Senior left guard David Yankey is among four Stanford players named to the Associated Press 2013 All-America football teams.

Yankey was a first-team selection. Linebacker Trent Murphy and all-purpose player Ty Montgomery were on the second team, and linebacker Shayne Skov was on the third team.

Yankey, a consensus All-American in 2012, leads a Stanford offensive line ranked fourth nationally for fewest tackles for a loss allowed per game (3.69) and 16th for fewest sacks allowed per game (1.15).

  • Yankey, Murphy and Montgomery also were named to the SI.com All-America first team, and Skov was placed on the second team.

    Stanford had three honorable mention selections: running back Tyler Gaffney, tackle Andrus Peat and safety Ed Reynolds.

    San Jose State wide receiver Chandler Jones also made the honorable mention list.

    Baseball

    Former A's closer Grant Balfour has agreed to a two-year, $15 million deal with the Baltimore Orioles, according to a person familiar with the deal. Balfour fills the vacancy left by the trade of closer Jim Johnson to the A's.

  • The New York Yankees agreed to a $2 million, one-year contract with former Orioles second baseman Brian Roberts and a $7 million, two-year deal with former Chicago White Sox left-hander Matt Thornton.


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  • Pitcher Masahiro Tanaka wants to move to Major League Baseball next season but his Japanese team doesn't want to let him go.

    Tanaka, who was 24-0 with a 1.27 ERA last season, isn't eligible for free agency until after the 2015 season and can only leave if his team, the Rakuten Eagles, grants its permission.

    Olympics

    Kevin Dineen became coach of Canada's women's hockey team, a month after his firing by the Florida Panthers.

    The Associated Press contributed to this report.