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  • Simeon Hamilton of the United States celebrates his first place in the finish area of the men's sprint competition of the Tour de Ski cross-country World Cup event in Lenzerheide, Switzerland, Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013. (AP Photo/Keystone, Arno Balzarini)

    Simeon Hamilton of the United States celebrates his first place in the finish area of the men's sprint competition of the Tour de Ski cross-country World Cup event in Lenzerheide, Switzerland, Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013. (AP Photo/Keystone, Arno Balzarini)

  • Simeon Hamilton of the United States celebrates his first place in the finish area of the men's sprint competition of the Tour de Ski cross-country World Cup event in Lenzerheide, Switzerland, Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013. (AP Photo/Keystone, Arno Balzarini)

    Simeon Hamilton of the United States celebrates his first place in the finish area of the men's sprint competition of the Tour de Ski cross-country World Cup event in Lenzerheide, Switzerland, Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013. (AP Photo/Keystone, Arno Balzarini)

  • Simeon Hamilton of the United States celebrates his first place in the finish area of the men's sprint competition of the Tour de Ski cross-country World Cup event in Lenzerheide, Switzerland, Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013. (AP Photo/Keystone, Arno Balzarini)

    Simeon Hamilton of the United States celebrates his first place in the finish area of the men's sprint competition of the Tour de Ski cross-country World Cup event in Lenzerheide, Switzerland, Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013. (AP Photo/Keystone, Arno Balzarini)

  • FILE - In this Jan. 12, 2011, file photo, former Iowa State coach Johnny Orr gestures to the crowd before an NCAA college basketball game against Kansas in Ames, Iowa. Longtime former basketball coach Johnny Orr has died at 86. His death was confirmed Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013, by Iowa State, where Orr led the Cyclones to a school-record 218 wins from 1980 until 1994. Orr spent 29 seasons as a Division I coach. Twelve of them were at Michigan, where he guided the Wolverines to the national title game in 1976. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File_

    FILE - In this Jan. 12, 2011, file photo, former Iowa State coach Johnny Orr gestures to the crowd before an NCAA college basketball game against Kansas in Ames, Iowa. Longtime former basketball coach Johnny Orr has died at 86. His death was confirmed Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013, by Iowa State, where Orr led the Cyclones to a school-record 218 wins from 1980 until 1994. Orr spent 29 seasons as a Division I coach. Twelve of them were at Michigan, where he guided the Wolverines to the national title game in 1976. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File_

  • Simeon Hamilton of the United States celebrates his first place in the finish area of the men's sprint competition of the Tour de Ski cross-country World Cup event in Lenzerheide, Switzerland, Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013. (AP Photo/Keystone, Arno Balzarini)
  • Simeon Hamilton of the United States celebrates his first place in the finish area of the men's sprint competition of the Tour de Ski cross-country World Cup event in Lenzerheide, Switzerland, Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013. (AP Photo/Keystone, Arno Balzarini)
  • Simeon Hamilton of the United States celebrates his first place in the finish area of the men's sprint competition of the Tour de Ski cross-country World Cup event in Lenzerheide, Switzerland, Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013. (AP Photo/Keystone, Arno Balzarini)
  • FILE - In this Jan. 12, 2011, file photo, former Iowa State coach Johnny Orr gestures to the crowd before an NCAA college basketball game against Kansas in Ames, Iowa. Longtime former basketball coach Johnny Orr has died at 86. His death was confirmed Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013, by Iowa State, where Orr led the Cyclones to a school-record 218 wins from 1980 until 1994. Orr spent 29 seasons as a Division I coach. Twelve of them were at Michigan, where he guided the Wolverines to the national title game in 1976. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File_

NFL

Jaguars plan to let running back Jones-Drew test free agency

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The Jacksonville Jaguars plan to let veteran running back Maurice Jones-Drew test free agency.

General Manager Dave Caldwell said Jones-Drew has “earned the right” to test the market in March. Caldwell adds that the Jaguars would decide whether to match another team’s offer.

