Country singer Luke Bryan apologized for his performance of the national anthem at Tuesday's All-Star Game in Kansas City. Bryan acknowledged what many had suspected -- he wrote the lyrics on his hand and checked them while he sang. He also looked at his watch, which he said was because he was trying to time the finish of the song with a stealth bomber flyover.

In a series of tweets Wednesday, Bryan wrote: I had a few key words written down to insure myself that I wouldn't mess up. I just wanted to do my best. I promise it was from the heart.

Former FBI director Louis Freeh announced that he would release his findings on the Penn State scandal Thursday morning, but after reports indicated Joe Paterno's legacy will be further tarnished, the late coach's family decided to make a preemptive strike. The family released a statement Tuesday insisting that the longtime Penn State coach "did not cover up for Jerry Sandusky."

New 49ers receiver Randy Moss has impressed coach Jim Harbaugh so much that Harbaugh has called Moss the team's "best receiver right now," according to SiriusXM NFL Radio host Rich Gannon, who recently spoke with the coach.

Gannon, a former NFL quarterback, said he learned that Harbaugh sat down with Moss before the former Patriots receiver signed with the team and the two men talked about expectations.

Vikings running back Adrian Peterson, arrested early Saturday morning after an incident with an off-duty police officer who was working security at a Houston nightclub, implied Sunday that he will be vindicated. Peterson was told to leave the nightclub because it was closing when he allegedly pushed the officer and then, when told he was under arrest, yelled and resisted.

Tweeted Peterson: Thank you for waiting for the facts. Truth will surface.

A couple of former Red Sox players are in the news for opposite results from Thursday night. In Chicago, Kevin Youkilis continued to deliver key hits for the first-place White Sox, while in New York, Jonathan Papelbon said, "This one's on me," after blowing a save for the last-place Phillies.

Youkilis completed a memorable first homestand at U.S. Cellular Field as a member of the White Sox, as he hit a game-winning home run in the sixth inning for a 2-1 victory and series sweep of the Rangers.

Kevin Youkilis is feeling right at home in Chicago. One day after homering in his first at-bat in his U.S. Cellular Field debut as a member of the White Sox, the former Red Sox third baseman hit a walk-off single in the 10th inning Wednesday for a 5-4 victory over the Rangers.

"I'm having a great time with this team," said Youkilis, who is 5-for-10 with five RBIs the last two days and is hitting .305 with nine RBIs since being traded from Boston. "It's always a lot more fun when you do stuff like that."

While the Red Sox look for help at third base with Will Middlebrooks injured, former Sox third baseman Kevin Youkilis had a memorable debut at Chicago's U.S. Cellular Field Tuesday night. In his first home game as a member of the White Sox, Youkilis homered in his first at-bat to spark a 19-2 rout of Roy Oswalt and the Rangers.

White Sox fans chanted "Youk, Youk, Youk," for the player traded from Boston a week ago.

Heat owner Mickey Arison is celebrating an NBA championship, but he says the on-court success is not enough for the team to turn a profit.

"This is a hobby of passion, it's not a business," Arison told CNBC's Darren Rovell. "Every year in the building we've lost money aside from last year, under the old collective bargaining agreement, because of LeBron [James]."

Former Yankees manager Joe Torre, at Yankee Stadium on Sunday for Old-Timers' Day, said he thinks Roger Clemens belongs in the Hall of Fame despite his alleged steroid use.

"He is [deserving] to me," Torre said. "I can't make other people look at him, I can just tell you the way I feel about him. I was proud to have him play for me and I respect him."

Former Patriots defensive back and assistant coach Corwin Brown, charged with striking his wife and holding her hostage with a handgun last summer, pleaded guilty but mentally ill Thursday in South Bend, Ind. In the incident, Brown shot himself in the stomach after releasing his wife.