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Porter to sign with Cardinals

TEMPE, Ariz. -- Four-time Pro Bowl linebacker Joey Porter agreed to a three-year contract with the Arizona Cardinals on Friday.

Porter, entering his 12th season, spent the past three with the Miami Dolphins, who released him in March. He played the first eight years of his career with the Pittsburgh Steelers.

With 92 career sacks, Porter trails only Jason Taylor (127 1/2 ) among active players. Porter has 12 career interceptions, including one returned for a touchdown, 23 forced fumbles and nine fumble recoveries with two returned for TDs.

Porter will join a team with a coaching staff that includes several members of the Steelers' staff when he was with Pittsburgh. They include coach Ken Whisenhunt, who was the Steelers' offensive coordinator.

Porter had been courted recently by the Washington Redskins.

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St. John's fires Roberts

NEW YORK -- The weeks of talk on whether coach Norm Roberts would return to St. John's ended Friday: He was fired after six seasons with the Red Storm -- only two of them with a winning record.

"To say it was a difficult decision would be to minimize it," St. John's athletic director Chris Monasch said. "Norm took over a program that was at a low point and at a time when there was a minimal amount of Big East level talent. Norm has restored integrity to our basketball program."

But he didn't win enough games.

The Red Storm lost to Memphis in the first round of the NIT on Wednesday to finish the season at 17-16, giving Roberts an 81-101 record with the school. St. John's has not been in the NCAA tournament since 2002.

Roberts told The Associated Press on Friday that St. John's handled everything "with class."

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Harrington leads Transitions

PALM HARBOR, Fla. -- Padraig Harrington, already assured of a memorable week after his trip to the White House, put himself in position to make it even better at the Transitions Championship on Friday.

Harrington picked up a pair of bonus birdies over the last five holes for a 6-under 65, his low score of the year, and built a one-shot lead going into the weekend on the tough Copperhead course at Innisbrook.

The Irishman has not won a sanctioned tournament since his PGA Championship victory at Oakland Hills at the end of 2008.

"I'm capable of winning in the form I'm in," said Harrington, who was at 8-under 134. "Am I in my best form? No. Am I getting there? Yes. I'm kind of in the form that I was in at the end of last year. I'm right in the midst of it."

Jim Furyk, whose last victory against a full field came in the 2007 Canadian Open, was atop the leader board with Harrington until missing a 6-foot par putt on the final hole. It wasn't enough to take away from an otherwise solid round of 68 to put him one shot behind.

Also at 7-under 135 were Carl Pettersson (68), a past winner at Innisbrook who is feeling much better after regaining some girth; Bubba Watson, who missed a 4-foot birdie putt on his final hole and had 65; and defending champion Retief Goosen after a 68. The third round is today (3 p.m., Ch. 2).

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Jankovic, Roddick advance

INDIAN WELLS, Calif. -- Jelena Jankovic defeated Samantha Stosur, 6-2, 6-4, Friday to reach the women's final of the BNP Paribas Open.

The sixth-seeded Serb will try to win her first title in seven months on Sunday. Jankovic will face either No. 2 seed Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark or fifth-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland, who met in an evening semifinal.

Andy Roddick advanced to the men's semifinals with a 6-3, 7-5 win over 18th-seeded Tommy Robredo of Spain, who lost to the American for the 11th consecutive time. Roddick will take on Robin Soderling, a 6-1, 7-6 (4) winner over No. 4 Andy Murray.

Defending champion Rafael Nadal plays 20th-seeded Ivan Ljubicic of Croatia in the other men's semifinal, set for today.

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Dodgers' Scully out of hospital

LOS ANGELES -- Hall of Fame announcer Vin Scully was released from the hospital Friday after bumping his head, and is looking forward to broadcasting a Dodgers exhibition game this weekend.

The 82-year-old Scully went to the hospital Thursday night as a precaution after he got up from bed too quickly, fell and hit his head, team spokesman Josh Rawitch said.

Scully expressed his thanks to everyone.

"I apologize for any concern that I caused," he said in a statement.

Scully plans to work Sunday's Dodgers-Indians game in Arizona, his first spring training game this year.

He is starting his 61st season with the team. He has been working on a series of one-year contracts and has said he's not sure what he will do after this season.

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Briefly

*Oregon Athletic Director Mike Bellotti is stepping down after less than a year in the position to become a college football analyst with ESPN beginning in April. Bellotti was head coach of the Ducks for 14 seasons before he formally took over as athletic director last July.

*Catherine White scored the game-winner 13:14 into overtime as Cornell beat top-seeded Mercyhurst, 3-2, in the first semifinal to advance to the NCAA women's hockey championship game for the first time in school history. Laura Fortino and Karlee Overguard also scored for the Big Red, who will face the winner of the second semifinal between No. 3 Minnesota and No. 2 Minnesota-Duluth.

*Clay Rush, a former Arena Football League player, has sued a Denver doctor and clinic, saying he suffered permanent brain damage because he didn't get standard care after a concussion during the 2008 season.
From News and wire service reports.

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