Blue Lifts Vermont Over Binghamton 61-37
BURLINGTON -- Trey Blue came off the bench for a career-high 19 points and Brian Voelkel pulled down 15 boards to lead Vermont in a 61-37 rout of America East Conference foe Binghamton on Wednesday night.
Voelkel also dished out seven assists and Clancy Rugg scored 16 points for Vermont (11-6, 4-1), winners of four of its last five.
Jordan Reed and Roland Brown scored 10 apiece for Binghamton, which shot just 39 percent (16 of 41) in its 12th straight loss.
Vermont shot an identical 11 of 27 in each half but made five 3-pointers in the opening stanza en route to a 34-22 lead at the break. The Catamounts led by 15 three different times in the second half and extended their lead to 20 on a Voelkel layup with 7:31 left to play.
Binghamton (2-16, 0-5), which made 10 of 20 first-half shots, scored just 15 points after intermission.
Eagles Get Their Man; Kelly Lands in Philadelphia
PHILADELPHIA -- In the end, Chip Kelly chose the NFL, giving the Eagles their guy.
Philadelphia hired Kelly on Wednesday, just 10 days after he decided to stay at Oregon. The 49-year-old Kelly, known as an offensive innovator, becomes the 21st coach in team history and replaces Andy Reid, who was fired on Dec. 31 after a 4-12 season.
Kelly, who was 46-7 in four years at Oregon, interviewed with the Eagles, Cleveland Browns and Buffalo Bills in a two-day span after leading the fast-flying Ducks to a victory over Kansas State in the Fiesta Bowl Jan. 3.
BEARS: In Chicago, the Bears hired Montreal Alouettes coach Marc Trestman to replace the fired Lovie Smith.
It's the first head coaching job in the NFL for Trestman, a long-time NFL assistant who spent the past five seasons coaching the CFL's Alouettes and led them to two Grey Cup titles. He was an offensive coordinator with San Francisco, Arizona and Oakland.
Yankees, RHP Hughes Agree at $7.15M
NEW YORK -- Right-hander Phil Hughes and the New York Yankees have agreed to a $7.15 million, one-year contract, a raise of $3.75 million.
Hughes was 18-8 in 2010, slumped to 5-5 the following season as injuries slowed him, then rebounded to a 16-13 record last year.
New York's projected payroll is at about $198 million for 15 players, including $8.5 million the Yankees are paying Pittsburgh as part of last year's trade sending A.J. Burnett to the Pirates.\
JETER: In other Yankees news Wednesday, shortstop Derek Jeter says he's been cleared to start baseball activity in his recovery from a broken left ankle, and that he is on track to be in New York's starting lineup for the opener on April 1.
Jeter, 38, won't take the field for workouts until later this month. He broke his ankle lunging for a grounder Oct. 13 in the ALCS against Detroit. He had surgery a week later.
Story of Te'o's Girlfriend Death A Hoax
SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- A story that Notre Dame football star Manti Te'o's girlfriend had died of leukemia -- a loss he said inspired him to help lead the Irish to the BCS championship game -- was dismissed by the university Wednesday as a hoax perpetrated against the linebacker.
Notre Dame athletic director Jack Swarbrick says his faith has not been shaken in Te'o "one iota."
Swarbrick says an investigation by a firm the school hired has convinced him that Te'o was duped into an online relationship with a woman whose death was then faked by the perpetrators of the hoax.