Panel members attended bowl-sponsored retreat

WASHINGTON — Nine of the 11 members of an NCAA panel that will help decide the Fiesta Bowl's fate attended a bowl-sponsored retreat that included free meals, resort rooms and golf outings.

The nine names all showed up on a 2008 "Fiesta Frolic" attendee list obtained by Playoff PAC in a public records request. The group provided the list to The Associated Press.

The NCAA Postseason Bowl Licensing Subcommittee is scheduled to meet with Fiesta Bowl officials this week in New Orleans, but won't make a decision on whether to revoke the bowl's license until later this spring. The Fiesta Bowl, played at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz., is one of four bowls that rotate hosting the Bowl Championship Series national title game.

SAN FRANCISCO — Hall of Fame fullback Joe Perry, the first player with back-to-back 1,000-yard rushing seasons and nicknamed "The Jet" for his sensational speed, died Monday. He was 84.

The San Francisco 49ers announced that Perry, also a World War II veteran, had died in Arizona of complications from dementia.

Perry was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1969 following a 16-year NFL career, 14 years with the 49ers and the other two for the Baltimore Colts.

A three-time Pro Bowler and two-time All-Pro, Perry still stands as San Francisco's all-time leader in yards rushing (7,344) and touchdowns rushing (50). He led the 49ers in rushing on eight occasions, including seven consecutive seasons from 1949-1955.

Lakers player arrestedafter shoving cashier

NEW ORLEANS — Authorities say Los Angeles Lakers forward Derrick Caracter was arrested in New Orleans, accused of public drunkenness and shoving a cashier at a pancake restaurant.

Police said the 22-year-old player was arrested early Sunday and booked into jail on charges of battery, public drunkenness and resisting arrest. They say Caracter allegedly grabbed and shoved the cashier at an International House of Pancakes after he was refused service and became belligerent. The woman wasn't injured.

Police initially said the cashier was pregnant, but later said that was an error.

Authorities say Caracter was freed later Sunday morning on $1,000 bond

BERKELEY, Calif. — Lindsay Gottlieb is returning to California as the Golden Bears' women's head coach.

Cal on Monday hired Gottlieb away from UC Santa Barbara to replace the departed Joanne Boyle, who accepted the Virginia job earlier this month. Gottlieb went 56-39 in three seasons at UCSB, where she led the Gauchos to a pair of postseason berths and two Big West Conference championships. She was the 2009 Big West Conference coach of the year.

"Bones" Jones postpones first UFC title defense

LAS VEGAS — UFC light heavyweight champion Jon "Bones" Jones has postponed his first title defense against Rashad Evans with an injured right hand.

Jones' management team said Monday that the new champion has torn tissue between the thumb and forefinger of his right hand.

Jones (13-1) was scheduled to face Evans at UFC 133 in Philadelphia on Aug. 6. Phil Davis is expected to step in for Jones.

Compiled from wire reports

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