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Two plead not guiltyin attack on Giants fan

LOS ANGELES — Two men accused of brutally beating a San Francisco Giants fan outside Dodger Stadium pleaded not guilty Wednesday even though prosecutors said they had made admissions in the case.

Louie Sanchez, 28, and Marvin Norwood, 30, entered their pleas during a brief arraignment to charges of mayhem and assault and battery in the March 31 attack of Bryan Stow, a Santa Cruz paramedic who suffered severe brain injuries and remains hospitalized.

Prosecutor Frank Santoro said in court he did not object to a motion to allow television cameras in the courtroom because the case is built on admissions, not witness identifications.

He said 20 witnesses had been asked to look at the men, but only one could positively identify Sanchez and no one recognized Norwood.

TORONTO — Toronto Blue Jays general manager Alex Anthopoulos says an ESPN report accusing his team of stealing signs at home is "stupid" and "has got a lot of holes in it."

A front page article on the ESPN website Wednesday cited four anonymous relief pitchers from an AL team who claimed they saw a man in a white shirt sending signals from the outfield seats to the batter's box during a game in 2010.

According to the article, the man would raise his arms to indicate an offspeed pitch, and leave them by his side if a fastball was coming.

Ohio State AD says NCAA probe has cost $800K

COLUMBUS, Ohio — The NCAA investigation into Ohio State's football program has cost the school's athletic department about $800,000 so far.

Athletic director Gene Smith confirmed the figure on Wednesday in an email to The Associated Press.

The Buckeyes football program has been embroiled in a memorabilia-for-cash scandal that broke late last year and resulted in coach Jim Tressel losing his job after 10 years. Star quarterback Terrelle Pryor also has left the school.

Ohio State goes before the NCAA's committee on infractions this Friday. The NCAA can either accept Ohio State's self-imposed penalties, which include two years of probation and vacating last year's 12-win season and share of the Big Ten championship, or it can add to them.

Kurt Busch to sub for Keselowski in Nationwide

WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. — Kurt Busch will drive the No. 22 Dodge in place of injured Penske teammate Brad Keselowski in NASCAR's Nationwide race at Watkins Glen International on Saturday.

Keselowski pulled out a gutsy victory Sunday at Pocono, holding off Kyle Busch over the final laps despite a fractured left ankle and strained back suffered a week ago in a crash while testing at Road Atlanta.

It was Keselowski's second win of the season.

MLS games to air on NBC networks starting in 2012

NEW YORK — Major League Soccer games will be televised by NBC's networks starting next season, doubling the number of homes that dozens of games will be available in.

The package currently on Fox Soccer Channel will move mainly to the NBC Sports Network, Versus' new name beginning Jan. 2. The cable channel will air 38 regular-season games, three playoff games and two U.S. men's national team matches each year.

Compiled from wire reports