Chiefs, Reid make a play for 49ers’ QB Alex Smith
KANSAS CITY – Alex Smith is headed to Kansas City, the first major acquisition by the Chiefs since Andy Reid took over as coach.
A person with knowledge of the trade told The Associated Press on Wednesday the Chiefs agreed to deal for the 2005 top overall draft pick who lost his starting quarterback job in San Francisco to Colin Kaepernick last season. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the trade does not become official until March 12, when the NFL’s new business year begins.
Another person familiar with the deal said the 49ers will get a second-round draft pick in April, No. 34 overall, and a conditional pick in the 2014 draft.
Crimson Tide’s four arrested expelled from Alabama
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – Four players for two-time defending national champion Alabama have been dismissed from school after their arrests after two robberies on campus.
University spokeswoman Deborah Lane said Wednesday that linebackers D.J. Pettway and Tyler Hayes, safety Eddie Williams and H-back Brent Calloway no longer are enrolled after a judicial review.
Pettway, Williams and Hayes are charged with two counts of second-degree robbery. Williams and Calloway, who was not accused in the robberies, are charged with fraudulent use of a credit card.
Stringer strings together historic win No. 900
PISCATAWAY, N.J. – Not much has come easily for C. Vivian Stringer during her Hall of Fame coaching career.
So it was fitting that it took her five tries to become the fourth women’s basketball coach to have 900 victories. She finally reached the milestone Tuesday night with Rutgers’ 68-56 win over South Florida.
Stringer joined Pat Summitt, Jody Conradt and Sylvia Hatchell in the exclusive club. Maybe a half dozen more women’s coaches might gain entrance over the next few years. Only three Division I men’s coaches have reached 900 – Mike Krzyzewski, Bob Knight and Jim Boeheim.
Stringer, who was the first coach in men’s or women’s basketball to take three different schools to the Final Four – including Rutgers in 2000 and ’07 – fought back tears as her team celebrated their coach’s entrance to the group.
Lowe’s, Johnson: ‘Let’s Build Something Together’
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Jimmie Johnson’s second Daytona 500 victory came with another big prize: a two-year contract extension from primary sponsor Lowe’s.
Lowe’s Companies Inc. said Wednesday it has re-upped with Hendrick Motorsports through the 2015 NASCAR season. The extension is concurrent with Johnson’s contract, which also runs through 2015 with Hendrick.
Lowe’s and Hendrick first teamed in 2001 when Johnson was hired to drive for the new No. 48 team. Now in its 12th season, it’s the most successful team over the last decade in NASCAR.
Johnson has won a series-best 61 races since his 2002 rookie year and has five Sprint Cup titles. The five championships trail only first-ballot Hall of Fame drivers Dale Earnhardt and Richard Petty, who each won seven.
FIFA bans 74 more to bring match-fixing count to 132
ZURICH – FIFA banned 74 more officials and players from world soccer for helping fix matches, this time in Italy and South Korea.
FIFA said it imposed sanctions on 70 people, including 11 who were banned for life, after a series of cases prosecuted by Italian soccer authorities.
The latest global sanctions were announced two days after FIFA extended bans to 58 people found guilty of match-fixing offenses in China. Of those, FIFA expelled 33 from soccer for life.