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Associated Press

Posted on December 13, 2013 at 4:02 AM

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas coach Mack Brown declined to say whether the Alamo Bowl will be his final game, amid intense speculation following another disappointing season that began with the Longhorns talking about becoming national championship contenders again.

Speaking to reporters for the first time since multiple published reports this week indicated that he might step down, Brown said he has yet to talk with new Texas athletic director Steve Patterson and university President Bill Powers about the job he has held since 1998.

Brown deflected several other questions about his future during a news conference in San Antonio about Texas' bowl game against Oregon on Dec. 30. In Austin, Powers reasserted his support for Brown and said they planned to speak in the coming days.

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Jameis Winston walked away with another major award, the latest national prize to put on his mantle. He might want to save a spot for the Heisman Trophy.

The Florida State star headlined a big night for the Atlantic Coast Conference, winning the Davey O'Brien Award as the country's top quarterback at the annual College Football Awards Show at Disney. Winston also won the Walter Camp player of the year award in a separate announcement.

Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron won the Maxwell Award for player of the year, and Pittsburgh defensive tackle Aaron Donald took home two big prizes: the Chuck Bednarik Award for defensive player of the year and the Outland Trophy as most outstanding interior lineman.

STORRS, Conn. (AP) — Bob Diaco made quite an impression in his first news conference at UConn.

The 40-year-old former Notre Dame defensive coordinator was introduced after signing a five-year, $8 million deal to become the school's 30th head coach.

The wildly enthusiastic New Jersey native spoke like a salesman in raving about UConn's academics (calling it a "public Ivy"), the Northeast recruiting base, and the school's facilities and current talent pool.

He talked about avoiding "energy vampires" who suck the enthusiasm out of life, and quoted everyone from St. Augustine (in Latin) to Garth Brooks in explaining how he plans to build the Huskies into a championship program.

COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) — Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin signed a six-year contract extension worth $5 million a year after the Texas A&M System Board of Regents unanimously approved the deal.

The deal, which runs through 2019, was agreed to in principle and announced on Nov. 30.

The contract has buyout clauses for both Sumlin and the school. Sumlin must pay the school $5 million if he leaves before the end of the 2016 season. The school's buyout clause runs the length of the contract.

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Boise State and new head football coach Bryan Harsin have agreed to the terms of a five-year contract worth $6.5 million.

University officials released the term sheet signed by Harsin a day after the former Broncos walk-on player and Boise native was named the successor to Chris Petersen, who left for Washington last week.

Harsin will be paid $1 million each of the first two years, with subsequent raises of $1.3 million, $1.55 million and $1.65 million in the final year. A formal contract with bonuses and incentives will be hammered out in coming weeks, athletic department officials said.

BASEBALL

SEATTLE (AP) — Robinson Cano seemed to be next in line as the player to wear pinstripes for his entire career, all set to follow the path laid before him by mentors named Jeter, Posada and Rivera.

And then the Seattle Mariners blew him away with an offer of financial and career security the New York Yankees never came close to matching.

Cano never stopped smiling as he was introduced as the Mariners' new All-Star second baseman. He had $240 million reasons to grin after signing a deal that tied for the fourth largest in baseball history.

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson was selected by the Texas Rangers from the Colorado Rockies in the Triple-A portion of baseball's winter meeting draft.

Wilson, who played minor league baseball for parts of two seasons before becoming an NFL star, will be placed on Texas' restricted list.

Wilson was drafted as a second baseman by the Rockies in the fourth round of the 2010 amateur draft out of North Carolina State, where he excelled at both baseball and football. In two seasons at the Class A level he hit .229 with five homers and 26 RBIs.

In 2011, he left the Rockies for football at the University of Wisconsin, and was taken in the third round of the 2012 NFL draft. He led Seattle to the playoffs in his rookie year and the Seahawks are 11-2 this season.

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Michael Morse and the San Francisco Giants reached agreement on a one-year, $6 million contract, and he is expected to be the team's starting left fielder.

The deal is pending a physical, assistant general manager Bobby Evans said.

PRO FOOTBALL

LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — Quarterback Jay Cutler is set to return to the Chicago Bears' lineup.

Coach Marc Trestman said Cutler will start Sunday at Cleveland after missing the previous four games with a high left ankle sprain.

Josh McCown, who played well in his absence, goes back to a reserve role.

Cutler went through a full practice after working out with the receivers following a walkthrough and got the green light to start this week.

ASHBURN, Va. (AP) — Washington Redskins offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan said he wasn't consulted on his father's decision to bench Robert Griffin III and finds it's "a little disappointing" that the franchise quarterback won't be playing for the rest of the season.

Shanahan said he made out two game plans for this week at Atlanta while waiting for coach Mike Shanahan to announce that Kirk Cousins will start the final three weeks.

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