Wednesday’s Sports In Brief


GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) Mexico rallied from a two-goal halftime deficit to earn a 2-2 draw with the United States in an exhibition match Wednesday night.

Midfielder Michael Bradley converted on Graham Zusi’s corner kick in the 15th minute and Chris Wondolowski scored off a feed from Bradley in the 28th minute.

Mexico captain Rafael Marquez scored in the 49th minute and Alan Pulido equalized in the 67th when he collected the rebound of Paul Aguilar’s shot that hit the post and kicked it into an open net.

Highly touted 18-year-old Julian Green made his senior U.S. debut, coming on in the 59th minute as a substitute at midfielder for Graham Zusi.


WASHINGTON – In a matter of days, DeSean Jackson went from unwanted to wanted, from fired to hired, from discarded by the Philadelphia Eagles with reputation tarnished to rock star treatment and a new fat contract from the Washington Redskins.

Concerns about work ethic, attitude and reports about gang activity seemed miles away when he was being wooed by Robert Griffin III or enjoying his recruiting-style evening out with cornerback DeAngelo Hall, receiver Pierre Garcon and rapper Wale.

Jackson closed the deal Wednesday, signing a three-year, $24 million contract that includes $16 million guaranteed. The terms were disclosed by a person familiar with the negotiations who spoke on condition of anonymity because the Redskins did not announce the financial details.

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) – Jadeveon Clowney believes he’s the NFL’s No. 1 draft pick and says he took a big step toward that goal during South Carolina’s pro day workouts.

The 6-foot-5, 266-pound defensive end did position drills in front of dozens of NFL personnel, including Houston head coach Bill O’Brien and Jacksonville head coach Gus Bradley.

”Yes, I do feel like I should be the first pick,” Clowney said after the session.

Clowney did not lift weights or run the 40-yard dash, standing on his combine showings when he did 21 reps at 225 pounds and clocked 4.53 seconds.


WASHINGTON (AP) – Northwestern University athletes pressed their case for collective bargaining rights during meetings with lawmakers, as a vote was scheduled for them to decide whether to authorize a union.

The vote will be held April 25, according to Ramogi Huma, president of the College Athletes Players Association.

During meetings on Capitol Hill, Huma and former Northwestern quarterback Kain Colter tried to drum up support just a week after a ruling that the athletes were employees and had the same rights to bargain collectively as other workers.

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – The state’s highest court said it would not review Jerry Sandusky’s child molestation conviction. But other legal avenues remain open to the former Penn State assistant football coach.

Sandusky defense attorney Norris Gelman said his client can file a new appeal under the state’s Post Conviction Relief Act. That appeal could address any newly discovered evidence as well as any claims that Sandusky’s lawyers were not effective, Gelman said.

Sandusky also could eventually take his case to federal court.

Sandusky, 70, is serving a 30- to 60-year prison sentence for sexual abuse of 10 boys.


NEW YORK (AP) – NBA referee Dick Bavetta worked his 2,633rd consecutive game assignment, an ironman streak even longer than the one compiled by baseball Hall of Famer Cal Ripken Jr.

Bavetta worked the game between the Knicks and Nets at Madison Square Garden, where he began his career in 1975, extending a streak during which he has never missed an assignment. He chalked up his streak to good health, a dedication he said all officials shared, and a fear of inconveniencing someone else if he had to take a day off.


ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) – The Tampa Bay Rays agreed to a long-term contract with another of their young pitchers, giving Chris Archer a $25.5 million, six-year deal.

The contract includes club options for 2020 and 2021 that could raise the value to $43.75 million.

The 25-year-old right-hander went 9-7 with a 3.22 ERA in 23 starts as a rookie last season. He’s scheduled to make his first start of the season Thursday against Toronto.

SAN DIEGO (AP) – The Los Angeles Dodgers placed reliever Brian Wilson on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to Monday, with inflammation in the ulnar nerve in his right elbow, and recalled right-hander Jose Dominguez from Triple-A Albuquerque.

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) – The Texas Rangers say ace Yu Darvish is set to make his first start of the season Sunday at Tampa Bay.

Manager Ron Washington said Darvish is as strong as he was before the neck stiffness that kept the pitcher from throwing for two weeks. Darvish was placed on the disabled list to start the season, though the move was retroactive to March 21, making the right-hander eligible to be activated this weekend.

HOUSTON (AP) – A former Houston Astros pitcher is seeking up to $15 million for injuries he says were caused by Galveston police officers in 2008.

Brandon Backe testified in federal court Tuesday that the beating by officers ended his baseball career. He says he can no longer use his right arm for such simple tasks as tucking in a shirt.

LOS ANGELES (AP) – Former All-Star outfielder Lenny Dykstra filed a lawsuit saying he suffered an unprovoked and brutal beating by deputies in a Los Angeles County jail two years ago.

Dykstra filed the suit seeking unspecified damages against the county and several Sheriff’s Department employees, saying his head was slammed against the wall, his teeth were knocked out and he was kicked and beaten until he was ”barely breathing.”


LOS ANGELES (AP) – Chiney Ogwumike of Stanford and Odyssey Sims of Baylor were among the finalists for the John R. Wooden Award, given to college basketball’s top female player.

The other members of the Wooden All American team are Kayla McBride of Notre Dame, Breanna Stewart of Connecticut and Alyssa Thomas of Maryland. The trio will take their teams to the Final Four this weekend in Nashville, Tenn.

HOUSTON (AP) – Kelvin Sampson, who committed numerous NCAA violations in past coaching jobs, is Houston’s new basketball coach.

Sampson, an assistant with the Houston Rockets since 2011, replaces James Dickey, who stepped down last month citing family matters.

Tulsa coach Danny Manning toured the Wake Forest campus, said a person familiar with the situation.

The person said Manning has interviewed for the job and the Demon Deacons have ”significant interest” in making him their men’s basketball coach.

The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the school is not commenting publicly about its search for Jeff Bzdelik’s successor.


CHICAGO (AP) – Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews will miss the rest of the regular season with an upper-body injury.

The team said that coach Joel Quenneville expects Toews to be ”100 percent” for the playoffs.


CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) – Venus Williams advanced at the Family Circle Cup, battling from behind to defeat Chanelle Scheepers 7-5, 7-5.

In other matches, American Sloane Stephens was upset 6-4, 6-4 by 19-year-old Elina Svitolina of the Ukraine, Daniela Hantuchova of Slovakia defeated American qualifier Grace Min 6-2, 6-3, and Elena Vesnina of Russia ousted Petra Cetkovska of the Czech Republic, 3-6, 6-2, 6-4.


CHICAGO (AP) – Jahlil Okafor scored 17 points and had seven rebounds and Emmanuel Mudiay added 15 points as the West team defeated the East 105-102 in the boys McDonald’s All-American game.

Justin Jackson, who shared co-MVP honors with Okafor led the East with 23 points. The North Carolina commit was 11-of-14 shooting.

In the girls game, Brianna Turner hit a jumper with 53 seconds left to lift the West to an 80-78 win over the East.

The Notre Dame-bound star had 11 points and 10 rebounds for the West, which won despite going 0 for 20 from the 3-point line. She earned MVP honors for the game.


NEW YORK (AP) – A woman in a New York court fight with champion skier Bode Miller over custody of their 13-month-old son says she hopes they can work it out.

Sara McKenna discusses in an article posted this week on Cosmopolitan magazine’s website how she met Miller through an online dating agency and got pregnant before their relationship fell apart.