Friday's Sports In Brief

The Associated Press Published:

• Football

Brent avoids prison: Former Dallas Cowboys player Josh Brent avoided prison Friday and instead was sentenced to 180 days in jail and 10 years of probation for a drunken car crash that killed his friend and teammate, Jerry Brown.

Brent was convicted Wednesday of intoxication manslaughter for the December 2012 crash on a suburban Dallas highway that killed Brown, who was a passenger in Brent's car. Brent could have been sentenced to up to 20 years in prison. He was also fined $10,000.

Brent, 25, closed his eyes when the judge read the jury's verdict. He was kept in custody after the hearing.

Sherman fined: Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman was fined $7,875 for unsportsmanlike conduct/taunting in the final minute of the NFC championship game against San Francisco. Sherman's fine was confirmed by the league Friday.

Sherman was flagged after he made a choking gesture toward the San Francisco bench that he said was directed at quarterback Colin Kaepernick. Sherman had just deflected a pass intended for Michael Crabtree in the end zone that was intercepted by linebacker Malcolm Smith and clinched Seattle's 23-17 victory.

Bills hire Schwartz: Buffalo Bills coach Doug Marrone wasted little time filling a big hole on his staff by reaching a deal with recently fired Detroit Lions coach Jim Schwartz as defensive coordinator.

• Baseball

Ventura signs extension: As their win total plummeted last season, one thing remained steady for the Chicago White Sox -- their faith in Robin Ventura.

The White Sox rewarded their manager with a multi-year contract extension, announcing the move hours before their annual fan convention opened.

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