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Sports briefs: Feb. 16

College football

UCLA hires UFL coach as coordinator

UCLA hired veteran assistant coach Joe Tresey as its new defensive coordinator Tuesday, less than a week after it was reported that Kentucky assistant Steve Brown had interviewed for the position. Tresey was the defensive backs coach for the United Football League's Omaha Nighthawks last season. He was Brian Kelly's defensive coordinator at Cincinnati from 2007-08, followed by one season as South Florida's defensive coordinator.


Contador cleared of doping charge

Alberto Contador was cleared of doping Tuesday after Spanish cycling authorities reversed their proposal to ban him for one year. The federation ruled he was not at fault for a positive test at the Tour de France that Contador blamed on contaminated meat. Contador will keep his third Tour title and can ride in this year's race, but the International Cycling Union and the World Anti-Doping Agency can appeal the decision to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.


Griffey to consult for Mariners

Ken Griffey Jr. is returning to the Mariners as a special consultant less than a year after abruptly retiring from baseball, the team said Tuesday. Griffey's role is still being defined, but he'll be involved with the Mariners at spring training and the regular season, along with visiting most of the Mariners minor-league affiliates. Griffey, 41, who spent the first half of his career with Seattle and was a three-time All-Star with the Reds, is also expected to be involved with marketing, broadcasting and community relations.

■ A federal judge in the perjury case against Barry Bonds decided Tuesday to allow a recording in which, prosecutors say, the baseball star's personal trainer discussed his steroids use. Bonds' lawyers had asked that it be excluded from his March trial.


Colts give Manning franchise tag

The Colts are keeping Peyton Manning — no matter what it costs. Manning, the only four-time MVP in league history, has been given the exclusive franchise tag, a move that could cost the Colts $23 million next season. Team owner Jim Irsay announced the decision Tuesday night on Twitter. Last year, Irsay promised to make Manning the NFL's highest-paid player. The current offer is reportedly richer than the four-year, $72 million contract that New England quarterback Tom Brady signed in September. Brady's contract included $48.5 million in guaranteed money, and Irsay has called that deal the standard.

■ The Eagles placed the exclusive-franchise tag on Pro Bowl quarterback Michael Vick Tuesday and gave former Tates Creek kicker David Akers the transition designation. Vick now can't negotiate with any other team. The transition tag on Pro Bowler Akers was "a surprise and a disappointment," agent Jerrold Colton told the Philadelphia Inquirer. The move allows the Eagles to match any offer Akers receives from another team in free agency.

■ The NFL upped the ante Tuesday for the 400 fans displaced by problems with temporary seats at the Super Bowl. Spokesman Brian McCarthy said the league e-mailed the fans to offer either $5,000 or reimbursement for "actual documented" expenses, whichever figure is higher. The latest offer is the third and most valuable option.

■ Chargers wide receiver Legedu Naanee faces charges of public intoxication and resisting arrest after police say he ignored officers' orders to stay away from a weekend homicide scene in Indianapolis. Indianapolis police said the 27-year-old player cursed at officers and refused repeated requests to walk away from an area officers had taped off to investigate a slaying shortly before 3:30 a.m. Saturday.

■ The Chargers designated receiver Vincent Jackson as their non-exclusive franchise player Tuesday. Jackson, who sat out the first 10 games of last season in a contract dispute, can negotiate with other teams. If he receives an offer, the Chargers can either match it or receive two first-round draft choices as compensation.

■ Titans Coach Mike Munchak filled his second coordinator job Tuesday by hiring Chris Palmer, a former head coach with the Browns who spent last season coaching the UFL's Hartford Colonels. Munchak also introduced his new defensive coordinator, Jerry Gray.

■ Former Redskins coach Jim Zorn signed a contract with the Chiefs Tuesday and will work under new offensive coordinator Bill Muir. Zorn, 57, was released as Baltimore's quarterbacks coach on Jan. 27.


Wade ties record with 31 first-half points

Dwyane Wade tied a franchise record for most points in a first half with 31 and finished with 41 overall to help the Heat defeat the Pacers 110-103 on Tuesday night. Wade also finished with 12 rebounds. LeBron James scored 10 of his 27 points in the fourth quarter for Miami, which has won eight of nine.

■ Heat rookie center Dexter Pittman is expected to miss 5-6 weeks after having surgery to repair cartilage in his right knee.

Michael Redd is expected to rejoin the Bucks on Monday in his latest effort to return from a severe knee injury. Redd last played 13 months ago when he tore the anterior cruciate and medial collateral ligaments in his left knee in Los Angeles.

■ Kings guard Tyreke Evans missed Tuesday's game against the Thunder with plantar fasciitis. He is expected to miss only one game.

■ Memphis' second-leading scorer, Rudy Gay, left Tuesday's game against the 76ers in the second quarter with a left-shoulder injury.


Johnson pleads guilty to reckless driving

PGA golfer Dustin Johnson pleaded guilty Tuesday to reckless driving in connection with a South Carolina drunken-driving charge from 2009. Assistant Horry County prosecutor Paul Taylor said the 26-year-old was fined $445 last week after charges were reduced because of evidentiary issues.

■ Golf fans now can bring cell phones to PGA Tour events. The tour has allowed mobile devices at five tournaments the last six months to see whether players would be disturbed, and it was found to be no problem. The policy affects PGA Tour events, not the Masters, U.S. Open, British Open or PGA Championship.

The last word

Filipino boxer Manny Pacquiao toured the Senate Tuesday and met with President Barack Obama. Pacquiao, elected representative of the Sarangani province in the Philippines, was the guest of Nevada Sen. Harry Reid, a Democrat and long-ago boxer whose re-election was helped by Pacquiao's campaign appearances. Reid was asked how long he would last in his prime against the world champ:

"About five seconds."