Cheney native Jerry Kill was hired by the University of Minnesota to take over a struggling program. Kill went 23-16 at Northern Illinois and led the Huskies to bowls in all three of his seasons. NIU went 10-3 this season, including a 34-23 victory at Minnesota.
Free-agent outfielder Jayson Werth and the last-place Washington Nationals reached a megadeal Sunday. Werth, a former Phillie, will get $126 million for seven years. Boston had been one of the teams interested in Werth, though the Red Sox appeared close to getting first baseman Adrian Gonzalez from San Diego in exchange for three prospects and a fourth player.
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U.S. Open champion Graeme McDowell capped off his greatest year with two clutch putts that gave him the greatest comeback ever against Tiger Woods. McDowell holed a 20-foot birdie putt on the final hole to force a playoff in the Chevron World Challenge at Thousand Oaks, Calif., then made another birdie putt to deny Woods a victory in his final tournament of the year.
Bill O'Neill rolled strikes on six of his first seven shots to defeat top qualifier Andres Gomez of Colombia 237-203 Sunday to win Las Vegas' Pepsi Viper Championship for his third PBA Tour title.
* Wichita State's men finished third and the WSU women fifth at the Leatherneck Classic in Macomb, Ill.
Kevin Durant scored 28 points in his first in his first game back from a knee injury in the host Oklahoma City Thunder's 114-109 victory over Golden State.... Tony Parker scored 19 points and San Antonio beat sliding New Orleans for the second time in a week, 109-84.... Backup point guard Nate Robinson, playing for last-second scratch Rajon Rondo, scored 21 points in Boston's 100-75 win over New Jersey.
* Hornets owner George Shinn has agreed to sell the club to the NBA, according to a person close to the decision.
American skier Ted Ligety attacked Colorado's exhausting Birds of Prey course with a go-for-broke mentality, winning the World Cup giant slalom, edging Norway's Kjetil Jansrud by 0.82 seconds.