Around the Nation (Feb. 9): Snedeker, Hahn tied for the lead at Pebble

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GOLF

Snedeker, Hahn tied for the lead at Pebble

PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. -- Brandt Snedeker had his ninth consecutive round in the 60s. One more and he might really have reason to celebrate.

Coming off consecutive runner-up finishes to Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson, Snedeker ran off four straight birdies along the prettiest part of Pebble Beach and wound up tied for the lead with 31-year-old rookie James Hahn in the Pebble Beach National Pro-Am.

They were at 12-under 202.

For all the celebrity antics that are part of the Saturday show at Pebble, the lasting image was Mickelson taking a spill on the rocks. He went looking for a tee shot near the ocean on the par-5 18th when his right foot gave way and he landed hard on a rock. He made triple bogey to fall out of contention.

BASKETBALL

Valparaiso gets past Cleveland State 80-72

CLEVELAND -- Ryan Broekhoff scored 15 points to lead five Valparaiso players in double figures as the Horizon League-leading Crusaders defeated Cleveland State 80-72 Saturday to sweep the season series.

Valparaiso (19-6, 9-2), which beat the Vikings 74-50 on Jan. 4, has won three straight games and nine of its last 10.

Kevin Van Wijk added 14 points, Bobby Capobianco 13 and Will Bogan and Erik Buggs had 10 apiece for the Crusaders. Valparaiso shot 60.9 percent from the field (14-of-23) in the first half to lead by as many as 18.

The Vikings (12-13, 4-7) could get no closer than nine in the second half until Bryn Forbes' fourth 3-pointer for the final margin.

The Crusaders scored 27 points off 17 Vikings turnovers.

Forbes, a freshman, scored a career-high 24 points, making 8-of-10 field goals and 4-of-4 free throws.

Cleveland State outrebounded Valparaiso 33-20.

Miss. State suspends Steele indefinitely

GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Mississippi State has suspended guard Jalen Steele indefinitely for violating team rules.

Steele, a junior averaging 9.5 points a game, won't play Saturday at No. 2 Florida.

Coach Rick Ray announced the suspension about three hours before the game, saying Steele didn't make the trip to Gainesville. Steele, a Knoxville, Tenn., native, has appeared in 13 games with 11 starts this season. He missed eight games after breaking his wrist against Florida Atlantic.

The team says no further comment will be made.

FOOTBALL

Saints hire Ryan as defensive coordinator

METAIRIE, La. -- The Saints have hired Rob Ryan as their new defensive coordinator and added Stan Kwan as an assistant special teams coach.

Saints coach Sean Payton, who announced the additions to his staff on Saturday, says the Saints found Ryan's defenses challenging when they played his previous teams. In 2010, Ryan was Cleveland's defensive coordinator when the Browns beat the Saints in the Superdome, 30-17, intercepting passes by Drew Brees four times.

Ryan, the brother of Jets coach Rex Ryan, spent the past two seasons as Dallas' defensive coordinator and was fired after last season, when his defense ranked 19th.

Ryan says joining the Saints is a "great opportunity" and he's getting started right away. Kwan has been an NFL assistant 23 years, the past three in Buffalo.

Army championship QB Doug Kenna dies

JACKSON, Miss. -- Edgar Douglas "Doug" Kenna II, the quarterback of West Point's 1944 undefeated national championship team and former president of the National Association of Manufacturers, has died. He was 88.

Kenna died Jan. 28 in North Palm Beach, Fla., where he had lived for years, according to Nicholas Hollis, a longtime friend who worked with him at the National Association of Manufacturers in the 1970s. Howard-Price Funeral Home in North Palm Beach confirmed his death.

Kenna will be buried Monday at Lakewood Memorial Park in Jackson, Miss. A memorial service is May 13 at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.

Kenna was from Jackson and went to the University of Mississippi before being recruited to West Point. He was later inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame and the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame. He also served as a vice chairman for the National Football Foundation.

Kenna was the captain of the tennis and basketball teams the same the year he lead Army to the football championship, according to the football foundation. West Point's basketball team lost only one game that year and the tennis team was undefeated.

As World War II ended, Kenna was recruited by Gen. George Patton to coach Army football teams in occupied Germany, Hollis said. He also was an assistant coach under Earl Blaik at West Point before going on to a successful business career.

BASEBALL

Red Sox: Prospect accidentally shot himself in leg

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Boston Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington says outfield prospect Bryce Brentz accidentally shot himself in the leg last month, but could recover in time to play in spring training.

Cherington said Saturday that Brentz was cleaning the gun went it went off. The bullet passed through Brentz's left leg.

Cherington said Brentz wasn't doing anything illegal. The GM said the team had talked to the 24-year-old about the accident.

Brentz was a first-round draft pick by the Red Sox in 2010. He hit a combined .290 with 17 home runs and 76 RBI last season in Double-A and Triple-A.

Brentz posted a message Saturday on Twitter saying he would return to full practice Monday. Brentz is in Fort Myers, Fla., where the Red Sox hold spring training.

HOCKEY

Blue Jackets send Savard to AHL Springfield

COLUMBUS -- The Columbus Blue Jackets have reassigned defenseman David Savard to their American Hockey League affiliate in Springfield, Mass.

The 22-year-old Savard has totaled 44:35 of ice time in three games played with Columbus. In 34 games earlier this season with Springfield he had three goals, 18 assists and a plus-12 rating.

A native of St. Hyacinthe, Quebec, Savard was selected by the Blue Jackets in the fourth round, 94th overall, of the 2009 draft. The 6-foot-2, 219-pound defenseman has two goals and eight assists in 34 career NHL games, all with Columbus.

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