PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pittsburgh athletic director Steve Pederson has signed a five-year contract extension that will keep him at the school through 2018.
Pittsburgh chancellor Mark Nordenberg called the deal a tribute to the hard work of Pederson, who spearheaded the school’s move from the Big East to the Atlantic Coast Conference. Pitt officially joins the ACC on July 1.
Nordenberg called Pederson “the driving force” of the transition, adding the school has “never been better positioned for future success.”
Pederson, who begins his 13th year at Pitt this summer, said he is “fortunate” to continue with the Panthers.
U.S. takes soccer group lead
SEATTLE (AP) — Jozy Altidore continued his scoring blitz with a goal in his third straight match, Eddie Johnson thrilled his home club fans with a goal in the 53rd minute, and the United States took over first place in its World Cup qualifying group with a 2-0 win over Panama.
Pats announce Tebow deal
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Tim Tebow was back on the field with an NFL team — the New England Patriots.
The Patriots announced the signing of the former Jets quarterback on Tuesday, six weeks after he was cut by New York and just in time for the start of the three-day Patriots minicamp that runs through Thursday.
Tebow practiced with veteran New England starter Tom Brady and backup Ryan Mallett.
Two people with knowledge of the deal told The Associated Press that Tebow was signed for two years with no guaranteed money. One person says he will make the veteran’s minimum salary, $630,000 in 2013, with incentives.
• CINCINNATI (AP) — Bengals cornerback Adam “Pacman” Jones pleaded not guilty to an assault charge after police say he hit a woman at a nightclub last week, the latest in a string of legal troubles he’s had.
An attorney for the 29-year-old Jones entered the plea a day after he was arrested and then released on his own recognizance. He attended the start of the Bengals’ training camp and worked out with the team in the afternoon, but declined to comment.
• MIAMI (AP) — The backside pat Chad Johnson gave his lawyer in court was not meant as disrespect to a judge and certainly wasn’t something that warrants a 30-day jail sentence, the former NFL star’s attorney said in a motion seeking another chance.
Adam Swickle asked Broward County Circuit Judge Kathleen McHugh to reconsider the sentence she imposed Monday. Johnson had reached a deal with prosecutors for community service and counseling to resolve a probation violation from his no-contest plea last year to battery on his then-wife, TV star Evelyn Lozada.
Ewing to join Bobcats staff
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Charlotte Bobcats owner Michael Jordan is giving old friend Patrick Ewing another shot to continue his NBA coaching career.
The Bobcats have reached an agreement in principle with the Hall of Famer to become their new associate head coach, said a person familiar with the situation.
The person spoke to The Associated Press Tuesday on condition of anonymity.