FOOTBALL: The College Football Playoff is expanding its program to help pay travel expenses for players’ parents to include the semifinals. The CFP provided up to $2,500 in assistance per player for last year’s title game.


NECBL: Joe DeLuca’s RBI single in the bottom of the 11th inning lifted the third-seeded SteepleCats to a 2-1 win over the second-seeded Sanford Mainers at North Adams, Massachusetts, evening their best-of-three semifinal series.


NBA: Jazz point guard Dante Exum, the No. 5 draft pick in 2014, injured his left knee playing for the Australian national team and will return to Salt Lake for evaluation.

Sources say the Knicks agreed with big man Kevin Seraphin on a one-year deal for $2.8 million.

 Boban Marjanovic, signed by the Spurs last month, will not play for Serbia in the EuroBasket tournament because of a left ankle injury.


NHL: The Canucks signed recently acquired center Brandon Sutter to a five-year deal worth nearly $22 million.


CITI OPEN: Sam Stosur recorded her 500th career victory, reaching the second round at Washington by beating Kristina Mladenovic, 6-2, 6-2.

– From staff and news services