Sports Briefs

Posted: Wednesday, December 05, 2001

Yankees and Karsay close to deal

NEW YORK -- In what is likely to be their first move of the offseason, the New York Yankees closed in Monday on a four-year contract with reliever Steve Karsay worth about $21 million.

Karsay, a 29-year-old right-hander, began last season with Cleveland, then was traded to Atlanta on June 22 along with Steve Reed for John Rocker.

Applewhite gets Holiday Bowl start

AUSTIN, Texas -- After a season on the sideline, Major Applewhite will start one last game for No. 10 Texas.

The leading passer in Longhorns history has earned a start in the Holiday Bowl against No. 20 Washington, Texas coach Mack Brown said Tuesday.

Brown said the decision was based on the senior quarterback's performance in Texas' 39-37 Big 12 championship game loss to Colorado. Applewhite replaced junior starter Chris Simms in the second quarter and passed for 240 yards and a pair of touchdowns in a desperate rally from a 29-10 deficit.

Maryland headed to Orange Bowl, Illinois to Sugar

Maryland and Illinois, two one-loss teams with no shot at the national championship, are headed to BCS bowls -- the Terps in Miami, the Illini in New Orleans.

No. 7 Maryland, champion of the Atlantic Coast Conference, accepted an invitation Tuesday to the Orange Bowl, its first appearance in the game in 46 years. Illinois, the Big Ten champion, heads to the Sugar Bowl for the first time. The No. 8 Illini (10-1) probably will face No. 5 Nebraska, but would get LSU if it beats Tennessee on Saturday.

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