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  • Wisconsin Athletic Director Barry Alvarez speaks at a news conference Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012, in Madison, Wis. Alvarez announced that he will coach the team in this year's Rose Bowl, replacing former football coach Bret Bielema who took a job as head coach at Arkansas. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

    Wisconsin Athletic Director Barry Alvarez speaks at a news conference Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012, in Madison, Wis. Alvarez announced that he will coach the team in this year's Rose Bowl, replacing former football coach Bret Bielema who took a job as head coach at Arkansas. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

  • Wisconsin athletic director Barry Alvarez speaks at a news conference Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012, in Madison, Wis. Alvarez announced that he will coach the team in this year's Rose Bowl NCAA college football game, replacing former football coach Bret Bielema who took a job as head coach at Arkansas. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

    Wisconsin athletic director Barry Alvarez speaks at a news conference Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012, in Madison, Wis. Alvarez announced that he will coach the team in this year's Rose Bowl NCAA college football game, replacing former football coach Bret Bielema who took a job as head coach at Arkansas. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

  • Wisconsin Athletic Director Barry Alvarez speaks at a news conference Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012, in Madison, Wis. Alvarez announced that he will coach the team in this year's Rose Bowl, replacing former football coach Bret Bielema who took a job as head coach at Arkansas. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

    Wisconsin Athletic Director Barry Alvarez speaks at a news conference Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012, in Madison, Wis. Alvarez announced that he will coach the team in this year's Rose Bowl, replacing former football coach Bret Bielema who took a job as head coach at Arkansas. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

  • Wisconsin athletic director Barry Alvarez speaks at a news conference Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012, in Madison, Wis. Alvarez announced that he will coach the team in this year's Rose Bowl NCAA college football game, replacing former football coach Bret Bielema who took a job as head coach at Arkansas. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

    Wisconsin athletic director Barry Alvarez speaks at a news conference Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012, in Madison, Wis. Alvarez announced that he will coach the team in this year's Rose Bowl NCAA college football game, replacing former football coach Bret Bielema who took a job as head coach at Arkansas. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

  • Wisconsin athletic director Barry Alvarez speaks at a news conference Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012, in Madison, Wis. Alvarez announced that he will coach the team in this year's Rose Bowl NCAA college football game, replacing former football coach Bret Bielema who took a job as head coach at Arkansas. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

    Wisconsin athletic director Barry Alvarez speaks at a news conference Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012, in Madison, Wis. Alvarez announced that he will coach the team in this year's Rose Bowl NCAA college football game, replacing former football coach Bret Bielema who took a job as head coach at Arkansas. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

  • Wisconsin Athletic Director Barry Alvarez speaks at a news conference Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012, in Madison, Wis. Alvarez announced that he will coach the team in this year's Rose Bowl, replacing former football coach Bret Bielema who took a job as head coach at Arkansas. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

    Wisconsin Athletic Director Barry Alvarez speaks at a news conference Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012, in Madison, Wis. Alvarez announced that he will coach the team in this year's Rose Bowl, replacing former football coach Bret Bielema who took a job as head coach at Arkansas. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

  • Wisconsin athletic director Barry Alvarez speaks at a news conference Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012, in Madison, Wis. Alvarez announced that he will coach the team in this year's Rose Bowl NCAA college football game, replacing former football coach Bret Bielema who took a job as head coach at Arkansas. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

    Wisconsin athletic director Barry Alvarez speaks at a news conference Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012, in Madison, Wis. Alvarez announced that he will coach the team in this year's Rose Bowl NCAA college football game, replacing former football coach Bret Bielema who took a job as head coach at Arkansas. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

  • Wisconsin Athletic Director Barry Alvarez speaks at a news conference Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012, in Madison, Wis. Alvarez announced that he will coach the team in this year's Rose Bowl, replacing former football coach Bret Bielema who took a job as head coach at Arkansas. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

    Wisconsin Athletic Director Barry Alvarez speaks at a news conference Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012, in Madison, Wis. Alvarez announced that he will coach the team in this year's Rose Bowl, replacing former football coach Bret Bielema who took a job as head coach at Arkansas. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

  • Wisconsin Athletic Director Barry Alvarez speaks at a news conference Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012, in Madison, Wis. Alvarez announced that he will coach the team in this year's Rose Bowl, replacing former football coach Bret Bielema who took a job as head coach at Arkansas. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

