Stanford assistant coach Lance Anderson has been promoted to the role of defensive coordinator, the school announced Friday.

Anderson joined the Cardinal as a member of Jim Harbaugh's first staff (2007). He coached outside linebackers for the past four years and will continue to oversee that position.

Anderson replaces Derek Mason, who was named Vanderbilt's head coach last week.

"Lance has worked under two of the best defensive minds in football in Vic Fangio and Derek Mason," Cardinal coach David Shaw said. "He will continue our defensive tradition of being aggressive, being physical and setting the tone for how we play football here at Stanford University."

  • Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly hired former Washington Redskins quarterbacks coach Matt LaFleur to hold the same position for the Irish.

  • Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston practiced with Florida State's baseball team. The 6-foot-4, 225-pounder is the favorite to win the closer role. He was 1-2 with a 3.00 ERA in 27 innings last year.

    College basketball

    Georgetown center Joshua Smith is academically ineligible and will miss the remainder of the basketball season. He was third in scoring for the Hoyas at 11.5 points per game. The 6-10, 350-pounder had transferred from UCLA.


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  • Katie Hempen and Sophie Brunner each made two free throws in the final 10 seconds to help No. 14 Arizona State (16-3, 5-2 Pac-12) escape with a 65-62 women's win at Utah (8-10, 1-6). Deja Mann had 18 points and Hempen added 14 for the Sun Devils.

    Baseball

    The Giants acquired left-hander David Huff from the New York Yankees for cash considerations. Huff, 29, appeared in 14 games for Cleveland and New York last season, going 3-1 with a 5.50 ERA.

  • The Chicago White Sox agreed to a multiyear contract extension with manager Robin Ventura. Terms weren't disclosed. The former All-Star third baseman had never managed at any level when he replaced Ozzie Guillen. Ventura, 46, has a 148-176 record in two seasons, including 63-99 in 2013.

  • The Los Angeles Dodgers signed infielder Chone Figgins to a minor league deal with an invite to spring training. Figgins, 36, last played in the major leagues in 2012 with Seattle.

  • Daisuke Matsuzaka, 33, agreed to a minor league contract with the New York Mets and was invited to spring training. He was 3-3 with a 4.42 ERA for New York last year.

    Winter sports

    Maria Hoefl-Riesch won a downhill at Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy, for the 27th World Cup victory of her career. Mammoth's Stacey Cook was fifth.

  • Gold medals in snowboardcross at the Winter X Games in Aspen, Colo., went to familiar faces: Lindsey Jacobellis and Nate Holland. Both will be on the U.S. Olympic team in Sochi. Jacobellis won her eighth X Games title and Holland his seventh.

    Soccer

    Juan Mata was on the brink of becoming the most expensive player in Manchester United's history after the Premier League champions announced an agreement with Chelsea to acquire the midfielder. Though United didn't give details, the club this week made a bid of $61 million.

    The Associated Press contributed to this report.