Tuesday’s Sports in Brief

LONDON (AP) The director of IAAF President Sebastian Coe's office temporarily stepped down on Tuesday pending an ethics investigation into emails linked to Russian doping cases.

Emails sent by Nick Davies, leaked to a French newspaper and published this week, indicated that he tried to delay public identification of alleged Russian drug cheats before the 2013 world championships in Moscow.

''I have decided to step aside from my role with the IAAF until such time as the ethics board is able to review the matter properly and decide if I am responsible for any breach of the IAAF code of ethics,'' Davies said in a statement.

Davies was IAAF communications director at the time under Lamine Diack, who was succeeded by Coe as president in August. The French criminal case against Diack deepened this week, with magistrates filing new, tougher corruption charges against him in connection with cover-ups of Russian doping.

French prosecutors also suspect Diack's son, Papa Massata Diack, a former IAAF marketing consultant, played an active role in an alleged ''system of corruption'' that sought to blackmail athletes, with demands of money to hush-up suspected doping.


Stanford running back Christian McCaffrey is The Associated Press college football player of the year, becoming the first non-Heisman Trophy winner to earn the honor in six years.

McCaffrey was the runner-up for the Heisman Trophy to Derrick Henry, but received 29 of 60 votes from the AP Top 25 media panel to edge the Alabama running back.

Henry received 16 votes and Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson was third with 11. Navy quarterback Keenan Reynolds and Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield each received two votes.

The last time the AP player of the year was not the Heisman winner was 2009. That season Nebraska defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh was the AP voter's choice while the Heisman went to Alabama running back Mark Ingram. It is the fifth time overall that the Heisman winner and AP player of the year went to different players.


NEW YORK (AP) – The Carolina Panthers lead the NFL with 10 players selected for the Pro Bowl.

The Panthers are two wins away from a perfect regular season. Quarterback Cam Newton was picked Tuesday for the third time. Five of his teammates were first-time selections, including cornerback Josh Norman and linebacker Thomas Davis.

Seattle, Arizona and New England each had seven players selected, and Cincinnati had five players picked.

Raiders safety Charles Woodson, who announced on Monday that he will retire after the season, was selected for the ninth time.

Hall of Famers Jerry Rice and Michael Irvin will serve as alumni team captains for their Pro Bowl teams. The draft will be on Jan. 27.

The Pro Bowl will be held on Jan. 31 in Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, Hawaii.


CHICAGO (AP) – Bulls center Joakim Noah will miss at least two weeks because of a sprained left shoulder.

Noah exited Monday's loss to the Brooklyn Nets in the third quarter.

He was on defense when Brooklyn's Andrea Bargnani, after jumping, came down hard on Noah's left arm, bending it back awkwardly. Noah, who was called for a foul on the play, ran around the court in obvious pain with his left shoulder slumped over for a moment before heading off the court and into the tunnel leading to the locker room.

He had an MRI on Tuesday and will be re-evaluated in two weeks. Noah is averaging 4.5 points and 8.8 rebounds.

The Bulls (15-11) have dropped three straight.

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) – Steve Kerr was back in charge of the Golden State Warriors – for a practice at least.

Kerr ran practice Tuesday with interim coach Luke Walton out with an illness. Kerr has been out since training camp as he deals with complications from back surgery he had in the offseason.

Kerr says he is not yet 100 percent and has no timeline for when he will return to lead the team. Kerr says he will take a road trip to Dallas and Houston on Dec. 30 and 31 to test how he can handle the travel.

The defending champion Warriors are off to a 26-1 start under Walton.


STORRS, Conn. (AP) – Connecticut junior center Amida Brimah broke the third finger on his right hand during practice on Monday and will have to undergo surgery.

The diagnosis and treatment came from an examination on Tuesday morning. The 7-footer from Ghana is scheduled to have surgery on Wednesday and is expected to miss the next 6 to 8 weeks.

Brimah missed a game for the first time in his career Sunday with a groin injury as the Huskies (7-3) beat UMass Lowell. It broke a streak of 84 consecutive games played by the co-captain.

Brimah, who had started 44 straight games before Sunday, is averaging 7.8 points and 5.2 rebounds and leads the team in field goal percentage (72.5). His 3.0 blocks per game ranks ninth in NCAA Division I.

HONOLULU (AP) – The University of Hawaii men's basketball team was put on three years of probation Tuesday by the NCAA after an investigation found former coach Gib Arnold violated ethical conduct rules and provided false or misleading information.

As a result, Hawaii will lose two scholarships during the next two seasons, leaving it with 11, and cannot play in postseason games during the 2016-2017 academic year. The NCAA approved a $10,000 fine that the university previously imposed on itself. Hawaii also must pay a penalty equaling 1 percent of the basketball program's budget over the previous three years.

Hawaii Athletic Director David Matlin told reporters attorneys are reviewing the decision but the university doesn't plan to appeal. He said the athletic department added a staff position to focus on rules education, and has increased efforts to inform boosters of the rules and make student-athletes more aware of them.