From wire reports

basketball

Marshall hires women’s coach

•?Matt Daniel was named Marshall’s women’s coach. Marshall Athletic Director Mike Hamrick said Tuesday that the 35-year-old Daniel will replace Royce Chadwick, who resigned last month after 11 seasons. Daniel served as women’s basketball coach at Central Arkansas for four seasons with a 72-50 record.

During that time, he took the Sugar Bears from a Division II program to the Division I level, including a Southland Conference championship.

He also was named as the 2010 and 2012 Southland Coach of the Year. The Jonesboro, Ark., native previously served as an assistant coach at the University of Missouri, the University of Colorado, and Texas-Arlington.

He started his coaching career as a graduate assistant for men’s basketball at Arizona State.

football

Patriots release former OSU star

• The New England Patriots released receiver Anthony Gonzalez less than three months after signing him. Also Tuesday, the Patriots signed free-agent offensive lineman Jamey Richard, rookie free-agent tight end Nick Melillo and seventh-round draft choice Alfonzo Dennard, a defensive back. Gonzalez was signed by the Patriots as an unrestricted free agent from Indianapolis in March. A first-round draft pick from Ohio State, he had 99 receptions for 1,307 yards and seven touchdowns in five seasons for the Colts despite a rash of injuries. He has been active for only 11 games since the 2008 season.

• Buffalo Bills receiver Stevie Johnson is expected to miss most — if not all — of the team’s offseason minicamp practices to give him time to recover from groin surgery. Coach Chan Gailey calls it unlikely for Johnson to be fully cleared until training camp in July. Johnson did not practice with the team, and instead worked on his own along the sideline. He says his groin is mostly pain free from the procedure he had earlier this month, but added he is still experiencing a twinge of pain in his hamstring.

•?The Pittsburgh Steelers signed third-round pick Sean Spence to a four-year contract. Financial details were not disclosed. The Steelers chose Spence with the 86th overall pick. The former Miami star gives the Steelers needed depth at linebacker after the team released 15-year veteran James Farrior.

• The Jacksonville Jaguars signed 2012 second-round draft pick Andre Branch, the 38th overall pick in April. The defensive end becomes the first of the team’s six draft picks to sign a contract.

• The Indianapolis Colts signed former first-round draft pick George Foster. Indianapolis signed the free-agent offensive tackle and waived fullback Ryan Mahaffey. Foster played in Cleveland in 2009.

• National Football League retirees can’t sue the players association over claims it favored current players and rookies in negotiating a labor contract with the league, a federal judge in Minneapolis ruled. U.S. District Court Judge Susan Richard Nelson dismissed the lawsuit Tuesday.

• The Miami Dolphins will appear on Hard Knocks this summer. HBO announced that the Dolphins would be the newest subject of its popular reality series documenting NFL training camps. The seventh season premieres Aug. 7, with four more one-hour episodes.

other

Blackhawks extend contracts for two

•?The Chicago Blackhawks agreed to a three-year contract extension with defenseman Johnny Oduya and a one-year extension for forward Jamal Mayers. Mayers had six goals and nine assists in 81 regular-season games in his first year with the Blackhawks. Oduya had three assists in six playoff games and a goal and four assists in 18 regular-season games when he was a plus-three. Chicago acquired him in February from the Winnipeg Jets.

• Almost two years later, Andy Schleck has his yellow jersey for winning the 2010 Tour de France. The Luxembourg rider finished second in the race, but Alberto Contador was stripped of the title for failing a doping test. Schleck has repeatedly said the decision to give him the title felt like a hollow victory since he did not win it on the grueling roads of France.

— From wire reports