LOS ANGELES - John Morton, an assistant coach for the New Orleans Saints last year, was hired Monday as the wide receivers coach and passing game coordinator at USC.
The 37-year-old Morton spent eight seasons in several capacities with the Oakland Raiders before becoming passing game and wide receivers coach at the University of San Diego in 2005. The Toreros went 11-1 and won the Pioneer League championship.
Buckeyes reach No. 1 spot
Ohio State took over the No. 1 spot in The Associated Press college basketball poll, the first time the Buckeyes have held the top ranking since 1962 when they were led by Jerry Lucas and John Havlicek and on a run of three consecutive Final Fours.
Ohio State, led by freshmen Greg Oden and Mike Conley Jr., advanced one day after beating Wisconsin in a meeting of Nos. 1 and 2.
Favre has ankle surgery
GREEN BAY, Wis. - Packers quarterback Brett Favre had minor ankle surgery and is expected to recover in time for offseason workouts.
Favre, who plans to return for his 17th NFL season, has been bothered for several years by a buildup of bone spurs in his left ankle. He kept putting off the procedure and skipped out on a previously scheduled surgery Jan. 1.
Sabres fans willing to pay fine
BUFFALO, N.Y. - Don't worry, Lindy, Buffalo Sabres fans are prepared to pick up your $10,000 fine from the NHL.
That's the message Lindy Ruff received when at least two separate fan-based fundraisers were launched to pay the fine against the coach for his role in a wild brawl that broke out during a game against Ottawa last week.
"Put down the pen, put away the checkbook. This one's on us," said Chris Phillips, co-owner of a Buffalo-area pizza parlor, who plans to donate 10 percent of every sale toward what he called, The Lindy Ruff Fine Fund.
Smith sentenced for HIV risk
REGINA, Saskatchewan - A former Canadian Football League player infected with HIV was sentenced to 5 years in prison for knowingly exposing two women to the virus by having unprotected sex with them.
Trevis Smith, a linebacker who attended Alabama and later played for the Saskatchewan Roughriders, was found guilty on two counts of aggravated sexual assault this month. During the trial, a Regina woman and another woman from British Columbia testified he said he had unprotected sex with them even though he knew he was HIV-positive, something he never told them.
Carroll Player of the Week
WALNUT CREEK - Cal State L.A. third baseman Jeff Carroll has been named Wilson California Collegiate Athletic Association Baseball Player of the Week for the week of Feb 19-25.
Carroll, a senior from Apple Valley, batted .733 in four games last weekend to lead the Golden Eagles to a series sweep over San Francisco State. He went 11 for 15 with two doubles, three home runs, scored nine times and drove in seven runs. He also walked four times, was hit by a pitch once and struck out once during the series.
Kuerten qualifies for Open
LAS VEGAS - Former world No. 1 player Gustavo Kuerten entered the main draw of the Tennis Channel Open through an unfamiliar door.
Three-time French Open champ from Brazil defeated Wesley Moodie of the Republic of South Africa, 6-4, 7-5, in an elimination match. He advanced to the 24-player, round-robin round, where he will play either Jan Hernych of the Czech Republic or eighth-seeded Benjamin Becker of Germany on Wednesday.
Federer breaks No. 1 record
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates - Roger Federer struggled to a first-round victory at the Dubai Open, the day he broke Jimmy Connors' streak of consecutive weeks at No. 1.
Federer, who broke Connors' 30-year-old mark with his 161st week at the top of the ATP rankings, defeated Kristian Pless 7-6 (2), 3-6, 6-3 in his first match since taking a month off after winning the Australian Open.
COLLEGE BASKETBALL: Wisconsin forward Brian Butch is expected to be out at least four weeks after dislocating his right elbow in the Badgers' loss to Ohio State.
NFL: George Preas, who won two NFL championships on the offensive line of the old Baltimore Colts, has died. He was 73. Preas, who had Parkinson's Disease, died Saturday. He had been living in a nursing home ... The St. Louis Rams have released veteran guard Adam Timmerman, a team stalwart who played in two Super Bowls for the team. Timmerman was informed by Rams coach Scott Linehan that he was being released from the club, his agent, Mark Bartelstein, said. Timmerman, 35, has no plans to retire.
NHL: The Vancouver Canucks acquired center Bryan Smolinski from Chicago and defenseman Brent Sopel from the Kings (for draft picks) in separate trades.
From wire reports