DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Duke men’s basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski (shuh-SHEHF’-skee) will be back on the sideline Saturday against Pittsburgh, four weeks after undergoing back surgery. Krzyzewski stepped away from the team to have a fragment of a herniated disk removed from his lower back. The 21st-ranked Blue Devils went 4-3 under acting coach Jeff Capel (KAY’-pul) and come off back-to-back road wins against Wake Forest and 20th-ranked Notre Dame.
HOUSTON (AP) — Atlanta Falcons Pro Bowl center Alex Mack and receiver Julio Jones were limited in practice yesterday as the team prepares for Sunday’s Super Bowl against the New England Patriots at Houston. Mack continues to be bothered by an injured left fibula suffered during the NFC title game, and Jones is nursing a toe injury that caused him to miss two games late in the regular season. Coach Dan Quinn says he’s concerned but not panicked about Mack’s injury.
ST. LOUIS (AP) — St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Carlos Martinez has accepted a five-year, $51 million contract extension that buys out his arbitration years and includes a pair of club options. The 25-year-old Martinez emerged as the ace of the staff last season while going 16-9 with a 3.04 ERA and 174 strikeouts in 179 2/3 innings. He is 30-16 with a 3.02 earned run average over the past two seasons.
UNDATED (AP) — The International Olympic Committee is entering talks aimed at ensuring that National Hockey League players participate in the South Korean Winter Games next February. Two people familiar with the meeting tell The Associated Press that the IOC and the International Ice Hockey Federation requested a meeting today with NHL commissioner Gary Bettman and NHL Players Association Executive Director Don Fehr (feer). The meeting is the first to include IOC President Thomas Bach and comes five days after NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly said that league owners are leaning against having their players compete in a sixth straight Olympics.
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Matt Kuchar (KOO’-chur) eagled the par-5 13th and had five birdies in a 7-under 64 that gives him the lead heading into the second round of the PGA’s Phoenix Open. He followed his 20-foot eagle putt with birdies on three of his final four holes to complete a bogey-free round. Kuchar is one stroke ahead of defending champ Hideki Matsuyama (hih-DEH’-kee maht-soo-YAH’-mah) and Brendan Steele.