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Baseball

Yankees bring Rivera Back in $10 million deal

NEW YORK —Baseball career saves leader Mariano Rivera and the Yankees agreed Thursday to a $10 million, one-year contract, the Associated Press reported.

The deal reportedly includes additional bonus opportunities.

Rivera accepted a cut in guaranteed money from his $30 million, two-year deal that had covered the past two years.

Rivera, who turned 43 Thursday, was limited to nine games last season after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee May 3.

Also, catcher Russell Martin departed, agreeing to a $17 million, two-year contract with the Pirates.

More baseball

Nationals get Span for minor-leaguer

The Nationals acquired Denard Span from the Twins for minor-league right-handed pitcher Alex Meyer, giving the NL East champs a leadoff hitter and centerfielder.

Span, 28, out of Tampa Catholic High School, is a career .284 hitter with 23 home runs, 230 RBIs, 90 steals and a .357 on-base percentage.

"I'm ready to be coming to a team that is already in a place to win, and I just hope that I can come here and not get in the way," said Span, in the fourth year of a $16.5 million, five-year contract.

NHL

Labor talks break with no progress

The NHL, the players union and now federal mediators agree on one thing: The sides are nowhere near a labor deal that would bring hockey back.

The league and the locked-out union wrapped up two days of talks in New Jersey with help from mediators but moved no closer to a solution to save the season. Afterward, commissioner Gary Bettman suggested the next meeting be with owners and players and no league or union staff. The union said it would consider the idea.

Et cetera

Golf: Nick Watney's strong back nine carried him to a first-round 5-under 67 and a two-shot lead in the 18-player World Challenge at Thousand Oaks, Calif. Tiger Woods, the tournament host, shot 70.

Soccer: Earthquakes forward Chris Wondolowski was a runaway winner of Major League Soccer's MVP award. His 27 goals tied the MLS season record set by Tampa Bay's Roy Lassiter in 1996. … Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Andres Iniesta were named finalists for FIFA's world player of the year award. The women's finalists are Marta and the U.S. duo of Alex Morgan and former Gator Abby Wambach.

COLLEGES: Florida State faces Penn State at 8:30 tonight in a national semifinal of the NCAA women's soccer tournament in San Diego. Stanford faces North Carolina in the other semifinal. … In volleyball, host Tampa beat Clark Atlanta and Eckerd lost to Florida Southern in openers of the Division II South Region. UT hosts Florida Southern tonight at 7:30.

Autos: Dale Earnhardt Jr. tied Bill Elliott's record of 10 consecutive wins as NASCAR's most popular driver, winning the fan voting award over Jeff Gordon, Kasey Kahne and Tony Stewart. Elliott and Richard Petty are the only other drivers to win the award more than five times.

Swimming: Ryan Lochte barely missed breaking his American record in the 200-yard individual medley at the Winter National Championships in Austin, Texas. He won in 1 minute, 40.97 seconds, 0.89 seconds off his 2007 mark.

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Sports in brief 11/29/12 [Last modified: Friday, November 30, 2012 12:10am]

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