    Wisconsin Athletic Director Barry Alvarez speaks at a news conference Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012, in Madison, Wis. Alvarez announced that he will coach the team in this year's Rose Bowl, replacing former football coach Bret Bielema who took a job as head coach at Arkansas. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

  • Wisconsin Athletic Director Barry Alvarez speaks at a news conference Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012, in Madison, Wis. Alvarez announced that he will coach the team in this year's Rose Bowl, replacing former football coach Bret Bielema who took a job as head coach at Arkansas. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

    Wisconsin Athletic Director Barry Alvarez speaks at a news conference Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012, in Madison, Wis. Alvarez announced that he will coach the team in this year's Rose Bowl, replacing former football coach Bret Bielema who took a job as head coach at Arkansas. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

  • Wisconsin athletic director Barry Alvarez speaks at a news conference Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012, in Madison, Wis. Alvarez announced that he will coach the team in this year's Rose Bowl NCAA college football game, replacing former football coach Bret Bielema who took a job as head coach at Arkansas. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

    Wisconsin athletic director Barry Alvarez speaks at a news conference Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012, in Madison, Wis. Alvarez announced that he will coach the team in this year's Rose Bowl NCAA college football game, replacing former football coach Bret Bielema who took a job as head coach at Arkansas. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

  • Wisconsin Athletic Director Barry Alvarez speaks at a news conference Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012, in Madison, Wis. Alvarez announced that he will coach the team in this year's Rose Bowl, replacing former football coach Bret Bielema who took a job as head coach at Arkansas. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

    Wisconsin Athletic Director Barry Alvarez speaks at a news conference Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012, in Madison, Wis. Alvarez announced that he will coach the team in this year's Rose Bowl, replacing former football coach Bret Bielema who took a job as head coach at Arkansas. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

  • Wisconsin athletic director Barry Alvarez arrives at a news conference Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012, in Madison, Wis. Alvarez announced that he will coach the team in this year's Rose Bowl NCAA college football game, replacing former football coach Bret Bielema who took a job as head coach at Arkansas. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

    Wisconsin athletic director Barry Alvarez arrives at a news conference Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012, in Madison, Wis. Alvarez announced that he will coach the team in this year's Rose Bowl NCAA college football game, replacing former football coach Bret Bielema who took a job as head coach at Arkansas. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

  • Wisconsin athletic director Barry Alvarez arrives at a news conference Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012, in Madison, Wis. Alvarez announced that he will coach the team in this year's Rose Bowl NCAA college football game, replacing former football coach Bret Bielema who took a job as head coach at Arkansas. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

    Wisconsin athletic director Barry Alvarez arrives at a news conference Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012, in Madison, Wis. Alvarez announced that he will coach the team in this year's Rose Bowl NCAA college football game, replacing former football coach Bret Bielema who took a job as head coach at Arkansas. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

  • Wisconsin Athletic Director Barry Alvarez speaks at a news conference Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012, in Madison, Wis. Alvarez announced that he will coach the team in this year's Rose Bowl, replacing former football coach Bret Bielema who took a job as head coach at Arkansas. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

    Wisconsin Athletic Director Barry Alvarez speaks at a news conference Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012, in Madison, Wis. Alvarez announced that he will coach the team in this year's Rose Bowl, replacing former football coach Bret Bielema who took a job as head coach at Arkansas. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

  • Wisconsin athletic director Barry Alvarez speaks at a news conference Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012, in Madison, Wis. Alvarez announced that he will coach the team in this year's Rose Bowl NCAA college football game, replacing former football coach Bret Bielema who took a job as head coach at Arkansas. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

    Wisconsin athletic director Barry Alvarez speaks at a news conference Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012, in Madison, Wis. Alvarez announced that he will coach the team in this year's Rose Bowl NCAA college football game, replacing former football coach Bret Bielema who took a job as head coach at Arkansas. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

