NCAA BASKETBALL: Pitt to welcome Maryland, Duke
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Maryland and Duke will visit the Petersen Events Center during Pittsburgh’s first season in the ACC this winter.
The school’s 2013-14 schedule, released Thursday, includes 18 home games. The Panthers, who moved from the Big East to the ACC last month, begin play in their new conference on Jan. 4 at N.C. State.
The Terrapins then visit The Pete two days later for Pitt’s conference home opener. Perennial ACC power Duke plays in Pittsburgh on Jan. 27. Other home conference games include Wake Forest, Clemson, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Florida State and Syracuse.
Matsuzaka signs on with Mets
NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Mets signed Daisuke Matsuzaka to a one-year contract, and the right-hander is scheduled to start tonight’s game against Detroit.
Matsuzaka was released by Cleveland on Tuesday at his request. He had spent the entire season at Triple-A Columbus after failing to win a spot in Cleveland’s rotation during spring training.
Russia defends anti-gay law
LONDON (AP) — The Russian government assured the IOC that it will not discriminate against homosexuals during the Sochi Olympics, while defending its law against gay “propaganda” that has provoked an international backlash.
The IOC received a letter from Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Kozak giving reassurances the host country will comply fully with the Olympic Charter’s provision against discrimination of any kind.
The letter still leaves open the question of what would happen to Olympic athletes or fans if they make statements or gestures that could be considered propaganda.
Grand jury indicts ex-TE
ATTLEBORO, Mass. (AP) — Former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez was indicted Thursday on first-degree murder and weapons charges in the death of a friend whose bullet-riddled body was found in an industrial park about a mile from the ex-player’s home.
The six-count grand jury indictment charges Hernandez with killing 27-year-old Odin Lloyd, a semi-professional football player from Boston who was dating the sister of Hernandez’s girlfriend.
Murray could face Djokovic
NEW YORK (AP) — Defending champion Andy Murray could face top-seeded Novak Djokovic only in the semifinals at the U.S. Open, while Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer — who have never played each other at Flushing Meadows — might meet in the quarterfinals.
Potential women’s quarterfinals are No. 1 Serena Williams against No. 8 Angelique Kerber and No. 2 Victoria Azarenka against No. 7 Petra Kvitova.
Police escort to be disciplined
MIAMI (AP) — The Miami-Dade Police Department says it will discipline the officer who provided a police escort to Miami Heat star LeBron James to the Justin Timberlake/Jay-Z concert.
The department says it has chosen to give the officer “informal counseling” after investigating the escort involving the athlete.