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Sat., Jan. 4, 2014

Finalized First baseman James Loney finalized a $21 million, three-year contract with the Tampa Bay Rays on Friday. Loney hit a team-leading .299 with 13 homers and 75 RBIs for the Rays last season, his first with Tampa Bay.

Entered Oregon State defensive end Scott Crichton has decided to forgo his final season of eligibility and enter the NFL draft. Crichton had 46 tackles and 71/2 sacks in 2013.

• South Carolina’s Bruce Ellington has given up his final season to enter the NFL draft. Ellington played point guard for the Gamecocks basketball team and was a receiver on the football squad. He led South Carolina with 49 catches for 775 yards and eight touchdowns this season.

• Florida cornerback Marcus Roberson is leaving school early and entering the NFL draft. Roberson had 56 tackles, 17 pass breakups and three interceptions in three seasons.

• California linebacker Khairi Fortt says he will forego his senior season and enter the NFL draft. Fortt transferred from Penn State in the summer of 2012. He had 64 tackles this season.

Won Texas A&M left tackle Jake Matthews won the Bobby Bowden Award, presented for high performance on the field, in class and in the community. Matthews is also a two-time all-Southeastern Conference player.

Resigned Notre Dame women’s soccer coach Randy Waldrum has resigned to become coach of the expansion Houston Dash of the National Women’s Soccer League. Waldrum has coached the Irish for 15 seasons, where they won national titles in 2004 and 2010.

• Seattle Storm CEO Karen Bryant will leave the team at the end of the 2014 season. She was hired in 1999 to help secure a WNBA franchise for the city and has worked for the team ever since.

Staying Baylor football coach Art Briles stated he has no desire to pursue other coaching positions. His name has been linked to the opening at Texas. The Bears are coming off the best season in school history at 11-2.

Named Former U.S. national soccer team coach Bob Bradley has been named coach of Norwegian club Stabaek. Bradley was coach of Egypt’s national team, but his contract wasn’t renewed after they failed to qualify for the World Cup.

Announced The Los Angeles Sparks’ ownership group has given up control of the franchise, WNBA President Laurel Richie announced on Thursday. All front office personnel were laid off on Tuesday. Richie said that several groups have expressed interest in owning the team.


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