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Angels trade morales for mariners' vargas

SEATTLE — The Angels traded power hitter Kendrys Morales to the Mariners for LHP Jason Vargas on Wednesday.

Morales, 29, hit .273 with 22 home runs and 73 RBIs last season. Vargas, 29, led Seattle in wins, going 14-11 with a 3.85 ERA.

Los Angeles needed a pitcher after losing Zack Greinke and Dan Haren to free agency and trading Ervin Santana. Morales would have led Seattle in home runs and been second in RBIs last season, and the Mariners are bringing the outfield fences in closer this season.

more baseball: The Yankees and Ichiro Suzuki, 39, finalized a $13 million, two-year contract. He will likely be part of a rightfield platoon as the Yankees look to replace free agent Nick Swisher, who was expected to sign elsewhere. The payroll next year is now $182 million for 13 players with agreements. … The Diamondbacks hired Steve Sax, 52, as first-base coach and Turner Ward, 47, as assistant hitting coach. …The Red Sox finalized a two-year, $26.5 million deal with RHP Ryan Dempster, 35.

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ESPN's Parker sorry for RG3 comments

Commentator Rob Parker apologized for his remarks on ESPN2's First Take about Redskins QB Robert Griffin III. Parker, who is suspended indefinitely, last week questioned Griffin's "blackness," saying he has a white fiancee and is rumored to be Republican. Parker, who is black, said Wednesday: "I blew it, and I'm sincerely sorry.'' He hopes to apologize to Griffin directly.'

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Barcelona coach's throat ailment back

For the second time in two years, Barcelona coach Tito Vilanova is stepping aside to take care of his health. Vilanova is scheduled to have surgery today, then about six weeks of chemotherapy and radiation therapy for a recurrence of a throat ailment. In November 2011 he had a saliva gland tumor removed. Vilanova, 44, might be able to remain in charge of the team during treatment. Also, defender Eric Abidal took part in his first team training session since a liver transplant eight months ago.

ET CETERA

horses: Captaintreacherous was voted pacer of the year after eight wins in 10 races. He is the first 2-year-old in 25 years to win the award, receiving 48 of 146 votes from the U.S. Harness Writers Association. Horse of the year will be announced today.

golf: Rory McIlroy and Stacy Lewis were named top players by the Golf Writers Association of America.

tennis: Serena Williams had surgery on her big toes, described as a minor procedure, and withdrew from a Dec. 29 exhibition against Victoria Azarenka.

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