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Sat., April 20, 2013

Signed The Cincinnati Bengals have reached agreement on a two-year deal with former Steelers linebacker James Harrison, his agent said. Harrison, who turns 35 in May, was released by the Steelers last month in a salary cap move. By moving to another AFC North team, he’ll get to face the Steelers twice a season. The Bengals’ first home game is on Monday night, Sept. 16, against the Steelers.

• Kicker Steven Hauschka has re-signed with the Seattle Seahawks. Hauschka has been the Seahawks’ kicker for the last two seasons after being claimed off waivers from Denver before the start of the 2011 season. He’s made 49 of 57 field goals during the two seasons with a long of 52 yards.

• New Orleans Saints general manager Mickey Loomis says restricted free agent running back Chris Ivory has signed his tender offer. The 6-foot, 222-pound Ivory, who played at Washington State, joined the Saints as an undrafted free agent out of Tiffin (Ohio) in 2010 and has run the ball 256 times for 1,307 yards and eight touchdowns.

Returned Star defenseman Erik Karlsson is practicing again with the Ottawa Senators. He underwent surgery Feb. 14 for a torn left Achilles tendon. He was injured when Pittsburgh Penguins forward Matt Cooke stepped on the back of his leg.

Sidelined Texas Rangers opening-day starter Matt Harrison is going to have back surgery and likely will be out of the rotation until after the All-Star break. The Rangers said that Harrison, on the disabled list because of an inflamed nerve in his back, is scheduled for an operation Tuesday to repair a herniated disk.

Elected U.S. Soccer Federation president Sunil Gulati was elected to FIFA’s executive committee, defeating Mexican Football president Justino Campeon by one vote. Gulati won 18-17 in a balloting at the congress of North and Central American and Caribbean Football in Panama City, USSF spokesman Neil Buethe said.

Ratified The IAAF has ratified the world indoor pole vault record set by American Olympic gold medalist Jennifer Suhr. Suhr set a mark of 16 feet, 5 1/2 inches at a meet in Albuquerque, N.M., in March, beating the previous record of 16 feet, 5 1/4 inches set a year ago by Yelena Isinbayeva of Russia.

Joined Loyola of Chicago made it official, saying it will move from the Horizon League to the Missouri Valley Conference in a switch aimed at generating more interest for the school and starting up new rivalries for its teams. The Ramblers will begin competing in the MVC this fall, replacing Creighton.


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