Around the Nation (Jan. 29): Indians extend radio contract with WTAM

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BASEBALL

Indians extend radio contract with WTAM

CLEVELAND -- The Cleveland Indians have announced that they've extended their contract with WTAM radio to be the team's flagship station.

The team and Clear Channel Media and Entertainment said Tuesday that WTAM 1100 AM will carry Indians games through 2017. They also announced that the majority of games also will be carried on the FM side on WMMS 100.7.

The Indians also extended their contract with broadcaster Jim Rosenhaus, who partners with Tom Hamilton to call the games on radio. Rosenhaus will begin his seventh season as part of the radio team and his second season broadcasting every game.

Clear Channel Cleveland will air 15 Indians spring training games and will continue to distribute the games to the Indians Radio Network, which includes 26 stations across Ohio and western Pennsylvania.

Pujols hopes to join Dominicans for WBC

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic -- Los Angeles Angels slugger Albert Pujols says he hopes to play for the Dominican Republic after the second round of the World Baseball Classic.

The first baseman and three-time NL MVP had arthroscopic surgery on his right knee in October. He would need special permission from the Angels to take part in the Classic.

Pujols told a Dominican radio show that the Angels support him in his goal to play for his Caribbean homeland during the international competition.

He said Tuesday: "That's why I had the operation in October, to be ready for the Classic."

Pujols says he's working to strengthen his right leg and expects to be in good condition for the start of spring training.

Pujols hit .285 with 30 homers in his first season with the Angels.

BASKETBALL

Allen Iverson rules out return in D-League

Allen Iverson has turned down an opportunity to return to basketball with the Dallas Mavericks' Development League affiliate.

Iverson posted a series of tweets on Tuesday explaining his decision to decline an offer from the Texas Legends. Iverson, the 2001 NBA MVP with the Philadelphia 76ers, says, "While I think the D-League is a great opportunity, it is not the route for me."

Gary Moore, Iverson's manager, confirmed the decision with The Associated Press. Iverson was not available for an interview.

Iverson also wrote, "I realize my actions contributed to my early departure from the NBA." The 37-year-old Iverson has not played in the NBA since the 2009-10 season. He had a brief stop with a professional team in Turkey and has played exhibition games in China.

Dallas' Dirk Nowitzki recently passed Iverson for 18th on the NBA's career scoring list.

PRO FOOTBALL

Bills to play one game each year at Rogers Centre in Toronto

TORONTO -- The Buffalo Bills will play one regular-season game a year at Toronto's Rogers Centre for the next five seasons.

The agreement between the team and Rogers Media includes one preseason game in 2015. Buffalo has won just one of its regular-season games in Toronto.

The existing five-year deal expired with the Seattle Seahawks' 50-17 romp over the Bills in December, but an extension had long been expected.

This season's game drew a crowd of 40,770, far short of a sellout of more than 53,000 that had been expected for the final game of the expiring $78 million deal.

The Bills recently extended their lease at Ralph Wilson Stadium for 10 years.

Steelers name Bicknell offensive line coach

PITTSBURGH -- The Pittsburgh Steelers have hired Jack Bicknell Jr. as the team's new offensive line coach.

Bicknell replaces Sean Kugler, who left the Steelers following the 2012 season to become head coach at UTEP.

Bicknell spent last season as the offensive line coach for the Kansas City Chiefs and began his NFL coaching career as an assistant line coach with the New York Giants from 2009-11.

The 49-year-old Bicknell spent more than two decades coaching at the collegiate level, including eight seasons as the head coach at Louisiana Tech from 1999-2006. His 43 wins at Tech rank the third-most in the program's history.

Bicknell played center at Boston College from 1981-85, where his father Jack Bicknell Sr. was head coach. Bicknell snapped the ball to Doug Flutie on the famous last-second touchdown pass that beat Miami in 1984.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

Kelly doesn't know if hoax affected Teo's play

SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- Notre Dame football coach Brian Kelly says he didn't see any sign linebacker Manti Te'o was affected by the girlfriend hoax leading up to the BCS game, but says in hindsight it may have been a factor.

Kelly says Te'o didn't play his best, adding that Alabama played a role. He says Tuesday only Te'o knows how it affected him.

Also, Kelly says his interview with the Philadelphia Eagles was mainly to get more information about coaching in the NFL and his heart remains in college football. Kelly interviewed with the Eagles on Jan. 8, a day after the Irish were beaten 42-14 by Alabama in the title game.

He says he tells recruits he's committed to Notre Dame.

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