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Tuesday's Sports In Brief

Tuesday's Sports In Brief

The lawyer for Mike Leach says the suspended Texas Tech coach did nothing wrong in how he treated a player with a "mild" concussion, and Leach wants a court's help to allow him to coach the Alamo Bowl on Jan. 2.
The motion for a temporary restraining order was filed Tuesday in Lubbock. An in-chambers hearing was set for Wednesday morning in the 99th District Court.
University officials suspended Leach on Monday while the school investigates a complaint from receiver Adam James and his family. James is the son of former NFL player Craig James, now a television sports analyst for ESPN.
PRO FOOTBALL
NEW YORK (AP) _ Brett Favre is among eight Minnesota Vikings selected to the Pro Bowl on Tuesday, while Peyton Manning is one of six Indianapolis Colts on the American Football Conference squad.
It will be Favre's 11th Pro Bowl and the 10th for Manning. No other quarterbacks have been to 10 all-star games.
Tennessee running back Chris Johnson, the league's leading rusher, also is on the AFC team, along with NFL receptions leader Wes Welker of New England.
Vikings RB Adrian Peterson, the league's top scorer among non-kickers, will be in the NFC backfield, where New Orleans' Drew Brees is the starting quarterback.
The Pro Bowl will be played Jan. 31, one week before the Super Bowl, in Miami.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) _ New Orleans Saints defensive end Bobby McCray was arrested early Tuesday and charged with driving while intoxicated and other counts, police said.
Police spokesman Gary Flot said McCray was stopped by an officer who saw him speeding about 4:30 a.m. Tuesday. He was booked into Orleans Parish Prison on charges of driving while intoxicated, speeding, careless operation of a motor vehicle and not having registration with him. McCray was released on his own recognizance around 7 a.m.
COLLEGE FOOTBALL
HAMDEN, Connecticut (AP) _ A majority of college football fans want to scrap the current Bowl Championship Series and replace it with a playoff system that's similar to college basketball, according to a new national poll released Tuesday.
The Quinnipiac University survey shows 63 percent favor getting rid of the current system, while 26 percent want to keep it. The poll also shows 48 percent believe it is a bad idea if federal lawmakers force college football to start a playoff system.
Earlier this month, a House subcommittee approved legislation aimed at forcing college football to switch to a playoff system to determine its national champion.
BASEBALL
NEW YORK (AP) _ Free agent slugger Jason Bay and the New York Mets have reached a preliminary agreement, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press.
The person spoke on condition of anonymity because Bay must pass a physical for the deal to be completed. Bay is expected to sign a four-year contract for about $65 million.
The three-time All-Star set career highs with 36 home runs and 119 RBIs last season for Boston. The 31-year-old outfielder is a lifetime .280 hitter and has averaged 30 homers and 99 RBIs in his six full seasons in the majors.
PRO BASKETBALL
LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Lakers forward Ron Artest still can't remember exactly how he fell at his home on Christmas night. He's just thankful his tumble only left him with a concussion, a deep cut on his left elbow and a little memory loss.
The latest misadventure in Artest's unusual career has kept him out of Los Angeles' lineup for three games, but he expects to return soon. He'll run on a treadmill Wednesday to see whether he should attempt to play Friday against Sacramento.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) _ The Minnesota Timberwolves acquired forward Alando Tucker, a second-round draft pick and cash from the Phoenix Suns in exchange for backup point guard Jason Hart.
The Suns then waived Hart. Tucker was originally selected by the Suns in the first round of the 2007 draft at No. 29 overall out of Wisconsin. Tucker was the Big Ten player of the year and a first-team All American at Wisconsin in 2007.
WINTER SPORTS
KEARNS, Utah (AP) _ Heather Richardson clinched a spot in her third Olympic event by winning the 1,500 meters Tuesday at the U.S. Speedskating Championships.
Richardson added the 1,500 to the spots she had already clinched in the 500 and 1,000 for the Vancouver Games, which will be the first Olympics for the 20-year-old from High Point, North Carolina.
Brian Hansen clinched his first Olympic berth with a third-place finish in the men's 1,500. Chad Hedrick won the race and Trevor Marsicano was second, but both already had berths.
LIENZ, Austria (AP) _ Lindsey Vonn finished 18th despite a bruised left arm and Marlies Schild won a World Cup slalom Tuesday for her first victory since breaking her leg.
The Austrian led after the opening run and finished in an aggregate time of 1 minute, 57.65 seconds. She topped Sandrine Aubert of France by 1.83 seconds and Kathrin Zettel of Austria.
Vonn, the overall World Cup champion, crashed during the giant slalom Monday and injured her arm. Wearing a brace, Vonn said she felt "a lot of pain" but never considered skipping the race. She finished 4.42 seconds back but kept her lead in the overall standings.