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NBA

Bulls’ Rose “far away” from returning

Chicago Bulls star Derrick Rose says he’s ‘‘far away’’ from returning from knee surgery. In an interview with USA Today posted Tuesday, he said he has no specific timetable for a return. Rose says he’s not coming back until he’s ‘‘110 percent’’ . . . Delonte West hasn’t joined the Texas Legends more than two weeks after the NBA Development League team acquired his rights . . . Royce White played in the Rio Grande Valley Vipers 139-122 win over Maine Tuesday night. He scored 7 points and had eight rebounds in 18 minutes. He had been away from the Rockets since early November after requesting an arrangement to help him properly treat his diagnosed anxiety disorder . . . Sacramento mayor Kevin Johnson said the joint committee that will decide whether the Kings move to Seattle might want to hear his city’s proposal before the NBA Board of Governors meeting April 19. Johnson remains ‘‘extremely confident’’ Sacramento will complete a counteroffer by his March 1 deadline.

COLLEGES

Alabama football players suspended

Alabama linebacker Tyler Hayes, 18, and safety Eddie Williams, 20, confessed to robbing a student who was punched in the head and face and kicked in the ribs and back early Monday morning, according to court documents. Williams said D.J. Pettway, 20, a defensive lineman, and Hayes waited in a nearby vehicle about an hour later while he knocked out and robbed another student. Williams and Hayes both admitted to their involvement. Williams and running back Brent Calloway, 20, both admitted to using a stolen credit card to buy snacks from vending machines inside a dormitory. All four students were indefinitely suspended by coach Nick Saban . . . Two people familiar with the deal say the Big East is closing in on a six-year contract with NBC Sports Network for football and basketball rights that will pay members around $20 million per year. One person said the deal likely would be announced within the next two weeks. The Big East first has to go through the process of allowing ESPN, which currently holds the conference’s football TV rights, to match the offer. ESPN.com first reported the network’s offer to the Big East . . . The University of Georgia has given football coach Mark Richt a raise and another year on his contract. Richt’s total compensation will jump from $2.81 million to $3.2 million a year and his contract will extend through the 2017 season.

NFL

Ex-adviser: Young got loan for a party

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Ronnie Peoples, the former financial adviser for Vince Young, said under oath that he arranged a high-interest, seven-figure loan for Young during the 2011 lockout because the player wanted to throw himself a $300,000 birthday party even though he was running low on funds. Young is challenging a $1.7 million judgment obtained against him in New York last July by New York-based Pro Player Funding LLC, the firm that authorized his loan . . . Carolina Panthers president Danny Morrison said the team plans to begin renovations on its stadium immediately after the 2013 NFL season and estimates the project could take two years to complete . . . According to Mike Garafolo of the USA Today, Seattle has signed former BC defensive back Will Blackmon to a futures contract.

HOCKEY

GM Howson is fired by Blue Jackets

Columbus fired general manager Scott Howson. The move was announced by John Davidson, the club’s director of hockey operations, in an e-mail . . . Minnesota goalie Josh Harding told the Wild he’s feeling a little ‘‘off’’ from medication he takes to fight multiple sclerosis. Harding was diagnosed with the disease this summer but hadn’t experienced any setbacks or complications before now . . . Flames goalie Miikka Kiprusoff is expected to be sidelined two more weeks because of a sprained knee ligament . . . Toronto goaltender James Reimer is expected to be sidelined at least a week with a strained knee ligament.

MISCELLANY

X Games cancels snowmobile event

The Winter X Games will cancel a snowmobile freestyle demonstration at the next stop in Tignes, France, next month as organizers review safety protocols in the wake of Caleb Moore’s death . . . Andy Roddick was the first pick by the Springfield (Mo.) Lasers in the World Team Tennis draft. Roddick, who retired after the US Open, said he looks forward to his seventh WTT season . . . Rafael Nadal criticized the ATP for not doing enough to protect players’ health, saying the increase in hard-court events will lead to long-term injuries that will affect players after they retire . . . Brandt Snedeker withdrew from next week’s Match Play Championship in Marana, Ariz. because of sore ribs that have been causing him discomfort despite his torrid stretch of golf . . . Park Jong-woo, a South Korean soccer player who displayed a political banner at the London Olympics, will get his bronze medal back, the IOC announced. IOC and FIFA rules prohibit on-field political statements.

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