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Grizzlies sign Arenas for rest of season

The Grizzlies confirmed Tuesday they have signed point guard Gilbert Arenas for the remainder of the season. Contract details were not immediately available. The oft-injured free agent had not played since finishing last season with the Magic. Arenas, 30, who averaged 21.2 points and 5.4 assists per game in his nine-year career, worked out for Memphis on Monday and will back up point guard Mike Conley . . . Jazz forward Josh Howard is expected to miss the rest of the season because of an injured left knee. The Jazz said an MRI revealed a chip in the cartilage in Howard’s knee, an injury that will require surgery. The 2007 All-Star has averaged 14.5 points and 5.8 rebounds over a nine-year career that also has included stops in Dallas and Washington . . . The Cavaliers waived backup center Ryan Hollins, one day after rookie Tristan Thompson had his best game as a pro with a season-high 27 points and 12 rebounds in a 105-100 win over the Nets . . . Warriors owner Joe Lacob worked into the wee hours of Tuesday morning to return “hundreds’’ of e-mails in the wake of a stunning display by typically well-behaved Bay Area fans, who booed him throughout a halftime ceremony to retire Hall of Famer Chris Mullin’s No. 17 jersey. The crowd booed so relentlessly that Mullin eventually stood up and asked supporters to be patient with Lacob’s vision for a franchise that has endured decades of futility. Lacob said in an e-mail that of the hundreds of e-mails he received, “every single one of them has been supportive.’’

Michigan St., Oregon meet in 2014-15

College football
Michigan State and Oregon will play a home-and-home football series in 2014 and 2015. The series begins Sept. 13, 2014, at Oregon. The teams will also meet in East Lansing on Sept. 12, 2015. Oregon replaces West Virginia on Michigan State’s 2014 and 2015 schedules. Michigan State said the Mountaineers opted out of that contract to create more flexibility during their transition from the Big East to the Big 12 . . . Northern Illinois linebacker Jamaal Bass has been indicted in Ohio on a felonious assault charge on allegations he intentionally ran into the Toledo marching band, knocking down a member, as he took the field when the teams played in November. The grand jury also indicted the redshirt freshman on a misdemeanor assault charge . . . Prosecutors were ordered to give Jerry Sandusky’s lawyer the phone numbers and addresses of those who have accused the former Penn State assistant coach of child sex abuse. It was a pretrial win for Sandusky’s lawyer, Joe Amendola, who argued in a filing last week that it would be very difficult for defense investigators to locate and try to interview them without first getting contact information from prosecutors. The order also extends to the phone numbers and addresses of the accusers when the crimes are alleged to have occurred.

Messi sets Barcelona record for goals

Lionel Messi broke Cesar Rodriguez’s 57-year-old Barcelona career scoring record, getting his eighth hat trick of the season in a 5-3 Spanish league win over Granada to increase his goals total to 234. The 24-year-old Messi, who made his Barcelona debut in 2004, tied Cesar’s record on a left-footed shot in the 17th minute for his 232d goal, then chipped the goalkeeper for a 3-2 lead in the 67th. He added a goal from a tight angle in the 86th, increasing his season total to a career-best 54 . . . Former FIFA president Joao Havelange is fighting a grave bacterial infection in a Rio de Janeiro hospital. The 95-year-old Havelange has septic arthritis, an infection that affects joints, with his right ankle affected the most, Dr. Joao Mansur Filho said in a statement. Havelange presided over soccer’s ruling body from 1974-98.

Knaus’s 6-race suspension overturned


Auto racing
NASCAR’s chief appellate officer overturned the bulk of the penalties levied against five-time championship winning crew chief Chad Knaus, who still must pay a $100,000 fine because Jimmie Johnson’s car failed the opening day inspection of the Daytona 500. Chief appellate officer John Middlebrook overturned the six-race suspensions NASCAR handed down to Knaus and car chief Ron Malec, and ruled both instead will be on probation through May 9. Middlebrook also reinstated the 25 points that Johnson had been docked. The decision moves Johnson to 11th in the Sprint Cup standings heading into Sunday’s race at California. Knaus and Hendrick Motorsports owner Rick Hendrick have maintained the No. 48 Chevrolet was not illegal when it was presented for inspection Feb. 17 at Daytona.

Ex-hockey coach James gets two years

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Disgraced junior hockey coach Graham James was sentenced in Winnipeg, Manitoba, to two years in prison for sexually preying on two of his former players. James pleaded guilty in December to repeatedly sexually abusing NHL star Theo Fleury and his cousin, Todd Holt, when they played for him in the Western Hockey League in the 1980s and ’90s. The judge ordered James not to have contact with Fleury or Holt . . . Former WBO featherweight champion Juan Manuel Lopez said he has no recollection of accusing a referee of betting following his second career loss to Mexican Orlando Salido. Lopez said he did not know what he said or did following the March 10 fight until he saw a video of himself the following day. Puerto Rico’s Professional Boxing Commission suspended him as it investigates the allegations.