Saturday, September 22, 2018
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BASEBALL

Cards sign fowler from rival cubs

ST. LOUIS — Dexter Fowler is headed from the World Series champions to their biggest rival. The centerfielder finalized an $82.5 million, five-year contract with the Cardinals on Friday.

"It was an honor just to be considered to be in the Cardinals organization," said Fowler, who will wear No. 25 in honor of his mentor, Barry Bonds, because his usual 24 was worn by longtime manager Whitey Herzog and is retired by the Cardinals.

"You play against the Cardinals, I've been playing against them for eight years now," Fowler said, "and they always come out fighting. Always fighting. And then being with a rival, being the Cubs however many times we play them a year, you see them and — it's always good a winning team wants you."

Fowler, 30, signed a $13 million, one-year deal with the Cubs last season. He hit .276 with a .393 on-base percentage in 125 games.

EX-RAY TO D'BACKS: Reliever Fernando Rodney and the Diamondbacks finalized a $2.75 million, one-year contract. Rodney saved 25 games with the Padres and Marlins last season. Rodney, 39, was the Rays closer in 2013-14.

OLYMPICS

Doping report finds Russian cover-up

Russia's reputation was ripped apart again when a report into doping detailed a vast "institutional conspiracy" that covered more than 1,000 athletes and corrupted the drug-testing system at the 2012 and 2014 Olympics. The findings were handed over to the International Olympic Committee. Investigator Richard McLaren's report said the conspiracy involved the Russian Sports Ministry, national anti-doping agency and the FSB intelligence service. Russians who won 15 medals in the 2014 Sochi Games had their samples tampered with, including two who won four gold medals, McLaren found.

ET CETERA

GOLF: Harris English and Matt Kuchar shot 6-under 66 in modified alternate shot play to take the second-round lead with 129 overall in the PGA Franklin Templeton Shootout at Naples. Steve Stricker and Jerry Kelly were a stroke back after 68.

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Football: Clearwater 34, Mitchell 7

Football: Clearwater 34, Mitchell 7

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Football: Tampa Bay Tech 28, Hillsborough 27

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Football: Largo 35, Countryside 0

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