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PHOENIX (AP) — Super Bowl media day offered little in the way of substance as the Seattle Seahawks and New England Patriots fielded questions in Phoenix yesterday. Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch constantly repeated "I'm here so I don't get fined" for five minutes before leaving the podium at Media Day. Patriots coach Bill Belichick sidestepped most non-football questions by saying "We're just focused on Seattle this week."
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Former Cleveland Browns' coach Rob Chudzinski has been named associate head coach to assist Chuck Pagano (puh-GAH'-noh) with the Colts. Chudzinski was hired last year as a special assistant to Pagano after one season as Cleveland's head coach. Pagano and Chudzinski first met at the University of Miami.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A jury has convicted two ex-Vanderbilt football players of raping a former student. The jury deliberated for three hours before rejecting claims that Brandon Vandenburg and Cory Batey were too drunk to know what they were doing and that a college culture of binge drinking and promiscuous sex should be blamed for the attack. They face decades in prison when they are sentenced March 6.
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Martin Brodeur (mahr-TAN' broh-DOOR') will formally announce his retirement at a news conference Thursday and discuss his new front office position with the St. Louis Blues. The NHL's all-time leader in wins and shutouts wrapped up a 22-year career with St. Louis after signing as a free agent on Dec. 2. He spent his first 21 seasons with the New Jersey Devils, winning three Stanley Cups and four Vezina (VEH'-zih-nah) trophies as the league's top netminder.
UNDATED (AP) — The Kansas City Royals and outfielder Jarrod Dyson have avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year contract for $1,225,000. The former 50th-round amateur draft pick stole a career-high 36 bases and hit .269 with one homer and 24 RBIs in 290 plate appearances last season. And San Francisco Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford has avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year contract for $3,175,000.
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