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CORVALLIS — Seattle players looked at Wednesday's 99-48 drubbing of Oregon State as one that will put them on the college basketball map as they make the transition to Division I basketball.

The Beavers, meanwhile, are hoping to put it behind them as quickly as possible after equaling their biggest loss in school history.

"We're trying to get Seattle U. worldwide," said Seattle's Cervante Burrell, who scored 17 points and was one of five Redhawks in double figures. "This will put us out there, for sure."

Mike Boxley had 19 points, Chris Gweth 18, Aaron Broussard 15 and Charles Garcia 10 for the Redhawks (7-9), an independent team playing its first full schedule against Division I opponents since 1979-80.

"Like I told them at the beginning of the year, if we played together and played hard, we would all be surprised by the things that could happen as we go through this year," said Cameron Dollar, Seattle's first-year coach.

The 51-point margin of defeat for Oregon State came via the same score the Beavers suffered on Jan. 23, 1997 at Arizona.

"It's worth analyzing, but not worth beating yourselves up about," said Oregon State coach Craig Robinson. "I don't think this will linger very long."

Calvin Haynes had nine points for the Beavers (6-8), who were coming off consecutive road losses to Washington and Washington State to open Pac-10 Conference play.

Pro Football

IRVING, Texas — Former NFL receiver Terry Glenn has been charged with auto theft in what his attorney says is a mix-up over a car rental.

The 35-year-old Glenn was booked into the Irving jail Tuesday evening and released about six hours later. His attorney, Luis Vera of San Antonio, called the arrest a "crock of garbage."

He said Wednesday that Glenn had rented a sport-utility vehicle from National Car Rental several weeks ago while his Bentley was in the shop. He said Glenn was on his way to return the SUV when police stopped and arrested him, telling him National had reported the vehicle stolen.

In an e-mail Wednesday, National spokeswoman Laura Bryant said company officials are investigating the matter. However, she said, "there was communication between our agent and Mr. Glenn before the car was reported missing." She didn't elaborate.

Glenn played 12 NFL seasons from 1996 to 2007, with the New England Patriots, Green Bay Packers and the Dallas Cowboys.

A year ago, he was arrested on public intoxication and marijuana possession allegations at an Irving hotel.

CLEVELAND — Pro Bowler Josh Cribbs feels insulted by the Cleveland Browns' latest contract offer and intends to clean out his locker.

Agent Peter Schaffer said Wednesday night that the Browns failed to live up to previous promises they made to Cribbs. Schaffer said there is "no more middle ground" and that he is "extremely shocked" that new president Mike Holmgren would not understand Cribbs' value to the Browns.

"I'm not threatening anything," Schaffer said. "Josh is either going to be treated fairly or he wants out. He's going there (to the team's facility) tomorrow to clean out his locker."

Schaffer said he gave the Browns until the end of the business day to come up with a better deal than the $1.4 million per year they offered. Cribbs has three years remaining on a six-year, $6.77 million deal.

PITTSBURGH — Offensive line coach Larry Zierlein has been fired, the first Steelers assistant coach to lose his job since coach Mike Tomlin was hired in 2007.

Zierlein was supposed to meet with some of his linemen on Wednesday, only to be told he was being replaced. He was seen leaving the Steelers' offices with several large boxes. Zierlein previously coached for the Browns and Bills, plus five college teams.

Offensive coordinator Bruce Arians held a long meeting Wednesday with Tomlin and is expected to retain his job, despite some dissatisfaction within the organization about the decreased emphasis on the running game.


SEATTLE — Reserve infielder Chris Woodward and the Seattle Mariners have agreed to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Mariners general manager Jack Zduriencik (zur-REN-cik) said Wednesday that Woodward "was a role model and mentor as well as a contributor on the field" for Seattle last year.

The 33-year-old veteran of 10 major league seasons with Toronto, the New York Mets, Atlanta, Seattle and Boston played in 20 games for the Mariners in 2009 after starting the season at Triple-A Tacoma.

He hit .239 and started games at shortstop, second base and third base before Boston claimed him off waivers in August.

