Sports shorts: Bay Area, Miami vie for 50th Super Bowl

2013-05-21T00:00:00Z Sports shorts: Bay Area, Miami vie for 50th Super BowlThe Associated Press The Associated Press
May 21, 2013 12:00 am  • 

BOSTON - NFL owners will vote on the sites of the 50th and 51st Super Bowls today at their spring meetings.

The San Francisco area, where a new stadium is being built in Santa Clara, and South Florida are competing for the the 50th edition, to be held in February 2016. The loser in that bidding will go against Houston to host the 51st game the following year. Houston was the 2004 host.

The 49ers' new home is scheduled to open for the 2014 season. The area hosted its only Super Bowl at Stanford Stadium in 1985. Miami has staged 10, most recently in 2010, but its chances were hurt when the state Legislature recently denied public money for a stadium upgrade.

"I think with the new stadium, we can host a Super Bowl there," said Hall of Fame receiver Jerry Rice, who won three Super Bowls with the 49ers. "It's going to be awesome."

• In Phoenix, Arizona Cardinals linebacker Daryl Washington pleaded not guilty to charges accusing him of assaulting his ex-girlfriend, who authorities have said is the mother of his baby daughter.

• Ex-USC receiver Robert Woods, a second-round pick of Buffalo, agreed to a four-year contract with the Bills.

• Former NFL receiver Chad Johnson was arrested on charges that he violated probation stemming from an altercation with his now ex-wife, TV reality star Evelyn Lozada, in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. He posted $1,000 bail.

MISCELLANEOUS

Ex-Memphis forward Black to play for KU

LAWRENCE, Kan. - Former Memphis big man Tarik Black has signed a grant-in-aid agreement to play basketball at Kansas, the school announced Tuesday.

Black, a 6-foot-9, 245-pound power forward, elected to leave ex-UA assistant Josh Pastner's team after averaging 8.1 points and 4.8 rebounds per game last season. He graduated with a degree in organizational leadership earlier this month and will be eligible to play his senior season right away under the graduate-transfer rule.

• Guard Malik Smith has signed his tender to transfer from Florida International to Minnesota, following coach Richard Pitino to the Golden Gophers.

• In soccer, Jose Mourinho will leave Real Madrid after three years as coach, paving the path for his return to England and a second stint as Chelsea's manager.

• In cycling, American Levi Leipheimer, 39, says he has retired from professional cycling after he was unable to sign with a new team when his six-month ban for doping violations ended March 1.

• In golf, Chinese amateur Guan Tianlang, 14, who became the youngest player to make the cut at a major when he finished 58th at the Masters, has accepted an exemption to play at the Memorial Tournament next week.

• In college football, the Military Bowl is moving this season from RFK Stadium in Washington to Navy-Marine Corp Stadium in Annapolis, Md., on Dec. 27.

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