Friday's Sports in Brief

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NEW YORK (AP) -- Saints coach Sean Payton is appealing his season-long suspension from the NFL for his role in New Orleans' bounty system. And he's not the only one looking for a little relief from the penalties handed down by Commissioner Roger Goodell.

General manager Mickey Loomis, assistant coach Joe Vitt and the Saints organization each decided to appeal on Friday.

Payton will also ask Goodell for guidance on the parameters of the suspension, which runs through next year's Super Bowl, a person familiar with the situation told The Associated Press, speaking on condition of anonymity because the league and the Saints did not announce Payton's plan to appeal.

HELENA, Mont. (AP) -- Former NFL quarterback Ryan Leaf was arrested in his hometown of Great Falls on burglary and drug possession charges.

Great Falls Police Sgt. Dean Bennett, confirmed Leaf's arrest but said he had not seen a report detailing the allegations against Leaf.

Leaf was booked on felony charges of burglary of a residence and criminal possession of dangerous drugs, plus a first-time charge of misdemeanor theft, Cascade County Detention Center Officer Robert Rivera said.

He was freed on $76,000 bond and is scheduled to make an initial court appearance Monday.

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Eagles Pro Bowl left tackle Jason Peters ruptured his right Achilles and is expected to miss the season.

Peters injured his leg while training in Texas on Tuesday. He will have surgery to repair the tendon next week.

The NFL has suspended New York Giants running back Andre Brown for the first four games of the 2012 season for violating the league policy on performance enhancing substances.

NEW YORK (AP) -- Tim Tebow says he is "not sure" if he'll ever be a starting quarterback again, and that thought doesn't concern him right now.

The New York Jets' new backup quarterback tells 1050 ESPN Radio that his only plan is to help his new team win games and "be the best quarterback, best teammate, best football player I can be and just be someone that adds something to that locker room."

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) -- The New England Patriots re-signed wide receiver Deion Branch and signed free agent fullbacks Tony Fiammetta and Spencer Larsen.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- The Oakland Raiders acquired running back Mike Goodson from the Carolina Panthers in exchange for offensive tackle Bruce Campbell.


TORONTO (AP) -- Dwyane Wade put in a strong performance for a stricken family member.

Wade and Chris Bosh scored 30 points each in the Miami Heat's 113-101 victory over the Toronto Raptors, with Wade dedicating the performance to his nephew, one of 13 men shot -- two fatally -- during a violent six-hour stretch in his hometown of Chicago on Thursday.

"I played for him and with him in mind," Wade said. "I was 9 years old when he was born, I was an uncle at 9 years old. A lot of thoughts go through your mind.

"My prayers go out to all the families involved," he added. "It's tough. When it's someone in your family, it really hits you hard."

Wade's nephew was one of six men shot outside a South Side convenience store early Thursday evening. The eight-time NBA All-Star did not learn of the shooting until following Miami's home win over Dallas Thursday night. His nephew, who was not identified, was expected to undergo surgery and his condition was not made public.


NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- Anthony Davis became the first Kentucky player and second freshman to be selected The Associated Press' Player of the Year.

No Kentucky player had won the award since it started in 1961, and the only other freshman to win it was Kevin Durant of Texas in 2007.

Missouri's Frank Haith won the Coach of the Year honor.

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) -- Florida guard Erving Walker was charged with stealing a taco and running from police.

Walker, a senior who ranks first in school history in assists, was arrested and given a notice to appear in court. He was charged with petty theft and resisting an officer without violence, both misdemeanors. He was not taken to jail.

Gainesville Police say Walker ordered a $3 taco from a street vendor, got the food and ran away without paying. When a police officer caught up with him and told him stop, Walker kept going, according to the police report.

When officers finally caught Walker with help from "several marked patrol cars," he told them he was "just playing around," the report said.

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) -- Big East presidents have agreed on a policy that would bar Connecticut's men's basketball team from next season's conference tournament because the Huskies haven't qualified academically for the 2013 NCAA tournament.

Spokesman John Paquette confirmed that Big East presidents agreed in principal to the policy during a meeting on March 7 in New York.

NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- Jae Crowder scored 25 points and Ramone Moore added 15 points and nine rebounds to lead the East team to a 103-99 victory over the West in the Reese's College All-Star game.


SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Jamie Moyer has made it back in the big leagues for a 25th season.

The 49-year-old earned a spot in the Colorado Rockies' rotation and can become the oldest pitcher in major league history to earn a victory when he starts against the Houston Astros on April 7.


BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) -- Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby became the NHL's seventh-youngest player to score his 600th career point.

Crosby, playing with a swollen nose from taking a puck to the face the night before, achieved the plateau in the second period at Buffalo, when he set up James Neal's power-play goal. It was Crosby's third point in a four point night that included a goal and three assists.


RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. (AP) -- Top-ranked Yani Tseng shot her second straight 68 at the Kraft Nabisco Championship, taking a one-stroke lead over Haeji Kang after the second round of the LPGA Tour's first major of the year.

HUMBLE, Texas (AP) -- Brian Davis and Louis Oosthuizen shared the lead at 11 under after two days of play in the rain-delayed Houston Open.

The second round was suspended due to darkness at 7:36 p.m. with 70 players still on the course.

SCIACCA, Sicily (AP) -- John Daly shot a 5-under 67 to move within two strokes of the second-round lead in the European Tour's Sicilian Open.

England's Simon Wakefield (67) and David Lynn (69), Ireland's Peter Lawrie (72), Sweden's Pelle Edgerg (66) and the Netherland's Maarten Lafeber (68) shared the lead at 8 under.


DENVER (AP) -- U.S. women's basketball coach Geno Auriemma will have five former players on the 12-player roster at the London Olympics this summer.

Sue Bird, Diana Taurasi, Swin Cash, Maya Moore and Tina Charles played for at UConn for Auriemma and helped the U.S. qualify for the Olympics by playing on the 2010 world championship team that won the gold.

Joining the UConn contingent on the team is two-time Olympic gold medalist Tamika Catchings. Also returning for a second straight Olympics are Candace Parker, Seimone Augustus and Sylvia Fowles. Lindsay Whalen and Angel McCoughtry will be competing in the Olympics for the first time and trying to help the U.S. win a fifth straight gold medal.

Only 11 of the 12 roster spots were announced in front of a celebratory crowd waving American flags at the NCAA women's Final Four. The final spot could go to Baylor junior Brittney Griner, who is playing in the Final Four this weekend in Denver.


KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. (AP) -- Top-ranked Novak Djokovic advanced to his first final since winning the Australian Open, beating Juan Monaco 6-0, 7-6 (5) at the Sony Ericsson Open.

His opponent Sunday will be 2009 champion Andy Murray, who advanced with a walkover when Rafael Nadal withdrew hours before their semifinal because of a left knee injury that has bothered him in recent weeks.


NICE, France (AP) -- Defending champions Aliona Savchenko and Robin Szolkowy of Germany won the world figure skating pairs title for the fourth time despite a soaring performance by Tatiana Volosozhar and Maxim Trankov of Russia.