Oklahoma running back

DeMarco Murray

will have surgery to repair a hamstring and will miss the Bowl Championship Series title game.

Murray, who has rushed for 14 TDs this season, will undergo surgery Monday to repair the tendon in his left leg, coach

Bob Stoops

said yesterday. Oklahoma will play Florida in the title game Jan. 8.

A firm called 3ality Digital of Burbank, Calif., will shoot the BCS title game in 3-D. The game will be broadcast live in 3-D to 80 to 100 movie theaters in about 30 U.S. cities, said the company's chairman,

David Modell






Jamal Merrell

of Hodgson Vo-Tech in Newark, Del., made oral commitments to play football for Rutgers, the university announced. . . . Ohio State defensive end

Nathan Williams

pleaded not guilty to shoplifting shirts at a Dayton-area mall. . . . Buffalo football coach

Turner Gill

received a contract extension. Terms were not disclosed. . . . Michigan defensive coordinator

Scott Shafer

has resigned, head coach

Rich Rodriguez

said. . . . Minnesota's

Sam Maresh

has been cleared to play football again, six months after the freshman linebacker had surgery to replace his aortic valve.


Sigi Schmid

was named the first coach of the expansion Seattle Sounders FC, three weeks after leading the Columbus Crew to the Major League Soccer championship.

Schmid won three NCAA men's championships with UCLA, then guided the Los Angeles Galaxy to the MLS title in 2002 before joining Columbus.

Paul Ince

was fired as Blackburn manager after a stretch of 11 Premier League matches without a win. Ince was just six months into a three-year contract that made him the first black Briton to coach a Premier League team.


Rafael Furcal

is close to accepting a $30 million, three-year offer to return to the Atlanta Braves, the Associated Press reported. The shortstop played for the Braves from 2000 to '05 before spending three seasons with the Los Angeles Dodgers.


The Baltimore Orioles agreed to a $5 million, two-year contract with shortstop

Cesar Izturis

, who batted .263 in 135 games with the St. Louis Cardinals in 2008.


The World Boxing Council has opened an investigation of

Shane Mosley

after reports that he testified about taking performance-enhancing drugs in the lead-up to his 2003 title fight against

Oscar De La Hoya,

the New York Daily News reported.

Nearly three months after winning the WBC junior-middleweight title with his victory over De La Hoya, Mosley told a grand jury he used steroids and EPO as part of his training regimen for the fight.

Mosley insists he did not know the drugs he took were banned or illegal.

Lance Armstrong's

comeback race will be televised in the United States. Versus, which covers the Tour de France, said it has added U.S. rights for the Tour Down Under in Australia in January.

Versus will broadcast a 30-minute highlight show each of the first five days of the race. The final stage on Jan. 24 will be streamed live on Versus' Web site, and a one-hour highlight show will air the next day.

Olympic gold medalist

Kelly Clark

is rejoining the U.S. snowboarding halfpipe team. Clark, who won the halfpipe gold as an 18-year-old at the Salt Lake City Games in 2002, was a member of the national team from 2000 to '03. She has competed as an independent for the last five years.