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Sat., Dec. 22, 2012

Signed The Minnesota Twins signed injury- hampered right-hander Rich Harden to a minor-league contract Friday with an invitation to compete for a spot on the staff in spring training. The 31-year-old Harden missed the entire 2012 season after surgery on Jan. 31 to repair the rotator cuff in his throwing shoulder. Harden has the third-best strikeouts-per-nine- innings ratio in the majors since 2003.

• The Milwaukee Brewers signed left-handed reliever Tom Gorzelanny to a two-year contract. The 30-year-old Gorzelanny went 4-2 with a 2.88 ERA and one save in 45 games with the Washington Nationals last season.

Agreed The Chicago Cubs agreed to a one-year contract with outfielder Nate Schierholtz. The deal calls for Schierholtz to earn $2.25 million plus an additional $500,000 in performance bonuses.

Suspended The NCAA has suspended Texas basketball player Myck Kabongo for 23 games for accepting impermissible benefits and providing false statements during an investigation into the infractions.

Announced A person familiar with the situation said catcher A.J. Pierzynski passed a physical, clearing the way for a one-year deal with the Texas Rangers. That person spoke on condition of anonymity because the Rangers had not added Pierzynski to their 40-man roster.

Concerned Eleven-time Grand Slam singles champion Rafael Nadal said he’s nervous about his return to tennis after a seven-month layoff and believes it may be some time before his injured knee is completely healed. Nadal told Canal Plus television that “I’m prepared to accept that my knee may not respond well at the beginning.”

Banned Champions League contender Malaga was banned from European club competitions for an upcoming season by UEFA for failing to pay players wages and tax bills on time. The club can appeal the sanctions directly to the Court of Arbitration for Sport. Malaga spokesman Vicente Casado said that the club would do so when it “receives documentation from UEFA about the decision.”


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