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  • Alex Rodriguez arrives at Major League Baseball headquarters in New York, Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2013. Rodriguez's grievance hearing to overturn his 211-game suspension resumed Monday with the first of what could be 10 straight days of sessions. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

    Alex Rodriguez arrives at Major League Baseball headquarters in New York, Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2013. Rodriguez's grievance hearing to overturn his 211-game suspension resumed Monday with the first of what could be 10 straight days of sessions. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

  • Alex Rodriguez signs autographs as he arrives at Major League Baseball headquarters in New York, Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2013. Rodriguez's grievance hearing to overturn his 211-game suspension resumed Monday with the first of what could be 10 straight days of sessions. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

    Alex Rodriguez signs autographs as he arrives at Major League Baseball headquarters in New York, Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2013. Rodriguez's grievance hearing to overturn his 211-game suspension resumed Monday with the first of what could be 10 straight days of sessions. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

  • Alex Rodriguez arrives at Major League Baseball headquarters in New York, Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2013. Rodriguez's grievance hearing to overturn his 211-game suspension resumed Monday with the first of what could be 10 straight days of sessions. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
  • Alex Rodriguez signs autographs as he arrives at Major League Baseball headquarters in New York, Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2013. Rodriguez's grievance hearing to overturn his 211-game suspension resumed Monday with the first of what could be 10 straight days of sessions. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

Baseball

Levine testifies he didn’t conspire against A-Rod

NEW YORK – Yankees President Randy Levine testified at Alex Rodriguez’s grievance hearing and denied conspiring with Major League Baseball on the 211-game suspension given to the New York third baseman last summer.

On the 10th day of the hearing, which started in September, Levine was asked a series of questions yesterday by Rodriguez lawyer Joseph Tacopina, according to a person with knowledge of the proceeding. The person spoke on condition of anonymity became the proceedings are confidential.

The person said Levine testified for 10-15 minutes and denied having any personal gain from Rodriguez’s suspension or the Yankees falling under the luxury tax threshold; and of having an agreement to receive a commission of any money the team saved because of the ban.

Baseball

Mets have dinner with Cano’s agents

NEW YORK – Jay Z, the new agent for Robinson Cano, had dinner Monday night with top officials of the New York Mets.

Chief Operating Officer Jeff Wilpon and General Manager Sandy Alderson were among those at the dinner. The get-together also included sports agent Brodie Van Wagenen, but not Cano.

A five-time All-Star second baseman, Cano is a free agent. He is seeking a 10-year contract for more than $300 million from the Yankees. Alderson said last week he doubted the Mets would offer any nine-figure contracts.

“They requested a meeting,” Alderson said yesterday. “We talked generally and that was it. As I said, we were approached. Having said last week that I didn’t foresee contracts in the $100 million range for the Mets this season, I think that statement still attains. On the other hand, we are committed to improving the team and we will explore whatever possibilities arise, however remote an eventual outcome.”

NBA

NBA suspends G Allen 1 game for kicking Paul

NEW YORK – The NBA suspended Grizzlies guard Tony Allen one game without pay for kicking Los Angeles Clippers guard Chris Paul in the face.

Rod Thorn, the NBA’s president of basketball operations, announced the penalty yesterday.

Allen was given a flagrant 2 foul and ejected after his left leg caught Paul’s face with 1:51 left in the first quarter of Memphis’s 106-102 win over the Clippers on Monday night in Los Angeles.

He will sit out the Grizzlies’ next game tonight when Memphis visits Golden State.

NFL

Bucs sign RB Pryor from Jaguars’ practice squad

TAMPA, Fla. – The Tampa Bay Buccaneers signed rookie fullback/running back Lonnie Pryor from Jacksonville’s practice squad and added him to the active roster.

Pryor joined the Jaguars as an undrafted free agent this season and has spent the season on the practice squad.

The 6-foot, 224-pounder Pryor played in college at Florida State, where he rushed for 718 yards and 18 touchdowns in 54 games.

Skiing

Vonn crashes while prepping for return to racing

DENVER – Reigning Olympic downhill champion Lindsey Vonn crashed yesterday while training in Copper Mountain, Colo., ahead of her planned return to racing following major knee surgery.

U.S. Ski Team spokesman Tom Kelly said Vonn was taken down the hill on a sled, which he noted was “normal protocol” in such cases. Kelly said he was not sure whether Vonn hurt her surgically repaired right knee in the fall at the team’s speed training center.

“We have no reason to believe it’s anything significant right now,” Kelly told the Associated Press in a telephone interview.

A spokesman for Vonn, Lewis Kay, issued a statement saying the ski racer was not admitted to a hospital and instead went home to Vail to be evaluated by the doctor who performed her knee surgery. Kay didn’t specify the nature of her injuries.

“We expect to have clarity on the situation in the next 24 hours,” Kay said.

Soccer

U.S. beaten, 1-0, by Austria in year’s last match

VIENNA – Marc Janko scored in the 33rd minute after lax defensive marking, and the United States ended a record-setting year with a 1-0 loss to Austria.

Hungarian referee Istan Vad failed to allow a goal for the United States when Geoff Cameron’s header off Michael Bradley’s corner kick deflected off an arm of Marko Arnautovic and appeared to cross the goal line in the 17th minute before it was swatted away by goalkeeper Robert Almer.

“It was a goal, or it was a handball and we should have got a penalty,” U.S Coach Jurgen Klinsmann said. “It’s a friendly game so I don’t want to make a big deal of it. But you have to ask why we are in 2013 and have no goal line technology. It’s just a joke.”

Janko’s 16th international goal, started by David Alaba’s attacking move, came off a cross from Gyorgy Garics and ended a 453-minute shutout streak in international and club play for Tim Howard, Everton’s starter.

Soccer

Orlando awarded MLS expansion franchise

ORLANDO, Fla. – Orlando City Soccer has become Major League Soccer’s next expansion franchise.

MLS Commissioner Don Garber confirmed a franchise agreement with Orlando City yesterday at a community celebration near the site where a new downtown stadium will be constructed.

Once construction is completed the team will begin playing in MLS in the 2015 season.

Orlando City becomes MLS’s 21st franchise. It is the latest of four new franchises that Garber said in August that the league planned to add by 2020. New York is also getting a team in 2015.

Both city and county officials previously approved the use of tourism taxes to help fund the construction costs for a new $84 million, 18,000-seat downtown soccer-specific stadium. That was the final hurdle the MLS said the city needed to clear to be awarded a team.

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