- - Tuesday, November 29, 2011

SOCCER

United acquire Russell from Real Salt Lake for draft pick

D.C. United bolstered their beleaguered defensive corps Tuesday, acquiring veteran right back Robbie Russell from Real Salt Lake for a third-round pick in the 2013 SuperDraft.

Russell, 32, started 78 games in four seasons with Salt Lake after plying his trade in Norway and Denmark. In 2009, the Duke product converted the clinching penalty kick that gave Salt Lake its only MLS Cup with an upset win over the Los Angeles Galaxy.

Russell figures to step into the staring lineup for a United side that ranked 15th out of 18 MLS clubs with 52 goals conceded last season.

Various injuries limited first-choice right back Jed Zayner to four games in 2011. While Rookie of the Year finalist Perry Kitchen filled in admirably at the position for most of the year, the 19-year-old has said he prefers to play in holding midfield.

• United on Tuesday declined the 2012 option on nine players: goalkeeper Steve Cronin, defenders Marc Burch, Jed Zayner and Devon McTavish, midfielders Clyde Simms, Santino Quaranta, Kurt Morsink and Brandon Barklage, and forward Joseph Ngwenya. The players will be available in the re-entry draft.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

UVa.’s London named ACC’s coach of the year

GREENSBORO, N.C. — Virginia’s Mike London is the ACC coach of the year, and Clemson receiver Sammy Watkins was named the conference’s offensive and overall rookie of the year. Wake Forest cornerback Merrill Noel was named defensive rookie of the year.

London had 31 votes to win the top coaching award, with Virginia Tech’s Frank Beamer receiving 12 votes and Clemson’s Dabo Swinney receiving two.

London became the ninth Virginia coach to win the award - the most among ACC schools - and first since Al Groh did it in 2007.

Watkins set league records for freshmen with 72 receptions, 1,073 yards receiving and 10 touchdowns.

BASEBALL

Red Sox set to name Valentine as manager

A person familiar with the decision says the Boston Red Sox have picked Bobby Valentine to be their next manager and were working to complete a contract.

A team spokesman said the club had no comment. Valentine was in Japan this week, where he managed from 2004 to 2009, and did not respond to a request for comment.

Valentine previously managed in the majors with the New York Mets and Texas Rangers. He had been working as a baseball analyst for ESPN.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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