Dol­phins ad­mit mis­takes, re-sign Sparano

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The Mi­ami Dol­phins did dam­age con­trol Satur­day by hold­ing an ex­tra­or­di­nary news con­fer­ence to an­nounce a twoyear con­tract ex­ten­sion for Tony

Sparano — and to con­fess to mis­takes in deal­ing with the team’s coach­ing sit­u­a­tion.

“The lines of com­mu­ni­ca­tion should be han­dled dif­fer­ently,” Gen­eral Man­ager Jeff Ire­land said.

“Now,” owner Stephen Ross said, “Iwould­goabout it a dif­fer­ent way.”

Ross and Ire­land flew cross­coun­try for an in­ter­view Thurs­day with Stan­ford Coach Jim

Har­baugh— and left Sparano in very pub­lic limbo.

GOLF

Robert Gar­ri­gus made an­other strong re­cov­ery when he made a 50-foot ea­gle putt on the fi­nal hole to get back atop the leader board at the Tour­na­ment of Cham­pi­ons in Ka­palua, Hawaii. SteveStrick­er­madeit look easy in the tough­est con­di­tions of the week for an 8-un­der-par 65. Jonathan Byrd joined him in the lead de­spite a poor pitch on the fi­nal hole that made him set­tle for par and a 67.

Then came Gar­ri­gus, who opened with a dou­ble bo­gey and a bo­gey to fall out of the lead.

HOCKEY

Pitts­burgh Pen­guins cap­tain

Sid­ney Crosby re­mains both­ered by a con­cus­sion and will notre­sumeprac­tic­ing or play­ing un­til he is symp­tom-free.

Crosby was held out of the pregame skate be­fore the con­test against Min­nesota, the sec­ond straight game he has missed.

COL­LEGE­FOOT­BALL

Vir­ginia Tech de­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor Bud Fos­ter in­ter­viewed for the va­cant head coach­ing po­si­tion at Pitts­burgh on Fri­day, ac­cord­ing to theHok­ies’ sec­ondary coach, Tor­rian Gray. Gray said Fos­ter in­formed his de­fen­sive staff this week that the Pan­thers had expressed in­ter­est.

“He made me aware that they had con­tacted him. I kind of let Bud do his thing there, and he’ll tell me as he sees fit,” Gray said.

Gray said Fos­ter will not be join­ing the ma­jor­ity of the Hok­ies’ coach­ing staff at the Amer­i­can Foot­ball Coaches As­so­ci­a­tion Con­ven­tion. The in­ter­view was first re­ported by the Pitts­burgh Post-Gazette.

—Mark Giannotto

Pitts­burgh scored touch­downs off two mis­takes by Ken­tucky’s punt­ing team in a 27-10 vic­tory in the BBVA Com­pass Bowl in Birm­ing­ham, Ala.

An­drew Taglianetti blocked a punt to set up Pitts­burgh’s first touch­down late in the first half. An in­com­plete pass on Ken­tucky’s fake punt early in the sec­ond half set up Tino Sun­seri’s 13-yard touch­down pass to

Brock DeCicco.

SOC­CER

New­cas­tle was ousted from the FA Cup by fourth-tier Steve­nage, 3-1, in the biggest thir­droundupset. It fol­lowedPremier League ri­vals Black­pool, Sun­der­land andWest Bromwich out of the com­pe­ti­tion at the hands of lowly op­po­si­tion.

It­wasal­soabad­day fornorth­east ri­vals Sun­der­land, which lost, 2-1, to third-tierNottsCounty,

and League Cham­pi­onship’s Mid­dles­brough, which lost, 2-1, to fourth-tier Bur­ton Al­bion.

Black­pool went down, 2-0, at third-tier Southamp­ton and West Bromwich lost, 1-0, at Read­ing of the sec­ond-tier League Cham­pi­onship.

Leeds looked set to fol­low last sea­son’s vic­tory over Manch­ester United by oust­ing Arse­nal be­fore Cesc Fabre­gas can­celed out Robert Sn­od­grass’s spot kick with one of his own in the 90th minute to earn a 1-1 draw. . . .

Roy Hodg­son’s six-month reign as Liver­pool man­ager ended with for­mer ti­tle-win­ning player and boss Kenny Dal­glish put in charge un­til the end of the sea­son. Since tak­ing over from

Rafa Ben­itez in the off­sea­son, Hodg­son presided over Liver­pool’s worst start to a sea­son for more than 50 years — a dis­mal run of re­sults that co­in­cided with fi­nan­cial in­sta­bil­ity and a bit­ter court­bat­tle to oust un­pop­u­lar Amer­i­can own­ers.

Dal­glish, 59, left Liver­pool due to stress less than a year af­ter the de­liv­er­ing the team’s 18th — and most re­cent — top flight ti­tle tri­umph in 1990.

BASE­BALL

The Texas Rangers have acquired right-han­der Ryan Kelly from the Oak­land Ath­let­ics for right-han­der Guillermo Moscoso. The deal came a day af­ter the Rangers des­ig­nat­edMoscoso for as­sign­ment to clear room on their 40-man ros­ter for newly acquired all-star Adrian Bel­tre.

WINTERSPORTS

In Adel­bo­den, Switzer­land,

Ted Ligety went off course in his sec­ond run and lost his three­r­ace un­beaten streak in World Cup gi­ant slaloms, leav­ing Ak­sel Lund Svin­dal of Nor­way and Cy­prien Richard of France to tie for the vic­tory.

Svin­dal and Richard — who placed 21st in the first run— had a com­bined two-run time of 2 min­utes 25.28 sec­onds on the Kuon­is­baer­gli course. It was the first men’s gi­ant slalom to fin­ish in a tie in World Cup rac­ing his­tory, a span stretch­ing 45 sea­sons and 344 races. . . .

Lind­sey Vonn won a women’s down­hill, earn­ing her fourth vic­tory of the sea­son and mov­ing within four vic­to­ries of Anja

Paer­son’s record of 41 World Cup ti­tles in Al­ten­mark­tZauchensee, Aus­tria.

Vonn fin­ished in 1:46.39.

MICHAEL RE­GAN/GETTY IM­AGES

A de­jected Joey Barton of New­cas­tle leaves the pitch fol­low­ing his team's 3-1 loss to Steve­nage in the FA Cup.

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