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• Sidney Crosby practices with Penguins
: MONTREAL (AP) — Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby practiced Monday but said he is no closer to returning from a concussion and neck injury that have caused him to miss most of the NHL season.

Coach Dan Bylsma felt with Jordan Staal and Simon Despres ready to resume skating after their injuries, it was better to include Crosby in the main practice rather than have him skate on his own.

Crosby moved with plenty of energy and took part in every drill. But he says he is not ready to resume practicing regularly with his teammates.

Bylsma said forward Tyler Kennedy was sent back to Pittsburgh to be examined for a lower-body injury.

• Wild sign D Nate Prosser to 2-year extension
: ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Wild have signed defenseman Nate Prosser to a two-year contract extension.

The 25-year-old Prosser has six assists in 23 games for the Wild this season. The Wild are 14-7-2 with the rookie in the lineup, and coach Mike Yeo has praised his poise and ability to implement the new system that has been installed.

The team announced the deal on Monday.

Prosser grew up in Elk River, and also has spent time with the Houston Aeros in the AHL this season. Prosser doesn’t have to clear waivers to be sent up and down, and he is viewed as one of the promising young blue-liners in the organization.

The extension will kick in next season.


• Love suspended 2 games for stepping on Scola
: MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota Timberwolves forward Kevin Love has been suspended two games for stomping on Rockets forward Luis Scola’s face in their game on Saturday.

The NBA announced the suspension on Monday. The incident occurred when Scola fell to the court during the third quarter. As Love headed back to the other end, he stepped on Scola’s face and upper body.

Love said after the game that the stomp was not intentional and he went to the Rockets’ locker room to apologize to Scola.

The NBA also upgraded it to a Flagrant-Two foul on Love.

The suspension means the Timberwolves will be without their leading scorer and rebounder for a home game against Sacramento on Tuesday night and a game at Memphis on Wednesday night.


• Report: Haley Steelers’ next offensive coordinator
: PITTSBURGH (AP) — ESPN is reporting the Pittsburgh Steelers will hire former Kansas City Chiefs coach Todd Haley to be their offensive coordinator.

The move, first reported by 610 AM in Kansas City, has not yet been announced.

Haley will replace Bruce Arians, now with the Indianapolis Colts.

The 45-year-old Haley, fired by Kansas City on Dec. 13, went 19-26 in two-plus seasons with the Chiefs, leading them to the 2010 AFC West title.

He spent 10 seasons as an assistant before being hired by Kansas City. He was offensive coordinator for Arizona in 2007-08, helping lead the Cardinals to their only Super Bowl appearance.

The Steelers went 12-4 this season but lost the AFC North title to Baltimore on a tiebreaker.

• Patriots say McDaniels is offensive coordinator
: FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick has confirmed that Josh McDaniels will be the team’s offensive coordinator next season.

McDaniels was brought in during the playoffs to serve as an “offensive assistant.” He was widely seen as the heir to offensive coordinator Bill O’Brien, who had been hired to replace Joe Paterno at Penn State.

But it wasn’t official until Belichick confirmed the move on Monday, a day after the Patriots lost 21-17 to the New York Giants in the Super Bowl.

McDaniels was the Patriots’ offensive coordinator from 2006-08 until he left to become head coach of the Denver Broncos. He lasted just 28 games before he was fired with a 3-9 record in 2010. He was the offensive coordinator for the Rams this season.


• Cubs claim Cardenas from Oakland, designate DeWitt
: CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Cubs have claimed infielder Adrian Cardenas off waivers from the Oakland Athletics and designated infielder Blake DeWitt for assignment.

The moves were announced on Monday.

Primarily a second baseman, the 24-year-old Cardenas hit .314, drove in 51 runs and scored 70 for Triple-A Sacramento last year.

The 26-year-old DeWitt batted .265 in 121 games with the Cubs last year, his first full season with them after being acquired from the Los Angeles Dodgers in late July 2010. He has a .260 career batting average in 404 games with the Dodgers and Cubs.


• Bradley committed to Egypt job despite turmoil
:  LONDON (AP) — Bob Bradley says he is “totally committed” to coaching Egypt’s national soccer team despite the turmoil in the country following the riot at a game last week that left more than 70 dead.

Egypt’s soccer federation president and his board resigned after already being dismissed by the prime minister immediately after Wednesday’s Port Said rampage.

Bradley, former coach of the U.S. national team, tells broadcaster Al-Jazeera that “when a tragedy like this occurs it’s important that people can come and can be strong.”

The American added that “in my role as coach of the national team I want to do whatever I can in my responsibilities to help with this process.”

Bradley is unsure if Egypt’s 2013 African Cup of Nations qualifier will go ahead in the Central African Republic as planned on Feb. 29.


• Djokovic, Barcelona win at 2012 Laureus awards: LONDON (AP) — Novak Djokovic has won the top individual honor at the 2012 Laureus Sports Awards, and Barcelona has captured the team prize.

The top-ranked Djokovic won sportsman of the year at Monday’s ceremony in London, one week after the Serbian triumphed at the Australian Open to become the fifth man in the Open Era to win three Grand Slam titles in a row.

Barcelona was recognized as the best team after a stellar 2011 in which Pep Guardiola’s soccer players won the Spanish league and Champions League.

Kenyan distance runner Vivian Cheruiyot, who won the 5,000- and 10,000-meter titles at the world championships last year, took the sportswoman’s award.

The winners were chosen by 47 sports stars who make up the Laureus sports academy.