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Iowa downs Georgia Tech, Troy battles Central Michigan

BASEBALL

Five-time Cy Young Award winner Randy Johnson announced his retirement from baseball Tuesday. Johnson became the 24th pitcher in major league history last season to record his 300th win while pitching for the San Francisco Giants. However, the left- hander suffered a tear in his rotator cuff shortly thereafter and missed more than a month before returning in a relief role late in the season. The 46-year-old hurler, who trails only Roger Clemens (six) in career Cy Young Awards, ended the year 8-6 with a 4.88 ERA. As intimidating a presence as there ever was on the mound, Johnson won a World Series in 2001 with Arizona and played in eight Division Series and two League Championship Series. He shared the World Series MVP Award with teammate Curt Schilling in 2001, while winning Cy Young Awards in 1995 with Seattle and from 1999-2002 in Arizona. In his 22 seasons, Johnson posted a remarkable 303-166 record with a 3.29 lifetime ERA with the Expos, Mariners, Astros, Diamondbacks, Yankees and Giants. He also recorded 37 shutouts and 4,875 strikeouts, which is second all-time to Nolan Ryan (5,714).

Outfielder Matt Holliday has come to terms on a reported seven-year contract worth $120 million with the Cardinals. The Cardinals organization said through a release that the two sides had agreed to a multi-year deal, but Holliday indicated the length and value of the contract earlier in the day in a radio interview with ESPN. The team expects to make an official announcement in the next 48 hours after Holliday passes a physical. The pact also reportedly includes a full no-trade clause and a club option.

The Baseball Writers' Association of America will disclose which players, if any, will be elected to the 2010 Hall of Fame class on Wednesday. Andre Dawson and Bert Blyleven were the leading returning vote-getters to the BBWAA ballot. Twenty-six candidates are being considered including 11 holdovers from the 2009 ballot. Second baseman Roberto Alomar and shortstop Barry Larkin -- both 12-time All-Stars -- are among the first-time candidates on the ballot. Also on that list is Edgar Martinez, who is the first primary designated hitter up for consideration.

Free agent outfielder Jason Bay officially joined the New York Mets Tuesday, signing a four-year contract with a vesting option for a fifth season. Although financial terms were not released, Bay is expected to make $66 million over the first four years. The backloaded deal includes an $8.5 million signing bonus and a full no-trade clause. Bay, who spent some time in the Mets' minor league system in 2002, hit .267 last season for the Red Sox and set career highs with 36 home runs and 119 RBI.

The Atlanta Braves officially announced the signing of infielder Troy Glaus on Tuesday to a one-year contract worth $2 million plus incentives. Glaus missed most of last season recovering from shoulder surgery. He appeared in 14 games late in the season for the St. Louis Cardinals and hit .172 with two RBI. The 33-year-old veteran, who set a St. Louis franchise mark for third basemen with a .982 fielding percentage in 2008, is being brought into Atlanta to play first base, a position he has played just six times in 1,409 big league games.

NFL

The Washington Redskins have reportedly reached an agreement in principle with Mike Shanahan to be the team's next head coach. The Redskins announced they will hold a press conference at 2:00 p.m. (et) on Wednesday, at which time a Denver newspapert, citing sources familiar with the negotiations, reports they will introduce Shanahan with a five-year contract in tow. Shanahan flew into Washington, D.C. on Monday just hours after Washington fired head coach Jim Zorn following a loss to San Diego in the season finale. That defeat dropped the 'Skins to 4-12 on the year and new general manager Bruce Allen intimated on Monday there would be swift changes in the organization. Shanahan, who will turn 58 prior to the 2010 season, served as head coach of the Denver Broncos from 1995-2008, leading the club to a pair of Super Bowl titles. Despite having three years remaining on his contract, he was fired after Denver failed to reach the playoffs for a third straight year in 2008. He finished with a 138-86 regular-season record in Denver, capturing three division titles in that span. He was 8-5 in seven postseason appearances.

New Cleveland Browns president Mike Holmgren said at a press conference Tuesday that he has not yet made a decision on the future of current head coach Eric Mangini. Holmgren said that while he met briefly with Mangini on Tuesday, his first day in his new position, that was not "the" meeting. He said he will meet with Mangini on Wednesday, and added he gave the coach a list of things to think about. When asked if Mangini has a fair shot of remaining the Browns' head coach, Holmgren said Mangini did, "otherwise I wouldn't have set the meeting up."

The Chicago Bears have fired offensive coordinator Ron Turner and five other offensive assistant coaches. In addition to Turner, the overhaul included quarterbacks coach Pep Hamilton, offensive line coach Harry Hiestand, tight ends coach Rob Boras, assistant offensive line coach Luke Butkus and assistant wide receivers coach Charles London.

