Former Kings coach Eddie Jordan is nearing an agreement with Rutgers, his alma mater, to replace Mike Rice as coach, a source said Sunday.
Interim athletic director Carl Kirschner and Jordan met again Sunday to finalize the language in the contract, the source said.
Jordan, currently an assistant coach with the Los Angeles Lakers, played for the Scarlet Knights from 1973 to 1977.
With the Kings, Jordan was an assistant coach from 1992 to 1997 before replacing Garry St. Jean, who was fired, for the last 15 games of the 1996-97 season. He was coach for the 1997-98 season, then was fired with a 33-64 record and replaced by Rick Adelman. Jordan also coached Washington and Philadelphia.
Jordan, Rutgers' all-time leader in assists and steals, would take over a program mired in scandal after a video showed Rice physically and verbally abusing players during practice.
Rice was fired April 3, a day after ESPN aired the video. Athletic director Tim Pernetti resigned April 5.
Jury finds football helmet maker negligent
In a lawsuit brought by the family of a severely injured high school football player, a Colorado jury has found helmet maker Riddell was negligent in failing to warn players about concussion dangers.
The Las Animas County jury awarded $11.5 million to the family of Rhett Ridolfi, who suffered a concussion in practice at Trinidad High School in 2008. Ridolfi, now 22, wasn't immediately taken to a hospital and suffered severe brain damage and paralysis on his left side.
The lawsuit was brought against Riddell and several high school administrators and football coaches. The jury assessed 27 percent of the fault for Ridolfi's injuries to Riddell, making the company responsible for $3.1 million of the award.
Riddell said it planned to appeal the verdict but was pleased jurors rejected allegations of helmet design defects.
Stanford coach David Shaw revealed after Saturday's spring game that Josh Nunes, who began last season as the starting quarterback, might be unable to be Kevin Hogan's backup this season.
Nunes missed all of spring ball after suffering a biceps injury to his throwing arm while lifting weights in January, and the timetable for his return is iffy, Shaw said.
Consequently, redshirt sophomore Evan Crower saw extensive action in the spring game, throwing 35 times as the Cardinal strayed from its power run game to gauge the progress of its vertical passing attack.
"Evan's got to prepare like he's the No. 2 quarterback," Shaw said.
The Pittsburgh Steelers retained wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders by matching a $2.5 million offer the New England Patriots made to the restricted free agent.
Isner captures first clay-court title
Fifth-seeded John Isner won the battle of big serves and beat top-seeded Nicolas Almagro of Spain 6-3, 7-5 in the final of the U.S. Men's Clay Court Championship in Houston.
The title, Isner's first this year and the sixth of his career, was his first on clay. He had seven aces, giving him a tournament-record 64.
"I've always known I could play well on clay," Isner said.
Almagro had five aces, and he leads the ATP Tour with 266 aces. Isner is second with 258.
Top-ranked Novak Djokovic is unsure whether he'll play in the Monte Carlo Masters this week, even though he is optimistic his injured right ankle is healing.
Djokovic twisted his ankle last Sunday during Serbia's victory over the United States in the Davis Cup quarterfinals. Tests showed the damage was not as serious as he feared, and he has resumed training. But Djokovic said he won't take any risks and will play only if he thinks he's at full strength.
"I still have to be realistic and see if on some practices in the next few days I push myself to the limit, if I'm going to have any discomfort," he said.
Ideal weather expected for marathon
After record heat last year prompted race officials to make an unprecedented offer, temperatures are expected to be in the mid-50s today perfect running weather for the 117th Boston Marathon.
Last year, race officials offered all 27,000 participants the opportunity to skip the race and automatically qualify for the 2013 edition. About 2,300 runners accepted the deal.
Associated Press, San Jose Mercury News