USC assistant coach Monte Kiffin resigned from his son's staff after a miserable season for the Trojans defense. Lane Kiffin said his father will leave after the bowl game to pursue a return to the NFL.
Monte Kiffin, 72, constructed the famed Tampa 2 defense while the Buccaneers' defensive coordinator. "The chance to work for my son was unique and memorable," he said.
The league and players association wrapped up two days of talks in New Jersey, with help from federal mediators, but moved no closer to ending the lockout. "After spending several hours with both sides, the presiding mediators concluded the parties remained far apart, and no progress toward a resolution could be made through further mediation at this point," NHL deputy commissioner Bill
Washington acquired center fielder Denard Span from Minnesota for minor league pitcher Alex Meyer. Span hit .284 with four homers and 41 RBIs in 2012. The 6-foot-9 Meyer went 10-6 with a 2.86 ERA in Single-A.
Nick Watney opened with a 5-under 67 and had a two-shot lead in the World Challenge at Thousand Oaks. Jim Furyk, Keegan Bradley and Graeme McDowell shared second. Tournament host Tiger Woods had a 70, but the talk surrounded the proposed rule that will ban the anchored stroke used for long putters.
Bradley isn't happy about it. "I'm going to make a switch when it's best for me," he said. "Whether that's tomorrow or in three years, we'll see." The USGA and Royal & Ancient will take comment on the proposed rule for three months before approving it. It wouldn't take effect until 2016.
Former Stanford stars Joseph Bramlett (68-136) and Zack Miller (73-141) and ex-Cal player Peter Tomasulo (73-144) are in the field.
Ryan Lochte won the 200-yard individual medley at the Winter Nationals in Austin, Texas. Missy Franklin was third in the women's 200 IM, behind winner Celina Li and Stina Gardell.