National Sports Briefs
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. ó Auburnís Gene Chizik has won the Bobby Bowden National Collegiate Coach of the Year Award.
The winner is selected by the Over the Mountain Touchdown Club in Birmingham and the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association. The groups announced their pick on Monday.
The award is named after former Florida State coach Bobby Bowden, a Birmingham native.
LOS ANGELES (AP) ó Former Southern California running back Stafon Johnson sued the university and an assistant conditioning coach on Monday for negligence in the weight-room accident that crushed his throat in 2009.
Johnson was bench-pressing 275 pounds in the USC weight room when the bar dropped or fell onto his neck in September 2009. His throat and larynx were crushed and he required reconstructive surgery.
GAINESVILLE, Fla. ó Florida cornerback Janoris Jenkins has been arrested on a marijuana possession charge, his second arrest in the past 20 months.
It’s also the first arrest under new coach Will Muschamp, who vowed to have players represent the university “the Florida way.”
CORTINA DíAMPEZZO, Italy ó Lindsey Vonn skied through pain in her left knee to win another super-G race Sunday, claiming her sixth victory of the season by a small margin over German rival Maria Riesch.
It was the second win in three days for Vonn, who also finished first in a super-G Friday on the Olympia delle Tofane course.
CARSON, Calif. ó Juan Agudelo and Teal Bunbury gave a young United States team some energy in the Americansí first match of the year.
Agudelo was tripped up during a run into the penalty area, and Bunbury converted the kick in the 75th minute for his first international goal, giving the U.S. a 1-1 exhibition tie against Chile on Saturday night.
DETROIT ó The Detroit Tigers have traded right-handed pitcher Armando Galarraga to the Arizona Diamondbacks for right-hander Kevin Eichhorn and left-hander Ryan Robowski.
Galarraga gained fame last season when umpire Jim Joyce acknowledged blowing a call with two outs in the ninth inning that cost him a perfect game.
He was 4-9 with a 4.49 ERA in 24 starts and one relief appearance last season in Detroit. Heís 23-26 with a 4.58 ERA over four seasons with the Tigers and Texas Rangers.
Galarraga, who has a one-year contract for $2.3 million, became expendable when the Tigers signed Brad Penny.
OAKLAND, Calif. ó The Oakland Athletics have traded right-hander Clayton Mortensen to the Colorado Rockies for minor league righty Ethan Hollingsworth.
MINNEAPOLIS ó The Minnesota Twins have asked slugger Justin Morneau to skip the team’s annual fan festival this weekend so he can keep concentrating on his recovery from a concussion.
NEW YORK ó Wally Backman has replaced former Mets teammate Tim Teufel as manager of New York’s Double-A Binghamton farm team in the Eastern League.
Backman managed the Class A Brooklyn Cyclones to a 51-24 record last season. They lost in the New York-Penn League championship series.
Backman was among four finalists last fall to replace Jerry Manuel as Mets manager. Terry Collins was hired over Backman, Chip Hale and Bob Melvin. Teufel was promoted last week to manager of Triple-A Buffalo.
WASHINGTON ó Right-handed reliever Todd Coffey agreed to a $1.35 million, one-year contract with the Washington Nationals on Monday.
The 30-year-old Coffey went 2-4 with a 4.76 ERA in 69 appearances with Milwaukee in 2010.
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