Harrison officially signs Bengals deal
• The Cincinnati Bengals officially signed former Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison to a two-year deal. The five-time Pro Bowl player who starred at Coventry High School and Kent State University agreed to terms Friday and signed the deal on Tuesday. The 34-year-old linebacker helped the Steelers win two Super Bowls.
• Detroit Lions linebacker Ronnell Lewis faces three misdemeanor charges following his arrest during an altercation at an Oklahoma bar. Norman police records show that Lewis, 22, was arrested early Saturday morning and charged with public intoxication, disturbing the peace and interference with a law enforcement officer.
• The Jacksonville Jaguars took the latest step in the franchise’s makeover, unveiling new uniforms and a two-tone helmet that’s sure to elicit positive and negative responses. Billionaire owner Shad Khan, coach Gus Bradley and six starters were on hand for the reveal. Khan called the new design “a piece of art.” He said the NFL Nike Elite 51 uniforms represent the rebuilding Jaguars perfectly.
• The University of Tennessee hired former Browns college area scout Bob Welton as its program’s director of player personnel. Welton, who was born in Toledo, spent the past nine seasons as a scout for the Browns. Tenneessee coach Butch Jones said, ‘‘The experience he gained in his nine years in the National Football League and his time as a head high school football coach will serve our football program well.”
• The University of New Mexico and coach Bob Davie agreed on a two-year contract extension. The school announced that the new seven-year agreement will run through the 2019 season.
• The Bowl Championship Series will be replaced by the College Football Playoff. The BCS conference commissioners announced the name of the new postseason system that starts in 2014 on Tuesday, the first of three days of meetings at a resort hotel in Pasadena, Calif. They also will choose the remaining three sites for the six-bowl semifinal rotation in the new system and the site of the first championship game, this week.
Bobcats fire Dunlap after one season
• The Charlotte Bobcats fired Mike Dunlap as coach after a single season. The Bobcats went 21-61 under Dunlap, finishing with the second-worst record in the NBA ahead of only the Orlando Magic. Charlotte won just seven games in the lockout-shortened 2011-12 season, but tripling last year’s victory total and a three-game winning streak to close the season weren’t enough to save Dunlap’s job.
• Indiana Pacers forward Paul George was named winner of the NBA’s Most Improved Player Award. The 6-foot-9 swingman received 52-of-120 first-place votes and 311 points, more than double the total of New Orleans’ Greivis Vasquez, who had 13 first-place votes and 146 points.
• James Madison gave men’s coach Matt Brady a four-year contract extension. The deal through the 2016-17 season comes after Brady guided the Dukes to a 21-15 record, their first Colonial Athletic Association tournament title in 19 years and their first NCAA Tournament bid in the same span.
• Alabama guard Trevor Lacey, who led the team in assists and 3-pointers, is transferring before his junior season.
Jourdain to drive for Rahal at Indy
• Michel Jourdain Jr. will return to the Indianapolis 500 with Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing. The team announced that Jourdain will drive the No. 17 Honda with sponsorship from Office Depot Mexico. The team will field three entries in the 500. Jourdain finished 19th in last year’s race driving for Rahal.
• Four-time Indianapolis 500 winner A.J. Foyt, 78, had successful back surgery in Houston.
Honesty would have helped Armstrong
• Bill Bock, who is general counsel for U.S. Anti Doping Agency, announced that if Lance Armstrong had cooperated with the investigation conducted by the USADA last summer, he would’ve been allowed to keep five of his seven Tour de France titles. He made that announcement Monday night during a symposium sponsored by the Texas Program in Sports and Media at the University of Texas in Austin, Texas. Armstrong declined the chance, so USADA banned him for life and stripped him of all his results dating back to 1998. ‘‘If he had been open and honest,” Bock said, ‘‘yea, he would’ve kept five of [the Tour titles].”
• Thomas Mueller scored twice, Mario Gomez and Arjen Robben had one goal each and host Bayern Munich routed Barcelona 4-0 in the first leg of their Champions League semifinal. The second leg is May 1 in Barcelona.
• Left wing Matt Calvert, a valuable forechecker with the Columbus Blue Jackets, signed a two-year contract extension that will pay him almost $1 million a season through 2014-15.
— From wire reports
Austin Farber of Archbishop Hoban was misidentified in article in the edition Tuesday. A reporter erred.