Around the Nation (Feb. 11): Hazell hires new tight ends coach from Marshall

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FOOTBALL

Hazell names new tight ends coach

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- Purdue has hired Marshall assistant Gerad Parker as its new tight ends coach.

New head coach Darrell Hazell made the announcement Monday.

Parker spent the last two seasons as the receivers coach at Marshall. He is the eighth member to join the Boilermakers staff since Hazell was hired in December.

Parker also spent three seasons at Tennessee-Martin where he coached receivers and running backs and was the passing game coordinator and recruiting coordinator. He started his coaching career as a graduate assistant at Kentucky, where he played.

BASKETBALL

Warriors unveil 'first modern short-sleeve jersey'

OAKLAND, Calif. -- The Golden State Warriors have unveiled plans to wear the NBA's "first modern short-sleeve jersey" for three of their remaining home games this season.

The Warriors announced Monday that they will debut the alternate uniforms at home against the San Antonio Spurs on Feb. 22. The team will also wear the jerseys for home games against Houston on March 8 and Chicago on March 15.

Adidas, the uniform-provider of the NBA, says the jerseys feature "the first-ever super lightweight stretch woven short with maximum ventilation for player comfort. The jersey includes armhole insets with 360-degree stretch fabric that facilitates free range of motion for the arms and shoulders."

Adidas hopes to unveil similar short-sleeve jerseys for other NBA teams next season.

UConn center arrested, suspended from team

STORRS, Conn. -- Connecticut center Enosch Wolf has been suspended from the team following his arrest by campus police.

The school says the 7-foot-1 junior was arrested early Monday following an "on-campus incident," but did not give further details.

A message seeking comment was left with the university's police department.

Coach Kevin Ollie says Wolf will be under suspension indefinitely, "until the legal and university process is finalized."

He has averaged 3.4 points and 3.4 rebounds in 22 games, starting three of them.

BASEBALL

Choo, Cincinnati agree on new $7.3M contract

CINCINNATI -- Outfielder Shin-Soo Choo and the Reds have agreed on a one-year contract for $7,375,000, leaving two Cincinnati players in salary arbitration.

Choo made $4.9 million last season with Cleveland, which traded him to the Reds as part of a three-team deal in December. The Reds plan to start him in center field in place of Drew Stubbs -- who went to the Indians -- and bat him leadoff.

He had asked for $8 million in arbitration, and the Reds had offered $6.75 million. Choo filed for the highest figure among the six Reds in arbitration.

Adament Henry denies intentions to sell Red Sox

FT. MYERS, Fla. -- Red Sox principal owner John Henry reiterated his intentions Monday that he has no plans on selling the franchise.

Meeting with the media at JetBlue Park a day before Boston's pitchers and catchers report for spring training, Henry spoke on several matters, but was adamant about keeping the rebuilding Red Sox, despite reports to the contrary.

"You just don't get an opportunity to own something like the Boston Red Sox. As long as we can do it, the three of us are committed to being here," Henry told reporters, while acknowledging team president Larry Lucchino and chairman Tom Werner. "These thoughts that we're somehow selling, those are just not true."

Hairston, Cubs finalize $5M, two-year contract

MESA, Ariz. -- Outfielder Scott Hairston and the Chicago Cubs have finalized a two-year contract.

The 32-year-old Hairston hit .263 with a career-high 20 homers, 57 RBI and 25 doubles last year in his second season with the New York Mets.

He also has played for Arizona (2004-07), San Diego (2007-09, 2010) and Oakland (2009) during a nine-year big league career. Hairston has a .247 career average with 95 homers and 279 RBI.

Outfielder Tony Campana, the grandson of former Kent Roosevelt High School athletic director and Hall of Fame football coach Tom Campana, was designated for assignment to clear a roster spot. Chicago has 10 days to trade him, assign him outright to the minor leagues or release him.

Source: Okajima, A's reach minors deal

PHOENIX -- Free agent left-hander Hideki Okajima has agreed to a minor league contract with the Oakland Athletics, a person with knowledge of the negotiations said Monday.

The deal is pending a physical, which could take place as soon as Tuesday. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the team had not announced the agreement.

Okajima spent th e 2007-11 seasons with the Boston Red Sox, then signed a minor league deal with the New York Yankees and was released at the start of spring training when he failed a physical.

The 37-year-old was 1-0 with a 4.32 ERA in 81⁄3 innings over seven relief appearances for Boston in 2011 and 8-1 with a 2.29 ERA in 34 relief appearances with Triple-A Pawtucket. An All-Star as a rookie in 2007, he is 17-8 with a 3.11 ERA and six saves in five major league seasons.

Houghton, 100, one of first female MLB scouts, dies

PHILADELPHIA -- Edith Houghton, one of the first female scouts in Major League Baseball, has died at the age of 100.

After a playing career that included a stint with the Philadelphia Bobbies, Houghton worked for the Philadelphia Phillies from 1946-52, and also had a decorated career in the military. She retired and moved to Sarasota, Fla., in 1964. Houghton died on Feb. 2, in Sarasota, just eight days before her 101st birthday, a representative from Baron Rowland Funeral Home in Abington, Pa., confirmed.

There are several remembrances of Houghton at the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y. In an exhibit labeled "Diamond Dreams," Houghton's Bobbies cap and her jersey from a Japanese baseball tour are on display. She donated the items to the Hall.

COLLEGE

Nike co-founder Knight blasts Freeh report

BEAVERTON, Ore. -- Nike co-founder Phil Knight has issued a statement blasting the Freeh report's characterization of Penn State coach Joe Paterno in the child sex abuse scandal involving assistant coach Jerry Sandusky.

Following the release last year of former FBI director Louis Freeh's report, Knight issued a statement saying he was saddened that Paterno apparently made missteps that led to "heartbreaking consequences."

But Knight now says that he may have jumped to conclusions, after a new report by former U.S. Attorney General and Pennsylvania Gov. Dick Thornburgh that was commissioned by the Paterno family.

In a statement released Monday, Knight called the findings of the Freeh report unjustified and unsubstantiated. He also criticized the NCAA's subsequent sanctions on Penn State's football program as unwarranted.

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