Press box: Sports roundup

IN BRIEF

December 24, 2009

BASEBALL: Major League Baseball agreed to a five-year contract with umpires that runs through 2014. The deal is subject to ratification next month. Next up: the collective bargaining agreement with players which expires in December 2011. ... Reliever Fernando Rodney has reached a preliminary agreement with the Angels on a two-year deal worth $11 million. ... The power-hungry Braves reached a deal with 33-year-old third baseman Troy Glaus. The agreement is pending a physical planned for the first week of January. ... The A's finalized a $5.25 million, one-year contract with OF Coco Crisp while the Yankees wrapped up Nick Johnson's $5.75 million, one-year deal.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: The Texas Longhorns are the most valuable team in college sports. Forbes magazine says Texas has a team value of $119 million, easily topping Notre Dame, last year's leader, by $11 million. (The top 10 appear below left). ... Gary Patterson, who guided TCU to its best season in 70 years, was named AP Coach of the Year over Brian Kelly, the former Cincinnati coach, and Alabama's Nick Saban. ... Cincinnati Bengals assistant Bob Surace was hired to coach Princeton, his alma mater. ... New Memphis coach Larry Porter has offered Michigan assistant Jay Hopson the job as defensive coordinator. ... Oregon WR Jamere Holland is academically ineligible for the Rose Bowl. ... Jordan Wynn hit 26 of 36 passes for 339 and three touchdowns as Utah won its ninth straight postseason game, 37-27, over Cal in the Poinsetta Bowl.

WOMEN'S COLLEGE BASKETBALL: Maya Moore scored 23 points and Tina Charles added 20 to help top-ranked Connecticut (10-0) beat No. 2 Stanford (9-1) for its 49th straight win, the third-longest women's streak. UConn won 70 straight from 2001-03 and Louisiana Tech had a 54-game streak from 1980-82.

OLYMPICS: Defending moguls world champion Patrick Deneen and World Cup titlist Hannah Kearney won Olympic trials to earn spots on the U.S. freestyle team. ... Johnny Spillane has qualified for the U.S. Nordic combined Olympic team, defeating rivals Todd Lodwick and Billy Demong at the Olympic trials. ... Tulsa officials met to discuss gathering resources for a 2020 Olympic bid.

ALSO: Seven-time champion Michael Schumacher is coming out of retirement after three years away from Formula One to drive for Mercedes in 2010. ... Negotiations continue over drug testing for the planned March 13 megafight between Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. ... The Tour de Georgia has been called off for financial reasons for the second consecutive year. ... Albert Scanlon, one of Manchester United's famed "Busby Babes" and a survivor of the 1958 Munich plane crash that killed eight of his teammates, died. He was 74.

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