Thursday's Sports in Brief

Thursday's Sports in Brief
December 21, 2012, 6:29 am
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NEW YORK (AP) The next round of NHL cuts could be the deepest yet.

With no deal in sight and no negotiations planned, the NHL chopped another two weeks off the schedule and moved closer to canceling the entire hockey season.

No drop-dead date has been announced, but it is clear the sides are running out of time to reach a deal. The NHL said Thursday that all games through Jan. 14 have been canceled. More than 50 percent of the schedule has been lost, and the rest is now in danger, too.

TRACK AND FIELD

Three-time Olympian Suzy Favor Hamilton says she coped with depression and a troubled marriage by turning to a life of prostitution.

In a series of posts to her Twitter account, Favor Hamilton acknowledged working as an escort following a report on The Smoking Gun website about her double life.

``I do not expect people to understand,'' Favor Hamilton tweeted. ``But the reasons for doing this made sense to me at the time and were very much related to depression.''

The Smoking Gun said the 44-year-old athlete has been working for the last year for a Las Vegas escort service that booked her for dates there, as well as in Los Angeles, Houston and Chicago. The website said she charged $600 an hour for her services.

One of the country's best-ever middle-distance runners, Favor Hamilton competed for the U.S. at the 1992, 1996 and 2000 Olympics without winning a medal. She won seven U.S. national titles. She lives in Madison, Wis., where, The Smoking Gun reported, she and her husband, Mark, live in a $600,000 home and appear to be in no financial distress based on the website's review of court and municipal records.

Favor Hamilton told the website that only her husband was aware of her escort work, but that, ``He tried, he tried to get me to stop. He wasn't supportive of this at all.''

PRO FOOTBALL

ASHBURN, Va. (AP) - Robert Griffin III looks good to go.

The Washington Redskins rookie had a full practice for the second straight day as the team prepares for this week's game against the Philadelphia Eagles.

``I like what I see,'' coach Mike Shanahan said. ``If there is no setback, he should be ready to go.''

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) - Mark Sanchez is no longer the face of the New York Jets. He could soon be a former member of the team.

And Tim Tebow might beat him out the door.

A person with knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press that the Jets will consider all of their options regarding the two quarterbacks during the offseason. That means both Sanchez and Tebow are in limbo and trades cannot be ruled out.

The person, who requested anonymity because the team's personnel plans are private, told the AP that the Jets have not made any determinations involving Sanchez or Tebow.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Chris Johnson first wrote the names of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting victims on his cleats. Now the Titans running back has sent gifts to the family of Grace McDonnell after speaking with them by telephone.

He had the names on his cleats for Monday night's game against the New York Jets, and he scored on a franchise-record 94-yard touchdown run. The family reached out to Johnson through the Titans, and the running back spoke Tuesday with the McDonnells and Grace's older brother, Jack.

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Colts head coach Chuck Pagano can resume coaching whenever he's ready.

Dr. Larry Cripe told The Associated Press that Pagano had been cleared to return and that it was up to the coach and the Colts to determine when that will happen and how much Pagano will do. Pagano's physician is not imposing any restrictions, either.

Pagano is expected to return to the team complex as soon as Monday.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

CHICAGO (AP) - Jabari Parker had just about everyone guessing until he pulled out that blue T-shirt with a white ``D.''

The prized prospect from Chicago's Simeon Career Academy, one of the most highly touted recruits in years, is headed to Duke to play for Mike Krzyzewski. Parker made the announcement in front of a national TV audience, in his high school gym.

A 6-foot-8 forward with the ability to nail jumpers from just about any spot when he's not throwing down vicious dunks, Parker can't sign his letter of intent until April 17. But he made his intentions clear the highly anticipated oral commitment.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Several schools tried to lure Gary Andersen away from Utah State.

Wisconsin finally got him.

Andersen was officially hired as the Badgers' new coach and will be formally introduced at a news conference Friday morning. He replaces Bret Bielema, who left the Badgers for Arkansas this month.

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Utah State promoted offensive coordinator Matt Wells to head coach, replacing Wisconsin-bound Gary Andersen.

Andersen took the Wisconsin job, taking over for Bret Bielema, who left to take the Arkansas job.

SAN DIEGO (AP) - The Poinsettia Bowl was ponderous, even boring, until Brigham Young linebacker Kyle Van Noy took over.

Van Noy scored on a fumble recovery in the end zone and then on an interception return to lead Brigham Young to a 23-6 victory over San Diego State.

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) - Oregon football coach Chip Kelly said the Ducks have cooperated with the NCAA investigation into the school's use of recruiting services, and he isn't particularly surprised that the process has taken so long.

``They (the NCAA) have a process and a review that they go through and until they make their findings public, we can't really comment on it. But we've cooperated fully,'' he said.

He said no potential recruits have mentioned the probe.

PRO BASKETBALL

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - J.J. Barea ended Oklahoma City's 12-game winning streak almost all by himself.

Playing with the tenacity that made him so important to the Mavericks' run to the title two years ago, Barea scored 14 of his 18 points in the fourth quarter to lift the Minnesota Timberwolves to a 99-93 victory over the Thunder.

Kevin Durant had 33 points, seven rebounds and six assists and Russell Westbrook had 30 points, 11 rebounds and nine assists for the Thunder, who had not lost a game since Nov. 23 at Boston.

BASEBALL

CHICAGO (AP) - A person familiar with the situation told The Associated Press that the Chicago Cubs have agreed to a four-year, $52 million contract with right-hander Edwin Jackson.

The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because the deal had not been announced. Several outlets had previously reported the agreement.

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Mike Adams chose setting up for Jonathan Papelbon over a chance to make more money as a closer somewhere else.

Adams finalized a $12 million, two-year contract with Philadelphia, giving the Phillies a premier eighth-inning reliever. The 34-year-old right-hander was 5-3 with a 3.27 ERA last season for the Texas Rangers.

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Recovering right-hander Mike Pelfrey and the Minnesota Twins finalized a $4 million, one-year contract, filling another hole in a thin rotation.

SOCCER

NYON, Switzerland (AP) - Real Madrid will face Manchester United in the second round of the European Champions League, a matchup that sends Cristiano Ronaldo back to the stadium where he made his reputation and Jose Mourinho to the club many believe he wants to coach.

The draw also paired favorite Barcelona and Lionel Messi against seven-time winner AC Milan.

SKIING

ARE, Sweden (AP) - Mikaela Shiffrin showed that the American ski team can live without Lindsey Vonn, at least for a little while.

In the first World Cup race since Vonn said she was taking a break from the circuit, the 17-year-old Shiffrin picked up the slack quite nicely, edging Sweden's Frida Hansdotter in a night slalom for her first World Cup victory.

Shiffrin has been touted as the next American ski star, and she performed like one under the floodlights on Are's Olympia course. An outstanding second run gave her a combined time of 1 minute, 45.36 seconds.

``This is huge,'' Shiffrin said. ``I think the best part besides the skiing was the ceremony. It made me cry a little bit when I heard the American anthem.''