Sports briefs for 1/26/2014

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WALTHAM, Mass. -- Bentley coach Barbara Stevens became the sixth coach in women's college basketball history to reach 900 victories.

Stevens, 58, who also coached at Clark University and the University of Massachusetts, reached the milestone when her undefeated Falcons beat Saint Anselm 98-82 in a Northeast-10 Conference game.

Stevens, in her 37th year, joins Pat Summitt, Sylvia Hatchell, C. Vivian Stringer, Tara VanDerveer and Jody Conradt as the only coach to reach that plateau. Stevens, the third-fastest women's coach to 900. Sharing the spotlight with Stevens on Saturday was Lauren Battista, the senior forward who became the program's all-time leading scorer.

The Falcons, No. 1 in the country in Division II, are 18-0 with every victory coming by double figures.

• 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.

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.

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.

Prater sent home: Matt Prater missed practice all week with the flu and the Denver Broncos kept him away from the rest of the team so he didn't get everyone else sick.

Fox said he didn't think Prater would be infectious by Sunday's flight.

Michigan grants releases: Michigan running back Thomas Rawls is one of three players who have been granted a release by the school.

Rawls along with safety Josh Furman and defensive tackle Richard Ash can now transfer.

Rawls had a career-low three carries for 12 yards and a touchdown last season as a junior. He ran the ball 57 times for 242 yards and four TDs the previous season.

Anderson extended: Wisconsin's university athletic board has approved a one-year contract extension for football coach Gary Andersen.

The contract now lasts through January 2019. Financial terms were not announced.

Coker visits Alabama: Former Florida State quarterback Jacob Coker was in Tuscaloosa, Ala., on Saturday as he considers transferring to Alabama.

Coker, who is from Mobile, Ala., backed up Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston this past season. The sophomore played sparingly and injured his knee late in the year.

• 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.

Opening day starter: Yu Darvish will be the opening day starter for the Texas Rangers.

When asked by a fan Saturday at the team's Fan Fest who would start the March 31 opener against Philadelphia, manager Ron Washington said he thinks "it's obvious. It's Darvish."

Darvish was 13-9 with a 2.93 ERA in 32 starts last season. He led the majors with 277 strikeouts and was second in the AL Cy Young Award voting.

• Golf

Garcia victorious: Spain's Sergio Garcia won the Qatar Masters on Saturday after he birdied the third extra hole to beat Finland's Mikko Ilonen in a playoff.

The 34-year-old Garcia made the playoff after overcoming a three-stroke deficit heading into the final round. He birdied six of the last 12 holes for a 65 and his second victory in three events.

Choi leads Bahamas Classic: Na Yeon Choi shot a 7-under 66 on Saturday to take a one-stroke lead in the season-opening Bahamas LPGA Classic, chipping to a foot to set up a birdie on the par-5 18th hole.

The seventh-ranked Choi birdied three of the last four holes in her bogey-free round to reach 15 under on Atlantis Resort's Ocean Club course.

• Elsewhere

Foster wins 800th: After Chattanooga had completed their 63-50 triumph over Jim Samford, a videotaped tribute to Foster played on the overhead scoreboard at McKenzie Arena. The video featured congratulatory messages from relatives and an all-star list of coaching colleagues.

America's Cup venues: America's Cup officials are looking at Hawaii, San Diego and other venues as possible alternatives to San Francisco for hosting sailing's marquee regatta in August 2017.

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