BCS confident it could cut ties with Fiesta Bowl

BCS confident it could cut ties with Fiesta Bowl

NEW YORK — The executive director of the Bowl Championship Series is confident the BCS could boot the Fiesta Bowl out of the system college football uses to crown a champion before its contract with the game expires in three years.

The Fiesta Bowl released an internal report Monday that uncovered "excessive compensation, nonbusiness and inappropriate expenditures and inappropriate gifts" and fired longtime CEO and President John Junker.

The BCS has set up a task force to help determine if the leaders of major college football want to continue doing business with the Fiesta Bowl.

Velarde tells jury Bonds' trainer injected him with drugs

SAN FRANCISCO — Retired baseball player Randy Velarde, who last played for the Oakland Athletics, testified Wednesday that Barry Bonds' former personal trainer supplied him with performance-enhancing drugs and injected him during a series of a parking lot meetings in 2002.

Velarde was one of four major league ballplayers called by the prosecution in an effort to prove that Bonds lied when he told a grand jury in 2003 that he did not knowingly take steroids or human growth hormone.

But Velarde and the other players have not implicated Bonds in their dealings with his personal trainer, Greg Anderson. Anderson was put in jail last week for the duration of the trial for refusing to testify.

Velarde told the eight women and four men on the jury that Bobby Estalella, who was playing for the Yankees at the time, gave him Anderson's telephone number in late 2001.

Velarde said he called and asked Anderson for human growth hormone. The two met several times in parking lots during spring training in Arizona in 2002, and Anderson injected him in his arm, Velarde said. He also testified that he injected himself in the abdomen with human growth hormone.

SAN FRANCISCO — Giants closer Brian Wilson will begin this season on the disabled list for the World Series champions.

The long-expected move was made official Wednesday. Wilson is eligible to come off the DL on April 6. He led the majors with 48 saves last season.

San Francisco manager Bruce Bochy said there was no reason to rush his injured closer back for opening day. Wilson strained muscle on his left side March 17. He already has been back throwing bullpen sessions.

Painter staying at Purdue after eyeing Missouri

INDIANAPOLIS — After talking with Missouri about its coaching vacancy, Matt Painter decided to stay at his alma mater Wednesday and has agreed to an eight-year contract through the 2018-19 season.

Purdue officials spoke with Painter by telephone on Monday, then he met with Missouri officials on Tuesday while on vacation in Florida. The Tigers are hoping to fill a vacancy left open when Mike Anderson left for Arkansas after a similar public bidding battle just a week ago.

The 40-year-old Painter has been selected the Big Ten's coach of the year three times and led the Boilermakers to Sweet 16 appearances in 2009 and 2010.

Pens' injured star center Crosby to join morning skates

PITTSBURGH — Penguins center Sidney Crosby has been cleared to return to Pittsburgh's morning skates on gamedays, but he will not participate in full practices, according to general manager Ray Shero.

Crosby, the Penguins' captain who has been out since Jan. 5 with a concussion, will travel with the team to Florida and partake in the morning skate today prior to the game vs. Tampa Bay.

Compiled from wire reports