Sports briefs for May 6, 2014

Posted May 07, 2014, at 6:33 a.m.

Highly ranked guard commits to Arizona

Arizona received a commitment on Tuesday from top-25 prospect Justin Simon.

Simon, a 6-foot-5 guard from Temecula, California, is ranked No. 23 in the country by Rivals.com and joins another five-star guard, Tyler Dorsey, in the Wildcats’ Class of 2015.

Among the school recruiting Simon were Oregon, Colorado, USC, UCLA, Louisville, Texas, Florida, Indiana and Memphis.

Arizona finished 33-5 this past season and fell one game short of the Final Four in the NCAA Tournament, losing to Wisconsin 64-63 in overtime in the West Regional final.

Buccaneers to recognize Brooks

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will induct former linebacker Derrick Brooks into the team’s Ring of Honor and retire his No. 55 at a halftime ceremony during a Sept. 14 game against the St. Louis Rams, the team announced Tuesday.

Brooks will join Hall of Fame defensive end Lee Roy Selmon, former coach John McKay, former Pro Bowl tight end Jimmie Giles, former All-Pro tackle Paul Gruber and Hall of Fame defensive tackle Warren Sapp in the Ring of Honor.

Brooks’s jersey will be the third retired by the team. Selmon (No. 63) and Sapp (No. 99) are the others.

This summer, Brooks will be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio. He was elected in January during his first year of eligibility.

Big Ten tourney headed to DC in 2017

Looking to increase exposure in East Coast markets with the addition of Maryland and Rutgers, the Big Ten announced Tuesday that the men’s basketball tournament will be played at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C., in 2017.

Maryland and Rutgers are set to join the conference on July 1.

On Monday, the Big Ten announced an annual season-opening Gavitt Tipoff series of games with schools from the Big East, which is made up predominantly of teams in the East.

The Big Ten also is opening a second office in New York City and a satellite office in Washington.

The Big Ten tournament has shifted between Indianapolis and Chicago since it started in 1998. The 2015 tournament will be held at the United Center in Chicago and the 2016 event at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.

Redskins cut Jackson prior to reinstatement

The Washington Redskins released safety Tanard Jackson on Tuesday before he was reinstated by the NFL after multiple violations of the league’s substance abuse policy.

The 28-year-old Jackson never played a game for the Redskins after he was picked up in 2012 after his release by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He last appeared in a game in 2011 before his second league suspension.

Jackson started 44 games for the Buccaneers from 2007 to 2009 before he received his first suspension.

In 56 career games, Jackson has 239 tackles, 10 interceptions and five forced fumbles.

Kentucky stretches Stoops contract

Men’s basketball coach Mark Stoops signed a contract extension at the University of Kentucky through the 2018 season.

The adjustment extends his deal from Dec. 31, 2017 to June 30, 2019.

With Alabama, Auburn, LSU, Texas A&M and Tennessee rated in the top 15 in national recruiting rankings in February, Kentucky was able to fight ahead of traditional powers in the league, including Florida.

The Wildcats play five of their first six games in Lexington in 2014 with the lone exception being a Sept. 13 visit to Gainesville to see the Gators.

Report: Chancellor had hip surgery

Seattle Seahawks safety Kam Chancellor underwent hip surgery about a month ago and hopes to be recovered in time for the preseasson, according to an NFL.com report on Tuesday.

ESPN first reported in March that Chancellor was scheduled for minor surgery, but he denied it on Twitter then, saying “Huh? No surgery here.”

Seahawks general manager John Schneider refused to discuss the topic during questioning this week.

A fifth-round NFL draft pick in 2010 out of Virginia Tech, Chancellor developed into one of the top strong safeties in his first three years in the league. He was named to the Pro Bowl the past two seasons and had an interception and nine tackles during the Seahawks’ Super Bowl victory over the Denver Broncos in February.

Chancellor’s backup at this point would be Jeron Johnson, who received a second-round tender as a restricted free agent.

 

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