The man O'Brien replaced last January, the late Joe Paterno, was the first Bryant Award winner in 1986.
GOLF: With top-ranked Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods struggling, fifth-ranked Justin Rose and unheralded Jamie Donaldson had 5-under 67s for a 1-shot lead after the opening round of the Abu Dhabi Golf Championship.
McIlroy carded a 75 and risks missing the cut. Woods shot an even-par 72. Denmark's Thorbjorn Olesen and Spain's Pablo Larrazabal finished 1 stroke behind the leaders.
McIlroy repeatedly missed fairways, including a shot on his 12th that hit a tree and ended up in a parking lot, leading to one of his two double bogeys.
Woods, who was paired with McIlroy, finished a roller-coaster round at par after "grinding it out." The 14-time major winner had four birdies and four bogeys and ended his round by three-putting his 18th for a bogey.
In La Quinta, Calif., Phil Mickelson opened his season with an erratic even-par 72 in the Humana Challenge. He had three birdies, a bogey and double bogey at La Quinta Country Club, leaving him 9 strokes behind the fist-round leaders.
Jason Kokrak, Roberto Castro, and James Hahn topped the leaderboard at 9-under 63. Russell Henley, the Sony Open winner Sunday in Hawaii in his first start as a PGA Tour member, had a 64.
NHL: The New York Rangers moved to buy out the final two seasons of their contract with defenseman Wade Redden. The 35-year-old whom the Rangers signed to a six-year, $39 million deal in 2008, has been in the minors since the 2010-11 season. Redden was placed on waivers Wednesday.
- From wire reports