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  • FILE - In this Sept. 6, 2013, file photo, Detroit Tigers' Omar Infante hits a three-run double off Kansas City Royals relief pitcher Luis Mendoza during the fifth inning of a baseball game in Kansas City, Mo. A person close to the negotiations tells The Associated Press that the Kansas City Royals and Infante are nearing an agreement on a four-year contract. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner, File)

    FILE - In this Sept. 6, 2013, file photo, Detroit Tigers' Omar Infante hits a three-run double off Kansas City Royals relief pitcher Luis Mendoza during the fifth inning of a baseball game in Kansas City, Mo. A person close to the negotiations tells The Associated Press that the Kansas City Royals and Infante are nearing an agreement on a four-year contract. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner, File)

  • New Orleans Pelicans forward Josh Childress (8) flicks the ball from New York Knicks guard J.R. Smith (8) in the first half of their NBA basketball game at Madison Square Garden in New York, Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013.  (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

    New Orleans Pelicans forward Josh Childress (8) flicks the ball from New York Knicks guard J.R. Smith (8) in the first half of their NBA basketball game at Madison Square Garden in New York, Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

  • Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers is seen during a warm up period before an NFL football game against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field in Detroit, Thursday, Nov. 28, 2013. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

    Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers is seen during a warm up period before an NFL football game against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field in Detroit, Thursday, Nov. 28, 2013. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

  • Notre Dame quarterback Everett Golson celebrates after Notre Dame defeated Southern California 22-13 in an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Nov. 24, 2012, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Danny Moloshok)

    Notre Dame quarterback Everett Golson celebrates after Notre Dame defeated Southern California 22-13 in an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Nov. 24, 2012, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Danny Moloshok)

  • FILE - In this Jan. 24, 2012, file photo, Former NASCAR driver Jeremy Mayfield leaves the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, Va. The million-dollar North Carolina home once owned by Mayfield before he was kicked off the land is scheduled to be burned to the ground as part of a fire training exercise. The Catawba County Fire Marshal's Office says the 12,000-square-foot unfinished house will be burned down on Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013. (AP Photo/Steve Helber, File)

    FILE - In this Jan. 24, 2012, file photo, Former NASCAR driver Jeremy Mayfield leaves the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, Va. The million-dollar North Carolina home once owned by Mayfield before he was kicked off the land is scheduled to be burned to the ground as part of a fire training exercise. The Catawba County Fire Marshal's Office says the 12,000-square-foot unfinished house will be burned down on Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013. (AP Photo/Steve Helber, File)

  • FILE - In this Sept. 6, 2013, file photo, Detroit Tigers' Omar Infante hits a three-run double off Kansas City Royals relief pitcher Luis Mendoza during the fifth inning of a baseball game in Kansas City, Mo. A person close to the negotiations tells The Associated Press that the Kansas City Royals and Infante are nearing an agreement on a four-year contract. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner, File)

    FILE - In this Sept. 6, 2013, file photo, Detroit Tigers' Omar Infante hits a three-run double off Kansas City Royals relief pitcher Luis Mendoza during the fifth inning of a baseball game in Kansas City, Mo. A person close to the negotiations tells The Associated Press that the Kansas City Royals and Infante are nearing an agreement on a four-year contract. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner, File)

  • Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers is seen during a warm up period before an NFL football game against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field in Detroit, Thursday, Nov. 28, 2013. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

    Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers is seen during a warm up period before an NFL football game against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field in Detroit, Thursday, Nov. 28, 2013. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

  • Notre Dame quarterback Everett Golson celebrates after Notre Dame defeated Southern California 22-13 in an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Nov. 24, 2012, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Danny Moloshok)

    Notre Dame quarterback Everett Golson celebrates after Notre Dame defeated Southern California 22-13 in an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Nov. 24, 2012, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Danny Moloshok)

  • FILE - In this Jan. 24, 2012, file photo, Former NASCAR driver Jeremy Mayfield leaves the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, Va. The million-dollar North Carolina home once owned by Mayfield before he was kicked off the land is scheduled to be burned to the ground as part of a fire training exercise. The Catawba County Fire Marshal's Office says the 12,000-square-foot unfinished house will be burned down on Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013. (AP Photo/Steve Helber, File)

    FILE - In this Jan. 24, 2012, file photo, Former NASCAR driver Jeremy Mayfield leaves the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, Va. The million-dollar North Carolina home once owned by Mayfield before he was kicked off the land is scheduled to be burned to the ground as part of a fire training exercise. The Catawba County Fire Marshal's Office says the 12,000-square-foot unfinished house will be burned down on Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013. (AP Photo/Steve Helber, File)

