Former Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine, a Stamford, Conn., native, is expected to be named athletic director at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Conn., the Connecticut Post reported Thursday. Sacred Heart AD John Cook is retiring July 1 and Valentine is expected to be named Tuesday. “An intriguing opportunity has been presented to me and it’s something I really feel I can enjoy doing and I feel could be mutually beneficial,” Valentine told the Connecticut Post . . . Jerry Sandusky’s attorneys have notified his trial judge that he wants a state appeals court to overturn his convictions for molesting boys. Attorneys for the former Penn State assistant football coach filed a pair of appeal notices that indicate Sandusky wants the state Superior Court to take up his convictions on 45 counts of child sexual abuse. The notices were filed in the Centre County Courthouse in Bellefonte, Pa.
Former Miami coaches: Dismiss cases
A person familiar with the situation told the Associated Press that former Miami assistant football coach Aubrey Hill and former basketball assistants Jake Morton and Jorge Fernandez have filed a motion with the NCAA to have their infractions cases dismissed. The NCAA believes Hill and Fernandez provided them with misleading information, and Morton accepted ‘‘supplemental income’’ from a former booster, Nevin Shapiro . . . Hartford police have linked a recent shooting to the 2009 stabbing death of UConn football player Jasper Howard. WVIT-TV in New Britain, Conn., reports police have charged 24-year-old Rasheem Grimes with assault in the Nov. 4 shooting of Hakim Muhammad, who had recently been released from prison after serving time on charges stemming from the fight that led to Howard’s death. Police say Grimes is the brother of John Lomax III, the man who stabbed Howard and was upset that Muhammad had cooperated with police.
Brent driving 110 m.p.h. before crash
Cowboys defensive lineman Josh Brent was driving at least 110 miles per hour at the time of the car crash that killed teammate Jerry Brown, according to police reports obtained by Dallas-Fort Worth television station NBC 5. Brent was driving with a suspended license and had a blood-alcohol content of 0.189 percent at the time of the crash . . . Jets quarterback Tim Tebow has backed out of an appearance at First Baptist Church in Dallas. First Baptist is led by the Rev. Robert Jeffress, who has criticized Mormonism, Catholicism, and Islam. Tebow tweeted that he canceled due to ‘‘new information that has been brought to my attention’’ . . . Lions wide receiver Nate Burleson has restructured his contract for a second straight year. He confirmed it Thursday night, but didn’t provide specific details.
Kvitova advances to semis in Dubai
Former Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova overpowered defending champion Agnieszka Radwanska, 6-2, 6-4, to set up a semifinal against Caroline Wozniacki in the Dubai Championships. In the other semifinal, Roberta Vinci will face doubles partner Sara Errani . . . Qualifier Dmitry Tursunov upset Janko Tipsarevic, 7-6 (7-4), 6-2, to reach the Open 13 quarterfinals in Marseille, France. Tursunov will face Gilles Muller . . . Marin Cilic saved three match points in a third-set tiebreaker against Igor Sijsling to advance to the quarterfinals of the US National Indoor Championships in Memphis with a 7-6 (7-2), 3-6, 7-6 (9-7) victory. In the women’s quarterfinals, Kristen Flipkens was eliminated by Magdalena Rybarikova. Stefanie Voegele, Marina Erakovic, and Sabine Lisicki also advanced to the semifinals.
Burke signs on with Anaheim as scout
Brian Burke is returning to the Anaheim Ducks as a part-time pro scout. The Ducks rehired Burke, who was their general manager from 2005-08 . . . Philadelphia Flyers center Matt Read will miss six weeks because of torn rib cage muscles . . . Four days after he suffered a seizure on the ice after a hit, the family of American Hockey League left wing and former Northeastern standout Wade MacLeod says the Springfield Falcons player has a benign tumor in his brain . . . US goalkeeper Hope Solo will miss next month’s Algarve Cup in Portugal because of a wrist injury. Solo has been playing with the injury and may need surgery . . . The head of the US Anti-Doping Agency has lobbied the Justice Department to join a whistle-blower lawsuit against cyclist Lance Armstrong filed by Floyd Landis. The Justice Department has not announced if it will join the case.