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Torre: MLB examining expanded replay for 2014

GLENDALE, Ariz. — Major League Baseball intends to expand the use of instant replay for the 2014 season and will be studying over the course of this year which calls to review and how to do it.

Joe Torre, an MLB executive vice president, said Tuesday that league officials plan to visit Miami during the World Baseball Classic and various spring training sites to examine camera angles and other factors that will help them develop a plan.

NBA downgrades flagrant foul on J.J. Barea

MINNEAPOLIS — J.J. Barea’s confrontation with Ray Allen got him ejected from Minnesota’s game against Miami on Monday night. One day later, the NBA ruled that Barea never should have been ejected.

Barea was encouraged by the correction, but it came a little too late for Timberwolves coach Rick Adelman. The NBA downgraded a Flagrant-2 foul on Barea to a Flagrant-1 foul on Tuesday, meaning Barea will not face a fine or suspension for his foul on Allen.

Barea knocked Allen to the court with a chest bump, and Allen immediately took exception and confronted Barea. Officials initially ruled it a Flagrant-1, which gives the opponent two shots and the ball. Upon reviewing the play, referee Ed Malloy changed it to a Flagrant-2, which brings an automatic ejection. The Wolves were down six at the time, but Miami responded with a 17-5 run to put the game away.

Ibaka fined $25,000 for hit on Griffin

NEW YORK — Oklahoma City forward Serge Ibaka has been fined $25,000 by the NBA for striking Blake Griffin of the Los Angeles Clippers in the groin area during Sunday’s game.

NBA executive vice president for basketball operations Stu Jackson announced the fine Tuesday. The league also upgraded the flagrant foul 1 Ibaka’s was given for hitting Griffin as the two battled for position in the paint to a Flagrant Foul 2, meaning Ibaka should have been ejected from the game.

The incident occurred with 1:52 remaining in the fourth quarter of the Thunder’s 108-104 win over the Clippers at Staples Center.

Brooks signs with Houston, practices Tuesday

HOUSTON — Aaron Brooks has returned to the Houston Rockets, and it’s a completely different lineup from when he left two years ago.

The 6-foot Brooks signed with Houston on Tuesday, rejoining the team that drafted him in 2007.

To make room for Brooks, the Rockets waived forward Tyler Honeycutt, who was acquired from Sacramento in a multi-player trade just before the deadline. Houston picked up rookie Thomas Robinson and Francisco Garcia in that deal and now add Brooks, who averaged eight points and 2.3 assists in 46 games for the Kings this season.

Dayne, Tomlinson head College Hall of Fame ballot

NEW YORK — Heisman Trophy winner Ron Dayne, the late Jerome Brown and LaDainian Tomlinson are on the final ballot for College Football Hall of Fame for the first time.

The National Football Foundation on Tuesday announced the 77 former players and five former coaches who will be considered for induction.

The ballot is distributed to the more than 12,000 NFF members and current Hall of Famers. The votes are tabulated and submitted to the 14-member NFF’s honors court, which selects the class.

Dayne is the career rushing leader in major college football and won the Heisman for Wisconsin in 1999. Tomlinson won the Doak Walker Award as the nation’s best running back in 2000 for TCU. Brown anchored the defensive line for the great Miami teams of the mid-1980s.

A’s shifting spring training to Mesa in 2015

PHOENIX — The Oakland Athletics will move their spring training camp to nearby Mesa starting in 2015, agreeing to a 20-year deal following approval from the Mesa City Council.

The Chicago Cubs are moving out of HohoKam Park to a new facility in Mesa next spring, and the A’s will assume control of HohoKam Park and Fitch Park after their lease with Phoenix expires in December 2014.

UTEP: Tim Floyd meets with USC about old job

Tim Floyd has talked to USC about his old job as the Trojans’ coach. He is not necessarily headed back to Southern California.

Floyd, now the coach at UTEP, met with athletic director Pat Haden about USC’s men’s basketball opening, UTEP athletic director Bob Stull said Tuesday.

Floyd resigned from USC under accusations that he improperly recruited star O.J. Mayo. His successor, Kevin O’Neill, was fired in January after three mostly disappointing seasons.

Stull said Haden contacted him six weeks ago about discussing the vacancy with Floyd.

Vikings release WR Jenkins, saving more than $3M

MINNEAPOLIS — The Minnesota Vikings have an obvious priority for the offseason: add wide receivers.

The Vikings created another opening at their thinnest position on Tuesday by releasing veteran Michael Jenkins, clearing $3.25 million of space under the salary cap.

From wire sources