Sports Briefs 1-3-14

KYLE HIGHTOWER Associated Press Published:

ORLANDO, Fla. -- A new study by the University of Central Florida's Diversity and Ethics in Sport released on Thursday shows that the top leadership positions at Football Bowl Subdivision schools and conferences remain mostly white and male.

The study examined the race and gender of conference commissioners and campus leaders, including college and university presidents, athletic directors and faculty athletic representatives for all 125 FBS institutions. It also included head football coaches, assistant coaches and student-athletes for the football teams.

Looking at numbers for the 2013-14 academic year, it found that 88.8 percent of university presidents, 84.8 percent of athletic directors and 100 percent of conference commissioners are white. White males accounted for 75.2 percent, 78.4 percent and 100 percent of those positions, respectively,

Study author Richard Lapchick called those numbers "unacceptable" and said part of the problem with getting more diversity throughout the system falls on the lack of penalties or sanctions for institutions that aren't more diverse.

• Football

Cutler signs contract: If the Bears make changes this offseason, it will not be at quarterback.

Chicago signed Jay Cutler to a seven-year contract, ending speculation they might make a change after five seasons of good and bad from their talented signal-caller. Cutler clearly thrived under first-year coach Marc Trestman and now has some of the best complements on offense he's had since arriving in Chicago in 2009.

Smith to coach Bucs: The Buccaneers say Lovie Smith is the ideal man to coach Tampa Bay.

The team made it official, announcing the one-time Tony Dungy protege who led the Chicago Bears to the Super Bowl seven years ago finalized a five-year contract that he had reportedly agreed to on Wednesday. He will be formally introduced at a news conference next Monday.

Baker hired as president: The Pro Football Hall of Fame has hired David Baker as its new president and executive director.

Baker, an attorney and former commissioner of the Arena Football League, is the sixth director in the Hall's 50-year history. Baker has spent 35 years working in business management, pro sports and in public service. He spent the past four years in the health care industry.

Ticket extensions: The NFL is giving the Colts, Bengals and Packers one more day to sell their remaining playoff tickets and avoid local television blackouts.

• Basketball

Cavs beat Magic: Anderson Varejao hit two crucial jumpers in overtime and tied a franchise record with a career-high 25 rebounds as Cleveland beat Orlando 87-85 to snap a season-high six-game losing streak.

The Cavaliers were playing without All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving, who missed his first game this season because of a bruised left knee. Irving averages a team-high 22.2 points.

Parker's jersey retired: Candace Parker didn't think much about having her jersey retired when she played at Tennessee, saying she was more concerned about putting national championship banners in the Thompson-Boling Arena rafters.

Now she has both.

Parker, who led Tennessee to national titles in 2007 and 2008, had her No. 3 jersey retired before the fifth-ranked Lady Vols lost to No. 16 LSU.

• Elsewhere

Blue Jackets win: Nathan Horton scored in his Columbus debut, Curtis McElhinney made 34 saves for his second shutout of the season, and the Blue Jackets beat the sluggish Phoenix Coyotes 2-0 on Thursday night.

R.J. Umberger also scored for the Blue Jackets, who snapped a two-game losing streak amid a burst of energy provided by Horton, Columbus' $37 million offseason free-agent acquisition.

The Blue Jackets also activated goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky (groin), who had been out 12 games, and defenseman Dalton Prout (upper body), who had missed six games.

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