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PRO FOOTBALL

Elway disappointed by Cutler-Broncos feud

John Elway is saddened for Jay Cutler and the Denver Broncos in the simmering feud that could end in an ugly split.

Elway, the Broncos’ Hall of Fame quarterback, made his first comments about the conflict, telling The Pueblo (Colo.) Chieftain that the rift between the quarterback and the new regime of coach Josh McDaniels and general manager Brian Xanders is “sad and unfortunate.”

“Obviously, there was a lack of communication somewhere to where it blew this thing up to where it has got to now,” Elway said. “I’m sad for both sides.

“… I understand Jay’s feelings got hurt, but it’s too bad it has got to where it is. I wish Jay would have got some better advice from whoever he was getting advice from.”

Also: Joey Galloway caught passes from 18 quarterbacks in his 14 pro seasons. Now he has a chance to catch them from perhaps the best: Tom Brady.

“I haven’t had real quarterback stability in many of the places where I’ve been,” Galloway said, one day after signing with the New England Patriots. “With Tom Brady being the guy here, absolutely, I am looking forward to that.”

Galloway was released last month by Tampa Bay.

The Minnesota Vikings signed cornerback Cedric Griffin to a contract extension.

Griffin started 38 games the past three years. He has three career interceptions and has become one of the league’s hardest-hitting cornerbacks.

The Baltimore Ravens signed free-agent tight end L.J. Smith to a one-year contract.

Smith, a 6-foot-3-inch, 258-pound six-year NFL veteran, has caught 231 passes for 2,525 yards and 18 touchdowns in 86 regular-season games.

Fullback Leonard Weaver agreed to a one-year contract with Philadelphia, giving the Eagles a much-needed blocker in the backfield.

Weaver spent his first four seasons with Seattle. He ran for 130 yards and caught 20 passes for two touchdowns last season.

William “Jeff” Komlo, a former NFL quarterback who failed to show for sentencing on drunken-driving charges in Philadelphia nearly four years ago, was killed in a car crash in Greece, authorities said.

The State Department used fingerprints to determine that the victim of the March 14 crash was Komlo, 52, who played for the Detroit Lions, Atlanta Falcons and Tampa Bay Buccaneers over five NFL seasons from 1979 to 1983.

Komlo had been on the run since July 2005, when he failed to show for sentencing on two drunken-driving convictions.

GOLF

Watney stays hot, ties for Transitions lead

Nick Watney is playing so well he doesn’t even realize it.

Coming off a wrenching one-shot loss to Phil Mickelson at Doral, Watney kept right on rolling with a 4-under-par 67 at the Transitions Championship in Palm Harbor, Fla., to share the 36-hole lead with Steve Stricker.

“I guess I’m playing very well, but it really seems like this is just what I’m supposed to be doing,” said Watney, who is at 6-under 136.

It will be the third straight weekend round that Watney, a Las Vegas resident, will be in the final group. He played with Mickelson the last two rounds at the CA Championship.

Also: Tiger Woods announced he will play in next week’s Arnold Palmer Invitational in Orlando, Fla.

Lorena Ochoa opened with a 7-under-par 65 to lead the Mastercard Classic, being played outside of Mexico City.

Ochoa had a two-stroke lead over Na Yeon Choi. Brittany Lang and Yani Tseng shot 68s and were tied for third.

Michael Hoey had six birdies in a 5-under 66 that gave the Northern Ireland golfer a one-stroke lead over Joakim Haeggman of Sweden, Estanislao Goya of Argentina and Michael McGeady of Ireland after the second round of the Madeira Islands Open in Porto Santo, Madeira Islands. Hoey is at 7-under 135.

LOCAL COLLEGES

UNLV swimmer earns All-America honors

UNLV freshman Zsuzsanna Jakabos became the first Rebels swimmer to earn All-America honors since 2001 when she finished eighth in the 400-meter individual medley at the NCAA Women’s Championships in College Station, Texas.

Jakabos, of Hungary, finished in 4 minutes, 7.22 seconds.

Also: The UNLV softball team had its 10-game win streak halted in the Rebels’ second game of the Capital Classic in Sacramento, Calif., falling to seventh-ranked California 8-0 in six innings.

Earlier, the Rebels (22-9) totaled a school-record 20 hits in an 18-0, five-inning victory over Dartmouth, with Kendall Fearn and Ashli Holland driving in three runs each.

Chad Claus, Rance Roundy and Ryan Thornton drove in three runs each as the UNLV baseball team opened a three-game Mountain West Conference series against Air Force with an 11-3 win at Wilson Stadium.

The Rebels (12-7, 1-3 MWC) pounded 17 hits.

Egan Smith scattered five hits and struck out 15 to lead the College of Southern Nevada baseball team to a 3-1 victory over Eastern Utah in the second game of a Scenic West Athletic Conference doubleheader at Morse Stadium.

The Coyotes (19-11, 11-3 SWAC) won the opener, 10-0.

Marvin Campbell went 5-for-7 with four RBIs in the doubleheader.

The 20th-ranked CSN softball team dropped a 6-2, 2-0 Scenic West doubleheader to North Idaho at the Russell Road Recreation Complex.

The Coyotes fell to 21-12 overall and 16-10 in the SWAC.

MISCELLANEOUS

Vitali Klitschko to defend WBC heavyweight title

Heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko hopes to impress the lucrative American market when he defends his WBC title against Cuban defector Juan Carlos Gomez today in Stuttgart, Germany.

Klitschko (36-2, 35 knockouts), whose younger brother Wladimir holds the WBO and IBF versions of the heavyweight title, is making a mandatory defense against Gomez (44-1, 35 KOs).

With an eye on future fights that could be marketed in the U.S., Klitschko hopes to record an impressive win, then take on the WBC in a courtroom battle for the right to choose his next opponent. The sanctioning body wants to force Klitschko to fight Russian Oleg Maskaev within four months.

Also: No. 1 Rafael Nadal, looking for his second title at Indian Wells in three years, rolled to a 6-2, 6-4 victory over Juan Martin del Potro to move into today’s BNP Paribas semifinals in California.

Nadal will face Andy Roddick, who ousted defending champion Novak Djokovic, 6-3, 6-2.

No. 2 Roger Federer will face No. 4 Andy Murray in today’s other semifinal.

On the women’s side, defending champion Ana Ivanovic and Vera Zvonareva gained spots in Sunday’s final. Ivanovic defeated upset-minded Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, 6-2, 6-3. Zvonareva beat Victoria Azarenka, 6-3, 6-3.

Ohio State won three of four semifinal matches in the NCAA wrestling tournament in St. Louis, taking a big step toward its first title.

Defending champions Mike Pucillo (184 pounds) and J Jaggers (141) advanced, along with Reece Humphrey (133) for the Buckeyes. Ohio State has 84.5 points and a 3.5-point lead over Iowa, which has only top-seeded Brent Metcalf (149) in the finals.

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