Lincoln, Neb. Nebraska’s athletic director is denying a report that coach Bo Pelini is a candidate for the University of Miami’s head coaching job.
Athletic director Tom Osborne told the Lincoln Journal Star that he has not given Pelini permission to speak to Miami about the job, and Pelini says he didn’t seek permission to interview for another job. Pelini wouldn’t otherwise comment publicly on the report.
Rangers make offer to Lee
Arlington, Texas — Texas Rangers owner Chuck Greenberg traveled to Arkansas on Thursday and presented Cliff Lee with an offer in an attempt to persuade the prized pitcher to remain with the team he helped reach the World Series.
Greenberg, Rangers assistant general manager Thad Levine and co-chairman Ray Davis, a pipeline billionaire, met with Lee, the pitcher’s wife and agent Darek Braunecker at the agent’s office.
Winter meetings wrap up
The winter meetings wrapped up Thursday after a brisk session full of trades and signings. The Baltimore Orioles made one more deal before leaving the Disney resort, getting shortstop J.J. Hardy from Minnesota.
Typically, several trades follow in the days after teams return home. Kansas City will certainly get pitches for former Cy Young winner Zack Greinke, and the New York Mets have been listening to offers for outfielder Carlos Beltran.
Ex-49er Stubblefield jailed
San Francisco — A federal judge has sentenced former San Francisco 49ers star Dana Stubblefield to 90 days in jail for stealing his former girlfriend’s mail.
The 40-year-old Stubblefield, a defensive lineman for the 49ers, Washington Redskins and Oakland Raiders from 1993 to 2003 and for Kansas University, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Susan Illston on Thursday.
Earlier this year, Stubblefield admitted submitting a change of address form so his former girlfriend’s mail, including her unemployment checks, would be delivered to his residence.
Negotiator: 18-game season key
New York — The head of the NFL’s negotiating team says it will be much easier to reach a new labor agreement with the players’ union if the accord includes an 18-game regular season.
“It’s something that both sides recognize the value of, and so both sides will work hard to incorporate it into the new agreement,” NFL executive vice president of labor and chief counsel Jeff Pash said Thursday in an interview with The Associated Press.