Saints’ Payton takes ‘full responsibility’
Saints coach Sean Payton apologized Friday for the bounty scandal under which Saints players were offered payouts for big hits on opponents, saying he takes “full responsibility’’ for the system that operated for three years under his watch . . . Bears running back Marion Barber, who gained 4,780 yards rushing with 53 touchdowns in his career, and also caught 179 passes for 1,330 yards and six touchdowns, plans to retire. After six years with the Cowboys, Barber rushed for 422 yards and six touchdowns last year in Chicago . . . The Packers agreed to a two-year deal with veteran center Jeff Saturday, who started 188 regular-season games in 13 seasons with the Colts . . . The Colts lost another offensive lineman Ryan Diem to retirement. Diem started 150 games in 11 seasons in Indianapolis, mostly at right tackle . . . The Broncos signed tight ends Jacob Tamme and Joel Dreessen. Tamme had 92 career receptions for 855 yards and five touchdowns in four seasons with the Colts, while Dreessen had 110 catches for 1,364 yards and 13 TDs in six seasons with the Jets and Texans . . . The Jets traded quarterback Drew Stanton and a 2012 seventh-round draft pick to the Colts for a 2012 sixth-round pick . . . The Saints signed linebacker Chris Chamberlain to a three-year contract. In four seasons with the Rams, he appeared in 59 games, with 112 tackles, 2 sacks, and 1 interception . . . Religious broadcaster Pat Robertson said Thursday on “The 700 Club’’ that Tim Tebow was treated “shabbily’’ by the Broncos when they traded him to the Jets after signing Peyton Manning.
Williams women set swimming records
Williams College set two meet records at the NCAA Division 3 women’s swimming championships in Indianapolis. Logan Todhunter, who has 11 career NCAA titles, swam 1 minute, 55.66 seconds in the 200 butterfly, while the 800 freestyle relay team posted a time of 7:18.15 . . . Tufts diver Johann Schmidt won the Jumbo men’s program’s first national title in 30 years, capturing the 1-meter championship with 527.35 points . . . Duquesne fired men’s basketball coach Ron Everhart after six seasons with the Dukes. The former Northeastern coach went 99-89 at Duquesne . . . Sophomore center Carson Desrosiers, a two-time Globe All-Scholastic out of Central Catholic High School, and freshman guard Anthony Fields will transfer from Wake Forest, leaving the Demon Deacons with only four scholarship players . . . The NCAA granted Minnesota forward Trevor Mbakwe a sixth season of eligibility . . . The US Postal Inspection Service is investigating whether The Second Mile, a children’s charity founded by former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky, solicited donations by mail.
Chicago’s Keith suspended five games
Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith was suspended for five games without pay by the NHL for elbowing Canucks left wing Daniel Sedin in the head on Wednesday. Vancouver declined to update Sedin’s condition after he missed the Canucks’ win Thursday night in Dallas because of a suspected concussion . . . Venus Williams defeated reigning Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova, 6-4, 4-6, 6-0, in the second round of the Sony Ericsson Open in Key Biscayne, Fla. Top-ranked Victoria Azarenka beat Michaella Krajicek, 6-3, 7-5, while wild-card Garbine Muguruza Blanco upset No. 9 Vera Zvonareva, 6-4, 6-3. On the men’s side, No. 2 Rafael Nadal defeated Santiago Giraldo, 6-2, 6-0, John Isner overcame a slow start to beat Nikolay Davydenko, 2-6, 6-3, 6-4, and Andy Murray knocked off Alejandro Falla, 6-2, 6-3 . . . Jimmie Johnson insists his car was perfectly legal at the Daytona 500, and believes NASCAR’s chief appellate officer John Middlebrook proved it by rescinding most of the penalties levied against crew chief Chad Knaus, but NASCAR president Mike Helton reached the opposite conclusion, citing Knaus’s $100,000 fine that was left intact as evidence . . . In MLS action, David Estrada scored his fourth goal in two games and Brad Evans converted on a penalty kick to give Seattle a 2-0 win over Houston . . . The New York State Racing and Wagering Board said four industry experts will review the deaths of 20 horses at Aqueduct’s thoroughbred race track over the past four months.