Jets slashing salary...Hurdle has extension...Hoosiers and Spartans fight for first


NEW YORK (AP) — After signing on with a New York Jets team that entered the offseason more than $20 million over the salary cap for 2013, new general manager John Idzik is paring the club's payroll significantly. The Jets have released veteran linebackers Bart Scott and Calvin Pace along with three other players, clearing more than $30 million from the books.

BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) — The Pittsburgh Pirates and manager Clint Hurdle have put the finishing touches on a contract extension that ties him to the club at least through the 2014 season. Hurdle is in the final season of the three-year deal he signed after replacing John Russell before the 2011 campaign. The Bucs are 151-173 with Hurdle on their bench.

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Sole possession of first place in the Big Ten will be on the line tonight when top-ranked Indiana visits No. 4 Michigan State. The Hoosiers won their first meeting of the season, holding off the Spartans 75-70 Jan. 27 in Bloomington.

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Duke's fifth-ranked women's basketball team has taken a blow, with word that star point guard Chelsea Gray will miss the rest of the season with a dislocated right kneecap suffered during Sunday's game. Along with averaging 12.6 points, Gray leads the Atlantic Coast Conference with 5.4 assists and 3.6 steals per game.

MARANA, Ariz. (AP) — Top-ranked Rory McIlroy says he spent 10 days with coach Michael Bannon and is swinging better than he was in his 2013 tournament debut. He missed the cut in Abu Dhabi last month. McIlroy is making his 2013 U.S. debut at the Match Play Championship in Arizona, where he'll face 65th-ranked Shane Lowry in tomorrow's opening round.

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