Sports briefs: Arkansas hires football coach Bret Bielema away from Wisconsin
college football • Wisconsin coach Bret Bielema has agreed to become the new coach at Arkansas, taking over a program that stumbled from scandal into an awful season that had begun with hopes of challenging for a national championship.
Bielema will replace John L. Smith, who abandoned Weber State to take the job after Arkansas fired Bobby Petrino. Petrino had hired his mistress to work in the football department. Arkansas went 4-8 this season and athletic director Jeff Long announced after the season that Smith would not return.
Bielema is 68-24 in seven seasons with the Badgers, who will face Stanford in the Rose Bowl on Jan. 1.
• Auburn has Gus Malzahn as its new head coach. Malzahn was the Tigers' offensive coordinator during their national championship run in 2010, but spent this season at Arkansas State in his first college head coaching position. He led the Red Wolves to a 9-3 record, a Sun Belt Conference title and a berth in the GoDaddy.com Bowl.
• Boston College has hired Steve Addazio away from Temple to be the Eagles' next coach. Addazio, a Connecticut native, went 13-11 in two seasons with the Owls.
Victorino, Red Sox working on deal
baseball • Free agent outfielder Shane Victorino and the Boston Red Sox are close to completing a three-year deal worth $39 million, a person familiar with the talks said. Victorino hit a combined .255 with 11 home runs and 55 RBIs last season for Philadelphia and the Los Angeles Dodgers last season.
• Free agent pitcher Dan Haren and the Washington Nationals are close to completing a one-year deal for $13 million. Haren was 12-13 with a 4.33 ERA in 30 starts for the L.A. Angels.
From wire reports