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. Banged-up Teddy Bridgewater came off the bench to throw two second-half touchdown passes, and John Wallace kicked a 29-yard field goal with 1:41 left to lift Louisville (10-2, 5-2 Big East) to a 20-17 win over host Rutgers (9-3, 5-2). The Cardinals will share the Big East title with Rutgers, Syracuse and possibly even Cincinnati, but the BCS bid will be all theirs because of a better overall record.
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 Daly said. Toronto is the first league team worth $1 billion, according to Forbes magazine. The Sharks are 15th at $223 million.
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. A source said closer Mariano Rivera, 40, and the New York Yankees agreed to a one-year, $10 million deal. He missed most of the 2012 season because of a knee injury. A person with knowledge of the deal says Pittsburgh agreed to a two-year, $17 million deal with former Yankees catcher Russell Martin. Free-agent outfielder B.J. Upton and Atlanta finalized a five-year, $75.25 million contract. He hit .246 with 28 homers, 78 RBIs and 31 steals for Tampa Bay in 2012.
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. Bill Haas and Nicolas Colsaerts opened with 2-under 70s to share the Nedbank Challenge lead in Sun City, South Africa. Lee Westwood was a shot back in the 12-player field. Haas' father, Jay, was tied for second at 71 in the Champions Challenge. Bernhard Langer led the eight-man field at 68. Meen Whee Kim shot a 9-under 63 to take a one-stroke lead after the second round of the PGA Tour qualifying tournament in La Quinta. Kim was at 13-under 131.
Former Stanford stars Joseph Bramlett (68-136) and Zack Miller (73-141) and ex-Cal player Peter Tomasulo (73-144) are in the field. Moriya Jutanugarn shot a 6-under 66 to take a three-stroke lead after the second round of the LPGA Tour qualifying event in Daytona Beach, Fla. She had a 10-under 134 total. Two-time tour winner Christina Kim of San Jose was third at 5 under after a 67.
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.