T.F. SOUTH ALUM GRANDERSON AGREES TO DEAL WITH METS: T.F. South alum Curtis Granderson is heading across town, where the Mets hope his home run swing won't suffer at Citi Field.
The free-agent outfielder agreed to a $60 million, four-year contract with the Mets, according to a person familiar with the situation. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Friday because the deal was pending a physical and no announcement had been made.
Granderson, who turns 33 in March, comes over from the crosstown Yankees and gives the Mets much-needed power in their punchless outfield. He batted .229 with seven homers and 15 RBIs this year, when wrist and hand injuries limited him to 61 games.
UNITED STATES GETS DIFFICULT WORLD CUP DRAW: The United States will play Ghana, Portugal and Germany in a tough first-round group at next year's World Cup that will take them on a lengthy 9,000-mile trip around Brazil.
Making their seventh straight appearance at football's showcase, the Americans were drawn Friday into Group G and will open on June 16 in Natal against Ghana, which eliminated them at the 2006 and 2010 tournaments.
The U.S. meets Portugal and 2008 FIFA Player of the Year Cristian Ronaldo on June 22 in the Amazon rain forest city Manaus. The Americans close group play on June 26 in Recife against Germany, which beat them in the 2002 quarterfinal.
SOURCE SAYS IRISH HEADED TO PINSTRIPE BOWL: A person familiar with the decision tells The Associated Press that Notre Dame plans to accept a bid to the Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee Stadium.
The person, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the deal had not become official, says Notre Dame officials have informed bowl organizers that the Fighting Irish will play in the Dec. 28 game in New York. The Fighting Irish (8-4) will play either Houston (8-4) or Rutgers (5-6).
DUCKS BEAT HAWKS IN SHOOTOUT: Nick Bonino and Kyle Palmieri scored in the shootout to help the Anaheim Ducks beat the Blackhawks 3-2 on Friday night, sending the defending Stanley Cup champions to their third consecutive loss.
Bonino matched Jonathan Toews' goal in the first round of the tiebreaker, and Palmieri beat Antti Raanta with a backhand after Jonas Hiller stopped Patrick Sharp at the other end.
Hiller then made another save on Patrick Kane to give Anaheim the win after it lost its previous two games in a shootout.
The three-game losing streak for the Blackhawks is their worst regular-season stretch since February 2012.
ALLEN HELPS PEREGRINES EXTEND WINNING STREAK TO EIGHT: Noah Allen hit a 12-foot jumper at the buzzer to give Purdue Calumet an 84-82 win over Indiana South Bend on Friday night in Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference play.
Kaspars Brencans led the Peregrines (9-1, 2-0), who have won eight straight, with a game-high 20 points and three blocks. Roddy Richardson added 14 points, eight rebounds and four assists. Allen had 13 points, while Dioscar Gomez chipped in 11 points and three assists.
AUS ROUTS DEPAUL: Jahii Carson had 23 points, and Jermaine Marshall added 18 points as Arizona State (8-2) used a dominant second half to pull away for a 78-56 rout of DePaul.
Billy Garrett led DePaul (4-4) with 14 points.
VALPO PICKS UP FIRST WIN OF THE SEASON: Sharon Karungi had a double-double of 16 points and 14 rebounds as Valparaiso picked up its first win of the season, 74-50 over Chicago State on Friday at the Toledo Invitational. Jessi Wiedemann added 14 points for the Crusaders (1-7), while Liz Horton scored 13 and Abby Dean 12.
EDWARDS LEADS CALUMET COLLEGE TO WIN: Dominique Edwards scored a game-high 20 points to lead Calumet College to a 67-56 win over Rochester. Latoi Merriweather (Merrillville) had 14 points for the Crimson Wave (4-5), while Rebecca Arredondo (Highland) added 12.
DENO LEADS PUC TO CCAC VICTORY: Freshman Cassidy Deno scored a career-high 27 points in No. 18 Purdue Calumet's 82-62 win over IU-South Bend in Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference play. Brooklyn Short added 13 for the Peregrines (7-3, 2-0), while Kami Graber and Madison Gervais each scored 11.
KYLE WHITAKER FIFTH IN 400 IM AT WINTER NATIONALS: Michigan senior Kyle Whitaker (Chesterton) placed fifth in the 400 individual medley (3:48.76) at the AT&T Winter Nationals in Knoxville, Tenn. Whitaker is scheduled to swim today in the 200 back prelims. He's seeded 23rd (1:46.87).
Also, Munster junior Nicole Smith placed 31st in the 100 fly (55.59).
Around the horn
The Houston Texans fired Gary Kubiak on Friday, parting ways with the only coach to lead the team to the playoffs. The team announced the decision one day after the Texans (2-11) lost their 11th straight game, 27-20 at Jacksonville, a stunning fall for a team that expected to make a Super Bowl run. The Texans said defensive coordinator Wade Phillips would serve as interim coach for the rest of the season. ... Lindsey Vonn returned to racing in a World Cup downhill Friday, 10 months after major knee surgery and less than three weeks after partially re-tearing a ligament. She finished 40th of 60 starters.