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Sports briefs: March 13


Bengals sign receiver Bryantto four-year contract

Antonio Bryant is the latest complementary receiver to Chad Ochocinco in Cincinnati.

Bryant signed a four-year deal with the Bengals on Friday. He ostensibly replaced Laveranues Coles, who spent the 2009 season with the team, but then was released.

Bryant comes off a season in which he complained about a diminished role in Tampa Bay's offense. After recovering from surgery for torn cartilage in his left knee last year, Bryant had 39 catches for 600 yards and four touchdowns. The previous year, Bryant revived his career after being out of football in 2007, finishing with 83 catches for 1,248 yards and seven touchdowns.

■ Free-agent running back LaDainian Tomlinson met with team officials at the Jets' training facility on Friday and planned to have dinner with Coach Rex Ryan and general manager Mike Tannenbaum. Tomlinson, released by San Diego last month, ranks eighth on the NFL's career rushing list with 12,490 yards. If he chooses to join the Jets, Tomlinson would serve as a backup to Shonn Greene.

■ Running back Larry Johnson has signed with the Redskins. Johnson is a two-time Pro Bowl pick who has run for 6,219 yards and 55 touchdowns in eight NFL seasons, mostly with Kansas City.Johnson signed with the Bengals after being released by the Chiefs in November, when he was due to return from his second suspension in a year.

college sports

Cats' Darnell shines again in 10-1 rout

Logan Darnell stretched his scoreless innings streak to 191⁄3 innings before allowing a solo home run in the seventh and Kentucky went on to a 10-1 victory over visiting Indiana-Purdue-Fort Wayne. Seniors Gunner Glad, Marcus Nidiffer and Keenan Wiley backed Darnell with home runs. The Cats improved to 11-2.

■ Louisville's D'Ana McCarty has won the women's weight throw at the NCAA indoor track and field championships. McCarty's toss of 74 feet, 8¼ inches gave her a second straight indoor national title in the event.

■ The Music City Bowl has extended its partnership with the Southeastern Conference through the 2013 season.

■ Kentucky's men's tennis team won its second consecutive doubles point and got singles wins by sophomores Eric Quigley and Alex Musialek over top-105 ranked players, but the Cats (11-5, 2-1) could not hold on to their 3-0 lead in losing its first Southeastern Conference match of the season, 4-3 at No. 6 Georgia.

■ Former Texas Tech coach Mike Leach spent more than five hours behind closed doors Friday, testifying under oath as part of his lawsuit against the school for firing him amid allegations he mistreated a player suffering from a concussion.

After completing his deposition, Leach gave a brief statement, his voice cracking with emotion as he talked about how great it was to be back in Lubbock, Texas, after a decade building his pass-happy team into a Big 12 powerhouse. Later, one of the attorneys for Texas Tech, Dicky Grigg, said that Leach testified that he "never treated" another player with a concussion like he treated Adam James. "It was clear ... that he was out to punish a student athlete who had a brain concussion," Grigg said.

■ Oregon running back LaMichael James pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor harassment charge and was sentenced to 10 days for an altercation with a woman outside his apartment last month.

winter sports

Vonn wraps up third straight overall title

American Lindsey Vonn says she'll skip Saturday's World Cup slalom after having clinched her third consecutive overall title. She needs to give her bruised right knee about four to six weeks to heal.

Skiing on that bothersome knee, and with her broken right pinkie in a cast, Vonn clinched the overall title Friday with her 33rd career race win in a super-G at Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany.

■ Overall speedskating World Cup champion Shani Davis has won his third title of the season at 1,500 meters. The American finished in 1 minute, 45.20 seconds on Friday in the Netherlands.


Els leads Allenby by a shot at Doral

Rushing to finish as dark clouds gathered over the Blue Monster, Ernie Els made one last birdie for a 6-under 66 and a one-shot lead over Robert Allenby before heavy rain temporarily halted play Friday in the CA Championship in Doral, Fla.

Els had his first lead after any round on U.S. soil since he won the Honda Classic two years ago. He was at 10-under 134, courtesy of three straight birdies early in his round, when his shotmaking was supreme, and he held it together when the wind and weather changed quickly and dramatically.

Skip Kendall topped the Puerto Rico Open leader board at 5 under after nine holes when first-round play was suspended because of darkness Friday in the rain-delayed PGA Tour event.

■ Italy's Giulia Sergas shot a 4-under 69 to take a three-stroke lead after the second round of the Women's Australian Open.. Karrie Webb, the four-time winner coming off a victory last week in the Australian Ladies Masters, was in fourth place after a 70.

■ While waiting for an ambulance to take her unconscious husband to the hospital after he crashed his SUV, Tiger Woods' wife handed officers two bottles of pain medicine that she said he had taken earlier in the day, according to investigative records released Friday to The Orlando Sentinel. Elin Woods also tried to ride in the ambulance to the hospital with her husband, but the crew wouldn't let her, saying this was a case of domestic violence, the Florida Highway Patrol records show.

auto racing

Patrick among 4 women in Brazil race

Danica Patrick will be among four women on the IndyCar grid of the season opener Sunday in Brazil, a record number to start a series race. Patrick will race with Milka Duno of Venezuela and rookies Simona de Silvestro of Switzerland and Ana Beatriz Figueiredo of Brazil. American Sarah Fisher is set to run on a limited schedule this year, but she will not be in the opener.

■ When Kurt Busch's wife surprised him with a spot in a drag racing school, the NASCAR driver had no idea what he was getting into. He still doesn't really know, either. Busch spent two days waiting to make his NHRA debut at the Gatornationals, but heavy rain and flooding in Gainesville, Fla., forced the sanctioning body to postpone his Sportsman class until Sunday at the earliest.


Pacquiao to star in Cowboys Stadium

Instead of fighting in one of the biggest bouts ever against Floyd Mayweather Jr., Manny Pacquiao will have to settle for fighting in one of the biggest stadiums ever. The opponent is Joshua Clottey, a talented boxer who briefly held a piece of the welterweight title. The venue for the 147-pound fight Saturday night is Cowboy Stadium.

But while he may be fighting on the star, there's only one star in this show. Little guys aren't supposed to fill big stadiums, yet some 45,000 fans are expected to be on hand to watch Pacquiao.

"The best fighter I've ever seen," said promoter Bob Arum, who includes Muhammad Ali in that group. "No one has ever punched with equal power from both hands like Manny."

The last word

Padraig Harrington of Ireland described what the scene might be like when Tiger Woods finally returns to competitive golf.

"It does make it a bit more 'E! Entertainment,' doesn't it, rather than CBS. ... I know people at home who have no interest in golf. They watch Tiger Woods' interviews."