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NFL

ALAMEDA, Calif. – Oakland Raiders Coach Dennis Allen says he told linebacker Rolando McClain not to come to practice a day after being held out for team-related issues.

Allen would not address the reasons for his decision yesterday other than to say there are “consequences to his actions.” McClain did not report to the team facility yesterdsay.

Allen says McClain is still on the team’s roster but says a decision about his future will need to be made.

NFL

Cowboys RB Murray practicing, but will he play?

IRVING, Texas – Dallas running back DeMarco Murray is practicing again for the first time since spraining his right foot a month and a half ago. Nobody’s saying whether that means he will end a six-game absence Sunday night against Philadelphia.

Murray was a limited participant in practice Wednesday and back on the field yesterday. Cowboys Coach Jason Garrett said he was doing “more football” than at any point since getting injured Oct. 14 at Baltimore.

The second-year pro would only acknowledge a “good first day” in a playful exchange with reporters.

BASEBALL

Nationals get Span from Twins for minor leaguer

WASHINGTON – The Washington Nationals acquired outfielder Denard Span from the Minnesota Twins for minor league pitcher Alex Meyer, giving the reigning NL East champions a leadoff hitter and center fielder.

Span is a career .284 hitter with 23 home runs, 230 RBI, 90 steals and a .357 on-base percentage during five seasons with the Twins.

Meyer went 10-6 with a 2.86 ERA at Class A this year.

BASEBALL

RHP Paulino, Royals agree to $1.75M deal

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Right-hander Felipe Paulino and the Kansas City Royals agreed to a $1.75 million contract that avoided salary arbitration, a cut of $150,000.

The deal announced yesterday contract $250,000 in performance bonuses.

Paulino opened the season on the disabled list because of a strained forearm, then went 3-1 with a 1.67 ERA in seven starts before tearing a ligament in his right elbow.

He underwent ligament-replacement surgery, spent the rest of the summer rehabbing and is expected to be ready to pitch again sometime during the middle of next season.

NHL

Wild goalie Harding diagnosed with MS

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Minnesota Wild goalie Josh Harding has been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis.

The Wild confirmed yesterday that Harding is undergoing treatment for the disease, which attacks the body’s immune system and affects the central nervous system. The Star Tribune first reported the news.

MS symptoms can include problems with balance, vision and fatigue. The 28-year-old Harding told the Star Tribune he plans to keep playing. Diagnosed two months ago, Harding resumed on-ice workouts two weeks ago without trouble.

NBA

Veteran guard Fisher signs deal with Mavericks

DALLAS – Veteran point guard Derek Fisher signed a contract with the Dallas Mavericks after passing a physical yesterday.

To make room on their 15-man roster, the Mavericks waived Troy Murphy, who had averaged 4.6 points and 3.5 rebounds in 14 games.

The 38-year-old Fisher was a free agent after playing last season with the Los Angeles Lakers and Oklahoma City.

Golf

Watney takes 2-shot lead at Sherwood

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. – Nick Watney is playing well in any kind of weather.

Watney made birdie for the first time ever on the 14th hole at Sherwood during a strong back nine that carried him to a 5-under 67 and a two-shot lead yesterday in the World Challenge. Watney won a month ago in stifling conditions in Malaysia. This day was cool and overcast, with fog rolling off the foothills. No matter. He did well enough to surge past Jim Furyk, Keegan Bradley and Graeme McDowell.

Tiger Woods, the tournament host and defending champion, had a number of good par saves and scratched out a 70.

The World Challenge doesn’t count as an official win, though it awards world ranking points.

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