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Jaguars claim Babin off waivers from Eagles
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The Jacksonville Jaguars claimed two-time Pro Bowl defensive end Jason Babin off waivers from Philadelphia.
The Jaguars (2-9) will pay the remaining $1.69 million of Babin’s 2012 salary, essentially taking a low-risk look at someone who could significantly upgrade one of the league’s worst pass rushes.
Jacksonville has a league-low 13 sacks, a glaring weakness on a team filled with holes.
Babin has 51∕2 sacks after recording 18 last year. He signed a five-year, $28 million deal last summer after going to his first Pro Bowl with Tennessee following the 2010 season.
Colts expect Pagano to make all calls in return
INDIANAPOLIS – Colts Interim Coach Bruce Arians expects Chuck Pagano to make all the calls when he gets back on the sideline.
Pagano has been on an indefinite leave from the team since being diagnosed with leukemia Sept. 26. He’s been undergoing chemotherapy.
The team is hoping Pagano can make it back for the regular-season finale Dec. 30 against Houston.
On Wednesday, Arians acknowledged that when Pagano returns – whether it’s for the Texans game, earlier or perhaps for a playoff game – he will have full control of the team.
Former TE Jerramy Stevens arrested in Fla.
TAMPA, Fla. – Former NFL tight end Jerramy Stevens has been arrested for a parole violation in Florida. According to booking records, Stevens was arrested in Hillsborough County, Fla., yesterday morning.
Two weeks ago, Stevens was arrested in the Seattle suburb of Kirkland, Wash., for investigation of assault following what the police said was an argument with U.S. women’s soccer team goalkeeper Hope Solo. A Kirkland Municipal Court judge released Stevens after a court appearance, saying there was no evidence connecting Stevens to any assault. Stevens and Solo were married that night.
Stevens was arrested in 2010 while playing for Tampa Bay. He was pulled over and arrested the night before a game for possession of marijuana. He was almost immediately released by the Buccaneers.
Miles, LSU agree to raise, extension
BATON ROUGE, La. – LSU Athletic Director Joe Alleva says football Coach Les Miles is getting a raise and an extension through 2019.
Alleva confirmed the length of the deal after he and Miles’s agent, George Bass, reached an agreement yesterday afternoon. Alleva says financial details of the contract are still in the negotiation process and will be announced at a later date.
Miles’ previous contract paid about $3.75 million annually through 2017. He has not received a raise since 2008, though he has since received an extension and raises for assistants.
Pettitte, Yankees reach 1-year deal
NEW YORK – Andy Pettitte is staying with the New York Yankees next season. The left-hander signed a one-year deal with the Yankees worth $12 million yesterday, putting baseball’s biggest postseason winner back in pinstripes.
Pettitte turns 41 in June. He retired after the 2010 season, then decided to come back this year and signed a contract guaranteeing $2.5 million.
Pettitte went 5-4 with a 2.87 ERA in 12 starts. He missed almost three months because of a broken lower left leg, sustained when he was hit by a line drive off the bat of Cleveland’s Casey Kotchman on June 27.
The AL East champions have a projected rotation of CC Sabathia, Hiroki Kuroda, Phil Hughes, Ivan Nova and Pettitte for next year.
Reds sign Broxton to 3-year, $21 million deal
CINCINNATI – The Reds signed Jonathan Broxton to a three-year, $21 million contract, giving the NL Central champions a potential closer.
Broxton came to the Reds last July in a trade with Kansas City and was part of their push toward the playoffs. He filled in as the closer when Aroldis Chapman came down with a tired shoulder and had four saves in six chances overall with a 2.82 ERA, impressing the Reds.
Broxton’s deal pays him a $4 million base salary in 2013, $7 million in 2014 and $9 million in 2015. There’s a club option for another year at $9 million with a $1 million buyout. He also got a limited no-trade provision.
Reliever Neshek reaches agreement with A’s
OAKLAND, Calif. – Right-handed reliever Pat Neshek and the Oakland Athletics reached agreement on a one-year contract, avoiding salary arbitration.
The AL West champion A’s rallied around Neshek after his newborn son, Gehrig, died 23 hours after his birth just before the playoffs began last month. Oakland players took the field wearing patches in the baby’s honor during their five-game division series loss to the Detroit Tigers.
He went 2-1 with a 1.37 ERA in 24 appearances with the A’s after being acquired from Baltimore on Aug. 3 for cash considerations. Neshek was 3-2 with 11 saves and a 2.66 ERA in 35 Triple-A appearances before joining Oakland.
Angels sign reliever Madson to 1-year deal
ANAHEIM, Calif. – Right-handed reliever Ryan Madson agreed to a one-year deal with the Los Angeles Angels, hoping for a comeback from Tommy John surgery.
The Angels announced the deal yesterday. Madson said he expects to be the Angels’ closer, and general Manager Jerry Dipoto agreed the veteran is likely to supplant Ernesto Frieri when Madson is fully healthy.
Madson pitched his first nine big-league seasons with Philadelphia, going 47-30 with 52 saves and a 3.59 ERA. He was outstanding as the Phillies’ closer in 2011, getting 32 saves with a 2.37 ERA.
Center Smith leaves UCLA basketball team
LOS ANGELES – Center Joshua Smith is quitting UCLA’s basketball team and the school gave him his immediate release.
He’s the second player to leave the program recently. Junior guard Tyler Lamb said last weekend that he would transfer to another school to pursue more playing time.
Smith says he’s leaving the Bruins for “personal reasons,” although he says he enjoyed his two-plus seasons with the program.
The junior averaged 5.2 points and 4.2 rebounds while playing 13.5 minutes a game in UCLA’s six games this season.
Red Wings prospect faces ‘super drunk’ charge
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Detroit Red Wings prospect Riley Sheahan faces charges under Michigan’s tougher “super drunk” designation following a traffic stop during which police discovered him clad in a Teletubby costume.
According to a Grand Rapids police report obtained by MLive.com, Sheahan twice registered a blood alcohol level of 0.30 percent following his arrest on Oct. 29. The driving limit is 0.08 percent and the benchmark for the “super drunk” designation is 0.17 percent.
The police say he was wearing the costume of a purple Teletubby, also known as Tinky Winky, during the stop. The 20-year-old Grand Rapids Griffins center from St. Catharines, Ontario, played in college at Notre Dame.
The “super drunk” charge carries a penalty of 180 days in jail and possible deportation.
Fourcade wins men’s 20K World Cup race
OSTERSUND, Sweden – Defending overall champion Martin Fourcade of France won the first individual race of the biathlon World Cup season, taking a 20-kilometer event yesterday ahead of Dominik Landertinger of Austria.
Fourcade and Landertinger had their only miss at the second of four shooting stations, but the Frenchman used his stronger skiing to finish in 50 minutes, 44.7 seconds, beating the Austrian by 12.3 seconds.
Erik Lesser of Germany was one of only three skiers to shoot cleanly and finished third, 21.7 seconds back. All-time great Ole Einar Bjoerndalen of Norway skipped the event because of a cold.