PALM BEACH, Fla. — The NFL's competition committee withdrew the proposal for reseeding the playoffs Wednesday after an informal vote sent it "down in flames," according to New York Giants co-owner John Mara.
The owners did pass several resolutions, including eliminating the forceout on receptions; allowing teams to defer their decision to the second half when winning the opening coin toss; and making field goals and extra points subject to replay review to determine whether the ball passes over the crossbar and through the uprights.
Competition committee co-chairman Rich McKay, president of the Atlanta Falcons, was not surprised about the lack of support for reseeding, in which a wild-card team with a better record than a division winner would play at home in the first playoff round.
"This idea we wanted to push this year to get the discussion going," McKay said. "There were not a lot of hands up, so we withdrew the proposal for now.
"There is the historical idea that a division champion should have a home game." ...
Former Cal offensive lineman Reed Diehl, who played briefly for the Tennessee Titans, was indicted by a federal grand jury in Santa Ana on allegations that he bilked a developer out of $2.5 million.
Krystal Ellis scored 27 points and Marquette (20-14) advanced to its second WNIT title game in three years with an 86-72 win over Colorado (19-15) on Wednesday night in the semifinals. The Golden Eagles will play at Michigan State (23-13) in the championship game Saturday. The Spartans were 58-57 winners over North Carolina State (21-13) in the other semifinal as Allyssa DeHaan had 15 points, including the game-winning putback. ... Jeremy Crouch's 20 points helped Bradley (21-16) force a deciding third game in the inaugural College Basketball Invitational championship series with an 83-74 win over Tulsa (24-14) in Peoria, Ill. Game 3 will be Friday night at Tulsa. ...
Nevada basketball coach Mark Fox hasn't said whether he's been offered the Cal job or if he's interested. But he acknowledged he interviewed Monday night with Cal officials. ... Jim Larranaga, who took George Mason to the Final Four two years ago, signed a three-year extension to remain coach of the Patriots, turning down an offer to move to his alma mater, Providence College.
Spain's Rafael Nadal converted only four of 19 break-point chances but rallied to beat James Blake 3-6, 6-3, 6-1 in the quarterfinals of the Sony Ericsson Open on Wednesday in Key Biscayne, Fla. Jelena Jankovic and Vera Zvonareva earned berths in the women's semifinals.
Nadal's first service break came with a ferocious backhand passing shot for a 5-3 lead in the second set. He broke three more times in the final set, including on the final point as Blake hit his last forehand long. Nadal is seeking his first title of the year — on Friday he plays 10th-seeded Tomas Berdych, a 6-4, 6-4 winner over Igor Andreev. Roger Federer plays Andy Roddick today. ...
Patrick McEnroe took on a new job Wednesday: saving U.S. tennis. The Davis Cup captain and former top-30 player was hired to oversee player development for the U.S. Tennis Association.
Max Mosley, the president of auto racing's governing body (FIA), will miss Sunday's Bahrain Grand Prix because of legal issues stemming from his involvement in a sex scandal. Mosley has said he'll take legal action against a British tabloid that accused him of engaging in sexual acts with five prostitutes in a scenario that involved Nazi role-playing.
Both sides have rested their cases in the first trial arising from a Bay Area steroids distribution ring that's been linked to slugger Barry Bonds. A San Francisco federal jury is expected to get the case today of former elite cyclist Tammy Thomas. Like Bonds, she's accused of lying to a grand jury that was investigating the BALCO drug ring.
Liam Tancock set a world record in the 50-meter backstroke at the British swimming championships in Sheffield, England. Tancock finished the race in 24.47 seconds, breaking the previous mark of 24.80 set by Thomas Rupprath of Germany in July 2003.