- Associated Press - Saturday, December 12, 2015


AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - A person with knowledge of the decision says Tulsa assistant Sterlin Gilbert has agreed to join Texas as the Longhorns’ offensive coordinator after a personal plea from Texas President Greg Fenves.

Details of the agreement weren’t immediately available. The deal was struck in a meeting between Fenves, Texas coach Charlie Strong and Texas Athletic Director Mike Perrin in Tulsa, according to the person who spoke on condition of anonymity because there was no official announcement.

The Texas entourage flew to meet Gilbert on Friday night after he turned down an offer from Texas earlier in the day.

Video footage showed Gilbert meeting the Longhorns’ entourage outside of a Tulsa home. The deal was expected to be formally signed at a later date and may need approval from the school’s board of regents. Gilbert was expected in Austin sometime Saturday.

The full-court press to get Gilbert was a surprise escalation of the stakes at a Texas program that went 5-7 and has struggled through consecutive losing seasons. The school made an extraordinary effort to land a coach who wasn’t even Strong’s first choice to revive one of the Big 12’s worst offenses.


CHICAGO (AP) - Free agent outfielder Jason Heyward and the Chicago Cubs have agreed to a $184 million, eight-year contract, according to a person familiar with the negotiations.

The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because the deal has not been announced.

The agreement with the three-time Gold Glove winner is the latest in a series of big moves by the Cubs as they try to build on a breakthrough season and bring home their first World Series title since 1908. The Cubs won 97 games and reached the NL Championship Series before getting swept by the New York Mets.

Chicago also has added pitchers John Lackey and Adam Warren along with infielder Ben Zobrist. Lackey, like Heyward, left the rival Cardinals for the Cubs and figures to be Chicago’s No. 3 starter behind NL Cy Young Award winner Jake Arrieta and Jon Lester.

NEW YORK (AP) - New York Mets outfielder Michael Cuddyer is ready to retire after playing 15 seasons in the major leagues.

A person familiar with the situation told The Associated Press that Cuddyer is planning to call it a career. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because there hadn’t been an official announcement.

ESPN first reported Cuddyer’s plans.

Cuddyer turns 37 in March. He would leave with one season left on a two-year, $21 million contract that he signed with the Mets as a free agent.


NEW YORK (AP) - Daily fantasy sports giants DraftKings and FanDuel took a hit in their fight to stay in business in New York, but a scramble to an appeals court kept DraftKings in play at least through the end of the NFL regular season.

FanDuel, meanwhile, had already suspended play from New York amid the sites’ clash with state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman over whether daily fantasy sports amounts to illegal gambling.

Friday morning, Manhattan state Supreme Court Justice Manuel Mendez temporarily barred both sites from taking play from one of their biggest customer bases, until “a final determination” of the court dispute.

But DraftKings and FanDuel quickly appealed. By Friday afternoon, a Supreme Court Appellate Division judge said the companies could continue operating into January, until a full panel of judges decides whether the companies can keep going while the appeals process unfolds. That could take well into January.

Both sites said they would ultimately prevail in their dispute, which is reflecting debate nationwide about whether playing fantasy sports is betting.


NEW ORLEANS (AP) - John “Hot Rod” Williams, who spent 13 years in the NBA and was a popular and tough defensive sixth man on Cleveland Cavaliers playoff teams, has died. He was 53.

He died in a Baton Rouge hospital from complications related to prostate cancer, Williams’ agent, Mark Bartelstein, said.

The Cavaliers called Williams “the humble embodiment and unsung hero of one of the most memorable and successful eras of Cavaliers basketball.”

The 6-foot-11 Williams was a key player for the 1988-89 Cavs, who went 57-25 during the regular season, only to be eliminated by Michael Jordan’s last-second jump shot in Game 5 of the first-round series.

Williams averaged 11 points and 6.8 rebounds for his career. During the 1989-90 season, he averaged 16.8 points and 8.1 rebounds. The Cavs made the playoffs in seven of Williams’ seasons in Cleveland, advancing as far as the Eastern Conference finals in 1992, when his team again lost to the Jordan’s Bulls.

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