Former Phillie Scott Rolen agreed to a two-year contract extension with the Cincinnati Reds through the 2012 season, an indication of how much they value the 34-year-old third baseman as a clubhouse leader.
Rolen had one season left on an eight-year, $90 million deal that he signed with St. Louis.
The Reds got Rolen in a trade with Toronto last July, giving up third baseman Edwin Encarnacion and pitchers Josh Roenicke and Zach Stewart to get a clubhouse leader. Rolen batted .270 with three homers and 24 RBIs in 40 games for the Reds.
COLLEGES: Jim Calhoun, the 67-year-old Hall of Fame men's basketball coach of Connecticut, has agreed to a new five-year deal with the Huskies, ESPN.com reported, citing a source.
He is in his 24th season at UConn and has led the Huskies to three Final Fours and national titles in 1999 and 2004.
WINTER SPORTS: Ross Powers, 30, got in the Olympic qualifying mix in snowboardcross, finishing third in a World Cup event in Telluride, Colo. He won Olympic halfpipe gold in 2002.
American skier Bode Miller finished ninth in the downhill in Val Gardena, Italy. Manuel Osborne-Paradis won in 2 minutes, 1.27 seconds to give the injury-hit Canadian team a boost.
Italian skier Werner Heel is expected to be sidelined for about 20 days with a bruised left knee.
Lindsey Vonn's quest for a third consecutive downhill victory was put on hold after bad weather forced organizers to cancel yesterday's World Cup race in Val D'Isere, France.
Elsewhere. Jason Lamy Chappuis of France won his second straight Nordic combined World Cup event in Ramsau, Austria, while Americans Johnny Spillane (fourth), world champion Todd Lodwick (sixth), and Bill Demong (ninth) finished in the top 10. . . . Andre Lange of Germany won the two-man bobsled World Cup race on his home track in Altenberg, while the U.S. team of Steven Holcomb and Justin Olsen avoided injury when their sled crashed. Americans Shauna Rohbock and Michelle Rzepka took third in the women's two-man race. . . . Russia won the men's and women's biathlon World Cup sprints in Pokljuka, Slovenia, while American Tim Burke placed eighth in the men's event to move up to second in the overall standings. . . . Austrian teenager Gregor Schlierenzauer has won a World Cup ski jumping event in Engelberg, Switzerland, to lead the overall standings.
SWIMMING: Michael Phelps helped his American team trounce a group of European all-stars in the Duel in the Pool in Manchester, England, anchoring a relay to one of the eight world records the U.S. set over the two-day meet.
The U.S. team won 185-78 in the last major meet before the Jan. 1 ban on high-tech polyurethane suits.
Phelps, who already has reverted to wearing an old-style textile suit, anchored the U.S. victory in the 400-meter freestyle relay in a world-record time of three minutes, 3.3 seconds, but didn't fare well in the individual races.
In the 200 butterfly, the 14-time Olympic champion lost by a body length to Michael Rock of Britain, who was wearing a high-tech suit. And in the 200 freestyle, Phelps slumped to third. His only individual victory was Friday in the 100 butterfly.
Two world records were set by American women yesterday.
Julia Smit clocked 2:04.6 to win the 200 individual medley event. New Jersey's Rebecca Soni won the 100 breaststroke in a time of 1:02.7.
GOLF: The PGA Tour has one fewer tournament, losing the competition in Milwaukee, and a $3.9 million drop in prize money for next year.
The Turning Stone Resort Championship lowered its purse from $6 million to $4 million.
SOCCER: Manchester City fired manager Mark Hughes and replaced him with former Inter Milan coach Roberto Mancini.
Barcelona won the Club World Cup, beating Estudiantes 2-1 on Lionel Messi's goal in extra time in Abu Dhabi, United Arab mirates. The European champions' win over the South American champions was Barcelona's sixth trophy of 2009.
- Staff and wire reports