From wire reports

football

Suspended Saints coach to appeal

•?New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton decided to file on Friday an appeal of his season-long suspension with the NFL, a source said. The source said the appeal will also ask NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell for his guidance on the parameters of the suspension. Saints player Joe Vitt, who was suspended six games, also will file an appeal.

•?The NFL suspended New York Giants running back Andre Brown for the first four games of the 2012 season for violating the league policy on performance enhancing substances.

•?Philadelphia Eagles Pro Bowl left tackle Jason Peters ruptured his right Achilles while training in Texas on Tuesday and is expected to miss the season.

•?The Carolina Panthers traded running back Mike Goodson to the Oakland Raiders in exchange for offensive tackle Bruce Campbell. Goodson ran for 501 yards and three touchdowns in three seasons with Carolina.

•?The New England Patriots re-signed wide receiver Deion Branch and signed free-agent fullbacks Tony Fiammetta and Spencer Larsen. Branch had 51 catches for 702 yards and five touchdowns.

•?Linebacker Manny Lawson, an unrestricted free agent, agreed to a one-year contact to stay with the Cincinnati Bengals.

•?Miami Dolphins linebacker Koa Misi was arrested at his home in Weston, Fla., on a warrant from California on charges stemming from a bar fight several months ago.

baseball

Hernandez hooks on with Atlanta

•?Veteran pitcher Livan Hernandez agreed to a $750,000, one-year contract with the Atlanta Braves, a short time after he was released from a minor-league deal with the Houston Astros.

•?Kansas City Royals outfielder Alex Gordon agreed to a $37.5 million, four-year deal that includes a player option for 2016.

•?The San Diego Padres signed pitcher Cory Luebke to a contract extension through at least the 2015 season.

•?The San Francisco Giants released infielder Mike Fontenot and placed second baseman Freddy Sanchez on the 15-day disabled list along with pitchers Ryan Vogelsong, Eric Surkamp and Dan Runzler.

•?A Fort Lauderdale, Fla., prosecutor dismissed a misdemeanor domestic battery charge against former Indians star Manny Ramirez because his wife won’t cooperate in the investigation.

winter sports

Cook, Mancuso claim U.S. titles

•?Dustin Cook of Canada crashed the party at the U.S. championships in Winter Park, Colo., and won the super-G, ending the reign of Tommy Ford. Cook finished in a time of 1 minute, 10.34 seconds. Julia Mancuso flew through the sun-splashed course to conquer the soft snow and defend her super-G crown. The Olympic gold medalist finished in a time of 1:10.38.

•?Aliona Savchenko and Robin Szolkowy of Germany won the world figure skating pairs title for the second consecutive year in Nice, France. Patrick Chan of Canada won the men’s short program.

college basketball

Missouri coach wins national award

•?Frank Haith capped his first season at Missouri by being selected the Associated Press’ Coach of the Year for men’s college basketball. Haith took over the Tigers after seven years at Miami and they won 30 games and the Big 12 Tournament. Freshman Anthony Davis of Kentucky was the runaway winner for the player of the year award.

•?Florida guard Erving Walker was charged in Gainesville, Fla., with stealing a taco and running from police. Walker, a senior who ranks first in school history in assists, was arrested and given a notice to appear in court early Friday. He was charged with petty theft and resisting an officer without violence, both misdemeanors. He was not taken to jail.

— From wire reports