Bob Melvin, the reigning AL Manager of the Year, received a two-year extension through the 2016 season on Monday after leading Oakland to a surprising AL West title last year. Later in the day, Oakland announced it had reached agreement on a $1 million, one-year contract with catcher George Kottaras . . . Reliever J.J. Putz agreed to a $13.5 million, two-year contract with the Diamondbacks. Arizona exercised the 35-year-old’s $6.5 million option Oct. 20 and he would have been eligible for free agency after the 2013 season . . . Righthander Tommy Hunter and the Orioles agreed to a $1.82 million, one-year contract, more than tripling the 26-year-old’s salary last year . . . Outfielder Colby Rasmus agreed to a one-year deal with Toronto worth $4.675 million and outfielder Adam Loewen agreed to a minor league contract to return . . . Interpreters may be able to make mound trips with managers and pitching coaches this year. Major league owners approved the change when they met last week in Paradise Valley, Ariz. The change must be approved by the players’ association.
Notre Dame’s Wood to enter NFL draft
Notre Dame running back Cierre Wood will forgo his senior season and enter the 2013 NFL draft. Wood averaged 6.7 yards per carry for the Irish in 2012. NFLDraftScout.com rates him as the No. 20 running back prospect . . . Quarterback Case McCoy and linebacker Jordan Hicks rejoined the Texas football team after being suspended before the Alamo Bowl amid a sexual assault allegation . . . Illinois hired former Western Michigan head coach Bill Cubit as its offensive coordinator . . . Temple defensive coordinator Chuck Heater was hired for the same position at Marshall . . . The Eastern College Athletic Conference announced that Rudy Keeling retired as commissioner. Keeling coached men’s basketball at both Maine and Northeastern, posting a 154-214 record from 1998-2001.
BC men’s hockey takes over No. 2 spot
In the USCHO.com Division 1 men’s hockey poll, No. 2 Boston College, No. 3 New Hampshire, and No. 4 Quinnipiac all moved up one spot, while No. 9 Boston University slid down one. Dartmouth (No. 11), Yale (No. 12), and UMass-Lowell (No. 18) are also in the Top 20, which is led by Minnesota . . . In the women’s hockey poll, No. 2 BC and No. 3 Harvard swapped places, while BU moved up one place to No. 5 and Northeastern slid from ninth to 10th.
Spurs to be minus Ginobili 10-14 days
Spurs guard Manu Ginobili is expected to miss 10-14 days with a left hamstring strain. San Antonio said Ginobili had an MRI Monday after getting hurt in the second quarter of Sunday night’s game against Minnesota . . . Andrew Bynum is hopeful he can return to the 76ers around next month’s All-Star break. Bynum has not yet played in his first season with Philadelphia as he recovers from bone bruises on both knees. Bynum took part in light shooting drills at Monday’s practice, and said he’s pain free . . . The Timberwolves’ Kevin Love is scheduled to have hand surgery Tuesday in New York . . . The Lakers’ Pau Gasol (concussion) wasn’t cleared to play in Tuesday’s game against Milwaukee after another evaluation by the team’s medical staff.
McIlroy signs sponsorship with Nike
Nike said it signed a sponsorship deal with No. 1-ranked golfer Rory McIlroy for a reported $200 million. Nike now represents golf’s two biggest stars in McIlroy and Tiger Woods. Also, McIlroy said he wants Ireland's Paul McGinley to be Europe’s 2014 Ryder Cup skipper. A decision is due this week . . . Brad Drewett has been diagnosed with Lou Gehrig’s disease, and the ATP World Tour executive chairman and president is planning to step down once a successor is found . . . Roger Federer announced he is skipping Switzerland’s Davis Cup match against the Czech Republic next month . . . IBF heavyweight title contender Tomaz Adamek was charged with driving while intoxicated after police said he crashed his car into a parked vehicle in Lake Placid, N.Y., late Saturday night . . . The Dallas Stars traded defenseman Mark Fistric to the Edmonton Oilers for a third-round pick in this year’s draft . . . The Boston Cannons of Major League Lacrosse announced their schedule, and open the season April 28 at New York . . . Two-time US figure skating champion Alissa Czisny (hip) withdrew from next week’s nationals . . . Lindsey Vonn is skipping a World Cup night slalom Tuesday because she hasn’t had enough practice. US women’s coach Alex Hoedlmoser said Vonn skis only in races in which ‘‘she has the chance to win. And without any slalom training, there is no chance to win a slalom.’’