Sports briefs: NHL owners ratify deal
NHL • NHL owners unanimously ratified the tentative labor deal Wednesday. All that now remains is player approval to finally start the hockey season.
The league's board of governors met in a Manhattan hotel and overwhelmingly approved the agreement that was reached early Sunday on the 113th day of the NHL lockout.
A relieved commissioner Gary Bettman made the announcement those in hockey waited nearly four months to hear. He then apologized to players, sponsors and hockey supporters for taking so long to deliver it.
• The Toronto Maple Leafs have fired general manager Brian Burke, with the NHL season set to resume this month following a tentative settlement ending the lockout.
Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment President Tom Anselmi said at a news conference that longtime Burke assistant David Nonis will fill the job.
The Maple Leafs have not made the playoffs since Burke took the job in 2008.
No charges filed against Texas player
College football • An attorney for Texas linebacker Jordan Hicks says police will not file charges against his client after investigating a sexual assault allegation on the eve of the Alamo Bowl.
Austin attorney Perry Minton said Wednesday in a statement that San Antonio police informed him that no charges will be brought against Hicks "or anyone else in this matter." Hicks and backup quarterback Case McCoy were suspended Dec. 28 in a move that followed a police investigation involving two unidentified students at a downtown hotel.
From wire reports