NFL • The Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens will open the 2013 season at Denver in the now-traditional Thursday night kickoff game.
The NFL champs usually host the opener, but the Orioles are home Sept. 5 and could not move their game. So $121 million quarterback Joe Flacco and Baltimore were sent to Denver to face Peyton Manning and the team they beat in double overtime on their way to the Super Bowl.
Baltimore preferred beginning the season Thursday night on the road rather than at home on Sunday.
Source: Rutgers, Jordan reach deal
College basketball • Los Angeles Lakers assistant Eddie Jordan has reached a tentative agreement to take over as coach at Rutgers, a person familiar with the situation tells the Associated Press.
The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the school has not officially announced the deal, but said the two sides hammered out the five-year contract over the past 12 hours. It needs to be reviewed by the university's board of governors.
Libya OK'd to hold qualifying matches
Soccer • FIFA authorized Libya to host World Cup qualifying matches, saying the country is safe enough for its first international home games since the uprising that ousted Moammar Gadhafi.
"FIFA has decided to reauthorize matches in Libya," the governing body said after the Confederation of African Football recommended approval.
From wire reports