Dolphins admit mistakes, re-sign Sparano
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
A dejected Joey Barton of Newcastle leaves the pitch following his team's 3-1 loss to Stevenage in the FA Cup.