Around the Nation (Dec. 18): Illinois gives Cubit a raise, contract extension

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FOOTBALL

Illinois gives Cubit raise, extension

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- Illinois has given offensive coordinator Bill Cubit a raise and extended his contract by a year.

Coach Tim Beckman said Wednesday that Cubit's salary will increase from $400,000 a year to $500,000. Cubit's contract will now run through January 2015.

Cubit said he's looking forward to bringing back a more experienced group of offensive linemen as well as a group of talented quarterbacks that include transfer Wes Lunt.

Illinois went 4-8 this season but the offense was improved under the first-year coordinator. The Illini averaged 426.7 yards a game, fifth best in the Big Ten. They averaged only 296.7 yards a game last year.

Cubit came to Illinois after he lost his head-coaching job at Western Michigan.

BASEBALL

Seattle resigns Gutierrez for 2014

SEATTLE -- The Seattle Mariners have re-signed oft-injured outfielder Franklin Gutierrez for the 2014 season, adding needed depth to their outfield.

The Mariners announced the deal Wednesday following a physical. Gutierrez became a free agent on Nov. 1 when the Mariners declined his option for 2014, but chose to return to Seattle for a sixth season hoping he can finally stay healthy.

Gutierrez won a Gold Glove in 2010 but has spent most of the past three seasons on the disabled list. He missed 106 games last season with hamstring problems that led to two extended stints on the DL.

If healthy, Gutierrez could solve one of Seattle's big concerns going into season about who will play in center field. The Mariners appear to have options at the corner outfield spots with the recent moves to acquire Logan Morrison and Corey Hart.

Orioles deal Valencia to Royals for Lough

BALTIMORE -- The Orioles have obtained outfielder David Lough from the Kansas City Royals for infielder Danny Valencia.

As a rookie this year, the 27-year-old Lough batted .286 with five homers and 33 RBI in 96 games. He played all three outfield positions.

He was originally selected by the Royals in the 11th round of the 2007 amateur draft. He made his major league debut in 2012, playing 20 games and batting .237.

Valencia hit .304 in 170 plate appearances for Baltimore. He bounced between the big league team and the minor leagues for much of the season.

Valencia's .553 slugging percentage was the fifth-highest in the AL among players with at least 150 at-bats. He batted .371 with 14 doubles and four homers against left-handers.

Braves acquire Doumit from Twins

ATLANTA -- Looking for catching depth after losing Brian McCann to free agency, the Atlanta Braves have acquired Ryan Doumit from the Minnesota Twins for left-hander Sean Gilmartin.

The 32-year-old Doumit could share time with Evan Gattis, a rookie last season who is McCann's projected replacement as Atlanta's primary starter.

Doumit played his first seven seasons with Pittsburgh, then spent two years in Minnesota. He hit .247 with 14 homers and 55 RBI this year, when he started only 43 games at catcher and also played in the outfield.

Gilmartin, the 28th overall pick in the 2011 amateur draft, was 3-8 with a 5.74 ERA at Triple-A Gwinnett last season.

SOCCER

Crew resigns forward Arrieta

COLUMBUS -- The Columbus Crew have re-signed of forward Jairo Arrieta after he scored 12 goals in 44 games over two years.

Signed in April 2012, the Costa Rican also has eight assists for the Crew.

Arrieta scored 45 goals in 161 matches with Saprissa from 2006-12.

ICE HOCKEY

Jackets' Prout out for up to three weeks

COLUMBUS -- The Columbus Blue Jackets placed defenseman Dalton Prout on injured reserve Wednesday retroactive to Dec. 16 because of an upper-body injury that will likely sideline to miss two to three weeks.

The 23-year-old Prout has two assists, 29 penalty minutes and 41 blocked shots in 24 games with Columbus this season. He had a goal, six assists, 25 penalty minutes and a plus-15 rating in 28 games with the Blue Jackets last season, leading the club in plus/minus while ranking second among rookie NHL defensemen in that category.

BASKETBALL

Wizards' Glen Rice to miss 3-6 weeks after wrist surgery

WASHINGTON -- Washington Wizards guard Glen Rice has had surgery on a broken right wrist and will be sidelined three to six weeks.

The team said Rice had experienced pain in his wrist leading up to Monday's game against the New York Knicks.

Rice was a second-round pick in this year's draft. He has averaged 2.9 points and 1.8 rebounds in 11 games.

S. Illinois coach: Players are 'bunch of mama's boys'

Southern Illinois coach Barry Hinson lambasted his players after a loss at Murray State, calling them "uncoachable," a "bunch of mama's boys" and comparing disciplining his young team to housebreaking a puppy.

Hinson was not made available for comment Wednesday morning. He's holding a regularly scheduled news conference in the afternoon. He told ESPN.com that his only regret was calling out a player by name.

The second-year coach's comments came after a 73-65 loss Tuesday night in which his team shot 42 percent, committed 18 turnovers and was out-rebounded 40-29.

Hinson called guard Marcus Fillyaw "absolutely awful." Fillyaw was scoreless with three fouls, two turnovers and one assist in 14 minutes.

The Salukis are 2-8 after losing four straight games.

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