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Promoted Utah State has promoted offensive coordinator Matt Wells to replace Gary Andersen as head football coach, the university announced Thursday. Anderson took the Wisconsin job, replacing Bret Bielema after Bielema left to take the same job at Arkansas.

Finalized The Phillies and reliever Mike Adams have finalized a $12 million, two-year contract. The 34-year-old right-hander’s deal includes a club option for 2015 that would become guaranteed at $6 million if he has 65 games pitched in 2014.

• Pitcher John Lannan and the Philadelphia Phillies have finalized a $2.5 million, one-year contract. The lefty’s deal includes performance incentives of $200,000 each for 150, 160, 170, 180 and 190 innings, $250,000 each for 200 and 210 innings and $250,000 for 31-34 starts.

• Right-hander Mike Pelfrey and the Minnesota Twins finalized a $4 million, one-year contract that includes $1.5 million in performance bonuses: $100,000 for 150 innings, $150,000 for 160 innings, $250,000 each for 170, 180 and 190 innings and $500,000 for 200 innings.

Waived The Minnesota Timberwolves have waived forward Josh Howard after an MRI revealed a torn ACL in his right knee. Howard was injured Friday at New Orleans. The team initially hoped he would be able to return this season, just a year after the 32-year- old had fully recovered from the same injury to his left knee.

Decided Alabama linebacker C.J. Mosley is returning for his senior season instead of entering the NFL draft. The consensus All-American was a finalist for the Butkus Award, given to the nation’s top linebacker. Mosley easily leads the nation’s top-rated defense with 99 tackles.

Agreed Third baseman Placido Polanco agreed to a $2.75 million, one-year contract with the Miami Marlins. The 37-year-old can earn an additional $125,000 each for playing in 100 and 120 games.

Re-elected U.S. Olympic Committee chairman Larry Probst has been elected to a second term. Probst, also the chairman at Electronic Arts, took over for Peter Ueberroth in 2008 during a period of turmoil for the USOC.

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