DOLPHINS INTERVIEW MORE: Rex Ryan became the third candidate to interview for the Miami Dolphins' head coaching job Tuesday. The former Baltimore defensive coordinator has also interviewed for the Ravens' head job. He and the rest of the Baltimore coaching staff were fired, along with coach Brian Billick, following a 5-11 season.
The son of former NFL head coach Buddy Ryan, the 45-year-old Ryan coached the Ravens' defense to rankings of fifth, first and sixth the past three seasons.
Dallas Cowboys assistant head coach Tony Sparano is still considered a heavy favorite for the Miami job
RATINGS DOWN: This year's LSU-Ohio State matchup in the BCS title game couldn't draw as many television viewers as last season's Florida-Ohio State game. The Tigers' 38-24 win Monday night on Fox earned a 14.4 rating and a 22 share, down 17 percent from the 17.4/27 in 2007. It was the third-lowest rating in 10 years of BCS championship games.
HAWAII AD FIRED: The University of Hawaii fired athletics director Herman Frazier on Tuesday after he failed to re-sign football coach June Jones.
In a brief statement, the university said the move was made "in the best interest of the athletics program." It came a day after Jones, the winningest coach in school history, accepted a five-year deal worth about $2 million a year to coach at SMU.
Frazier was unavailable for comment.
Under provisions in his contract, Frazier will be paid $312,510, which includes a year's salary, plus 90 days of pay. The contract was set to expire July 31, 2010.
STORM SOLD: A group of Seattle women, led by former Deputy Mayor Anne Levinson, will buy the WNBA Seattle Storm from SuperSonics owner Clay Bennett for $10 million. The purchase option for the franchise was finalized in the last few days, ensuring the Storm will remain in Seattle, while Bennett continues his push to move the SuperSonics to his hometown of Oklahoma City. Storm CEO Karen Bryant is not part of the ownership group but will remain in her current role. Two Microsoft Corp. executives and an entrepreneur round out the purchase group.
FEDERER RIVALS WARY: Andy Roddick wasn't "losing sleep" about an illness that will cause defending champion Roger Federer to miss his normal tuneup for the Australian Open. Federer had a serious stomach virus over the weekend and withdrew from the Kooyong exhibition tournament. "None of us will be losing sleep over it," Roddick joked at a news conference Tuesday.
OUSTED COMMISSIONER SUES: Former New Jersey boxing commissioner Larry Hazzard Jr. is suing state Attorney General Anne Milgram, claiming she ousted him for exposing errors by a subordinate. Hazzard filed a whistleblower protection lawsuit against Milgram and others in U.S. District Court in Trenton on Friday. David Wald, a spokesman for Milgram, said he would not comment on the matter.