Woodward then played in 13 games with the Red Sox.

NEW YORK — The St. Louis Cardinals will be paying Matt Holliday through 2029 under the $120 million, seven-year contract that is likely to be finalized Thursday.

Holliday will get $17 million a season in salary, but $2 million a year will be deferred without interest, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press on Wednesday. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the sides have not announced financial details of the deal, which was subject to a physical.

Holliday's contract includes a $17 million team option for 2017 with a $1 million buyout, and the Cardinals must decide whether to exercise it within five days of the end of the 2016 World Series. The option would become guaranteed if Holliday finishes among the top 10 in 2016 NL MVP voting.

Depending on whether the option is exercised, Holliday will receive $1.4 million or $1.6 million each July 15 from 2020 until 2029.


MAMMOTH LAKES, Calif. — Kelly Clark already has an Olympic gold medal sitting back home, and now she knows, for sure, she'll get a chance at another.

The 2002 Olympic champion secured her spot on the U.S. Olympic team Wednesday by winning her second halfpipe Grand Prix event of the season.

Clark defeated 2006 gold medal winner Hannah Teter to make her 2 for 2 this season in the Grand Prix, which is being used to determine the riders who will represent the U.S. in Vancouver next month.

"Before the last Olympics, I qualified last," Clark said of the 2006 effort, where she was a late qualifier and finished fourth at the Games. "So, yeah, this feels really good. It gives me a chance to use the rest of the season to work on things, practice my harder jumps in competition."

There are three more Olympic qualifiers this month, starting Friday with another event at Mammoth Mountain. The team will be selected at the end of January.

Women's Basketball

ATHENS, Greece — Former WNBA superstar Sheryl Swoopes will join Esperides for the rest of the Greek league season.

The 38-year-old Swoopes agreed to replace Lindsay Wisdom-Hylton, Esperides said on Wednesday.

According to the team Web site, Wisdom-Hylton, a forward who plays for the WNBA's Los Angeles Sparks, decided to join Purdue University, her alma mater, as an assistant coach to the women's basketball team.

Esperides said Swoopes won't be ready to play Sunday when the Greek league resumes following the holiday break, but will play in subsequent games.

"Irrespective of her actual contribution (on the field), since she needs time (to get into shape), Esperides' goal is to upgrade women's basketball in Greece," the club said. It did not disclose financial terms.

While it has a dedicated core of followers, women's basketball in Greece lags far behind in popularity compared to the men's game and, like the men's league, hasn't fared well with the economic downturn. Since the season started in October, two teams have pulled out of the competition for financial reasons and so have two of the league's three representatives in the Eurocup.


NEW YORK — FIFA will not intervene in a labor dispute involving Major League Soccer that could be headed for a work stoppage next month.

A day after soccer's international union accused MLS of violating the regulations of the sport's governing body, FIFA said it has been told the league is within its rules. "FIFA can confirm it has received correspondence regarding a current issue involving the MLS and the MLS Players' Union and their ongoing negotiations," Zurich-based FIFA said in a statement Wednesday to The Associated Press.

"FIFA understands that this domestic issue is being resolved in accordance with U.S. labor laws and does not involve the U.S. Soccer Federation. FIFA will not interfere in the process. We have been assured that FIFA's regulations have been and will be respected," the statement said.


NEW YORK — Television ratings for the three BCS bowls on Fox stayed the same as last year.

The Sugar, Fiesta and Orange bowls averaged a 7.9 rating and 13 share. Iowa's 24-14 win over Georgia Tech in Tuesday's Orange Bowl earned a 6.8/11, up 26 percent from the record low for Cincinnati-Virginia Tech last season.

— The Associated Press

The Fiesta Bowl between teams from non-BCS conferences held its own: Boise State's 17-10 win over TCU on Monday drew an 8.2/13. That's the fifth-highest rating among the 12 non-championship BCS games that Fox has aired, but down 21 percent from last year's Texas-Ohio State game.

Ratings represent the percentage of all households with televisions tuned into a program, and shares represent the percentage of all homes with TVs in use at the time.

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