The Los Angeles Angels agreed to terms Thursday with Raul Ibanez, 41, on a one-year contract to be their designated hitter.
The contract would guarantee the former Phillie $2.75 million, with incentive bonuses that could make the deal worth $5 million.
In another December trade by general manager Billy Beane, the Oakland Athletics acquired outfielder Corey Brown from the Washington Nationals for cash. Brown, 28, has played in 36 major-league games over three seasons, batting .175 with two home runs and four RBIs. With Seth Smith recently traded to San Diego, Brown provides depth to an outfield figuring to feature Yoenis Cespedes in left field, Coco Crisp in center, and Josh Reddick in right.
The Chicago White Sox agreed to a $3 million, one-year contract with righthander Ronald Belisario, 30, and are closing in on a $4 million, one-year deal with lefthander Scott Downs, 37.
Outfielder Carlos Beltran, 36, finalized a $45 million, three-year contract with the New York Yankees.
The Seattle Mariners re-signed oft-injured outfielder Franklin Gutierrez to a $1 million, one-year contract, adding needed depth.
COLLEGES Rondell White (Rustin), West Chester's all-time leading rusher and all-purpose yardage player; Albright's Drew Peterson (Harry S Truman); and Shippensburg's Jake Metz (Souderton) were named to the Associated Press Little All-America team, which honors players from Division II and III and NAIA.
Familiar foes will meet Friday night in Salem, Va., when Mount Union and Wisconsin-Whitewater, both 14-0, play for the Division III national football championship in the Amos Alonzo Stagg Bowl. The teams have been the last two standing in Division III in eight of the last nine seasons, but Mount Union got there this year with a new coach, Vince Kehres, son of Larry Kehres, who guided the Purple Raiders to 21 unbeaten regular seasons and 11 national championships in 27 years as coach.
Alabama suspended linebacker Xzavier Dickson and freshman tailback Alvin Kamara, and neither will play in the Sugar Bowl on Jan. 2. No reason was given.
SOCCER Forward Mia Hamm and defender Joy Fawcett were unanimous selections for the U.S. Soccer Federation's All-Time Women's National Team Best XI as part of the governing body's 100th anniversary celebration. Midfielders Michelle Akers and Kristine Lilly were one vote shy of unanimous in balloting by media members, administrators, and former players.
Forwards Abby Wambach and Alex Morgan, and defender Christie Rampone were the only active players picked. Morgan, at 24, was the youngest. The rest of the team included goalkeeper Briana Scurry; defenders Brandi Chastain and Carla Overbeck; and midfielders Julie Foudy and Kristine Lilly.
The Ocean City Nor'easters, who won the 2013 Premier Development League Eastern Conference championship, will host tryouts Jan. 4 and 5 from noon to 4 p.m. at Rutgers-Camden. The Nor'easters reached the third round of the U.S. Open Cup before falling to MLS's Union in stoppage time. Registration fee is $40 online or $50 on site and covers both days. For information, go to www.oceancityfc.com.