Paine freshman Taylor honored
Paine College guard Kedric Taylor was named the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association’s Freshman of the Week on Monday.
It’s the second time this season that Taylor, who leads all SIAC freshmen in scoring with 12.5 points per game, has received the honor.
Oregon’s Kelly turns down Bucs
Oregon head coach Chip Kelly announced Monday that he’s remaining with the Ducks, though he says he was flattered by the interest shown in him by the NFL’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
“I enjoyed meeting with the Glazer family and general manager Mark Dominik, but after numerous discussions, I concluded that I have some unfinished business to complete at the University of Oregon,” Kelly said in a statement.
The Bucs are searching for a new head coach after firing Raheem Morris after finishing last in the NFC South.
• University of Texas regents are considering making changes to football coach Mack Brown’s contract.
Athletic director DeLoss Dodds said last month that he wanted to extend Brown’s contract, which runs through 2016, by a couple of years to help end rumors that Brown would soon retire.
The regents scheduled a meeting via telephone for Thursday.
Brown, 60, is one of the highest paid coaches in the country at $5.2 million per year. Texas went 8-5 with a win in the Holiday Bowl in 2011, his 14th season with the Longhorns. He had his first losing season at Texas in 2010 when the Longhorns finished 5-7.
Brown is 141-39 overall Texas, including a 12-13 mark over the past two years in the Big 12.
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Astros might get new name, unis
New Houston Astros owner Jim Crane is considering changing the name of the franchise along with its uniforms.
Crane said the team will conduct a study to decide whether to switch the name.
“We’re going to study the information both from the fans and from all sorts of marketing people,” he said. “I’m not saying we’re going to change. We haven’t made the decision yet whether we’re going to change.”
The team was established in 1962 as the Colt .45s and has been called the Astros since 1965, when it was changed to coincide with the move to the Astrodome.
Crane said switching uniforms is something officials are “highly considering.” Any changes wouldn’t happen until 2013 when Houston makes the move from the National League to the American League.
• The San Diego Padres agreed to terms on a $2.7 million, one-year contract with left-handed pitcher Clayton Richard.
• The New York Yankees say Jorge Posada will announce his retirement today, ending his 17-year big league career.
‘Classic’ coming to prime time
The Breeders’ Cup Classic is coming to prime time for the first time.
NBC Sports Group and the Breeders’ Cup have agreed to a multiyear deal for the network to televise the two-day Breeders’ Cup World Championships beginning with this year’s event at Santa Anita Park.
NBC Sports Network will televise the Breeders’ Cup races Nov. 2 and 3 before NBC picks up coverage for the
$5 million Classic from 8-9 p.m.
The 15-race Breeders’ Cup is returing to NBC after several years on ABC/ESPN. NBC aired it from 1984-2005.