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Sat., Nov. 30, 2013

Progressing Skier Lindsey Vonn is on the mend and says she might even race in Canada next week. Vonn spoke on Friday after three early-morning super-G training runs. This was her first big test since she crashed during training at Copper Mountain last week and partially tore a reconstructed ligament in her right knee. She says her rehab is “going well” and she’s “encouraged.” She adds that her knee is “a lot better than everyone expected” and that leaves her optimistic for next week’s races at Lake Louise, Alberta. Asked about her readiness for Lake Louise, Vonn said: “I’m not sure yet. As it looks right now, yeah.”

Decided Pitcher Ted Lilly is retiring after 15 seasons because of a troublesome shoulder and back. The 37-year-old left-hander is a two-time All-Star who pitched for Montreal, Oakland, Toronto, the New York Yankees, Chicago Cubs and Dodgers. For his career, he had a 130-113 record with a 4.14 ERA. Lilly recently went to winter ball in Venezuela, hoping to strengthen himself and land a job in the majors in 2014. Instead, he experienced further problems. He made one three-inning appearance in Valencia and would have pitched again but got food poisoning.

Extended The Kansas City Royals have given general manager Dayton Moore a two-year contract extension through the 2016 season after the team had its best record in more than 20 years. Financial terms were not disclosed. Moore joined the Royals in 2006, taking over a franchise that had become a laughingstock. But he rebuilt a depleted farm system, and his work has begun to pay off. Several homegrown players contributed to an 86-76 season this past year. The Royals rewarded manager Ned Yost with a two-year extension in October, which meant that for the past couple months he’d been working on a longer contract than his boss. Moore had said all along he wasn’t worried about getting a new deal.

Agreed Pitcher Ryan Vogelsong is staying put with the San Francisco Giants, reaching agreement on a one-year contract. Assistant general manager Bobby Evans says the deal is pending a physical, expected to happen later next week. The Giants declined to exercise Vogelsong’s $6.5 million option for 2014 on Nov. 4, but the parties agreed to keep open the possibility of potential negotiations down the road. Vogelsong went 4-6 with a 5.73 ERA in 19 starts and 103 2/3 innings during an injury-shortened season in 2013. He won 13 and 14 games the previous two seasons.



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