  • Wisconsin Athletic Director Barry Alvarez speaks at a news conference Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012, in Madison, Wis. Alvarez announced that he will coach the team in this year's Rose Bowl, replacing former football coach Bret Bielema who took a job as head coach at Arkansas. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)
  • Wisconsin athletic director Barry Alvarez speaks at a news conference Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012, in Madison, Wis. Alvarez announced that he will coach the team in this year's Rose Bowl NCAA college football game, replacing former football coach Bret Bielema who took a job as head coach at Arkansas. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)
  • Wisconsin Athletic Director Barry Alvarez speaks at a news conference Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012, in Madison, Wis. Alvarez announced that he will coach the team in this year's Rose Bowl, replacing former football coach Bret Bielema who took a job as head coach at Arkansas. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)
  • Wisconsin athletic director Barry Alvarez speaks at a news conference Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012, in Madison, Wis. Alvarez announced that he will coach the team in this year's Rose Bowl NCAA college football game, replacing former football coach Bret Bielema who took a job as head coach at Arkansas. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)
  • Wisconsin athletic director Barry Alvarez speaks at a news conference Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012, in Madison, Wis. Alvarez announced that he will coach the team in this year's Rose Bowl NCAA college football game, replacing former football coach Bret Bielema who took a job as head coach at Arkansas. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)
  • Wisconsin Athletic Director Barry Alvarez speaks at a news conference Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012, in Madison, Wis. Alvarez announced that he will coach the team in this year's Rose Bowl, replacing former football coach Bret Bielema who took a job as head coach at Arkansas. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)
  • Wisconsin athletic director Barry Alvarez speaks at a news conference Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012, in Madison, Wis. Alvarez announced that he will coach the team in this year's Rose Bowl NCAA college football game, replacing former football coach Bret Bielema who took a job as head coach at Arkansas. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)
  • Wisconsin Athletic Director Barry Alvarez speaks at a news conference Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012, in Madison, Wis. Alvarez announced that he will coach the team in this year's Rose Bowl, replacing former football coach Bret Bielema who took a job as head coach at Arkansas. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)
  • Wisconsin Athletic Director Barry Alvarez speaks at a news conference Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012, in Madison, Wis. Alvarez announced that he will coach the team in this year's Rose Bowl, replacing former football coach Bret Bielema who took a job as head coach at Arkansas. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)
  • Wisconsin Athletic Director Barry Alvarez speaks at a news conference Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012, in Madison, Wis. Alvarez announced that he will coach the team in this year's Rose Bowl, replacing former football coach Bret Bielema who took a job as head coach at Arkansas. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)
  • Wisconsin athletic director Barry Alvarez speaks at a news conference Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012, in Madison, Wis. Alvarez announced that he will coach the team in this year's Rose Bowl NCAA college football game, replacing former football coach Bret Bielema who took a job as head coach at Arkansas. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)
  • Wisconsin Athletic Director Barry Alvarez speaks at a news conference Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012, in Madison, Wis. Alvarez announced that he will coach the team in this year's Rose Bowl, replacing former football coach Bret Bielema who took a job as head coach at Arkansas. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)
  • Wisconsin athletic director Barry Alvarez arrives at a news conference Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012, in Madison, Wis. Alvarez announced that he will coach the team in this year's Rose Bowl NCAA college football game, replacing former football coach Bret Bielema who took a job as head coach at Arkansas. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)
  • Wisconsin athletic director Barry Alvarez arrives at a news conference Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012, in Madison, Wis. Alvarez announced that he will coach the team in this year's Rose Bowl NCAA college football game, replacing former football coach Bret Bielema who took a job as head coach at Arkansas. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)
  • Wisconsin Athletic Director Barry Alvarez speaks at a news conference Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012, in Madison, Wis. Alvarez announced that he will coach the team in this year's Rose Bowl, replacing former football coach Bret Bielema who took a job as head coach at Arkansas. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)
  • Wisconsin athletic director Barry Alvarez speaks at a news conference Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012, in Madison, Wis. Alvarez announced that he will coach the team in this year's Rose Bowl NCAA college football game, replacing former football coach Bret Bielema who took a job as head coach at Arkansas. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

Nashville, Tenn. — Reliever Koji Uehara reached an agreement with the Boston Red Sox yesterday, pending a physical.

The 37-year-old right-hander spent the last two seasons with Texas, and Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said Thursday that he had tried to re-sign him before Uehara decided to accept Boston’s offer.

“We would have liked to have him back,” Daniels said. “We made an offer early in the process.”

Uehara had a 1.75 ERA in 37 relief appearances this year, holding batters to a .160 average.

