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Rumored The Chicago Cubs have a tentative trade in place to obtain right-hander Matt Garza from the Tampa Bay Rays, according to two people familiar with the negotiations. The Rays would receive outfielder Sam Fuld, minor league outfielder Brandon Guyer and several other prospects for Garza, who would be sent to Chicago along with prospects, the two people said Friday.

Finalized Free-agent first baseman Adam LaRoche and the Washington Nationals finalized a two-year contract worth about $16 million. LaRoche fills a big need for the Nationals, who lost first baseman Adam Dunn to the White Sox via free agency.

Accepted A person familiar with the decision says Boise State offensive coordinator Bryan Harsin accepted an offer to become the co-offensive coordinator at Texas. Harsin replaces Greg Davis, who resigned after the Longhorns went 5-7 last season. Major Applewhite, the Longhorns’ running backs coach last season, also will be given the title of co-coordinator.

Hired Football coach Dennis Franchione has been hired as the head man at Texas State. Franchione signed a five-year deal with the Bobcats, who will join the WAC in 2012 and are making the jump to the Football Bowl Subdivision after having long played in college football’s second tier.

Sentenced Former Michigan basketball star Rumeal Robinson has been sentenced to 6 1/2 years in jail for financial fraud. A Des Moines, Iowa, jury found Robinson guilty in September of 11 charges, including bank bribery, wire fraud, conspiracy to commit bank fraud and making a false statement to a financial institution.

Died Nigerian soccer player Uche Okafor, a defender on two Nigerian World Cup teams and a stalwart player for the Kansas City Wizards in the MLS, committed suicide by hanging himself at his Dallas-area home, authorities said. He was 43.

• Former British boxing champion Gary Mason has been killed in a cycling accident in London. He was 48. Mason was hit by a van on a residential road in Wallington, south London, and died at the scene.

Returning Veteran winger Jamie Langenbrunner is returning to Dallas after the last-place New Jersey Devils traded their captain to the Pacific Division- leading Stars. New Jersey gets a conditional third- round 2011 NHL draft pick. That could become a second- round pick if the Stars win a first-round playoff series or they re-sign Langenbrunner.

Honored Akron’s Darlington Nagbe won the Hermann Trophy as the top men’s college soccer player, and Stanford’s Christen Press took the women’s award.


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