  • FILE - In this Sept. 6, 2013, file photo, Detroit Tigers' Omar Infante hits a three-run double off Kansas City Royals relief pitcher Luis Mendoza during the fifth inning of a baseball game in Kansas City, Mo. A person close to the negotiations tells The Associated Press that the Kansas City Royals and Infante are nearing an agreement on a four-year contract. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner, File)
  • New Orleans Pelicans forward Josh Childress (8) flicks the ball from New York Knicks guard J.R. Smith (8) in the first half of their NBA basketball game at Madison Square Garden in New York, Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013.  (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
  • Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers is seen during a warm up period before an NFL football game against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field in Detroit, Thursday, Nov. 28, 2013. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)
  • Notre Dame quarterback Everett Golson celebrates after Notre Dame defeated Southern California 22-13 in an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Nov. 24, 2012, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Danny Moloshok)
  • FILE - In this Jan. 24, 2012, file photo, Former NASCAR driver Jeremy Mayfield leaves the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, Va. The million-dollar North Carolina home once owned by Mayfield before he was kicked off the land is scheduled to be burned to the ground as part of a fire training exercise. The Catawba County Fire Marshal's Office says the 12,000-square-foot unfinished house will be burned down on Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013. (AP Photo/Steve Helber, File)
  • FILE - In this Sept. 6, 2013, file photo, Detroit Tigers' Omar Infante hits a three-run double off Kansas City Royals relief pitcher Luis Mendoza during the fifth inning of a baseball game in Kansas City, Mo. A person close to the negotiations tells The Associated Press that the Kansas City Royals and Infante are nearing an agreement on a four-year contract. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner, File)
  • Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers is seen during a warm up period before an NFL football game against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field in Detroit, Thursday, Nov. 28, 2013. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)
  • Notre Dame quarterback Everett Golson celebrates after Notre Dame defeated Southern California 22-13 in an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Nov. 24, 2012, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Danny Moloshok)
  • FILE - In this Jan. 24, 2012, file photo, Former NASCAR driver Jeremy Mayfield leaves the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, Va. The million-dollar North Carolina home once owned by Mayfield before he was kicked off the land is scheduled to be burned to the ground as part of a fire training exercise. The Catawba County Fire Marshal's Office says the 12,000-square-foot unfinished house will be burned down on Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013. (AP Photo/Steve Helber, File)

BASEBALL

Source: Royals near agreement with second baseman Infante

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – A person close to the negotiations told the Associated Press that the Kansas City Royals and second baseman Omar Infante are nearing an agreement on a four-year contract.

Royals General Manager Dayton Moore has said throughout the offseason that upgrading at second base was a priority. Kansas City used six players at the position this past season, though none did enough to make the Royals feel comfortable moving forward.

The 31-year-old Infante would stabilize second base in Kansas City for the first time in years. He hit .318 with 10 homers and 51 RBI in 118 games for Detroit last season.

BASEBALL

Morneau signs two-year deal with Rockies to replace Helton at 1B

DENVER – The Colorado Rockies signed first baseman Justin Morneau to a two-year, $12.5 million deal yesterday.

He will step in for Todd Helton, who retired at the end of the season.

Over his 11-year career, Morneau is a .277 hitter. He was the 2006 American League MVP while a member of the Minnesota Twins, hitting .321 that season with 34 homers and 130 RBI.

Morneau split last season between the Twins and Pittsburgh Pirates, hitting .259 with 17 homers and 77 RBI in 152 games.

BASEBALL

Source: Former Yankees lefty Logan agrees to deal with Rockies

DENVER – A person with knowledge of the situation said reliever Boone Logan agreed to a three-year, $16.5 million deal with the Colorado Rockies.

Logan has spent the last four seasons with the New York Yankees. He was 5-2 with a 3.23 ERA in 39 innings last season.

NFL

Lingering collarbone injury will keep Packers QB Rodgers out again

GREEN BAY, Wis. – The Green Bay Packers ruled out injured quarterback Aaron Rodgers yesterday for the road matchup with the Dallas Cowboys tomorrow.

Rodgers has been sidelined since he suffered a broken collarbone early in Green Bay’s loss to the Chicago Bears on Nov. 4. Rodgers practiced on a limited basis this week and even took some reps with the first-string offense in team drills Wednesday and Thursday.

