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Byrd signs with Cubs for 3 years, $15mOutfielder Marlon Byrd has agreed to a three-year, $15 million contract with the Cubs. Byrd batted .283 with 20 homers and 89 RBIs last season for the Rangers. He will give the team a center fielder with Kosuke Fukudome expected to move back to right field full-time after Milton Bradley was traded to Seattle . . . The Phillies and free agent reliever Danys Baez have agreed to a two-year contract. Baez was 4-6 with a 4.02 ERA in 59 games with Baltimore last year, and has 114 career saves . . . Tigers catcher Gerald Laird and his younger brother, Yankees infield prospect Brandon Laird, were arrested following a brawl in the lounge area of Phoenix’s NBA arena. Phoenix police said Gerald Laird, 30, was cited for assault Wednesday night and 22-year-old Brandon Laird was cited for disorderly conduct. Police said the Lairds and a third man were arrested at
Crusaders go cold, fall at Stony BrookTommy Brenton had a career-high 18 points, and host Stony Brook held Holy Cross (2-11) scoreless for the final 3:50 in a 69-60 victory . . . A Texas Tech assistant who criticized Adam James in hopes of saving Mike Leach’s job says he has offered James his support since the Red Raiders fired their head football coach. Acting offensive coordinator Lincoln Riley said he told James he knows “we’re on different sides of the fence’’ but that the sophomore wide receiver is still his player. Riley stopped short of saying whether he wants James back next year. Riley called James “unusually lazy and entitled’’ in a letter written to school administrators as Texas Tech investigated James’s claims of mistreatment by Leach . . . Arkansas has suspended three players - linebacker Wendel Davis, safety Matt Harris, and wide receiver Marques Wade - for unspecified violations of team rules. The Razorbacks face East Carolina tomorrow in the Liberty Bowl, and the three are not expected to play . . . Tennessee safety Eric Berry, the Jim Thorpe Award winner as the nation’s top defensive back, is skipping his senior season and entering the NFL draft . . . LSU defensive coordinator John Chavis is staying put after drawing interest from Georgia for the Bulldogs’ vacant coordinator position.
Holyfield-Botha fight set for UgandaFormer heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield will challenge Francois Botha for the lightly regarded World Boxing Federation title in Kampala, Uganda, Jan. 16. Holyfield (42-10-2) has not fought since losing a points decision to Nikolai Valuev a year ago. The 47-year-old believes a victory could give him a shot at a more prestigious title. The same applies to the 41-year-old Botha (47-4-3). The South African has lost to Mike Tyson, Lennox Lewis, Wladimir Klitschko, and Michael Moorer, and retained his WBF title by drawing with Pedro Carrion in October . . . Prosecutors say they won’t pursue charges against Mike Tyson or a photographer after a scuffle at Los Angeles International Airport. Tyson and Tony Echeverria were arrested in November after the former heavyweight champ was accused of hitting the photographer.
Canada trips US in world junior hockeyCanada earned a 5-4 shootout victory over the United States last night in the world junior hockey championship in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, but both teams will advance. Canada will play the Russia-Switzerland quarterfinal winner in the semifinals Sunday. The United States will face Finland in the quarterfinals tomorrow, with the winner advancing to face Group B winner Sweden on Sunday night. Jordan Schoeder and Tyler Johnson had shorthanded goals for the United States in the second period. Philip McRae and Danny Kristo also scored for the Americans . . . Former Olympic cross-country ski champion Christian Hoffmann has retired after Austria’s national anti-doping agency provisionally suspended him for his alleged involvement in blood doping. Hoffmann told the Austria Press Agency that he made the move because the suspension would prevent him from qualifying for the Vancouver Olympics.
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