Thursday's Sports In Brief

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) -- John Fox is returning to work Monday, less than a month after undergoing open-heart surgery, and he plans to coach the Denver Broncos in their game against the Tennessee Titans on Dec. 8.

What hasn't been determined is whether Fox will coach from the sideline or the booth. Fox Sports first reported his impending return.

The team issued a statement Thursday saying that ''while no formal restrictions will be placed on his workload upon his return, he will continue to be monitored by our medical staff as his well-being remains our No. 1 priority.''

Team owner Pat Bowlen sent his private jet to Charlotte, N.C., on Wednesday to bring Fox and his wife, Robin, back to Denver. Fox had been recuperating at his offseason home after aortic valve replacement surgery Nov. 4.

Defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio has coached the team in Fox's absence, going 2-1. Del Rio and the Broncos face Kansas City on Sunday in a matchup of 9-2 teams for the AFC West lead.

Fox has been in daily contact with Del Rio over the last few weeks and even Skyped his players during a team meeting last week.



NEW YORK (AP) - The NBA has fined Brooklyn Nets coach Jason Kidd $50,000 for intentionally spilling a drink on the court to delay a game.

Kidd bumped into Brooklyn reserve Tyshawn Taylor with 8.3 seconds left in the Nets' 99-94 loss to the Lakers on Wednesday, causing his drink to spill. A video of the fumble showed Kidd appearing to tell Taylor to ''hit me'' as the guard walked toward the bench, and the resulting delay while the floor was being cleaned allowed the Nets, who were out of timeouts, to diagram a play.

Kidd denied any intent after the game, joking that he had sweaty palms.



BEAVER CREEK, Colo. (AP) - Lindsey Vonn says on her Facebook page that she has returned to the snow for the first time since her training crash last week.

The reigning Olympic downhill champion posted Thursday that she is ''happy to be on the mountain doing what I love - skiing!!'' She also attached a picture of herself on a slope in Vail.

Vonn had a training mishap in Copper Mountain last week and partially tore a reconstructed ligament in her right knee. She's skipping the races this weekend in Beaver Creek to give her knee more time to rest.

The 29-year-old Vonn hasn't ruled out a return to competition in Lake Louise, Alberta, on Dec. 6.

She hasn't raced since tearing ligaments in her right knee during a high-speed accident at the world championships in February.



Two men were charged Thursday with conspiracy to defraud as part of an investigation into a suspected Singapore-based international betting syndicate which allegedly fixed non-league soccer matches in England.

The National Crime Agency, which is leading the investigation, said a seventh person had also been arrested following an undercover operation by Britain's Daily Telegraph newspaper. He has been released on bail with the four others.

Chann Sankaran, a 33-year-old Singapore national, and Krishna Sanjey Ganeshan, a 43-year-old with dual British and Singapore nationality, will appear at a magistrates' court in Cannock, central England, on Friday, the NCA said.

They have been charged with conspiring to defraud bookmakers ''by influencing the course of football matches and placing bets thereon'' between Nov. 1-26.

The maximum prison sentence for the offense is 10 years.


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