As the Mountain West Conference board of directors met in Las Vegas on Monday, indications were that the conference was preparing to extend invitations to San Jose State and Utah State.

According to the Salt Lake Tribune, Comcast, the Mountain West's television partner, is pushing hard for Utah State's inclusion. Comcast also has a strong presence in the Bay Area, making San Jose State an attractive option even after a 1-11 football season.

San Jose State athletic director Tom Bowen didn't respond to requests for comment.

Expansion from 10 to 12 teams would allow the Mountain West to hold a multimillion dollar football championship game.

Fellow Western Athletic Conference members Hawaii, Fresno State and Nevada have already joined the Mountain West.

NHL

Sidney Crosby won't even attend the NHL All-Star game this weekend because he's still recovering from a concussion. Crosby will miss his ninth straight game Tuesday when the Penguins host the New York Islanders. n Brandon Yip scored twice and Kevin Shattenkirk broke a third-period tie on a power play, helping the host Colorado Avalanche snap a two-game skid with a 4-3 win over the St. Louis Blues.

Baseball

The Arizona Diamondbacks have added depth to their pitching staff with a right-hander who was nearly perfect. Arizona acquired Armando Galarraga in a trade with the Detroit Tigers for minor league pitchers Kevin Eichorn and Ryan Robowski. Galarraga went 4-9 with a 4.49 ERA in 24 starts and one relief appearance last season with the Tigers, gaining national attention when umpire Jim Joyce blew the call at first base against Cleveland and later made a tearful apology.

  • The A's have traded right-hander Clayton Mortensen to the Colorado Rockies for minor league righty Ethan Hollingsworth. Oakland also announced it has agreed to terms with third baseman Andy LaRoche on a minor league contract and invited him to spring training. Mortensen was designated for assignment last Tuesday. LaRoche batted .206 with four home runs and 16 RBIs in 102 games for Pittsburgh last year.

  • Billionaire Alec Gores is preparing a bid for the Los Angeles Dodgers in the event the current owners' divorce forces them to seek a buyer, according to a person with knowledge of the plans. The Dodgers are drawing interest as a community property dispute between Frank and Jamie McCourt winds through the courts.

    College football

    Florida cornerback Janoris Jenkins has been arrested on a marijuana possession charge, his second arrest in the past 20 months. Jenkins was arrested early Saturday in a Gainesville nightclub.

  • Former Southern California running back Stafon Johnson has sued the university and an assistant conditioning coach for negligence in the weight-room accident that crushed his throat in 2009. Johnson's suit filed in Los Angeles Superior Court seeks unspecified damages.

    Motor sports

    Fox Sports chairman David Hill says he thinks NASCAR races are too long and would like to see them cut down to run during a three-hour window.

    The Associated Press and Bloomberg News contributed to this report.