LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — The winter meetings got busy with a three-team trade that sent slugger Mark Trumbo to Arizona, and Oakland dealt pitcher Brett Anderson to Colorado.
Halfway through the four-day swap session, the 15-foot-wide dais at the Dolphin Hotel near Walt Disney World has been used for three announcements involving player transactions — triple the total of last year's inert meetings in Nashville, Tenn.
In the big deal of the day, the Chicago White Sox acquired outfielder Adam Eaton from Arizona for left-hander Hector Santiago, and the Diamondbacks then sent Santiago and left-hander Tyler Skaggs to the Angels for Trumbo. Arizona also will receive a player to be named or cash from each of the other teams.
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas Athletic Director Steve Patterson says no decision has been made about the future of Longhorns coach Mack Brown.
Texas released a statement by Patterson several hours after Orangebloods.com reported, citing two unidentified sources, that Brown will announce he is stepping down by week's end.
"We continue to discuss the future of Texas Football," Patterson said. "Mack Brown has not resigned. And, no decisions have been made."
Joe Jamail, Brown's longtime friend and attorney, told The Associated Press: "Mack Brown has not resigned." He says Brown's future with Texas is still up to the coach.
NEW YORK (AP) — Tommie Frazier waited a couple years longer than many Nebraska fans felt was appropriate to get into the College Football Hall of Fame.
Being snubbed didn't bother Touchdown Tommie. He's just glad the call finally came and that so many appreciated his play.
Frazier was one of 12 former players who were inducted by the National Football Foundation in the College Hall of Fame in New York.
Also among the inductees were Heisman Trophy winners Vinny Testaverde, Danny Wuerffel and Ron Dayne and former coaches Wayne Hardin of Temple and Navy and Bill McCartney of Colorado.
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) — Dave Clawson seems like a natural fit for Wake Forest.
Clawson is known as a program-builder — and after five straight losing seasons, the Demon Deacons sure could use a few tweaks.
Clawson called it "truly a dream come true" to be introduced as Wake Forest's coach.
His hiring caps a weeklong search for Jim Grobe's replacement. Grobe stepped down Dec. 2 after a 13-year stay that included the best three-year run in school history.
Clawson called Wake Forest "a special place" and says when the job came open last week, he hoped to be considered for it.
OXFORD, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi football coach Hugh Freeze has a new contract that includes a one-year extension through 2017 and a raise to $3 million per season.
Freeze's four-year contract is the longest allowed by Mississippi state law. His base salary was $2 million this season.
Ole Miss has a 7-5 record and accepted an invitation to the Music City Bowl in Nashville, Tenn., where it will play Georgia Tech on Dec. 30.
Freeze's new contract includes an automatic $150,000 raise for each upcoming season. Also, the salary pool for the Ole Miss football staff will increase by $400,000.
SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — Ryan Seymour was standing on the visitor's side of Candlestick Park on Sunday.
Two days later, he found himself sharing a locker room with the opponent.
The San Francisco 49ers announced they signed Seymour from the rival Seattle Seahawks' practice squad to a three-year contract as insurance at the left guard position.
Starter Mike Iupati has missed the past three games with a sprained left knee and left tackle Joe Staley returned for Sunday's win against the Seahawks a week after spraining his right knee.
NEW YORK (AP) — Evan Lysacek woke up every morning praying this would be the day the excruciating pain in his left hip — "like you're being electrocuted" — would subside. And every day when he stepped on the ice, the searing throb of pain reminded him that passion alone can't fuel a dream.
The reigning Olympic figure skating champion announced Tuesday that a torn labrum in his left hip will keep him from competing in Sochi. After two months of aggressive treatment, doctors told Lysacek last week the injury was not going to improve and he was risking permanent damage if he kept training.
Lysacek said he will have to take time off the ice for the injury to completely heal, and surgery remains a possibility.
LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — IOC President Thomas Bach said Russia will set up public protest zones in Sochi during the Winter Olympics, a move unlikely to defuse criticism of the country's human rights record and a recent law banning gay "propaganda."
With the opening ceremony less than two months away, Bach said Sochi organizers notified him of the decision during their report to the International Olympic Committee executive board.
Bach, chairing his first board meeting since being elected president in September, said the Russians would establish specially designated zones for "people who want to express their opinion or want to demonstrate for or against something."
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Former professional basketball player Jason Collins and tennis great Martina Navratilova urged world sports bodies like the International Olympic Committee and FIFA to take gay rights into consideration when awarding major sporting events.
The two openly gay athletes spoke at a special United Nations event celebrating International Human Rights Day.
They focused in part on the upcoming Winter Olympics in Russia, which passed a law this summer banning homosexual "propaganda." The law has drawn international condemnation and sparked calls for a boycott, though no nations have threatened to pull their athletes.
LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — Indian athletes have been cleared to compete in the Winter Games in Sochi after the country complied with the IOC's ethics rules and avoided becoming the first country expelled from the Olympics in more than 40 years.
Still to be determined is whether the few Indian athletes who have qualified for Sochi compete for their country or under the Olympic flag.
The International Olympic Committee gave a reprieve to India's suspended national Olympic body after a long impasse that had threatened to lead to the expulsion of the world's second-most populous nation.
The move came two days after the Indian Olympic Association amended its constitution to bar any officials charged with a crime from running for election, as demanded by the IOC.