Sports Briefs 12-4-13

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CHICAGO -- Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller is the Big Ten's Offensive Player of the Year for the second straight season.

Miller has averaged 265 yards of total offense and accounted for 29 total touchdowns while leading Ohio State to a 12-0 record despite a knee injury early in the season. The Buckeyes will play Michigan State in the Big Ten championship game on Saturday.

Wisconsin's Chris Borland was announced as the Defensive Player of the Year on Tuesday and Penn State's Christian Hackenberg as Freshman of the Year.

Michigan State's Mark Dantonio was selected Coach of the Year by both the coaches and media after leading the Spartans to an 11-1 record -- 8-0 in conference play -- and the Legends Division crown.

Borland is the fifth Badger to receive the Big Ten's top defensive award, along with Erasmus James (2004), Jamar Fletcher (2000), Tom Burke (1998) and Troy Vincent (1991). He ranks third in the conference with 9.3 tackles per game.

Hackenberg is the third Nittany Lion and second in as many seasons to be selected Freshman of the Year, joining Deion Barnes (2012) and Curtis Enis (1995). He averaged 246.2 yards passing and threw for 20 touchdowns.

• Football

Stanford signed, Lewis suspended: The Detroit Lions say they signed linebacker Julian Stanford to fill a spot left by the suspension of linebacker Travis Lewis for using of performance-enhancing drugs.

The Lions announced the signing after Lewis's punishment became public Tuesday.

Stanford was with the Jacksonville Jaguars last year and played college ball at Wagner.

Lewis was suspended for the final four games of the regular season for violating the NFL's policy on performance-enhancing substances.

UCLA extends Mora's contract: UCLA agreed to a six-year extension with football coach Jim Mora, putting him under contract through 2019.

The Bruins moved swiftly to fend off any potential advances from Washington, where Mora was a walk-on defensive back and a graduate assistant more than 30 years ago. The Huskies have a coaching vacancy after Steve Sarkisian left Monday for USC.

Mariota returning: Quarterback Marcus Mariota has announced that he will return to Oregon for his junior season. There had been speculation that Mariota might declare himself eligible for the NFL. Following Oregon's 36-35 victory over Oregon State in the Civil War last Friday, he said he hadn't yet made a decision.

• Baseball

Yankees, Ellsbury reach agreement: Free agent outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury, fresh off winning the World Series with Boston, reached agreement with the rival New York Yankees on a seven-year contract worth about $153 million, a person familiar with the negotiations said.

Ellsbury is the second major free-agent addition in the Yankees' offseason rebuilding after missing the playoffs for just the second time in 19 years. The center fielder was to take a physical in New York on Wednesday that he must pass before the deal can be finalized, the person said, speaking on condition of anonymity.

Earlier in the day, New York finalized an $85 million, five-year contract with All-Star catcher Brian McCann.

A's make moves: After acquiring Jim Johnson from Baltimore on Monday night and reaching an agreement with free-agent pitcher Scott Kazmir, Oakland obtained outfielder Craig Gentry and right-hander Josh Lindblom from Texas for outfielder Michael Choice and infielder Chris Bostick. The Athletics also obtained right-hander Luke Gregerson from San Diego for outfielder Seth Smith.

• Hockey

Blue Jackets beat Lightning: Nick Foligno scored a highlight-reel goal in the second period and Sergei Bobrovsky and Curtis McElhinney made it stand up as the Blue Jackets beat the Lightning, 1-0.

Bobrovsky, winner of the Vezina Trophy last year as the NHL's top goalie, stopped all 18 shots before he left with an unspecified injury 4:13 into the third period. He was replaced by McElhinney, who made the last eight saves.

Red Wings injuries: Henrik Zetterberg will miss at least two weeks with a back injury, leaving the Detroit Red Wings without their top two scorers for the time being.

Fellow center Pavel Datsyuk remains out because of a concussion. Detroit recalled center Cory Emmerton from the AHL's Grand Rapids Griffins on Tuesday.

• Elsewhere

Pistons top Heat: Kyle Singler scored 18 points to lead seven Detroit players in double figures, Andre Drummond had 18 rebounds and the Pistons beat the Miami Heat 107-97 on Tuesday night to snap the NBA champions' 10-game winning streak.

Greg Monroe and Rodney Stuckey each scored 16 for Detroit, which got 15 apiece from Josh Smith and Brandon Jennings. The Pistons led by 18 before Miami got within three points in the fourth, but never trailed in the game's final 47 minutes.

James and Michael Beasley each scored 23 for Miami. The Heat played without guard Dwyane Wade, the All-Star sitting for the fourth time this season to rest a sore knee.

Stewart renews sponsorship: Tony Stewart said ExxonMobil has renewed its multiyear sponsorship of both the three-time NASCAR champion and Stewart-Haas Racing. Stewart made the announcement that Mobil 1 will continue its relationship with him and his team while hosting the year-end edition of "Tony Stewart Live" on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.

Mobil 1 will be the primary sponsor on Stewart's Chevrolet for 11 races. Stewart missed the final four months of the season with a broken leg, but is expected to return to his car at the season-opening Daytona 500 in February.

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