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Mariners confirm deal with Lee

SEATTLE — Less than a week after general manager Jerry Dipoto hinted the Mariners might add a first baseman, the club confirmed an agreement Wednesday with Dae-Ho Lee on a minor league deal that includes an invitation to big league camp.

Ginobili out

SAN ANTONIO — The San Antonio Spurs won't have Manu Ginobili for at least a month. The team said the veteran guard had testicular surgery Thursday in San Antonio and will be sidelined at least four weeks. Ginobili was hurt in Wednesday night's 110-97 win against the Pelicans.

Stewart out for Daytona 500

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Tony Stewart will not win a Daytona 500 during his Sprint Cup career. He will miss the start of his final Sprint Cup season to recover from a broken back suffered Sunday while riding a dune buggy in California. Stewart suffered a burst fracture of his L1 vertebra and had surgery Wednesday in North Carolina, according to a Stewart-Haas Racing news release issued Thursday. No timetable was given for his return, but the news release indicated that the 44-year-old Stewart is expected to make a “full ...

Rooney Rule’ implemented for women in NFL

SAN FRANCISCO — NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said Thursday that the league will institute a Rooney Rule for women when it comes to all NFL executive positions. He announced the decision in opening remarks at the NFL Women’s Summit, where roughly 250 men and women associated with the league are gathered to listen to a slate of speakers on issues affecting women in sports. The NFL’s Rooney Rule requires teams to interview one minority candidate for each open coaching position. The rule was instituted in 2003 in response to the ...

Snedeker sets sights on Phoenix

PHOENIX — Just days after winning the weather-hit Farmers Insurance Open in San Diego, four of Brnadt Snedeker’s eight career victories on the U.S. circuit have come in California before he triumphed on Monday at Torrey Pines.

Super Bowl security plan informed by Paris attacks

SANTA CLARA, Calif. — U.S. law enforcement officials preparing for Super Bowl 50 have worked with their French counterparts to learn from last year’s deadly attacks in Paris, as they plan safety for Sunday’s big game, the Secretary of Homeland Security said on Wednesday. Secretary Jeh Johnson said he and his team have been “constantly” in contact with security officials in Paris following the Nov. 13 attacks there by gunmen linked to the Islamic State militant group.

City still stuck with stadium debt

ST. LOUIS — The National Football League’s Rams left behind more than bitterness when the team ditched St. Louis for Los Angeles last month — it left a stadium saddled with about $144 million in debt and maintenance costs. Taxpayers will now shoulder the remaining payments for the Edward Jones Dome with only the help of revenue from tractor pulls, volleyball tournaments, concerts and the like.

Former Raiders quarterback suffered severe brain trauma

NEW YORK — A study of former Oakland Raiders quarterback Ken Stabler’s brain following his July death revealed that the Super Bowl-winning athlete was suffering from moderate brain trauma, a leading specialist in the field said on Wednesday. The 69-year-old quarterback’s brain was the 90th of 94 former National Football League players studied by Boston University’s CTE Center since 2008 to show signs of chronic traumatic encephalopathy.

Miller in top-of-draft duel with Newton

SANTA CLARA, Calif. — Denver sack-leader Von Miller aims to land a one-two punch in the Super Bowl as the number two pick of the 2011 NFL Draft tries to disrupt Carolina quarterback Cam Newton, that draft’s number one overall choice. “I think it’s super cool,” Miller told reporters about the showdown in Sunday’s NFL title game.

Manziel’s options appear limited when cut

CLEVELAND, Ohio — If Johnny Manziel never plays another game in the National Football League, he will not be the first talented player to squander his natural gifts and no doubt will not be the last. It is one thing to have a career cut short by injury, quite another to sabotage yourself through self-inflicted wounds.

Commentary | Super Bowl Week is crown jewel of sports

The week preceding the Super Bowl is a seven-day circus that celebrates excess, tolerates stupidity and floods city sidewalks with enough unsavory people to grind the nerves of a Trappist monk.

Nash declines coaching gig

PHOENIX — The Phoenix Suns have strong interest in former star guard Steve Nash for their coaching vacancy, but Nash is not interested in going into full-time coaching at this time, according to league sources.

Las Vegas not off limits

NEW YORK — The NFL sent a memo to all 32 teams on monday stating that the Raiders’ interest in relocating to Las Vegas after its bid to move to Los Angeles fell through would be approved by comissioner Roger Goodell if packaged correctly. The odds haven’t been set on whether it will ever happen, but the NFL hasn’t ruled out Las Vegas as a destination for a franchise.

Kerber stuns Serena in Finals

Germany's Angelique Kerber pulled off a shocker in the final of the Australian Open on Saturday night, upsetting world No. 1 Serena Williams 6-4, 3-6, 6-4 to win her first Grand Slam title.

Concussions common as awareness improves

NEW YORK — Two decades after the NFL brushed off concussion concerns as being of interest only to journalists, the issue is at the forefront of any discussion about player safety and unlikely to go away anytime soon. From the 2015 film “Concussion” about a doctor who fought the NFL’s campaign to conceal his research on the brain damage suffered by players, to a lawsuit over brain injuries that could cost America’s most popular sports league $1 billion.

Nearly $1 million in FIFA funds missing in Guatemala

ZURICH, Germany — Nearly $1 million in funds from soccer’s global governing body FIFA may have gone missing from Guatemala’s soccer federation last year, according to sources and an internal audit seen by Reuters. Dozens of soccer officials worldwide have been charged by U.S. authorities probing corruption in FIFA, in an investigation that has sent shockwaves across the sport.

Manziel investigated over possible assault

DALLAS — The ex-girlfriend of Johnny Manziel, a quarterback for the Cleveland Browns football team, was questioned by police in Fort Worth, Texas, over a possible disturbance involving the athlete, police said. Fort Worth police said in a statement that officers went to an apartment complex early on Saturday on a report of a possible assault. They spoke to Manziel’s ex-girlfriend, who described a possible disturbance between the two earlier in the night in nearby Dallas.