Tuesday's Sports In Brief


NEW YORK (AP) -- Yankees President Randy Levine testified at Alex Rodriguez's grievance hearing and denied conspiring with Major League Baseball on the 211-game suspension given to the New York third baseman last summer.

On the 10th day of the hearing, which started in September, Levine was asked a series of questions by Rodriguez lawyer Joseph Tacopina, according to a person with knowledge of the proceeding. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the proceedings are confidential.

The person said Levine testified for 10-15 minutes and denied having any personal gain from Rodriguez's suspension or the Yankees falling under the luxury tax threshold. Levine also denied discussing Rodriguez's discipline with Major League Baseball or Commissioner Bud Selig; and telling Rodriguez surgeon Dr. Bryan Kelly or anyone else that he wanted the player off the field.

DENVER (AP) - LaTroy Hawkins is returning to the Colorado Rockies and the veteran reliever may just possibly wind up as their closer.

Hawkins agreed to a one-year, $2.5 million deal, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press.

The right-hander played an integral role in the bullpen for Colorado in 2007, when the Rockies made their only run to the World Series before being swept by the Boston Red Sox.

Hawkins, who turns 41 in December, will be in contention for the closer role with left-hander Rex Brothers, who stepped in last season after Rafael Betancourt got hurt and finished with 19 saves. The Rockies also like the hard-throwing Brothers as a set-up man in the eighth inning.


DENVER (AP) - Reigning Olympic downhill champion Lindsey Vonn crashed while training in Copper Mountain, Colo., ahead of her planned return to racing following major knee surgery.

U.S. Ski Team spokesman Tom Kelly said Vonn was taken down the hill on a sled, which he noted was ''normal protocol'' in such cases. Kelly said he was not sure whether Vonn hurt her surgically repaired right knee in the fall at the team's speed training center.

A spokesman for Vonn, Lewis Kay, issued a statement saying the ski racer was not admitted to a hospital and instead went home to Vail to be evaluated by the doctor who performed her knee surgery. Kay didn't specify the nature of her injuries.


DAVIE, Fla. (AP) - A visit by an NFL special investigator is enough to make even a 6-foot-8, 360-pound tackle quake.

Bryant McKinnie, a 12th-year pro, was among the Miami Dolphins still waiting to be interviewed by New York attorney Ted Wells and his staff in the bullying scandal surrounding the team.

Wells was at the Dolphins complex for a second consecutive day to interview players, coaches and staff about tackle Jonathan Martin's allegations of daily harassment by teammates, including guard Richie Incognito.

It was unknown whether Wells planned to talk to every player, or how long he might be in town.

METAIRIE, La. (AP) - Sean Payton made the end of Jabari Greer's season official, announcing that the New Orleans Saints' starting cornerback would be placed on injured reserve because of a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee.

Greer was injured on a play in which he leaped to break up a pass intended for Jon Baldwin in the first half of New Orleans' victory over San Francisco on Sunday. His knee buckled and appeared hyper-extended when he landed, and he was carted to the locker room.

ST. LOUIS (AP) - St. Louis Rams quarterback Sam Bradford has undergone season-ending knee surgery, which was postponed earlier this month due to swelling.

Coach Jeff Fisher said Dr. James Andrews did the operation to repair a torn left ACL a day earlier in Pensacola, Fla. Andrews also operated on the quarterback's shoulder at Oklahoma.

Fisher said trainer Reggie Scott, who accompanied Bradford, told him the procedure went well.

When the operation was pushed back, Fisher said the Rams anticipated Bradford would be ready for next season's opener.


TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - A top Tallahassee official said that an investigation into allegations of sexual assault against Florida State University quarterback Jameis Winston was placed on hold for months because the alleged victim decided she did not want to press charges.

One of the lingering questions surrounding the case involving the Heisman Trophy candidate for the No. 2 ranked Seminoles is why it took 11 months for Tallahassee police to hand over information about the alleged December 2012 assault to local prosecutors.

City Manager Anita Favors Thompson, saying that she anticipated national news media interest because of Winston's celebrity, emailed the information to the Tallahassee mayor and city commissioners on Nov. 12. The Tallahassee Democrat first reported the existence of the email, which The Associated Press later obtained.


LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Kevin Ware said he plans to plead guilty to speeding and reckless driving charges and move forward with any punishment he receives.

The Louisville junior guard, whose gruesome right leg injury sustained during the Cardinals' NCAA title run last spring made him an inspirational figure, answered media questions about missing a Monday court date to face charges of driving a 2013 Dodge Challenger 95 mph in a construction zone on Interstate 65 late on Oct. 26.

Ware's court date in Barren County Circuit Court was rescheduled for Monday. The player said he plans to represent himself and plead guilty to the charges.


ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - Orlando City Soccer has become Major League Soccer's next expansion franchise.

MLS commissioner Don Garber announced the franchise agreement with Orlando City at a community celebration near the site where a new downtown stadium will be constructed.

Cheers, chants and dancing created a carnival-like atmosphere inside a venue in the heart of Orlando's downtown for the official announcement.

It had been in the works since local officials approved a $20 million contribution last month to help the team build an $84 million, 18,000-seat stadium.

Once construction is completed, the team will begin playing in MLS in the 2015 season.

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