Sports briefs: L.A. Galaxy acquire Pablo Mastroeni from Rapids
soccer • The Los Angeles Galaxy have acquired six-time MLS All-Star midfielder Pablo Mastroeni in a trade with the Colorado Rapids. Under the deal announced Monday, the Galaxy also received the rights to midfielder Baggio Husidic. The Rapids received an international roster slot through the end of the 2014 MLS season and Los Angeles' second-round pick in the 2014 MLS SuperDraft.
Mastroeni will be eligible to make his Galaxy debut when Los Angeles hosts the Portland Timbers on Wednesday night.The 36-year-old Mastroeni has spent the last 12-plus seasons with the Rapids, leading the club to its first MLS Cup championship in 2010. A former member of the U.S. men's team, Mastroeni played in the 2002 and 2006 World Cup under current Galaxy coach Bruce Arena.
• Nigeria rolled to a 6-1 victory at Confederations Cup on Monday over Tahiti, which was making its debut at a major FIFA tournament. Nnamdi Oduamadi scored a hat-trick for the African champions.
Southern Utah loses Aussie guard
college basketball • Southern Utah's Damon Heuir has returned to his native Australia to play basketball with the Mackay, Queensland-based McDonald's Meteors of the Queensland Basketball League. Heuir, a 6-foot-2 guard from Townsville, Australia, earned second-team all-Big Sky Conference honors in 2013. He was also a member of the Australian Under-19 squad as well as the Under-20 Queensland team that claimed the 2009 Australian Junior National Championship. Heuir was Southern Utah's second-leading scorer at 15.5 points per game with a 16.4 average in Big Sky games, the fourth-best average in the conference.
Ex-players defend Penn State in letter
COLLEGE FOOTBALL • About 325 former Penn State players and coaches have signed a statement supporting the lawsuit filed by the family of former coach Joe Paterno and other former players seeking to overturn NCAA sanctions against the football program for the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal. Former player Brian Masella released the letter Monday in support of the lawsuit, which was also filed last month by some coaches, trustees and faculty. Jacksonville Jaguars linebacker Paul Posluszny, and former NFL quarterbacks Kerry Collins and Todd Blackledge are among the notable names who signed on to the statement.
From wire reports