Quarterback Marcus Mariota has announced that he will return to Oregon for his junior season.

There had been speculation that Mariota might declare himself eligible for the NFL. After Oregon's 36-35 victory over Oregon State on Friday, he said he hadn't yet made a decision.

But on Tuesday, the school announced on its website that Mariota would stay, along with junior Hroniss Grasu, a three-year starter at center.

Mariota has passed for 30 touchdowns this season for the Ducks, who finished the regular season 10-2.

Widely considered a top Heisman Trophy candidate this season, Mariota was hampered by what appeared to be a left knee injury the last five games of the season.

  • Jim Mora received a six-year contract extension to stay as UCLA's coach. Mora had spoken to Washington officials Monday after Steve Sarkisian was hired to coach USC.

  • Tulane accepted an invitation to play against Louisiana-Lafayette on Dec. 21 in the New Orleans Bowl.

    Baseball

    Free agent outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury, fresh off winning the World Series with Boston, reached agreement with the rival New York Yankees on a seven-year contract worth about $153 million, according to a person familiar with the negotiations.

    The center fielder was to take a physical in New York on Wednesday that he must pass before the deal can be finalized, the person said, speaking on condition of anonymity because no statements were authorized.

    Ellsbury's deal includes a $21 million option for the 2021 season, with a $5 million buyout. If the option is exercised, the deal would be worth $169 million over eight years.

    Earlier Tuesday, New York finalized an $85 million, five-year contract with All-Star catcher Brian McCann.

  • Catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia has agreed to a $21 million, three-year deal with the Miami Marlins, two people familiar with the negotiations told the AP. Saltalamacchia started the past three seasons for the Red Sox, who were reluctant to offer him a multiyear deal. MLB.com reported that Boston was poised to sign A.J. Pierzynski to a one-year deal to be the team's starting catcher. Pierzynski played last season for the Texas Rangers.

  • The Tampa Bay Rays acquired catcher Ryan Hanigan from the Cincinnati Reds and reliever Heath Bell from the Arizona Diamondbacks as part of a three-team trade. Tampa Bay sent minor league pitcher Justin Choate and a player to be determined to the Diamondbacks. Arizona dealt left-hander David Holmberg to Cincinnati.

  • The Houston Astros acquired outfielder Dexter Fowler from the Colorado Rockies for outfielder Brandon Barnes and right-hander Jordan Lyles.

  • The Philadelphia Phillies traded catcher Erik Kratz and left-hander Rob Rasmussen to the Toronto Blue Jays for right-hander Brad Lincoln.

  • Tony Clark became the first former major leaguer to become head of the baseball players' union. He replaced Michael Weiner, who died Nov. 21 of brain cancer.

    Miscellany

    Lindsey Vonn was cleared to get back on a World Cup course for downhill training, but a decision won't be made until Thursday on whether Vonn will return to competition for the first time since tearing right-knee ligaments in a crash at the world championships in February.

  • Jozy Altidore was named Futbol de Primera U.S. national team player of the year. Michael Bradley was second in the voting and Landon Donovan third.