and he threw and jogged on Tuesday, though he didn't participate in team drills during practice.
Vick left late in the second quarter of Philadelphia's 36-21 win at the New York Giants on Sunday.
Pacman not guilty: Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Adam "Pacman" Jones was found not guilty on Tuesday of an assault charge accusing him of punching a woman in the head at a nightclub.
A visiting judge in Hamilton County Municipal Court heard the case after Jones, who has had a spate of legal troubles, waived a jury trial. Jones could have been sentenced to up to six months in jail if convicted.
Julio Jones injury: The Atlanta Falcons could lose Julio Jones for the season after the Pro Bowl receiver injured his foot Monday in a 30-28 loss to the New York Jets.
Jones, the NFL leader with 41 catches, did not get encouraging results from a visit with doctors Tuesday morning, coach Mike Smith said.
Super Bowl finalists: New Orleans and Indianapolis, the sites of the past two Super Bowls, and Minneapolis are the three finalists to host the NFL championship game in 2018.
Sanchez done: Quarterback Mark Sanchez has undergone season-ending surgery on his injured right shoulder, possibly also signaling the end of his New York Jets career.
Cavs win: Tristan Thompson scored 17 points, Kyrie Irving added 14 and the Cleveland Cavaliers defeated the Milwaukee Bucks 99-87 in the preseason opener for both teams Tuesday.
Pistons roll: Andre Drummond had 17 points and nine rebounds to lead the Detroit Pistons to a 91-69 exhibition victory Tuesday night over Maccabi Haifa, the reigning Israeli Basketball Super League champions.
Handshake ban: Kentucky's athletic sanctioning body has ordered high schools not to conduct postgame handshakes in all sports following more than two dozen physical confrontations the past three years.
Tuesday's directive from Kentucky High School Athletic Association Commissioner Julian Tackett posted on its web site didn't mention specific fights or conflicts but said several fall sports have had postgame incidents.