The New Orleans Saints have placed defensive end Charles Grant on injured reserve because of a triceps injury. Grant was hurt during this past Sunday's season-finale against Carolina. He played in all 16 games this season after recovering from a similar injury that cost him the final eight games of the 2008 campaign. The 31-year-old veteran notched 53 tackles with 5 1/2 sacks and a forced fumble this season.

Houston Texans linebacker Brian Cushing has been named the NFL's Defensive Rookie of the Year, as voted by the Associated Press. Cushing, the 15th overall selection in the 2009 NFL Draft out of Southern California, started all 16 games for Houston this season and led the team with 134 tackles. He also totaled five sacks, four interceptions, one safety and two forced fumbles in helping the Texans record their first-ever winning season at 9-7. Cushing is the second Texans player to be named defensive rookie of the year, as linebacker DeMeco Ryans won in 2006.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

Brandon Wegher ran for a game-clinching 32-yard touchdown with less than two minutes remaining, and Ricky Stanzi threw for a pair of scores in his return from ankle surgery, as 10th-ranked Iowa pulled out a 24-14 victory against No. 9 Georgia Tech in the 76th edition of the Orange Bowl. Stanzi was 17-of-29 for 231 yards and had an interception returned for a touchdown, while the freshman Wegher totaled 113 yards on 16 carries for Iowa (11-2), which notched its first major bowl win since beating California in the 1959 Rose Bowl. The Hawkeyes seemed destined to return to the Rose Bowl after starting the season 9-0, but the injury to Stanzi led to consecutive losses to Northwestern and eventual Big Ten champ Ohio State in November to foil those plans. Iowa's stingy defense held Tech to just 156 yards of offense, with junior defensive end Adrian Clayborn leading the way with nine tackles and two sacks. Georgia Tech's spread offense couldn't recreate its success of the regular- season, as dynamic quarterback Josh Nesbitt was held to 48 yards rushing and two completions on nine pass attempts for 13 yards, including a critical fourth- quarter interception. Anthony Allen's rushing score represented the lone offensive score, while Jerrard Tarrant had a 40-yard interception return for a touchdown for the Yellow Jackets (11-3), who captured their first outright ACC title since 1990.

The top team from the Mid-American Conference and the best of the Sun Belt Conference will collide Wednesday night when the 25th-ranked Central Michigan Chippewas take on the Troy Trojans for the first-time ever in the GMAC Bowl. The Chippewas claimed their third MAC title in the last four seasons thanks to an 11-2 mark this season. This will be the fourth straight bowl appearance for CMU and the sixth overall in school history. The team is just 1-4 in the postseason and has lost its last two bowl games. The Trojans grabbed their fourth straight Sun Belt title this season after going 9-3 on the year. It was the first nine-win season for Troy in the Football Bowl Subdivision, and the Trojans also became the first team to go 8-0 in league action.

The NCAA has denied an appeal by Florida State to overturn the vacation-of- records penalty stemming from academic fraud violations, a decision that will cost former head football coach Bobby Bowden some of his victories. Bowden stepped down as FSU's head coach after the Seminoles beat West Virginia in the Gator Bowl. He retired with 389 wins, second-most in major college football behind Penn State's Joe Paterno, but that total will now be reduced. The Division I Committee on Infractions originally levied the records penalty, along with a four-year period of probation and reduced scholarships, in March of 2009 for major violations across 10 sports involving 61 student-athletes during 2006 and 2007. Bowden's teams won a total of 14 games during the 2006 and '07 seasons. All 14 wins could be vacated if ineligible players participated in those games.

OLYMPICS

The United States Olympic Committee has called a press conference for 11:45 a.m. (et) Wednesday, when it's expected the organization will announce Scott Blackmun as the new chief executive officer. A Colorado Springs newspaper reported Blackmun, a resident of the area, will replace Stephanie Streeter. Blackmun, an ex-interim CEO at the USOC, reportedly beat out five other finalists, including former Padres CEO Sandy Alderson, TD Ameritrade chairman Joe Moglia and USA Swimming CEO Chuck Wielgus. A partner with the law firm Holme Roberts & Owen LLP, Blackmun was the chief operating officer of Anschutz Entertainment Group (AEG), one of the world's most respected presenters of sports and entertainment events. Prior to joining AEG, Blackmun was a senior executive with the USOC, serving as its general counsel, managing director of sport and acting CEO. As general counsel, he managed the USOC's response to the Salt Lake City bid scandal. He was the acting CEO for an 11-month period, from 2000-2001.

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