Sports Briefs 12-8-13

TOM COYNE Associated Press Published:

SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- Notre Dame has officially accepted an invitation to the Pinstripe Bowl on Dec. 28.

The Irish (8-4) will be making their fourth straight bowl appearance and will play an American Athletic Conference opponent.

The Associated Press reported Friday that Notre Dame was headed to the game.

Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly said the Irish were looking forward to returning to Yankee Stadium, where the Irish beat Army 27-3 in 2010. Kelly, a Boston Red Sox fan, said the treatment the Irish received from the Steinbrenner family and the Yankees was unlike anything he's seen in four years at Notre Dame.

That game drew a stadium-record crowd for football of 54,251.

Notre Dame had to wait to see what bowl spots went unfilled because it had no bowl affiliation this year. Next season the Irish will be part of the Atlantic Coast Conference bowl lineup.

• Football

Oklahoma earthquake: Oklahoma players say they were unaware of an earthquake that happened during the second quarter of the No. 18 Sooners' 33-24 victory over Oklahoma State.

The U.S. Geological Survey recorded a 4.5 magnitude earthquake in central Oklahoma at 12:10 p.m. Saturday near Arcadia, about 7 miles east of Edmond and about 14 miles northeast of Oklahoma City.

Reagan headed to Kansas: After winning the Conference USA title Saturday, Rice lost its offensive coordinator to Kansas.

John Reagan will take over as the Jayhawks' offensive coordinator and offensive line coach after helping the Owls beat Marshall 41-24 for the Conference USA championship Saturday.

Colts missing starters: The Colts will be missing two starters today at Cincinnati.

Left guard Hugh Thornton and cornerback Greg Toler did not make Saturday's short trip south on I-74. Backup linebacker Kavell Conner also stayed home.

Ravens activate Pitta: The Baltimore Ravens activated tight end Dennis Pitta on Saturday, one day before their game against the Minnesota Vikings.

• Golf

Woods leads: Tiger Woods birdied two of his last three holes to salvage an even-par 72 in the wind and keep his two-shot lead over Zach Johnson in the World Challenge on Saturday.

Johnson also finished with two birdies, including a 20-footer on the 18th for a 72.

Bubba Watson three-putted the 18th for a 69 and was four shots behind. No one else was closer than six shots of Woods.

Donaldson stays ahead: Jamie Donaldson maintained his three-shot lead through the third round of the Nedbank Golf Challenge, putting the Welshman in sight of his biggest career payday in his Sun City debut.

Donaldson had six birdies and a bogey in a 5-under 67 to stay ahead of American Ryan Moore and Denmark's Thomas Bjorn. Donaldson had a 16-under 200 total.

Moore had a 67, and Bjorn shot 67.

• Elsewhere

Sporting KC wins: Aurelien Collin scored the equalizer in the second half of the MLS Cup, then drove home the deciding penalty kick to give Sporting Kansas City a dramatic victory over Real Salt Lake on Saturday night and its first league title since 2000.

Alvaro Saborio, who missed the Western Conference finals because of injury, scored for Real Salt Lake in the 52nd minute, but Collin answered with a header in the 76th minute.

It remained that way through regulation and 30 minutes of overtime, and then the teams engaged in the longest penalty-kick shootout in championship history -- one that both sides had chances to win before Collin's shot and Jimmy Nielsen's save gave Sporting KC the 7-6 victory.

Dodgers sign Wilson: The Dodgers on Saturday announced they have signed free-agent reliever Brian Wilson to a $10 million, one-year deal to stay with the team. The deal includes an $8.5 million player option for 2015.

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