Blazers sign centerJohnson to 10-day contract

Blazers sign centerJohnson to 10-day contract

PORTLAND — The Portland Trail Blazers, granted a hardship exception by the NBA because of numerous injuries, have signed center Chris Johnson to a 10-day contract.

Johnson is averaging 17.2 points, 9.7 rebounds, 1.2 assists and 3.07 blocked shots with the Dakota Wizards of the NBA's Developmental League.

The 6-foot-11Johnson brings the Blazers' roster to 16 players.

Auburn's Chizik winscoach of the year award

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Auburn's Gene Chizik has won the Bobby Bowden National Collegiate Coach of the Year Award.

The winner is selected by the Over the Mountain Touchdown Club in Birmingham and the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association. The groups announced their pick on Monday.

Alabama's Nick Saban won the inaugural award last season. He and Chizik both led their teams to national titles.

LOS ANGELES — Former Southern California running back Stafon Johnson sued the university and an assistant conditioning coach on Monday for negligence in the weight-room accident that crushed his throat in 2009.

The lawsuit filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court seeks unspecified damages.

Johnson was bench-pressing 275 pounds in the USC weight room when the bar dropped or fell onto his neck in September 2009. His throat and larynx were crushed and he required reconstructive surgery.

Tigers trade right-hander Galarraga to Diamondbacks

PHOENIX — The Arizona Diamondbacks have added depth to their pitching staff with a right-hander who was nearly perfect.

Arizona acquired Armando Galarraga in a trade with the Detroit Tigers for minor league pitchers Kevin Eichorn and Ryan Robowski on Monday, giving the Diamondbacks another arm in what should be a pretty good rotation battle in spring training.

Galarraga, 29, had an average 2010 season, but gained fame by missing a perfect game when umpire Jim Joyce acknowledged blowing a call with two outs in the ninth inning against Cleveland.

Galarraga went 4-9 with a 4.49 ERA in 24 starts and one relief appearance last season with the Tigers.

Penguins' Crosby tomiss the All-Star game

PITTSBURGH — Sidney Crosby won't even attend the NHL All-Star game this weekend because he's still recovering from a concussion.

The Pittsburgh Penguins made the announcement Monday in a statement on the team's website.

Crosby said there is no target date for his return.

Crosby, the top vote-getter for Sunday's All-Star game in Raleigh, N.C., was injured after absorbing hits to the head in successive games.

AP source: Venus Williams will skip the Fed Cup

A person familiar with the U.S. Fed Cup team's plans tells The Associated Press that Venus Williams will miss next week's quarterfinal against Belgium because of injury.

The person tells the AP on Monday that Williams has informed U.S. captain Mary Joe Fernandez she could be sidelined for a few weeks. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because Fernandez was planning to publicly announce her roster today.

Compiled from wire reports