Earlier in the week, Texas agreed to an $8 million, two-year contract with Joakim Soria, who is coming back from elbow surgery.

Football

Roethlisberger to Start
For Steelers

Pittsburgh — Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger will start on Sunday against the San Diego Chargers.

Roethlisberger missed the last three weeks with a sprained right shoulder and dislocated rib but practiced for the second straight day on Thursday without incident. Roethlisberger said he felt “good” but declined to go into details. Offensive coordinator Todd Haley said he believes Roethlisberger can make all the necessary throws.

The Steelers (7-5) went 1-2 in Roethlisberger’s absence, including a 23-20 victory over Baltimore last week behind backup Charlie Batch. Tight end Heath Miller said he hasn’t noticed any drop off in velocity from Roethlisberger, who took “90 percent” of the snaps with the first team yesterday.

Pittsburgh is tied with Cincinnati for the AFC’s final wild card spot.

Wisconsin Turns
To Ex-Coach for Rose Bowl

Madison, Wis. — When Wisconsin linebacker Mike Taylor was a kid, he used to watch the Badgers and dream of playing for Barry Alvarez. He’s finally getting his wish.

The Badgers are going retro for the Rose Bowl, talking Alvarez — their former football coach-turned athletic director — into returning to the sidelines on New Year’s Day against Stanford after Bret Bielema bolted for Arkansas this week.

“It’s the best thing that could happen,” Taylor said yesterday after Alvarez’s return was announced.

“He’s familiar with what we do and he built this program. That’s why kids like me come here.”

But this is a one-night-only gig, Alvarez insisted. He’s already looking for a replacement for Bret Bielema, and plans to begin interviewing candidates next week.

Notre Dame’s Te’o
Wins Maxwell Award

Lake Buena Vista, Fla. — Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te’o won the Maxwell Award, given to the nation’s most outstanding player.

Te’o was presented with the award Thursday at the Home Depot College Football Awards show at Disney World. He beat out finalists and quarterbacks Johnny Manziel from Texas A&M and Collin Klein from Kansas State.

He is the first defensive player to win the award since 1980, ending a string of nine straight quarterbacks.

It’s the sixth national award that Te’o has won since the end of the regular season. The Fighting Irish senior has also has won the Bednarik Award, Butkus Award, Bronko Nagurski Trophy, Lombardi Award and Walter Camp national player of the year award.

Te’o is also a finalist for the Heisman Trophy, which will be presented tomorrow.

Golf

Australian Open

Sydney — Australia’s John Senden shot a 6-under 66 yesterday in calm morning conditions at The Lakes to take a two-stroke lead in the Australian Open.

Englishman Justin Rose was second along with Australians Kim Felton, Brendan Jones and Richard Green and New Zealand’s Gareth Paddison.

■ At Chon Buri, Thailand, South Africa’s Charl Schwartzel shot a 7-under 65 to take a one-stroke lead after the first round of the Thailand Golf Championship.

■ At Dubai, United Arab Emirates, China’s Shanshan Feng opened a four-stroke lead in the Dubai Ladies Masters, shooting a 7-under 65 in the second round.

Mixed Martial Arts

UFC Adds Women’s Bout

Seattle — Dana White has come around on having women fighting in the UFC. Ronda Rousey is the reason.

Rousey, who won a bronze medal in judo at the 2008 Olympics and is a rising mixed-martial arts star, will face Liz Carmouche in the first women’s fight in UFC history in the main event at UFC 157 on Feb. 23 in Anaheim, Calif.

White, the UFC president, announced the fight yesterday at the conclusion of the preview for UFC’s fight card tommorow night in Seattle, headlined by Benson Henderson defending his lightweight championship against Nate Diaz.

“I’ve seen a lot of tough girls, but I haven’t seen a girl with the whole package until this one,” White said.

Rousey signed with the UFC in November after winning the bantamweight championship with Strikeforce. As part of yesterday’s announcement, White presented her with a title belt as the UFC women’s 135-pound class champion.

The fight against Carmouche will be Rousey’s first with UFC. Many MMA fans hoped the initial women’s bout would feature Rousey against Christine “Cyborg” Santos, who was the top female fighter in MMA before a failed drug test.