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Mon., Jan. 16, 2012

Agreed The Oakland Athletics and free agent right-hander Bartolo Colon have reached agreement on a one-year deal , a person with knowledge of the negotiations said Sunday. Colon’s contract is pending a physical, the person told The Associated Press, speaking on condition of anonymity because the team had yet to make a formal announcement.

• Catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia and the Boston Red Sox have reached agreement on a one-year, $2.5 million contract. The Red Sox avoided salary arbitration with the deal. Saltalamacchia made $750,000 last season.

• The Toronto Blue Jays and center fielder Colby Rasmus have agreed to a one-year, $2.7 million contract, avoiding arbitration. Rasmus made $443,000 last year and filed for arbitration Friday. Toronto still has five players who have filed for arbitration.

Dismissed New Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer has dismissed two players for off-the-field problems. Ohio State spokesman Jerry Emig confirmed that defensive backs Dominic Clarke and DerJuan Gambrell have been released from their scholarships. Clarke, a redshirt sophomore, has been charged with drunken driving and also had been arrested on a charge of disorderly conduct after allegedly discharging a BB gun on campus. No one was hurt in the latter incident. Gambrell, a freshman, was also discharged for a “violation of team rules,” but Ohio State did not specify what that violation was.

Qualified World record holder Janet Evans qualified for the Olympic swim trials in the 800-meter freestyle in Austin, Texas, her second qualifying time in two days since coming out of retirement. The 40-year-old Evans finished in 8 minutes, 49.05 seconds at the Austin Grand Prix.

Acknowledged Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Kozak acknowledged that more than 70 construction projects for the 2014 Sochi Winter Games are behind schedule but denied the Olympics would be affected. Kozak said that the venues in question are almost ready and that only formalities were causing the delays.

Ailing The Miami Heat are not sure if guard Dwyane Wade will be able to play tonight against San Antonio because of a sprained right ankle he suffered in a loss at Denver on Friday night. Wade also has been dealing with a sore foot and strained calf muscle. X-rays were negative, but Wade initially feared the ankle was broken.

Hospitalized Former Argentina soccer great Diego Maradona has been admitted to a hospital in Dubai for the removal of kidney stones.


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