Jazz trade C Okur to Nets for 2nd-round pick

Jazz trade C Okur to Nets for 2nd-round pick

SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah Jazz have traded All-Star center Mehmet Okur to the New Jersey Nets in exchange for a future second-round draft pick.

The 6-foot-11 Okur is in his 10th year.

The Nets needed another big man after learning Brook Lopez was out until at least February from surgery to repair a stress fracture in his right foot.

Utah had an abundance of big men. The Jazz drafted Enes Kanter No. 3 overall this summer and have watched former No. 3 overall pick Derrick Favors blossom.

Pitt names Wisconsin's Chryst as new football coach

PITTSBURGH — Pittsburgh named Wisconsin offensive coordinator Paul Chryst as its new head football coach, a week after the sudden departure of Todd Graham to Arizona State.

Chryst, who is in his seventh season with the Badgers, had been one of three candidates for the Pitt position, along with Florida International's Mario Cristobal and Ohio State's Luke Fickell, FOX Sports Wisconsin reported.

Wisconsin ranked fifth in the country in scoring offense last season, averaging 41.5 points per game. This season, the Badgers rank fourth in scoring offense, averaging 44.6 points.

Wisconsin football coach Bret Bielema had said previously that Chryst would still coach the team in the Rose Bowl against Oregon on Jan. 2 if he accepted another job.

AKRON, Ohio — Terry Bowden has returned to Division I college football following a 13-year hiatus after being hired Thursday as the head coach at the University of Akron.

Bowden, 55, spent eight years out of coaching until 2009 when he took over at Division II North Alabama, compiling a 29-9 record in three seasons and making the playoffs each year.

Bowden, the son of legendary Florida State coach Bobby Bowden, has not coached at an FBS school since he was fired midway through the 1998 season at Auburn.

Bowden's career coaching record stands at 140-62-2.

Kurt Busch gets new ride with Phoenix Racing

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Kurt Busch has a new ride.

NASCAR's most polarizing figure announced he'll drive the No. 51 car for Phoenix Racing and owner James Finch for the entire 2012 Sprint Cup season.

Busch says in a release "after entertaining a lot of quality offers, there's no better place for me."

Busch has won 24 Sprint Cup races, as well as the 2010 NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race.

Compiled from wire reports