Dumervil picks Ravens over Broncos
Elvis Dumervil spurned Denver for Baltimore, agreeing to a five-year deal, Ravens general manger Ozzie Newsome announced Sunday. Dumervil, a three-time Pro Bowl selection, is expected in Baltimore Tuesday to take his physical and sign the paperwork. Broncos football operations chief John Elway issued a statement saying the Broncos ‘‘worked diligently over the last week’’ to re-sign Dumervil but ‘‘are now moving forward without him.’’ Dumervil had 63½ sacks in seven seasons in Denver. He agreed to reduce his 2013 salary from $12 million to $8 million, but the paperwork didn’t reach the NFL offices in time and the Broncos were forced to release him March 15. Dumervil fired agent Marty Magid after that deadline debacle and hired agent Tom Condon . . . The Bears agreed to a one-year contract with former Panthers linebacker James Anderson, the latest move in a major overhaul at the position.
UCLA fires Howland after 10 seasons
UCLA fired Ben Howland as coach after 10 seasons that included three Final Four appearances, but culminated with another early-round exit from the NCAA Tournament. Athletic director Dan Guerrero told Howland on Sunday that he was out, and the university announced it in the evening. Howland, who turns 56 in May, had a 233-107 record in Westwood, including consecutive Final Four appearances from 2006-08 and four Pac-12 championships, including this season. The Bruins’ season ended last Friday with an 83-63 loss to Minnesota in the NCAA Tournament. In a statement through the university, Howland said he was blessed to coach at UCLA. He has two years left on his contract that includes a $2.3 million buyout . . . An official with knowledge of the agreement said George Mason is joining the Atlantic 10 next season. The official said the school will announce it is leaving the Colonial Athletic Association July 1.
Penguins acquire Morrow from Stars
The Penguins acquired forward Brenden Morrow from the Stars to bolster the team’s second line. Pittsburgh sent defenseman Joe Morrow, the team’s first-round pick in the 2011 draft, and a fifth-round choice this year to Dallas in exchange for Morrow and the Stars’ third-round pick in the draft. The 34-year-old Morrow has 243 goals and 285 assists in 835 games, all with Dallas, and will become a free agent at the end of the season. He waived his no-trade clause to move to the Penguins . . . New Jersey star Ilya Kovalchuk will be out 2-4 weeks after hurting his right shoulder. The high-scoring forward was injured in the third period of the Devils’ 2-1 victory over Florida Saturday night. General manager Lou Lamoriello said Kovalchuk won’t need surgery . . . Kings forward Jordan Nolan was fined $1,436 by the NHL for cross-checking Canucks forward Henrik Sedin Saturday night . . . The Ducks signed free agent right wing Radek Dvorak to a one-year contract. The 36-year-old has 219 goals in 1,191 games over his 16-year NHL career.
Shiffrin error leads to Goodman win
World champion Mikaela Shiffrin straddled a gate in the final run, handing the slalom title to Canadian Ana Goodman in the US Alpine Championship at Squaw Valley, Calif. The 18-year-old Shiffrin had a 1.22-second lead after the opening run, but straddled the gate in the tight middle section in the second run. Goodman had the fastest second run . . . Mo Tae-bum and Lee Sang-hwa retained their 500-meter titles at the speedskating world championships in Sochi, Russia.
Sharapova moves closer to Sony title
Maria Sharapova beat Elena Vesnina, 6-4, 6-2, on a muggy, 85-degree afternoon in Key Biscayne, Fla., moving into the fourth round of the Sony Open. While she completed a career Grand Slam last year, she never has won Key Biscayne, losing the finals in 2005, 2006, 2011, and 2012. In men’s play, top-ranked Novak Djokovic, seeking his fourth Key Biscayne title and third in a row, defeated Somdev Devvarman, 6-2, 6-4. Wild card James Blake lost the day’s final match to Albert Ramos, 6-4, 2-6, 7-5. Among the seeded women to lose were No. 6 Angelique Kerber, No. 11 Nadia Petrova, and No. 14 Maria Kirilenko . . . Costa Rica asked FIFA to order a replay of Friday’s World Cup soccer qualifier the US team won, 1-0, during a snowstorm in Commerce City, Colo. The Costa Rican federation said the climatic conditions threatened the physical integrity of the players, left the markings largely not visible, and led to the constant entry onto the field of snow-clearing personnel, which it said was not permitted . . . US midfielder Jermaine Jones will miss the team’s World Cup qualifier at Mexico on Tuesday after spraining his left ankle Friday . . . In Bridgeview, Ill., Joaquin Velazquez and striker Juan Agudelo scored midway through the second half to lead Chivas USA to a 4-1 victory over the Chicago Fire in MLS.