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  • FILE - In this Aug. 11, 2012, file photo, Texas Rangers Michael Young waves to fans before a baseball game in Arlington, Texas. Young is retiring after a 13-year major league career, nearly all of it with the Rangers.  The seven-time All-Star retires with a .300 career average and as Texas' hits leader with 2,230. He was the 2008 AL Gold Glove at shortstop. (AP Photo/LM Otero, File)

    FILE - In this Aug. 11, 2012, file photo, Texas Rangers Michael Young waves to fans before a baseball game in Arlington, Texas. Young is retiring after a 13-year major league career, nearly all of it with the Rangers. The seven-time All-Star retires with a .300 career average and as Texas' hits leader with 2,230. He was the 2008 AL Gold Glove at shortstop. (AP Photo/LM Otero, File)

  • FILE - In this jan.1 6, 2012, file photo, St. Louis Rams owner Stan Kroenke speaks during an NFL football news conference in St. Louis. A company tied to the  Rams owner, has purchased a prime piece of land in the Los Angeles area amid speculation the NFL franchise is considering a return to the city it left for the Midwest nearly two decades ago. (AP Photo/Tom Gannam, File)

    FILE - In this jan.1 6, 2012, file photo, St. Louis Rams owner Stan Kroenke speaks during an NFL football news conference in St. Louis. A company tied to the Rams owner, has purchased a prime piece of land in the Los Angeles area amid speculation the NFL franchise is considering a return to the city it left for the Midwest nearly two decades ago. (AP Photo/Tom Gannam, File)

  • Austria's Thomas Morgenstern celebrates on the podium after the fourth stage of the four hills ski jumping tournament in Bischofshofen, Austria, on Monday, Jan, 6, 2014. Morgenstern took the second place in the overall standings of the tournament. (AP Photo/Kerstin Joensson)

    Austria's Thomas Morgenstern celebrates on the podium after the fourth stage of the four hills ski jumping tournament in Bischofshofen, Austria, on Monday, Jan, 6, 2014. Morgenstern took the second place in the overall standings of the tournament. (AP Photo/Kerstin Joensson)

  • FILE - In this Aug. 11, 2012, file photo, Texas Rangers Michael Young waves to fans before a baseball game in Arlington, Texas. Young is retiring after a 13-year major league career, nearly all of it with the Rangers.  The seven-time All-Star retires with a .300 career average and as Texas' hits leader with 2,230. He was the 2008 AL Gold Glove at shortstop. (AP Photo/LM Otero, File)

    FILE - In this Aug. 11, 2012, file photo, Texas Rangers Michael Young waves to fans before a baseball game in Arlington, Texas. Young is retiring after a 13-year major league career, nearly all of it with the Rangers. The seven-time All-Star retires with a .300 career average and as Texas' hits leader with 2,230. He was the 2008 AL Gold Glove at shortstop. (AP Photo/LM Otero, File)

  • FILE - In this jan.1 6, 2012, file photo, St. Louis Rams owner Stan Kroenke speaks during an NFL football news conference in St. Louis. A company tied to the  Rams owner, has purchased a prime piece of land in the Los Angeles area amid speculation the NFL franchise is considering a return to the city it left for the Midwest nearly two decades ago. (AP Photo/Tom Gannam, File)

    FILE - In this jan.1 6, 2012, file photo, St. Louis Rams owner Stan Kroenke speaks during an NFL football news conference in St. Louis. A company tied to the Rams owner, has purchased a prime piece of land in the Los Angeles area amid speculation the NFL franchise is considering a return to the city it left for the Midwest nearly two decades ago. (AP Photo/Tom Gannam, File)

  • FILE - In this Aug. 11, 2012, file photo, Texas Rangers Michael Young waves to fans before a baseball game in Arlington, Texas. Young is retiring after a 13-year major league career, nearly all of it with the Rangers.  The seven-time All-Star retires with a .300 career average and as Texas' hits leader with 2,230. He was the 2008 AL Gold Glove at shortstop. (AP Photo/LM Otero, File)
  • FILE - In this jan.1 6, 2012, file photo, St. Louis Rams owner Stan Kroenke speaks during an NFL football news conference in St. Louis. A company tied to the  Rams owner, has purchased a prime piece of land in the Los Angeles area amid speculation the NFL franchise is considering a return to the city it left for the Midwest nearly two decades ago. (AP Photo/Tom Gannam, File)
  • Austria's Thomas Morgenstern celebrates on the podium after the fourth stage of the four hills ski jumping tournament in Bischofshofen, Austria, on Monday, Jan, 6, 2014. Morgenstern took the second place in the overall standings of the tournament. (AP Photo/Kerstin Joensson)
  • FILE - In this Aug. 11, 2012, file photo, Texas Rangers Michael Young waves to fans before a baseball game in Arlington, Texas. Young is retiring after a 13-year major league career, nearly all of it with the Rangers.  The seven-time All-Star retires with a .300 career average and as Texas' hits leader with 2,230. He was the 2008 AL Gold Glove at shortstop. (AP Photo/LM Otero, File)
  • FILE - In this jan.1 6, 2012, file photo, St. Louis Rams owner Stan Kroenke speaks during an NFL football news conference in St. Louis. A company tied to the  Rams owner, has purchased a prime piece of land in the Los Angeles area amid speculation the NFL franchise is considering a return to the city it left for the Midwest nearly two decades ago. (AP Photo/Tom Gannam, File)

NFL

Company tied to Rams owner Kroenke buys land near L.A.

