Penn State linebackers Gerald Hodges and Michael Mauti signed contracts with Minnesota, the Vikings said Tuesday.

Hodges, a Paulsboro graduate who will play one of the outside spots, was taken in the fourth round. Mauti, who plays in the middle, was a seventh-round pick.

Chuck Muncie, 60, a Pro Bowl running back with both the New Orleans Saints and San Diego Chargers, died of heart failure Monday at his Los Angeles-area home.

Muncie played 41/2 seasons in New Orleans before being traded in 1980 to San Diego, where he finished his nine-year NFL career.

In 1979, he became the first Saint to rush for 1,000 yards, finishing with 1,198 and 11 touchdowns, and his 1,506 total yards from scrimmage earned him the first of three Pro Bowl selections.

The 6-foot-3 Muncie, who played at 227 pounds, and fellow Saints running back Tony Galbreath formed what then-coach Hank Stram dubbed "Thunder and Lightning."

COLLEGES: Rutgers reinstated men's lacrosse coach Brian Brecht after suspending him with pay on April 19 following allegations of verbal abuse.

The coach used inappropriate language and exhibited unprofessional behavior, but the instances were infrequent and not directed at individual players, the university said, so it found no criminal or school policy violations.

"I regret my behavior and am determined to set a better example," Brecht said.

Top basketball prospect Andrew Wiggins, a Toronto native, signed a letter of intent to play at Kansas. The 6-foot-8 Huntington Prep (W.Va.) star chose the Jayhawks over Kentucky, North Carolina, and Florida State.

D'Von Campbell, a 6-0 point guard from Arlington, Texas, signed a letter of intent to play for Rutgers. He averaged 12.1 points and 4.0 assists at Hutchinson (Kan.) Community College this year.

The Temple men will take part in the Brooklyn Hoops Holiday Invitational, facing three-time defending Northeast Conference champion Long Island Brooklyn on Dec. 21 at the Barclays Center in New York. The tripleheader includes Michigan against Stanford and Manhattan vs. Buffalo. Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday at or 1-800-745-3000.

Gloucester County Community College (45-3), ranked No. 1 by the NJCAA, will represent Region 19 in the NJCAA Division III College World Series May 25 in Tyler, Texas.

HOCKEY: Slovakia defeated the United States, 4-1, in the world championship tournament in Helsinki. The U.S. team will meet Russia, which will be joined by the Capitals' Alex Ovechkin, in the quarterfinals Thursday.

TENNIS: Serena Williams defeated Laura Robson, 6-2, 6-2, a day after the 19-year-old Briton beat her sister, Venus, in the Italian Open in Rome.

- Staff and wire reports