Source: O’s Add Jimenez To Rotation
Baltimore — A person familiar with the situation says free-agent pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez and the Baltimore Orioles have agreed to a contract, pending a physical.
The person spoke on condition of anonymity Monday night because the deal had not been completed and the club had not made an announcement.
Several media outlets reported earlier that the sides had reached an agreement, which is reportedly for about $50 million over four years.
Jimenez went 13-9 with a 3.30 ERA in 32 starts for Cleveland last season. He turned down a $14.1 million qualifying offer from the Indians, so Baltimore would have to forfeit its first-round draft pick (17th overall) to sign him.
Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette has been searching for a veteran starter for much of the offseason to help anchor the rotation. Jimenez is 82-75 with a 3.92 ERA over eight major league seasons.
Bears Sign DE Lane
Lake Forest, Ill. — The Chicago Bears have agreed to a one-year contract with defensive end Austen Lane.
The 6-foot-6 Lane appeared in two games with Detroit last season after playing for Jacksonville from 2010 to 2012. He will be reunited with defensive coordinator Mel Tucker, who was in charge of the Jaguars defense when Lane played there.
A fifth-round pick by Jacksonville, he has 64 tackles and three sacks in his career.
UConn Assistant Quits
Storrs, Conn. — The University of Connecticut says an assistant football coach who invoked Jesus as part of his job has resigned.
UConn said Monday it would not explain why Ernest Jones has left, calling it a personnel matter. His resignation is effective immediately.
Jones, who was hired as a running backs coach and director of player engagement, told The Hartford Courant in a story published last month that he and others were going to make sure UConn’s players understand that “Jesus Christ should be in the center of our huddle.”
Days later, university President Susan Herbst said in a statement that all students must feel welcome and employees at the public school cannot appear to endorse any particular religion.
No. 7 Duke 84 No. 8 Maryland 63
Durham, n.c. — Alexis Jones had 22 points, including a career-high five 3-pointers, and No. 7 Duke beat No. 8 Maryland.
Elizabeth Williams added 17 points and 11 rebounds for the Blue Devils (23-3, 10-2 ACC).
No. 2 Notre Dame 87 Georgia Tech 72
South Bend, Ind. — Jewell Loyd scored 27 points, Natalie Achonwa added 21, and Notre Dame held Georgia Tech to 31 percent shooting in the win.
After a slow start, the Irish used a 10-0 run to take a 16-10 lead. Spurts of 10-2 and 11-3 in the second half helped them put it away.
Loyd scored seven straight at the end of the first half, capped by an alley-oop layup, and then made back-to-back layups after the break to give the Irish a 16-point lead.
The Irish (25-0, 12-0 ACC) are five wins shy of their longest winning streak, set last season. The loss ended a four-game winning streak for the Yellow Jackets (17-9, 7-6), who were led by a career-high 21 points by Aaliyah Whiteside.
Notre Dame coach Muffet McGraw (739-258) tied former Virginia coach Debbie Ryan (739-324) for 10th in career victories.