NEW YORK -- Characterizing their meeting with the NFL about their disapproval of the use of Redskins by the Washington franchise as disappointing, representatives of the Oneida Indian Nation requested a meeting with all 32 NFL owners during Super Bowl week.
They hope to persuade the other team owners and Commissioner Roger Goodell to put pressure on Redskins owner Daniel Snyder to drop the nickname they find offensive.
"Given the way the meeting transpired," Ray Halbritter, an Oneida representative and leader of the "Change the Mascot Campaign," said Wednesday, "it became somewhat evident they were defending the continued use of the name. Of course, we're disappointed."
The Oneidas asked Goodell and Snyder to "visit our homelands," and sought an amendment to league bylaws to prohibit franchises from naming a team with any term that is a racial epithet. Halbritter says the dictionary defines the word 'redskins' precisely that way.
And Halbritter's group asked Goodell to "use his power to bring Snyder before the league executive committee for possible sanctions" should the team continue to use the name.
Bearcats beat Tigers: Brendon Kay threw for 321 yards and a touchdown, Cincinnati held Memphis to 232 yards of offense and the Bearcats beat the Tigers 34-21 on Wednesday night.
Kay was 27 of 35 to help Cincinnati (6-2, 3-1 American Athletic Conference) win its third straight. Anthony McClung finished with 98 yards receiving and a touchdown, and Shaq Washington had 11 catches for 96 yards.
Memphis' Patrick Lynch completed 17 of 33 passes for 140 yards and two touchdowns, but the Tigers (1-6, 0-4) struggled on offense at key times.
Sandusky pleads guilty: Cleveland Browns executive Jon Sandusky has pleaded guilty to refusing a chemical test when he was pulled over last month for suspicion of drunken driving in Fargo.
Sandusky, 36, received a suspended sentence Tuesday in Fargo Municipal Court and was placed on unsupervised probation that requires him to complete a chemical dependency evaluation, defense attorney Mark Friese said Wednesday. Sandusky will not have to serve jail time if he complies with conditions of probation, which includes no further violations of the law. The DUI charge was dismissed.
Fedorov commits: Former Red Wings star Sergei Fedorov is among the players expected on the ice for an alumni game between Detroit and the Toronto Maple Leafs.
The alumni doubleheader is Dec. 31 at Comerica Park, the home of baseball's Detroit Tigers. It's part of a series of games leading up to the NHL's Winter Classic on Jan. 1 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor featuring the Red Wings and the Maple Leafs.
Red Wings win: Tomas Tatar scored his first goal of the season late in the second period and Detroit defeated Vancouver.
Daniel Alfredsson had the other goal for the Red Wings (7-4-2), while Jimmy Howard made 19 saves as Detroit snapped a four-game slide.
McIlroy leads: Rory McIlroy found himself in a spot that must have seemed vaguely familiar -- atop the leaderboard. McIlroy looked more like a two-time major champion Thursday when he opened with a 7-under 65 to build a two-shot lead in HSBC Champions. McIlroy was at his best around the turn when he made four birdies in a five-hole stretch.
Iverson retires: Allen Iverson officially retired from the NBA on Wednesday, ending a 15-year career during which he won the 2001 MVP award and four scoring titles. Iverson retired in Philadelphia where he had his greatest successes and led the franchise to the 2001 NBA finals.
Pena being let go: The Detroit Tigers are ready to move on without backup catcher Brayan Pena.
A team spokesman says Pena's agent reached out to the Tigers, and the team said at this point it is looking in a different direction.