Football

RILEY JOINS SAINTS: Former San Diego Chargers head coach Mike Riley will join the Saints as assistant head coach and secondary coach.

PRO BOWL ADDITIONS: Cincinnati Bengals running back Corey Dillon replaced Pittsburgh's injured Jerome Bettis on the Pro Bowl roster. Atlanta Falcons linebacker Keith Brooking was added to the Pro Bowl as the NFC's "need" player. It will be his first Pro Bowl.

BUGEL RETIRES: Joe Bugel, best known for forging the dominant offensive line known as the "Hogs" with the Washington Redskins in the 1980s, retired after coaching for 26 years in the NFL.

He spent the past four seasons as offensive line coach with the San Diego Chargers.

KENTUCKY PUT ON PROBATION: Kentucky, cited by the NCAA for more than three dozen recruiting violations, was placed on three years' probation for football recruiting violations, banned from a bowl game next season and made to forfeit 19 scholarships over the next three years.

TENNESSEE PLAYER DENIED: The NCAA denied Tennessee receiver Donte Stallworth's request to have his eligibility reinstated after he changed his mind about entering the NFL draft.

Hockey

NABOKOV LOSES PLEA: San Jose Sharks goalie Evgeni Nabokov lost his appeal and will not be able to play for Russia in the Salt Lake City Olympics. Nabokov previously represented Kazakstan.

Golf

HEINEKEN CLASSIC: Ernie Els shot a 3-under-par 69 at historic Royal Melbourne to take a three-stroke lead late in the second round of the Heineken Classic.

Els had three birdies and six bogeys to enter weekend play with an 11-under 133 total. Greg Norman was three strokes back at 8 under after shooting a 67. Wales' Mark Pilkington and Australia's Peter O'Malley and Stephen Leaney were tied for second with Norman. Leaney shot a 66, O'Malley 68 and Pilkington 70.

PEBBLE BEACH PRO-AM: Brent Schwarzrock matched a spectacular day on the Monterey Peninsula with the best golf of his career, playing his final eight holes in 8-under par for a 64 that gave him a two-stroke lead in the Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, the largest first-round margin in 24 years.

Boxing

TYSON TO FIGHT IN L.A.?: Mike Tyson will apply for a license to fight heavyweight champion Lennox Lewis at Staples Center this spring, the Los Angeles Times reported.

Basketball

CUBAN SETTLES WITH BELO: Belo Corp. has sold its minority stake in the Dallas Mavericks and their new downtown arena to team controlling owner Mark Cuban.

Belo will receive $27 million for its 12.38 percent share of the team and its 6.19 percent stake in the American Airlines Center, where the Mavericks and Dallas Stars play.

Soccer

UCLA COACH OUT: Todd Saldana, whose college degree turned out to be fraudulent, won't return as UCLA's men's soccer coach next season.

Tennis

DOUBLES CHALLENGE CUP: No. 6 Rick Leach and Ellis Ferreira defeated Wimbledon champions Donald Johnson and Jared Palmer 6-4, 7-6 (3) and advanced to the semifinals of the World Doubles Challenge Cup.

MILAN INDOORS: Italy's Davide Sanguinetti stunned top-seeded Juan Carlos Ferrero 6-2, 6-4 in the $381,000 Milan Indoors ATP tournament.

Skiing

CROSS COUNTRY: Kristina Smigun has tested negative in a second doping test, dramatically restoring the Olympic fortunes of one of Estonia's sports heroes.

The 24-year-old Smigun showed traces of the anabolic steroid 19-norandrosteron in an "A" urine sample, but Estonia ski association officials said the "B" sample was negative and she can compete.

WORLD CUP GS: Michaela Dorfmeister won the final World Cup giant slalom before the Olympics for her 12th Cup victory.

Dorfmeister increased her overall World Cup-leading points total to 926.

Baseball

BROADCASTING: Philadelphia Phillies radio and television announcer Harry Kalas was voted the Ford C. Frick Award and will be inducted into the broadcasters' wing of the Hall of Fame on July 28.

Horse racing

HALL OF FAMER DIES: Hall of Fame standardbred trainer Jimmy Cruise, Sr., died has died at 84 after a long illness. In 1942, Cruise won 27 consecutive races with the pacing mare, Miss Ruby.

Curling

JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIPS: The first junior team to represent Utah in the junior national curling championships is struggling from lack of experience. But that hasn't kept it from picking up a win during the tournament, Jan. 27-Feb. 4 at the Kettle Moraine Curling Club. The team, including Michael Bruckner from Pleasant View, Charles and Stephen Taggart from Clinton, and Jaerod Hansen of North Dakota, met at a curling camp last fall and decided to try for the 2002 USA Curling Junior Nationals. It is 1-7, with a win over Illinois (0-8) in the round-robin tournament.