Thursday's Sports In Brief

Published on NewsOK Modified: March 29, 2013 at 4:05 am •  Published: March 29, 2013
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AMES, Iowa (AP) — The remarkable job that Iowa State's Fred Hoiberg has done in turning around his alma mater apparently got the attention of several colleges and NBA teams. The Cyclones responded by opening their wallet to keep "The Mayor" in office for at least another decade.

Iowa State announced that Hoiberg has agreed to a new 10-year, $20 million deal with the Cyclones that will run through 2023.

Hoiberg, who just completed his third season with the Cyclones, finalized the contract with Iowa State President Steven Leath and athletic director Jamie Pollard on Thursday night. Hoiberg, a former star player at Iowa State, has led the school to back-to-back NCAA tournament appearances for the first time in 12 years. The Cyclones nearly made the NCAA regional semifinals last Sunday before Aaron Craft's late 3 led Ohio State past Iowa State 78-75.

NEW YORK (AP) — CBS analyst Doug Gottlieb got coverage of the NCAA tournament's Sweet 16 off to an awkward start, saying he was there to bring the "white man's perspective" to the network's pregame show.

Speaking on a panel with four African-American men, Gottlieb made his comment during a pre-game segment before Marquette beat Miami, sparking criticism on Twitter that his words were inappropriate.

"I don't know why you guys ask me, I'm just here to bring diversity to this set, give kind of the white man's perspective," he said during the show.

Fellow analyst Greg Anthony made a face after Gottlieb's remark and Kenny Smith said he had "jumped right into it." Gottlieb was still on set Thursday night and unavailable for comment, but issued a statement through CBS. "It was not a smart thing to say and I apologize," he said.

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PRO BASKETBALL

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Kobe Bryant has a bone spur in his left foot.

Following Los Angeles' 113-103 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks on Thursday night, the Lakers revealed the injury. He left the arena using one crutch, but appeared to be walking without pain.

Bryant led the Lakers with 30 points, leaving him four points behind Wilt Chamberlain for fourth place on the NBA's career list. Bryant played 36½ minutes and didn't show any signs of difficulty during the game.

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Everyone in the Timberwolves locker room on Wednesday night believed Kobe Bryant got away with a foul that allowed the Los Angeles Lakers to hold on to a much-needed victory in Minnesota.

On Thursday, the NBA agreed with them: The league informed the Timberwolves that the referee crew should have called Bryant for a foul on a potential game-tying 3-pointer at the buzzer.

It won't change the outcome of the game, a 120-117 victory for the Lakers, who have beaten the Timberwolves 22 straight times and are clinging to the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference. It also may do little to assuage a feeling in the Timberwolves organization that they are not getting the same respect from the officials that more star-laden teams receive.

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Danny Granger's season is ending the same way it began in Indiana — with a sore left knee that will require more medical treatment.

The team announced Thursday that Granger would miss the rest of the season so he could undergo surgery on the bothersome knee that has slowed him since last year's playoffs.

The move comes just two days after Pacers coach Frank Vogel told reporters he expected Granger to return during the current four-game road trip.

NEW YORK (AP) — Amare Stoudemire said Thursday his recovery from right knee surgery is going "a little bit ahead of schedule," though he isn't sure if he can return to the New York Knicks for the first round of the playoffs.

Stoudemire had surgery to clean up and remove tissue from the knee about 2½ weeks ago and the Knicks said his expected recovery time would be about six weeks. The playoffs open the weekend of April 20.

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BASEBALL

NEW YORK (AP) — Johan Santana may have thrown his final pitch for the New York Mets and perhaps even the last of his big league career.

The Mets said Thursday the two-time Cy Young Award winner probably has re-torn the anterior capsule in his left shoulder and likely will need a second operation that would sideline him for the entire season. Santana missed 2011 following his first shoulder surgery.

Santana had surgery on Sept. 14, 2010, and did not make it back to the major leagues until last April 5. He went 6-9 with a 4.85 ERA in 21 starts last year and threw the first no-hitter in team history on June 1 against St. Louis.

NEW YORK (AP) — Alex Rodriguez will make more this year than all the Houston Astros combined — a lot more. And he won't even play the first half of the season, if at all.

A-Rod's $29 million salary tops the major leagues for the 13th straight season, according to a study of major league contracts by The Associated Press.

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