The Wild were in a bind before Wednesday's game against the Predators when starting goalie Nicklas Backstrom had to leave the team to address a personal issue. They summoned Matt Hackett from their minor league team in Houston, but they weren't sure if his plane would arrive in time for him to serve as the backup to Josh Harding. So, they called Richard Deutsch, a 51-year-old who was a high school teammate of Wild assistant coach Mike Ramsey.

Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow responded to criticism of his religious fervor -- most recently by former Broncos QB Jake Plummer -- by explaining why he is constantly praising Jesus Christ and making it clear he does not plan to stop.

Onondaga County District Attorney William Fitzpatrick said Syracuse police have not been cooperative in his investigation into Syracuse University assistant basketball coach Bernie Fine, who was accused of child molestation by two former ball boys but denies any wrongdoing.

Fitzpatrick said he had to get a court subpoena Monday ordering police to turn over records related to the case, and the deputy chief responded with an obscenity upon being presented with the order.

The Canucks continue to make enemies around the NHL. In the latest incident Sunday night, Senators forward Jesse Winchester was checked by Maxim Lapierre against the Canucks bench, and Alex Burrows happened to open the door at the same time, making Winchester fall into the bench area. The video doesn't make it appear intentional, but considering it's noted agitators Lapierre and Burrows who are involved, it's drawing a lot of interest.

One woman was killed and two others injured when a U-Haul truck sped through a parking lot into a crowd of tailgaters Saturday before the Harvard-Yale football game in New Haven, authorities said. According to reports, a police spokesman said the truck entered a parking area designated for pre-game tailgating, but quickly sped up for unknown reasons and hit the women. The truck then crashed into other U-Haul vans in the lot. A 30-year-old Massachusetts woman was taken to Yale-New Haven hospital, where she was pronounced dead. The driver of the truck was taken into custody.

Yale quarterback Patrick Witt has been the subject of stories nationwide for his decision to play in Saturday's rivalry game vs. Harvard and skip his interview for a Rhodes scholarship. Now, Yale coach Tom Williams is getting publicity because he implied he faced a similar decision when he played at Stanford in the early 1990s. But, as The New York Times discovered when it did some investigating, Williams apparently never even was a candidate -- let alone a finalist -- for a Rhodes scholarship, despite his Yale website biography stating that he was.

Koby Clemens, one of Roger Clemens' sons, is expected to be banned from international play this winter after abandoning his Puerto Rican team, according to a report from a Puerto Rico newspaper. The Astros minor leaguer apparently left the Mayaguez Indians last Wednesday without providing a reason. The team filed paperwork that bans Clemens from playing for any other winter league team in the Caribbean Baseball Confederation, which includes Puerto Rico, Mexico, the Dominican Republic and Venezuela.

FOXBORO -- With team owners Robert and Jonathan Kraft looking on, Jay Heaps was named the sixth coach of the Revolution Wednesday in a news conference at Gillette Stadium, taking over for Steve Nicol, who was not brought back following a dismal 5-16-13 season. 

Two years after stepping away from the playing field following his 11-year Major League Soccer career, the 35-year-old former defender assumed his duties immediately after being introduced in Foxboro. 

Roger Clemens' lawyers submitted a filing Tuesday insisting the court should make the government pay for Clemens' personal legal expenses incurred preparing for what turned out to be a mistrial due to prosecutorial errors in July. Clemens' defense team originally submitted the request in October. After prosecutors responded by citing sovereign immunity, Clemens' team came back Tuesday and insisted the government "is not above the law." Clemens, who made more than $150 million in salary during his 24-year major league career, is scheduled to go on trial again April 17.

Jerry Sandusky spoke with Bob Costas in a telephone interview on NBC's "Rock Center" on Monday night. Sandusky, the former defensive coordinator at Penn State, is charged with 40 counts of sexual abuse against children.

"I say that I am innocent of those charges," Sandusky told Costas. 

Costas asked if that meant he was "completely innocent" of all charges.