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Baseball

Source: OF Bay reaches deal with Mariners

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – A person familiar with the deal told the Associated Press that free agent outfielder Jason Bay reached a one-year contract with the Seattle Mariners.

The 34-year-old Bay is hoping to resurrect his career with the Mariners after three disappointing and injury-plagued seasons with the New York Mets.

Bay hit .165 with eight home runs and 20 RBI last season. He was slowed by concussions and rib injuries while with the Mets and played only 288 games in three years with them.

Baseball

Source: INF Chavez agrees to deal with D-backs

A person with knowledge of the negotiations said the Arizona Diamondbacks and infielder Eric Chavez have agreed to terms on a $3 million, one-year contract.

Chavez’s new deal is pending a physical.

The 34-year-old Chavez hit .281 with 16 homers in 278 at-bats for the New York Yankees, playing first and third base and at designated hitter.

Source: OF McLouth re-signs with Orioles

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – A person familiar with the deal told the Associated Press that free agent outfielder Nate McLouth has rejoined the Baltimore Orioles with a one-year contract worth $2 million.

An NL All-Star in 2008, McLouth was cut by Pittsburgh in late May after hitting just .140 with two RBI in 34 games. Baltimore signed McLouth, 31, to a minor league deal in early June and promoted him to the majors two months later. He hit .268 with seven home runs and 18 RBI, and helped spark the Orioles to an AL wild-card spot.

Baseball

Source: Keppinger, Chisox reach $12M, 3-year deal

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – A person familiar with the contract told the Associated Press that versatile infielder Jeff Keppinger has reached agreement with the Chicago White Sox on a $12 million, three-year contract.

Keppinger hit .325 with a career-high nine home runs and 40 RBI for Tampa Bay last season. The well-traveled 32-year-old is known for making contact and has more walks than strikeouts during his eight-year career with the Rays, San Francisco, Houston, Cincinnati, Kansas City and the Mets.

Baseball

Larkin: Drug cheats do not belong in Hall of Fame

NEW YORK – Hall of Fame shortstop Barry Larkin said players who used performance-enhancing drugs don’t deserve to be enshrined in Cooperstown.

Inducted into the Hall last summer after a 19-year career with the Cincinnati Reds, Larkin told the Associated Press in a phone interview yesterday that players who cheat shouldn’t receive baseball’s highest individual honor.

Larkin says he thinks there needs to be definitive guidance on who has done performance enhancers and who has not. He was speaking about a month ahead of the voting results for next year’s Hall class. Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens and Sammy Sosa are all up for selection for the first time.

NFL

Ravens LB Suggs to be ‘game-time’ decision Sunday

OWINGS MILLS, Md. – Baltimore Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs hopes a torn right biceps won’t keep him out of Sunday’s game against Washington. He says his status won’t be determined for sure until late in the week.

Suggs was hurt last Sunday in the fourth quarter of a 23-20 loss to Pittsburgh. Before practice yesterday, Suggs said, “We got to see how it goes. We kind of live by the creed of, if you can breathe, then you can play.”

He says his availability will be “a game-time decision.”

Another injured Ravens linebacker, Ray Lewis, returned to practice yesterday – the latest step in his attempt to come back from a tore right triceps. Lewis was hurt Oct. 14 against Dallas.

NFL

Seattle CB Browner suspended 4 games

RENTON, Wash. – Seattle Seahawks cornerback Brandon Browner has dropped the appeal of his suspension for using performance-enhancing substances and will miss the final four games of the regular season.

Browner’s decision was announced by the league yesterday. He will be eligible to rejoin the team on Dec. 31 and able to play in the postseason should the Seahawks make the playoffs.

News broke after Seattle’s loss at Miami on Nov. 25 that Browner and fellow starting cornerback, Richard Sherman, were both facing suspensions after testing positive for PEDs. Sherman is continuing with his plans to appeal and can continue to play while his suspension is being appealed.

NFL

Skelton back at starting QB for Cardinals

TEMPE, Ariz. – Arizona’s John Skelton will be back at starting quarterback when the Cardinals play the Seahawks on Sunday in Seattle.

Coach Ken Whisenhunt said his decision to replace rookie Ryan Lindley was based on several factors, including the environment the Cardinals will face in Seattle, where the crowd is among the loudest in the NFL and the conditions are likely to be cold and wet.

Whisenhunt refused to replace Lindley with Skelton despite the Cardinals’ woeful offensive performance in a 7-6 road loss to the New York Jets last Sunday. Arizona has lost eight in a row.

Soccer

Messi carted off with knee injury

BARCELONA, Spain – Lionel Messi, grimacing in pain, was taken off the field on a cart with a knee injury as Barcelona was held to a 0-0 tie by Benfica in a Champions League match last night.

With Barcelona already assured of advancing to the second round, Messi entered as a reserve in the 58th minute.

Messi’s left knee collided with the right hand of Benfica’s Artur as he ran onto Gerard Pique’s long pass and tried to round the goalkeeper in the 85th minute. Messi took a left-footed shot from an angle, then fell to the field in pain. He rolled onto his back and held the knee, then was loaded onto a cart.

“Messi has a bruise on the outside of his left knee,” Barcelona said on its Twitter feed. “He’ll undergo further tests to determine the exact extent of the injury.”

A three-time FIFA Player of the Year, Messi has 84 goals for Barcelona and Argentina this year, one shy of Gerd Mueller’s 40-year-old record for most goals in a calendar year for club and country.

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