Miami coach waiting to determine Wade's status
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Miami coach Erik Spoelstra will wait to decide whether to play guard Dwyane Wade against the Pacers on Tuesday night.
Spoelstra spoke after the team's shootaround at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. He says he expects everyone to be ready for the showdown between the two-time defending NBA champs and the team with the NBA's best record this season (18-3).
He'll wait until about 45 minutes before tip-off to "put everything in ink."
Wade has missed six games with the Heat (16-5) this season in an effort to protect his knees.
Pacers coach Frank Vogel wouldn't say when forward Danny Granger would return. Granger has been sidelined this season with a strained calf.
Miami's Patterson, Stanford go on reserve-injured
DAVIE, Fla. (AP) - Miami Dolphins cornerback Dimitri Patterson has been placed on the reserve-injured list because of a groin injury that has bothered him since September.
Reserve cornerback R.J. Stanford also went on the reserve-injured list Tuesday with a right leg injury. The moves end the season for both players.
The Dolphins signed free agent cornerback Justin Rogers, and signed safety Michael Thomas off the San Francisco 49ers' practice squad. Rogers started the first five games this year with Buffalo and played in one game with the Houston Texans before they waived him Nov. 28.
Patterson played in six games this season and had four interceptions. He aggravated his groin injury during Sunday's win at Pittsburgh.
Mich. St.'s Narduzzi wins Broyles Award
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - The defensive coordinator for fourth-ranked Michigan State has won the Broyles Award, given annually to college football's top assistant coach.
Pat Narduzzi was named the winner Tuesday at a luncheon in Little Rock. Narduzzi structured the Spartans' defense, lifting the team to a 12-1 record and a spot in the Rose Bowl against No. 5 Stanford.
The award is named for former Arkansas coach Frank Broyles, who is noted for developing assistants into head coaches. A number of his aides went on to stellar careers, including Hayden Fry, Joe Gibbs, Jimmy Johnson, Johnny Majors, Jackie Sherrill and Barry Switzer.
Fry, Majors and Switzer were on this year's selection committee.
Other finalists this year were Auburn's Rhett Lashlee, Baylor's Philip Montgomery, Florida State's Jeremy Pruitt and Kurt Roper from Duke.
Neb fans on Georgia rematch: Been there, done that
The Gator Bowl appears to be a tough sell to Nebraska fans.
A season that fell short of expectations ends New Year's Day in Jacksonville, Fla., with a game against No. 23 Georgia, the same team that beat the Cornhuskers a year ago in the Capital One Bowl.
Steve Glenn, a walk-on offensive lineman in the 1970s, runs a travel agency in Lincoln. He said he's sold fewer than a dozen seats on a 137-seat charter to Jacksonville. He thinks fans are "ready to be done with this season."
Mike'l (Michael) Severe co-hosts a sports radio show in Omaha. He said listeners are unhappy the Huskers are playing Georgia again. They had hoped to go to the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl, where Kansas State would have been the opponent.
Florida A&M probation lifted
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Florida A&M University is no longer on probation.
A regional accrediting organization in December 2012 gave FAMU officials a year to fix several problems at the school. The university came under fire for several items, including whether or not students were safe in the wake of the hazing death of a drum major.
The accrediting organization voted Tuesday on FAMU's status. Interim President Larry Robinson said the vote to lift FAMU's probation was the best possible outcome.
If accreditation had been revoked, students would not have been eligible for federal financial aid.
A committee that visited FAMU's campus this fall concluded the university made progress in dealing with problems at the school. But that report cautioned it "was unclear" if improvements would remain once a new president is named.
AP source: Davis, Tigers close in on agreement
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) - A person familiar with the negotiations says outfielder Rajai Davis and the Detroit Tigers are closing in on an agreement for a two-year contract worth $9 million to $10 million.
The person spoke on condition of anonymity to The Associated Press on Tuesday because an agreement has not been completed and the player is to have a physical.
The 33-year-old Davis spent the last three seasons with Toronto and hit .260 this year with six homers and 24 RBIs and 45 steals in 331 at-bats. He made $2.5 million.
An eight-year major league veteran, Davis has 268 career stolen bases. He also has played for Pittsburgh (2006-07), San Francisco (2007-08) and Oakland (2008-10).
Roger Angell wins Spink Award for baseball writing
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) - The New Yorker's Roger Angell has won the J.G. Taylor Spink Award for meritorious contributions to baseball writing. He is the first writer to earn the honor who was never a member of the Baseball Writers' Association of America.
The 93-year-old Angell will be honored during the Hall of Fame's induction weekend July 25-28 in Cooperstown, N.Y.
The BBWAA said at baseball's winter meetings Tuesday that he was named on 258 of 451 ballots cast. The late Furman Bisher, who wrote for 59 years for The Atlanta Journal and The Atlanta Constitution, received 115 votes. Retired syndicated columnist Mel Durslag received 74.
Angell received the George Polk Award for Commentary in 1980 and the first PEN/ESPN Lifetime Achievement Award for Literary Sports Writing in 2011.
BBWAA membership is limited to reporters for newspapers, news agencies and some Internet companies.
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