Mauer on cover of "MLB 10: The Show"
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Winning the AL MVP Award was one thing. Gracing the cover of the video game "MLB 10 The Show" is a whole new experience for Minnesota Twins catcher Joe Mauer.
Mauer donned a skintight, high-tech suit dotted with dozens of sensors to have his motions recorded during a session Tuesday at Sony Computer Entertainment America's San Diego Motion Capture Studio.
The sensors were placed on all his flex points so dozens of cameras, shooting at 120 frames per second, could correctly capture his motions.
Mauer says it was weird putting on the tight suit, but otherwise he had a good time.
Being on the cover of the game has become a bit of a status symbol. Others who've done so recently include former MVPs Ryan Howard of the Philadelphia Phillies and Dustin Pedroia of the Boston Red Sox.
U.S. forward Davies has elbow surgery
LOS ANGELES (AP) — U.S. forward Charlie Davies has undergone elbow surgery as part of his recuperation from injuries sustained in a car crash last October.
"Can't wait to be able to bend my arm again!" he said on his Twitter account before the operation in Los Angeles.
Davies, who has four goals in 17 international appearances, broke several bones and injured his bladder during the Oct. 13 accident in the Washington, D.C., area. A former Boston College player in his first season with France's Sochaux, he is expected to miss the World Cup because of his injuries.
Boise State football going prime time
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Boise State's national profile keeps rising.
The Broncos announced Tuesday that they have moved their game this fall against Virginia Tech to Labor Day. The nationally televised showcase will match the kings of the Western Athletic Conference and the perennial contenders for the Atlantic Coast Conference championship. Both teams finished last season in the top 10.
The game will begin in prime time at FedEx Field in Landover, Md., home of the Washington Redskins. It had been scheduled for Oct. 2.
Boise State is returning 21 of its 22 starters from last season's undefeated Fiesta Bowl champions, including quarterback Kellen Moore.
The Broncos' upgraded nonconference schedule for 2010 also includes a September home game against Pac-10 runner-up Oregon State.
Alabama keeps defensive coordinator
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — Alabama has doubled the salary of defensive coordinator Kirby Smart after he helped the Crimson Tide win a national championship. Smart will make $750,000 a year through Feb. 28, 2013, under a deal unanimously approved Tuesday by the compensation committee of the university's board of trustees.