Torbush to join Kansas
LAWRENCE, Kan. ó The Turner Gill era kicked off at Kansas with a promise that fans will never forget.
“I’ve been asked if I’m taking this job to get to another program. The answer to that is a very decisive ‘No,’ ” Gill, a former Nebraska quarterback and Buffalo head coach, said Monday.
Gill said East Spencer’s Carl Torbush was leaving as Mississippi State defensive coordinator to join the Jayhawks in a similar capacity.
n SEATTLE ó Washington quarterback Jake Locker announced he will return for his senior season.
n COLUMBIA, S.C. ó South Carolina’s Board of Trustees approved a one-year extension for Steve Spurrier, taking him through the 2013 season.
n TAMPA, Fla. ó South Florida plans to look into a report that coach Jim Leavitt struck one of his players in the face during halftime of a game last month.
AOL FanHouse reported that Leavitt grabbed Joel Miller by the throat and hit him in the face twice because he was upset about a mistake on special teams on Nov. 21.
BASEBALLNEW YORK ó The hot stove started sizzling, with Roy Halladay, John Lackey, Hideki Matsui and Mike Cameron set to switch teams.
The Phillies have a tentative agreement to acquire Halladay in a trade with Toronto. They also were discussing a deal that would send Cliff Lee to Seattle.
The Red Sox reached tentative agreements on a five-year contract with Lackey and a two-year deal with Cameron. Matsui reached a preliminary agreement with the Los Angeles Angels on a one-year contract.
Philadelphia could give up pitchers J.A. Happ, Joe Blanton and outfielder Dominic Brown as part of a deal to acquire Halladay.
Milwaukee finalized its three-year contract with left-hander Randy Wolf.
NBAORLANDO, Fla. ó Dwight Howard overcame a slow start to finish with 21 points and 23 rebounds, powering the Orlando Magic past the Indiana Pacers 106-98.
Rashard Lewis and J.J. Redick hit 3-pointers in the final two minutes to put Orlando ahead by eight and seal the victory.
Indiana’s Tyler Hansbrough had eight points.
n PHILADELPHIA ó Thaddeus Young had 26 points and 14 rebounds, Allen Iverson scored 20 points and the Philadelphia 76ers snapped a 12-game losing streak with a 117-101 victory over Golden State.
Golden State’s Stephen Curry had 14 points.
n MEMPHIS, Tenn. ó Paul Pierce scored 19 points, and the Boston Celtics won their 11th straight game, beating the Memphis Grizzlies 110-105.n DALLAS ó J.J. Barea scored a season-high 23 points and Dirk Nowitzki scored four of his season-low 10 in the final 59 seconds, sending the Dallas Mavericks to a 94-90 win over the New Orleans Hornets.
n HOUSTON ó Rockets forward Trevor Ariza says he received a one-game suspension after he was ejected from a game in Toronto for throwing a forearm at DeMar DeRozan.
n MIAMI ó The Heat waived little-used forward Shavlik Randolph, a former Duke standout who appeared in only two of Miami’s 22 games this season.
NHLMONTREAL ó Clarke MacArthur scored a power-play goal 14:41 into the third period, and the Buffalo Sabres extended their winning streak to four with a 4-3 victory over Montreal.
n DETROIT ó Jimmy Howard made 30 saves to lift the Detroit Red Wings over Phoenix 3-2.
n NEW YORK ó Johan Hedberg made 46 saves and then was perfect in two shootout rounds to lift Atlanta to a 3-2 victory over the New York Rangers.
n UNIONDALE, N.Y. ó Nathan Horton scored three times for his second career hat trick and the Florida Panthers routed the New York Islanders 7-1.
n BOSTON ó Kimmo Timonen broke a third-period tie with 9:32 left, then added a short-handed empty-netter to lead Philadelphia to a 3-1 victory over Boston.
NEW YORK ó Swiss watch maker Tag Heuer said it will spend the next few weeks assessing its relationship with Tiger Woods.
TENNISBRUSSELS ó A Belgian court suspended the one-year doping bans given to Yanina Wickmayer and Xavier Malisse.
Lawyers hope the injunction will make 16th-ranked Wickmayer, a U.S. Open semifinalist, eligible to play as soon as possible.