Sports briefs: Nov. 13

UK sports

Men's soccer to host Xavier in NCAA tournament

For the fifth time in the history of the Kentucky men's soccer program and the first time since 2003, the team has earned a NCAA Tournament bid and will host Xavier in the first round. Kickoff is slated for Thursday at 7 p.m. at the UK Soccer Complex.

UK will be hosting for just the second time in school history. The winner of the UK-Xavier game will advance to face No. 16 seed Indiana.

"We are thrilled for our student-athletes," Kentucky Coach Johan Cedergren said. "They absolutely deserve the opportunity to play in the NCAA Tournament and our coaching staff could not be more excited that their hard work and dedication has paid off."


Vick's concussion 'pretty significant'

Philadelphia Eagles coach Andy Reid says Michael Vick suffered a "pretty significant' concussion and told the quarterback to stay home Monday and rest. Reid says he could not immediately rule out Vick for Sunday's game at Washington. Reid, though, made it sound likely that rookie Nick Foles will get the start. Reid says Vick complained of a headache and fatigue on Monday. Reid says Vick is still the starting QB but left the door open for Foles to win the job.

Browns president Mike Holmgren is on his way out. He just hasn't decided where he's going or what he wants to do. Hoping to squelch a weekend report that he would be interested in coaching the Dallas Cowboys if Jason Garrett gets fired, Holmgren, who may leave the Browns before this season ends, went out of his way Monday to make it known he isn't angling for any job.

Texans 13, Bears 6: The Houston Texans kept taking the ball away from the Chicago Bears. Then they took their quarterback out of the game. Arian Foster finished with 102 yards rushing and a touchdown catch, and Houston intercepted Jay Cutler twice before knocking him out of the game with a concussion on their way to a victory over Chicago on Sunday night.


Lance cuts formal ties to Livestrong

Lance Armstrong has cut formal ties with his cancer-fighting charity to avoid further damage brought by doping charges and being stripped of his seven Tour de France titles.

Armstrong resigned from the board of directors for Livestrong on Nov. 4. He had resigned Oct. 17 as chairman from the charity he founded but had kept a seat on the board.

The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency ordered Armstrong banned from the sport for life and stripped of his titles. The International Cycling Union, which had originally supported Armstrong's fight, later agreed to wipe out Armstrong's record seven victories.

Livestrong spokeswoman Katherine McLane said Monday that Armstrong "remains the inspiration" and is still its largest donor with nearly $7 million over the years.

In a statement, new board chairman Jeff Garvey said Armstrong resigned from the board to spare the organization any negative effects resulting from the controversy surrounding his cycling career. Garvey said the foundation would continue to expand free services to cancer survivors and advocate on their behalf.


Lakers hire D'Antoni as coach

The Los Angeles Lakers hired Mike D'Antoni late Sunday night, signing the former coach of the Suns and Knicks to replace Mike Brown. The Lakers and D'Antoni's agent, Warren LeGarie, confirmed the deal two days after the Lakers fired Brown five games into the season. D'Antoni agreed to a three-year deal worth $12 million, with a team option for a fourth season.

"Dr. (Jerry) Buss, Jim Buss and Mitch Kupchak unanimously agreed that Mike was the best coach for this roster at this time," Lakers spokesman John Black said.

The 61-year-old D'Antoni underwent knee replacement surgery earlier this month, and could be physically limited early in his tenure. Black said the Lakers aren't certain when D'Antoni will travel to Los Angeles to begin work.


Trout, Harper voted Rookies of the Year

Mike Trout of the Los Angeles Angels became the youngest AL Rookie of the Year on Monday and Bryce Harper of the Washington Nationals was voted the second-youngest winner of the NL honor.

Trout, who turned 21 on Aug. 7, received all 28 first-place votes from the Baseball Writers' Association of America's AL panel. The center fielder was the eighth unanimous AL pick and the first since Tampa Bay's Evan Longoria in 2008.

Trout, who hit .326 with 30 homers and 83 RBIs, received the maximum 140 points. Oakland outfielder Yoenis Cespedes was second with 63, followed by Texas pitcher Yu Darvish (46), who joined Trout as the only players listed on every ballot.

Detroit second baseman Lou Whitaker had been the youngest AL winner in 1978, but he was 2 months, 26 days older than Trout when he took home the award.

In addition to Trout and Longoria, the only other unanimous AL winners were Nomar Garciaparra, Derek Jeter, Tim Salmon, Sandy Alomar Jr., Mark McGwire and Carlton Fisk.

College basketball

Louisville among NCAA tourney sites

The NCAA tournament is returning to Madison Square Garden in 2014. On Monday, the NCAA announced the arena will host the East Regional for the first time in 53 years. The Garden hosted 71 NCAA tourney games from 1943-61. The other regional sites in 2014 will be Anaheim, Calif., Indianapolis and Memphis, Tenn.

The second and third-round sites in 2014 will be Buffalo, N.Y.; Milwaukee; Orlando, Fla.; Raleigh, N.C.; San Antonio; San Diego; Spokane, Wash.; and St. Louis. The Final Four will be played at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

Cleveland, Houston, Los Angeles and Syracuse, N.Y. will be the regional sites in 2015. The second and third-round sites in 2015 are Louisville; Charlotte, N.C.; Columbus, Ohio; Jacksonville, Fla.; Omaha, Neb.; Pittsburgh, Portland, Ore; and Seattle. The Final Four will be held in Indianapolis.

First-round games will continue to be played in Dayton, Ohio, both years.


Former U.S. bobsledder Morgan dies

Forrest "Dew Drop" Morgan, a national bobsled champion and former manager of the U.S. Olympic team, has died. His family said Monday that Morgan died Saturday at AMC-Uihlein Mercy Center in Lake Placid. He was 90.

Born in Saranac Lake, N.Y., in 1922, Morgan attended the bobsled races at the 1932 Lake Placid Winter Olympics, getting a ride on the shoulders of American gold medalist Billy Fiske, and was hooked. After serving as a bombardier in World War II and the Korean War, Morgan started sliding actively in the 1950s and won the national championship as a brakeman in 1959 with neighbor Tuffy Latour.

The last word

Nebraska coach Bo Pelini comes under frequent fire for the yelling and confrontations between him and his players on the sidelines. Said Pelini:

"People are going to try to focus on the negatives of my personality and whatever else. I believe in who I am and I'm not changing. I couldn't change if I tried. I'm a passionate guy, I love what I do, I love my players. We have a great relationship."