Sports briefs

Published: Monday, Jan. 31 2011 10:12 p.m. MST

Meyer to join ESPN as football analyst

Urban Meyer is joining ESPN as an analyst less than two months after he surprised the college football world by resigning from his plum job as Florida's coach.

Meyer will call one game a week during the regular season and also serve as a studio analyst, the network said Monday. He'll start with Wednesday's signing day coverage.

When he resigned Dec. 8, the 46-year-old Meyer said he wanted to spend more time with his family. He insisted on a conference call his new job wouldn't get in the way of that, with minimal commitment during the offseason and travel only over the weekend in-season.

Meyer coach the University of Utah to an undefeated season and a Fiesta Bowl win in the 2004 season.

Nike honors Paterno with $400K donation

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — Nike, Inc., is giving $400,000 to Penn State's libraries in honor of Hall of Fame coach Joe Paterno's milestone 400th win.

Paterno and his wife, Sue, have been staunch supporters of the libraries, and one of the school's main libraries is named after the family.

Libraries dean Barbara Dewey said Monday the donation will in part help pay for renovations and technological upgrades.

The Paternos have contributed more than $4 million to the school during JoePa's 45-year career, including aid for the libraries.

Torres sold from Liverpool to Chelsea

LIVERPOOL, England (AP) — Fernando Torres was sold from Liverpool to Chelsea on Monday for a British record transfer fee, said to be 50 million pounds ($79.5 million).

Monday's deal is soccer's third-most expensive transfer, exceeded by Real Madrid's 2009 purchases of Cristiano Ronaldo from Manchester United for 80 million pounds ($131 million) and Kaka from AC Milan for 65 million euros ($92 million).

Torres scored 81 goals in 142 games during 3½ years at Liverpool but grew frustrated as the 18-time English champions struggled to keep pace with England's leading clubs. Liverpool has not won the league since 1990.

Goodell, Smith meet about negotiations

DALLAS (AP) — NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and union executive director DeMaurice Smith have met in New York about labor negotiations.

According to a joint statement from the league and union, Goodell and Smith spoke Monday about "a range of issues related to a new collective bargaining agreement."

They agreed to have a formal bargaining session with both negotiating teams in the Dallas area on Saturday, the day before the Super Bowl. The sides have not had a full-group negotiation since November.

Goodell and Smith also set up a series of meetings in the coming weeks "in an effort to reach a new agreement by early March," the statement said.

The current CBA expires at the end of the day March 3, and the union expects the NFL to lock out players as soon as the next day.

NBA fines House $25K for gesture

NEW YORK (AP) — The NBA has fined Heat guard Eddie House for making an obscene gesture during Miami's 108-103 win at Oklahoma City on Sunday.

NBA Executive Vice President Stu Jackson announced the $25,000 penalty on Monday.

The league says the incident occurred with 22.2 seconds left in the game.

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