The San Diego Padres reacquired infielder Homer Bush, agreeing to a minor league deal with an invitation to spring training. The Padres picked Bush in the seventh round of the June 1991 draft. He was at Triple-A when he was sent to the New York Yankees as part of the Hideki Irabu deal in 1997.
Cuban pitcher Jose Contreras asked the commissioner's office to declare him a free agent, saying he had established residency in Mexico.
Penn State's Larry Johnson ran away with the Maxwell and Doak Walker awards during the college football awards show. The senior tailback won the Maxwell as the nation's best all-around player and the Doak Walker as the nation's top running back.
Alabama's coaching search is in a holding pattern, with New Orleans Saints assistant coach Mike Riley reportedly mulling an offer to return to his alma mater. School officials offered the job to Riley on Wednesday, according to The Tuscaloosa News and The Birmingham News.
Nebraska picked Joe Selig as its interim athletic director. Selig will take the position Monday. He replaces Bill Byrne, who accepted the same job at Texas A&M last week.
South Florida football coach Jim Leavitt ended speculation about his future, signing a five-year, $2.8 million extension. Leavitt, who launched South Florida's program in 1996, is 44-22 in six seasons. The Bulls were 9-2 this year, their second in Division I-A, and will enter Conference USA next season.
Washington Redskins defensive coordinator Marvin Lewis withdrew as a candidate for the Michigan State coaching job.
Jacob Priday of Sikeston was chosen for the Class 4 all-state defensive team as a linebacker. His name was omitted from a story in Thursday's edition.
The Southeast Missourian regrets the error.