COLLEGE FOOTBALLRalph Friedgen, the Atlantic Coast Conference coach of the year, was fired by Maryland yesterday, effective after the Military Bowl Dec. 29. Friedgen received $2 million to cover the final year of his contract in 2011. Athletic director Kevin Anderson is forming a search committee to find Friedgen’s replacement, and acknowledged that former Texas Tech coach Mike Leach is on his preliminary list. “Right now there is no leading candidate,’’ he said, adding that no one had been contacted. But Anderson intends to have the position filled by Jan. 4. During his 10 years at his alma mater, Friedgen went 74-50. After the Terrapins slipped to 2-10 last year, Friedgen, 63, guided the team to an 8-4 record and earned his seventh postseason appearance . . . Kent State hired Ohio State assistant Darrell Hazell as head coach. He replaces Doug Martin, who resigned with a few weeks left in a 5-7 season and went 29-53 in seven years.
BASEBALLMarlins give Nolasco new 3-year deal Righthander Ricky Nolasco signed an extension with the Marlins, agreeing to a $26.5 million, three-year contract, a person familiar with the negotiations said. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the contract won’t become final until Nolasco passes a physical. Nolasco gets $6 million next season, $9 million in 2012, and $11.5 million in 2013. The agreement solidifies the Marlins’ rotation as they prepare to open a new stadium in 2012. Ace Josh Johnson has three years remaining on a $39 million contract he signed a year ago . . . Outfielder Rick Ankiel and the Nationals agreed on a $1.5 million, one-year contract. The deal includes $1.25 million in performance bonuses. The 30-year-old lefthanded hitter batted .232 with six homers and 24 RBIs last season with Kansas City and Atlanta . . . Righthanded free agent reliever Luis Vizcaino, 36, agreed to a minor league contract with the Yankees . . . Free agent outfielder Austin Kearns, who spent four months with the Indians last season before being traded to the Yankees, returned to Cleveland by agreeing to a $1.3 million, one-year contract . . . Pete Rose Jr., the son of career hits leader Pete Rose who is banned from baseball, will run a rookie league team of the White Sox. Rose Jr. played 21 seasons of minor league baseball with several organizations, including the White Sox. He appeared in 1,918 minor league games and had a .271 batting average.
SOCCERRevolution 2011 opener at LA Galaxy The Revolution will start the season on the road for the 15th time in 16 seasons when they visit the Los Angeles Galaxy Sunday, March 20. The Revolution, 4-8-3 in season openers, will play D.C. United March 26, the earliest date ever for their home-opener. Seattle will host the Galaxy as the MLS starts the season March 15 . . . Boston College midfielder Kristie Mewis, 20, was the youngest player invited to the US women’s team training camp Jan. 8-13 in Carson, Calif. The US, which qualified last month for the 2011 World Cup, is preparing for the Four Nations tournament in China Jan. 21-25 . . . The Galaxy say David Beckham is expected back with the team next month rather than going on loan to another club during the offseason. The 35-year-old midfielder had said he hoped to play in Europe during the winter to boost his chances of being recalled to England’s national team . . . Galaxy forward Landon Donovan was selected athlete of the year by the US Soccer Federation for the fourth time. He scored against Slovenia, Algeria, and Ghana at the World Cup. Abby Wambach collected the women’s honor — also for the fourth time.
MISCELLANYBroken foot puts Bucks’ Jennings on ice Milwaukee Bucks point guard Brandon Jennings will miss 4-6 weeks as he recovers from surgery to repair a fracture in his left foot. General manager John Hammond said the 21-year-old was examined after Saturday’s 95-86 loss to Utah. Jennings broke the long bone on the outside of his left foot that connects to the little toe. He first felt pain in a loss to San Antonio on Wednesday, but kept playing and also played 30 minutes against the Jazz . . . Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino agreed to coach the Puerto Rico national team next summer in the FIBA Tournament of the Americas with an eye toward qualifying for the 2012 Olympics. “It’s a tall order and that’s why I’m taking it,’’ the former Celtics coach said. “If they were already in [the Olympics], I wouldn’t do it. Their backs are to the wall.’’ . . . Tampa Bay Lightning goalie Mike Smith is expected to be sidelined for two weeks because of a left knee injury. Smith was injured during a morning practice . . . New York Islanders left wing Matt Martin was suspended by the NHL for two games for a blind-side check to the head of Phoenix forward Vernon Fiddler . . . Organizers of the next America’s Cup say Rhode Island is a top contender to host the sailing competition in 2013.
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