Akron holds longest streak
AKRON, Ohio - The nation's hottest college basketball team has much bigger plans. Akron wants to make some March madness of its own.
With a 14-game winning streak, a shot-swatting 7-foot center and NBA superstar LeBron James as one of their biggest supporters, the Zips intend to make a deep run in this year's NCAA tournament. They're on their way, which is what coach Keith Dambrot had in mind when he returned to coach at his alma mater nine years ago.
Bruins trade Thomas to N.Y.
NEW YORK - Veteran goalie Tim Thomas, who has said he won't play this season, was traded by the Boston Bruins to the New York Islanders on Thursday for a conditional second-round draft choice either next year or in 2015.
Thomas chose to take this season off following the NHL lockout and was suspended by the Bruins after he didn't report to training camp last month. The 38-year-old goalie is in the final season of a four-year deal that counts for $5 million against the salary cap.
The Islanders have plenty of room to fit Thomas' salary on their cap, and this deal provides financial flexibility for the Bruins.
Browns complete coaching staff
CLEVELAND - Browns coach Rob Chudzinski has rounded out his staff by hiring five more assistants.
John Settle, who spent the past two seasons working with Chudzinski in Carolina, will coach Cleveland's running backs. He takes over for Gary Brown, relieved after four seasons with the Browns. Settle coached the Panthers' backs.
In addition to Settle, the Browns hired Chris DiSanto (assistant strength and conditioning), Ken Flajole (inside linebackers), Steve Gera (special assistant to the head coach) and Derik Keyes (assistant strength and conditioning).
Without Vonn, U.S. still hopeful
SCHLADMING, Austria - Exactly a year from the Sochi Olympics, there's no Lindsey Vonn or Bode Miller competing in the downhill at the world championships.
They're out of action, but the U.S. Ski Team still has plenty of skiers capable of winning medals - on both the men's and women's teams.
Start with Julia Mancuso. She already won a bronze in super-G, could be a threat in Friday's super-combined and seeks her first podium of the season in Sunday's women's downhill.
Steven Nyman, from Sundance, Utah, grew up mowing Robert Redford's lawn. He won the classic downhill in December in Val Gardena, Italy, after years of injuries. He appears in top form for the men's downhill Saturday.
Penske to test Allmendinger
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - AJ Allmendinger will test an IndyCar for Penske Racing later this month to see if he can run the Indianapolis 500 for the storied organization.
Allmendinger lost his job with Penske in August when his suspension for failing a random drug test was upheld by NASCAR. He completed in the "Road to Recovery" program and was reinstated in September.
He's not landed a full-time job yet in any series.
Allmendinger would likely run the April race at Barber to prepare for Indianapolis.