ST. LOUIS – A company tied to St. Louis Rams owner Stan Kroenke purchased a prime piece of land in the Los Angeles area amid speculation the NFL franchise is considering a return to the city it left for the Midwest nearly two decades ago.

Team officials yesterday provided a written statement confirming the recent purchase of a 60-acre site near the Forum indoor arena in Inglewood, Calif., and adjacent to the shuttered Hollywood Park racetrack.

“As real estate developers, the Kroenke Organizations are involved in numerous real estate deals across the country and North America,” the statement said. “While we can confirm media reports that we recently purchased land in Inglewood, as a private company we don’t typically discuss our plans for commercial or residential investments. We have yet to decide what we are going to do with the property but we will look at all options, as we do with all of our properties.”

Los Angeles has lacked an NFL team since both the Rams and Raiders left in 1994. The Rams can break their 30-year lease in St. Louis after the 2014 season – a decade early – but have said little about their plans.

The football St. Louis Cardinals moved to Arizona in 1987, and the city went nearly a decade without a franchise until the Los Angeles Rams arrived in 1995.

BASEBALL

Rangers hits leader Young back in Texas to retire after 13 seasons

ARLINGTON, Texas – Michael Young is retiring after only one season away from the Texas Rangers.

Young formally announced his retirement yesterday at Rangers Ballpark. That was his baseball home for all but the last of his 13 major league seasons.

The seven-time All-Star is the Rangers’ career leader with 2,230 hits. The 37-year-old Young finished as a career .300 hitter in 1,970 games for Texas, Philadelphia and the Los Angeles Dodgers.

BASEBALL

Royals agree to 1-year deal with Crow

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The Royals agreed to terms with reliever Aaron Crow on a $1.475 million, one-year deal that leaves Greg Holland as their only unsigned arbitration-eligible player.

The deal includes a $50,000 bonus if Crow is an All-Star, which he was in 2011. Crow had asked for $1.7 million and the Royals offered the same $1.28 million he made last year.

Crow went 7-5 with a 3.38 ERA in 57 games last season.

HOCKEY

Wild forward Parise named captain of U.S. Olympic team

Zach Parise of the Minnesota Wild will be the captain of the U.S. men’s hockey team at the Sochi Olympics.

Minnesota defenseman Ryan Suter and Dustin Brown of the Los Angeles Kings will be the alternate captains, U.S. General Manager David Poile announced yesterday.

The 29-year-old Parise was an alternate captain at the Vancouver Olympics four years ago, scoring the goal that sent the gold-medal game into overtime.

Brown is the longtime captain of the Kings. Suter’s father, Bob, won a gold medal with the “Miracle on Ice” team in 1980.

SKI JUMPING

Morgenstern makes first jumps since ski flying crash

INNSBRUCK, Austria – The Austrian ski federation said three-time Olympic champion Thomas Morgenstern has made his first training jumps since recovering from a ski flying crash and is determined to compete at the Sochi Games.

The federation said Morgenstern jumped yesterday morning and evening “without complications ... The focus of the 27-year-old is still on Sochi.”

Morgenstern was hospitalized with skull and lung injuries after a training crash in Tauplitz on Jan. 10, four weeks after suffering facial cuts, bruises and a broken finger following a bad landing during a World Cup event in Titisee-Neustadt, Germany.

Golf

Mickelson makes it to weekend in Phoenix Open; Watson, Jones lead

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – Phil Mickelson made it to the weekend in the Phoenix Open. Another popular left-hander and a fellow former Arizona State player set the pace.

A week after withdrawing from Torrey Pines because of back pain, Mickelson shot a 4-under 67 in his afternoon round yesterday at cool and breezy TPC Scottsdale. The defending champion was eight strokes behind leaders Bubba Watson and Matt Jones.

Watson, the long-hitting left-hander who won the 2012 Masters, followed his opening 64 with a 66 to reach 12 under. Jones, the Australian who played at Arizona State and lives in Scottsdale, had his second straight 65.

McIlroy leads by one shot in Dubai

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates – Rory McIlroy hit a wedge into 5 feet for birdie on the 18th hole for a 2-under 70 to regain the outright lead in the Dubai Desert Classic.

The chief challenge for McIlroy came from an American – but it wasn’t Tiger Woods.

Brooks Koepka, who earned his European Tour card last year by winning three times on the Challenge Tour, made seven birdies against no bogeys for a 65 that left him one shot behind McIlroy going into the weekend.

Woods, meanwhile, hit only four fairways and had to rely on some key putts to salvage a 73. He was in a tie for 44th, eight shots out of the lead.

TENNIS

Sharapova, Pavlyuchenkova reach Open GDF semifinals

PARIS – Top-seeded Maria Sharapova thrashed eighth-seeded Kirsten Flipkens of Belgium, 6-2, 6-2, yesterday to set up an all-Russian semifinal against Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova at the Open Gaz de France.

In a more tightly contested match, Pavlyuchenkova upset fourth-seeded Angelique Kerber of Germany, 5-7, 6-3, 7-6 (3).

In last night’s later quarterfinals, No. 3 Sara Errani of Italy took on Ukraine’s Elina Svitolina, and Andrea Petkovic of Germany played France’s Alize Cornet.

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