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Thursday's Sports In Brief

Friday - 2/22/2013, 4:20am  ET

The Associated Press

OLYMPICS

PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) -- South African police appointed a new chief investigator in the Oscar Pistorius murder case, replacing a veteran detective after unsettling revelations that the officer was charged with seven counts of attempted murder.

The sensational twist in the state's troubled investigation fueled growing public fascination with the case against the double-amputee Olympian, who is charged with premeditated murder in the Valentine's Day slaying of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp.

The decision to put police Lt. Gen. Vinesh Moonoo in charge came soon after word emerged that the initial chief investigator, Hilton Botha, is facing attempted murder charges, and a day after he offered testimony damaging to the prosecution.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) -- Jerry Sandusky's attorneys have notified his trial judge that he wants a state appeals court to overturn his convictions for molesting boys.

Attorneys for the former Penn State assistant football coach filed a pair of appeal notices that indicate Sandusky wants the state Superior Court to take up his convictions on 45 counts of child sexual abuse. The notices were filed in the Centre County Courthouse in Bellefonte, the site of his three-week trial last summer.

Also, Penn State outlined in a new court filing why it thinks a defamation and whistleblower lawsuit filed by a former football assistant coach who reported Sandusky in 2001 lacks merit and should be dismissed.

BASEBALL

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (AP) -- Baseball union head Michael Weiner said reporters should refrain from jumping to conclusions about media reports linking players to a defunct Florida anti-aging clinic accused of distributing banned performance-enhancing drugs.

Weiner cautioned that MLB is still investigating Biogenesis of America in Coral Gables.

After his one-hour session with the Mets, Weiner also discussed the agreement with management last month to extend blood testing for human growth hormone into the regular season. HGH testing began last year but was limited to spring training.

Now the World Anti-Doping Agency laboratory in Laval, Quebec, will keep records of each player, including his baseline ratio of testosterone to epitestosterone.

NFL

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- NFL senior vice president Adolpho Birch said the league and players association need to reach agreement soon on HGH testing.

The NFL and the union agreed in principle to HGH testing when a new 10-year labor agreement was finalized in August 2011. But protocols must be approved by both sides and the players have questioned the science in the testing procedures, delaying implementation.

In 2011, the NFL became the first professional league to agree with its players on HGH testing. But while the sides debated the scientific validity of the test, the union still is not satisfied with the process. Meanwhile, Major League Baseball will test for HGH throughout the upcoming regular season. Last year, players were subject to blood testing for HGH during spring training.

NBA

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- Former North Carolina State men's basketball coach Sidney Lowe has apologized to family and friends after being arrested on tax charges and says he's working to resolve the issue.

The state Department of Revenue says Lowe didn't file returns in 2009, 2010 and 2011. Those were the last three years he coached the Wolfpack. He was arrested Monday and released on a $10,000 unsecured bond on the misdemeanor charges.

Lowe is now an assistant with the NBA's Utah Jazz.

In a statement from his Raleigh-based attorney E. Lee Turner, Jr., Lowe apologized to his family and friends in North Carolina for the news, adding that he takes the charges very seriously.

Lowe also said he will continue to cooperate with everyone involved in the legal process.

NASCAR

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) -- Kevin Harvick is now 2 for 2 at Speedweeks after winning the first Daytona 500 qualifying race.

Harvick held off Greg Biffle over a four-lap sprint to win the first 150-mile Budweiser Duel. Harvick and Biffle also went 1-2 in last Saturday night's exhibition race.

The starting field for Sunday's season-opening Daytona 500 is set by the results from the pair of 60-lap qualifiers.

Danica Patrick started on the pole for the first race and simply needed to keep her car intact to hang on to her front row starting spot in the Daytona 500. She raced a little at the start of the duel, then faded back in the field and wound up 17th out of 23 cars.

BOXING

DETROIT (AP) -- It's Showtime in more ways than one for Floyd Mayweather Jr., who said he is excited about both a weekend fight he's promoting as well as his lucrative new deal with the CBS-owned network.

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