NFL owners tabled any vote expanding the playoffs to 14 teams at their spring meetings Tuesday in Atlanta.

There is strong sentiment among the owners to add a wild-card team in each conference to the postseason, most likely beginning in 2015. Such a setup would eliminate one of the first-round byes, with only the team with the best record in each conference getting a week off at the beginning of the playoffs.

The players' union says it needs to be consulted on an expanded postseason.

  • Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice has received initial approval to enter a court program that could result in dismissal of an assault charge against him in New Jersey. The decision relates to an aggravated assault charge Rice faces following a Feb. 15 incident with his then-girlfriend in an Atlantic City casino elevator. The couple married a day after Rice was indicted.

    Boxing

    Manny Pacquiao will return to the ring in November, most likely in Macau, and has signed a new two-year contract with promoter Bob Arum that could take him to the end of his career.

    Arum said Juan Manuel Marquez is his first choice for Pacquiao's next fight, but other fighters -- including Amir Khan -- could be in the mix.

    Hockey

    Joel Ward scored two power-play goals to lift Canada to a 3-2 victory over Norway, and U.S. captain Justin Abdelkader scored twice in a 5-4 win over Germany at the ice hockey world championship in Minsk, Belarus.

    Canada faces Finland, and the United States plays the Czech Republic in the quarterfinals Thursday. Defending champion Sweden meets Belarus, and France plays Russia.

  • Sharks goalie prospect Harri Sateri will play in Russia next season, signing on with the KHL rather than wait and see what his fate might be when he becomes a restricted free agent July 1. San Jose retains his NHL rights.

    Colleges

    Pac-12 university presidents have sent a letter to their colleagues at the other four major football conferences calling for sweeping changes to the NCAA model and autonomy for those leagues.

    A copy of the letter was obtained by The Associated Press. It was sent last week to the university presidents from the Southeastern, Big Ten, Big 12 and Atlantic Coast conferences.

    Spurred in part by Northwestern football players' move to unionize, the Pac-12 presidents outlined a 10-point plan for reform that includes many proposals commissioners have been advocating for several years, including a stipend for athletes.

    Soccer

    D.C. United forward Eddie Johnson was suspended for one game by Major League Soccer for a reckless challenge on Montreal goalkeeper Troy Perkins last weekend.

    Staff writer David Pollak contributed to this report.