Tuesday’s Sports In Brief


MINNEAPOLIS (AP) The NFL acknowledges that one of the game officials should have noticed that 18 seconds were incorrectly run off the clock late in the fourth quarter of Pittsburgh’s 24-20 victory at San Diego.

League spokesman Michael Signora says in a statement emailed Monday that ”an error by the clock operator” after a touchback allowed extra time to run off, and ”it is the responsibility of the side judge to supervise the timing of the game.”

The statement adds: ”Had the side judge or any of the other six on-field officials noticed the timing error, they could have corrected it.”

The NFL will review the work done by the clock operator and game officials.


The Minnesota Timberwolves have firmed up a timeline for the long-planned renovation of Target Center.

The team said Tuesday that the project will begin in the summer of 2016 and be completed in time for the NBA season starting in 2017. It has a budget of $129 million and plans to redo the exterior of the 25-year-old building. It will also add new locker rooms and suites, upgrade the bathrooms and bring a new scoreboard.

The Timberwolves will play in the building through the renovation. But the WNBA’s Lynx will have to move out of the building for the 2017 season while renovations are completed. It is not yet known where the Lynx will play.

The Wolves also announced an extension of the naming rights deal with Target.


SEATTLE (AP) – Mariners second baseman Robinson Cano has undergone surgery to repair core muscle injuries and is expected to be OK for spring training.

Seattle general manager Jerry Dipoto made the announcement Tuesday after Cano’s surgery was complete.

The surgery was done in Philadelphia to fix injuries on Cano’s left and right sides. The recovery time is expected to be six weeks.

The 32-year-old Cano was diagnosed with a core muscle injury on his right side in late September. A later MRI showed the injury on the left side.

Cano hit .287 with 21 home runs and 79 RBIs in 156 games this year.


HARRISON, N.J. (AP) – Storm clouds hover over U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann.

The Americans finished fourth in the CONCACAF Gold Cup, their poorest performance since 2000. They lost a playoff against Mexico on Saturday for the region’s berth in the 2017 Confederations Cup.

Not even Tim Howard’s first game in goal in 15 months stopped the slump. Joel Campbell’s 70th-minute goal led Costa Rica over the overwhelmed U.S. 1-0 in an exhibition Tuesday night, the Americans’ fifth defeat in six games. The U.S. has lost three straight home games for the first time since 1997.

Klinsmann turned meteorologist for his analysis.

Costa Rica outshot the U.S. 14-5, and the Americans created almost no scoring chances. Klinsmann changed eight of his starters from Saturday, keeping only defender Geoff Cameron, midfielder Jermaine Jones and forward Jozy Altidore. And all three were replaced at the start of the second half.


AUSTIN, Texas (AP) – The University of Texas says longhorn steer mascot Bevo XIV has been diagnosed with cancer and will retire.

The university said Tuesday that the longhorn steer, whose given name is Sunrise Studly, was preliminarily diagnosed last week with bovine leukemia virus. The diagnosis was confirmed by several veterinarians.

Bevo XIV began his tenure as the Texas mascot at the age of 2 in 2004. He was a part of back-to-back Rose Bowl victories, including the January 2006 win that resulted in the BCS national championship.

The search for Bevo XV will begin immediately. It’s anticipated that Bevo XV will be on the sidelines for the 2016 football season.