Barmes signs extension with Bucs
PITTSBURGH — The Pirates signed infielder Clint Barmes to a one-year deal Friday.
Barmes hit .211 with five homers and 23 RBIs in 108 games for Pittsburgh last season. The 34-year-old veteran is a career .246 hitter over 11 seasons in the majors.
To make room on the roster, the Pirates designated right-hander Ryan Reid and outfielder Jerry Sands for assignment.
Brown continues to mull decision
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The Mack Brown saga at Texas continues — even without Nick Saban in the picture any more.
In a short, energetic speech at his team’s annual banquet, Brown acknowledged the “distractions” his team faced over rumors and reports that he would be resign or be fired after 16 seasons, but ended only with a plea for his team to “beat Oregon” in the Alamo Bowl.
Brown did not directly address the speculation swirling around his job, but news of Alabama’s new contract with Nick Saban, a coach some Texas officials hoped to lure to the Longhorns, rippled through the banquet minutes before Brown gave his speech.
Brown gave no indication he plans to step down. It was reported earlier in the week Brown would step down by Friday.
For his part, it appears Saban will be spending the rest of his career at Alabama, which announced Friday night that Saban has reached “a long-term agreement” to remain with the Crimson Tide.
Golson returns to Notre Dame
SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Quarterback Everett Golson was readmitted to Notre Dame after being suspended for the fall semester for what he termed “poor judgment on a test” after helping the Fighting Irish get to the national championship game a season ago.
Coach Brian Kelly previously had said he hoped Golson could practice with the Irish during bowl preparation, but last week said there wasn’t enough time because Golson isn’t eligible until Dec. 21 and the team leaves for the Pinstripe Bowl in New York City on Dec. 23. Golson has two years of eligibility left.
• ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — Aaron Murray said his recovery from knee surgery is going “extremely well” and he expects to participate in Georgia’s pro day in April so he can show NFL teams he is “on the right track.” Murray captured most of the Southeastern Conference’s major passing records in four years as Georgia’s quarterback before he tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee against Kentucky on Nov. 23 and had surgery three days later.
Rodgers to miss sixth straight game
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — The Green Bay Packers ruled out an injured quarterback Aaron Rodgers for their game at Dallas on Sunday.
Rodgers has been sidelined since he broke a collarbone against Chicago Bears on Nov. 4. Rodgers practiced on a limited basis this week and even took some reps with the first-string offense in team drills Wednesday and Thursday.
Coach Mike McCarthy said after practice that the decision to hold Rodgers out for a sixth straight game was made in the best interest of the team’s franchise quarterback. McCarthy added that Rodgers was disappointed by the decision to hold him out.
• EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) — Adrian Peterson returned to practice for the Minnesota Vikings, but his status for Sunday’s game against the Philadelphia Eagles is questionable because of a sprained right foot. His backup, Toby Gerhart, also is questionable with a hamstring injury.
• DENVER (AP) — Investigators say the stabbing of at least three people in a parking lot at the Denver Broncos’ stadium after Thursday night’s 27-20 loss to San Diego stemmed from a fight over a near fender-bender.
Police spokesman Steve Warneke said officers were called to a “very chaotic” scene just before 10 p.m. and found three people with non-life-threatening stab wounds. A fourth may have been stabbed, but that person left the area by the time officers arrived.
Justin Lee Manzanares, 29, is being held for investigation of assault charges, Warneke said. Two others were taken into custody but were released pending further investigation.
St. Pierre vacates title, walks away
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — UFC welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre vacated his title, citing a desire for a lengthy break from mixed martial arts.
St. Pierre believes he’ll eventually return to the sport, but doesn’t want to block other fighters’ advancement in the welterweight division while he takes a break from the relentless pressure of training and sorts out unspecified personal problems.
The Canadian star has been the UFC’s 170-pound champion for nearly six years, winning 12 straight fights with nine consecutive title defenses.
Klinsmann given extension
UNDATED (AP) — U.S. Soccer heard the rumors and decided not to take any chances of losing Jurgen Klinsmann to another country or club.
USSF President Sunil Gulati said the federation broke with tradition by giving the national team coach a four-year extension before the World Cup in Brazil next year.
There already was talk linking Klinsmann to Switzerland and England’s Tottenham Hotspur.
• CHESTER (AP) — Patrick Hodan led Notre Dame to its first NCAA men’s soccer final, scoring twice in the Fighting Irish’s 2-0 semifinal victory over New Mexico. Notre Dame (16-1-6) will face Maryland in the title game Sunday.
Maryland beat Virginia 2-1 in the second semifinal. Patrick Mullins scored his 17th and 18th goals of the season to lead the Terrapins (17-3-5), who will vie for their third national championship in the past nine years when they face Notre Dame in the title game Sunday.
Mullins, who leads Division I in scoring this season and is second in Maryland history with 46 goals. scored in the 11th and the 76th minutes.