But Coach Mike McCarthy said after practice yesterday that the decision to hold Rodgers out for a sixth straight game was made in the best interest of the team’s franchise quarterback. McCarthy said Rodgers had a good week of preparation but did very little in practice yesterday. Matt Flynn will make his third straight start.

NFL

Jaguars’ Jones-Drew doubtful for Bills game with hamstring injury

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The Jacksonville Jaguars will likely be without starting running back Maurice Jones-Drew and strong safety Johnathan Cyprien tomorrow against the Buffalo Bills.

Both players were listed as doubtful yesterday, Jones-Drew with a strained hamstring and Cyprien with a thigh injury. Cyprien, a rookie from Florida International, has been in on every defensive snap this season.

Wide receiver Cecil Shorts III also could miss the game. The team’s receiving leader, he has been plagued with a groin injury much of the season.

NFL

Cowboys linebacker Lee out against Packers with neck injury

IRVING, Texas – Dallas linebacker Sean Lee has been ruled out of tomorrow’s game against Green Bay because of a neck injury.

Lee was a limited participant in the first two practices this week after injuring his neck against Chicago on Monday. He didn’t practice yesterday.

Linebacker Bruce Carter and receiver Dwayne Harris also were ruled out with hamstring injuries.

NBA

Pelicans waive veteran Childress

NEW ORLEANS – The New Orleans Pelicans waived veteran forward Josh Childress yesterday.

Childress joined New Orleans on Nov. 12 but has been unable to carve out regular playing time. He appeared in only four games, during which he was credited with three rebounds, two assists and a steal in 24 minutes.

The 31-year-old Childress, playing his eighth NBA season, has appeared in 391 games in his career, including 70 starts. He has career averages of 9.1 points, 4.7 rebounds and 1.6 assists.

NBA

Former All-Star Gatling gets probation in theft, forgery case

PHOENIX – A former NBA All-Star accused of squatting at an Arizona home and then trying to list the house for rent online has been sentenced to four years of probation. Maricopa County prosecutors said 46-year-old Chris Gatling was sentenced yesterday.

He pleaded guilty in August to one count of theft and one count of forgery.

Gatling was accused of breaking in the key box at the home and living there for about a year. The police said the homeowners lived in California, but had left the power on at the Paradise Valley home.

Gatling, a 6-foot-10 power forward, averaged 10.3 points in an 11-year NBA career that ended in 2002.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

Quarterback Golson readmitted to Notre Dame after suspension

SOUTH BEND, Ind. – Quarterback Everett Golson was readmitted to Notre Dame after being suspended for the fall semester for what he termed “poor judgment on a test.”

Notre Dame Vice President for Public Affairs and Communications Paul Browne said Golson had been admitted to the university yesterday afternoon. Golson helped the Irish go 12-0 during the regular season last year, regain the No. 1 ranking for the first time in nearly two decades and get to the national title game against Alabama in January. Coach Brian Kelly had been counting on him to play an even bigger role this season until he was suspended in May.

Kelly said last week Golson wouldn’t be able to practice with the team until spring practices begin.

BOBSLED

Americans Holcomb, Langton roll to World Cup two-man win

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. – Steven Holcomb of the United States drove to victory in a 2-man bobsled World Cup race yesterday morning, giving him five straight wins to start the season.

Holcomb and push athlete Steve Langton finished two runs in 1 minute, 50.62 seconds at Mount Van Hoevenberg.

Beat Hefti and Alex Baumann of Switzerland rallied in the second heat for second place in 1:51.25, edging Nick Cunningham and Dallas Robinson of the U.S. by 0.01 seconds.

MOTORSPORTS

Burning of troubled ex-driver Mayfield’s home canceled

CATAWBA, N.C. – The scheduled burning of the million-dollar home once owned by former NASCAR driver Jeremy Mayfield as part of a fire training exercise was canceled.

Chief Donald Robinson of the Catawba Volunteer Fire Department said today’s scheduled burning was called off because of the threat of rain. Firefighters had said previously that rain would not prevent the burning from taking place.

Robinson said the house was in such bad shape firefighters couldn’t conduct any of the practice drills inside. He also said the new owner doesn’t want to keep the house, adding that the house will either be burned down or torn down.

State officials kicked Mayfield off the land in November 2012. Catawba County sheriff’s deputies changed the locks on the doors. Carolina Farm Credit received an order that month transferring the land and buildings to the company. Court records show the bank bought the land for $1,725,000.

Mayfield was suspended from driving in 2009 after testing positive for methamphetamine. He is facing a variety of charges.

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