Jones-Drew, a second-round draft pick in 2006, has 8,071 yards rushing and 68 touchdowns in eight seasons. He missed the final 10 games last season with a left foot injury and played much of this season while recovering from surgery and dealing with a strained right hamstring.

Jones-Drew said he would like to stay in Jacksonville, but adds that his decision is all about money. He just played out a five-year, $31 million contract. The deal paid him $4.95 million in 2013.

BASEBALL

Astros agree to deal with All-Star reliever Crain

HOUSTON – All-Star free-agent reliever Jesse Crain agreed to a one-year deal with the Houston Astros yesterday. Financial terms were not released.

Crain made the All-Star team last season with a 0.74 ERA in 37 appearances for the White Sox. He had a streak of 29 straight appearances without allowing a run from April 17 to June 22. Crain was traded to Tampa Bay on July 29, but didn’t appear in a game for the Rays because of a right shoulder strain.

Houston General Manager Jeff Luhnow calls Crain a “proven reliever” who will “help us win games in 2014.” Houston’s bullpen was one of the biggest problems last season on a team that lost a franchise-record 111 games and had the worst record in the majors.

NHL

Maple Leafs sign Phaneuf to $49 million, 7-year contract

ANN ARBOR, Mich. – The Toronto Maple Leafs signed captain Dion Phaneuf to a $49 million, seven-year deal to keep the three-time All-Star defenseman under contract through the end of the 2020-21 season.

The 28-year-old Phaneuf helped Toronto earn a spot in the last postseason for the first time since 2004.

Phaneuf has four goals and 11 assists this season, and leads Toronto in ice time with more than 24 minutes per game. He has 110 goals and 335 points in his career, which began during the 2005-06 season with the Calgary Flames. Midway through the 2009-10 season, the Leafs acquired Phaneuf from Calgary in a seven-player deal.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Former Iowa State, Michigan, UMass coach Orr dies at 86

DES MOINES, Iowa – Longtime former basketball coach Johnny Orr died at 86.

His death was confirmed yesterday by Iowa State, where Orr led the Cyclones to a school-record 218 wins from 1980 until 1994.

Orr spent 29 seasons as a Division I coach. Twelve of them were at Michigan, where he guided the Wolverines to the national title game in 1976. He spent three seasons at Massachusetts.

He finished with a career record of 466-346 and 10 NCAA tournament appearances.

NORDIC SKIING

American Hamilton wins Tour de Ski sprint; Harvey still in the lead

LENZERHEIDE, Switzerland – American cross-country skier Simeon Hamilton announced himself as a possible medal contender for the Sochi Olympics by winning a men’s freestyle sprint yesterday for his first career Tour de Ski stage victory.

Hamilton held off Canada’s Alex Harvey and Martin Johnsrud Sundby on the final straight for his first podium finish in any World Cup event.

Harvey still leads the overall Tour standings with four races remaining.

In the women’s sprint, Ingvild Flugstad Oestberg beat fellow Norwegian Astrid Uhrenholdt Jacobsen to take the overall Tour lead from their countrywoman Marit Bjoergen, who failed to reach the final.

TENNIS

Top seeds Nadal, Ferrer, Murray win first-round matches in Qatar

DOHA, Qatar – Top seed Rafael Nadal, second seed David Ferrer and third seed Andy Murray opened the new tennis season with first-round wins on the last day of 2013.

Murray had the easiest path to victory on New Year’s Eve, barely breaking a sweat during his 6-0, 6-0 win over 2,129th-ranked Qatari wildcard recipient Mousa Shanan Zayed.

Nadal breezed through the opening set, but was tested in the second set by Lukas Rosol before the world No. 1 secured a 6-2, 7-6 (7) win on his fifth match point of the tiebreaker.

Ferrer needed three sets to come up with a 6-3, 5-7, 6-3 win over Alexandr Dolgopolov of the Ukraine.

Defending champion and fifth seed Richard Gasquet also moved along to the second round with a 7-5, 6-1 win over Egyptian wildcard recipient Karim Hossam.

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