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Diamondbacks still want big haul for Upton

LOS ANGELES — Arizona GM Kevin Towers said he won't lower his demands for Justin Upton after the rightfielder rejected a trade to Seattle last week.

"I'm not taking less," Towers said Sunday. "I'm in no hurry (to make a trade)."

The Diamondbacks have two veteran outfielders, Cody Ross and Jason Kubel, and touted outfield prospect Adam Eaton. Towers said owner Ken Kendrick is "fine" with keeping them as well as Upton. Seattle agreed to trade two of its top prospects, RHP Taijuan Walker and SS Nick Franklin, and two other prospects, RHP Stephen Pryor and LHP Charlie Furbush, for Upton, 25. The brother of former Rays CF B.J. Upton has averaged 23 homers and 78 RBIs over the past four seasons. He is signed through 2015 and can reject trades to the Blue Jays, Cubs, Mariners and Red Sox.

World Baseball Classic: Angels 1B Albert Pujols expects to play for the Dominican Republic in the spring event if his right knee feels okay, his agent said. He had minor surgery in October. … Royals LHP Bruce Chen will pitch for China, reported. He would be the first major-league player to represent it. Chen, 35, pitched for Panama in 2009 but also has family from China.

Mets: GM Sandy Alderson watched a private workout for former Giants RHP Brian Wilson, USA Today reported. The one-time closer missed most of last season after Tommy John surgery.


Armstrong says he's prepared for interview

Lance Armstrong is "ready to speak candidly" about doping allegations in his interview with Oprah Winfrey. Armstrong, 41, stripped of his seven Tour de France titles, was out for a run near his home in Austin, Texas, when he spoke briefly with the Associated Press. He would not divulge what he will say in the interview, which will be taped tonight and aired Thursday on the Oprah Winfrey Network. USA Today and the New York Times reported he will confess to using performance-enhancing drugs. "I'm calm. I'm at ease and ready to speak candidly," he said. "I hope we'll talk for a couple of hours."

Et cetera

Running: Adriano Bastos captured his eighth Disney Marathon, winning in 2 hours, 21 minutes, 16 seconds, 16 seconds ahead of fellow Brazilian Fredison Costa. Renee High of Virginia Beach, Va., repeated as women's champ, in 2:48:30.

Skiing: Slovenia's Tina Maze became the sixth woman to win a World Cup race in all five Alpine disciplines during a career, taking the super-G in St. Anton, Austria. Lindsey Vonn was third.

BOWLING: Parker Bohn of Jack­son, N.J., beat Australian Jason Belmonte 254-227 to win the World Championship in Las Vegas, the PBA Tour's first major. Earlier, Bohn beat Rhino Page of Dade City 200-170.

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