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CHAMBERLAIN APOLOGIZES AFTER DUI ARREST

Yankees pitcher Joba Chamberlain apologized Sunday for "an error in judgment," a day after being arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence, speeding and having an open container of alcohol in his vehicle.

"I want to apologize to the New York Yankees and the fans for an error in judgment and for putting myself in a difficult situation," Chamberlain said in a statement released by his agent, Randy Hendricks. "I intend to properly resolve this situation, and do not intend to be in such a situation again. My goal is to focus on pitching for the Yankees in the 2009 season."

Nebraska State Patrol spokeswoman Deb Collins said Chamberlain was stopped for speeding on U.S. 77 south of his hometown of Lincoln.

Lancaster County Attorney Gary Lacey will get paperwork on the case today and decide what, if any, charges will be filed, Collins said.

Chamberlain was driving a 2006 BMW 750i with Nebraska dealer plates when the Patrol stopped him at about 1 a.m., Collins said. The trooper smelled alcohol in the vehicle and saw an open container of alcohol on the front passenger seat, she said.

Chamberlain was taken to the Cornhusker Place Detox in Lincoln, which Collins said is the normal protocol.

Collins said she didn't know Chamberlain's blood-alcohol content.

A message left for Chamberlain at his family's home in Lincoln was not immediately returned.

Chamberlain, who grew up in Lincoln and starred for the University of Nebraska, had a 2.60 ERA in 42 appearances, including 12 starts, for the Yankees this season. He's expected to begin next season in the rotation.

A'S, ELLIS NEAR DEAL: Athletics 2B Mark Ellis is close to a deal that will keep him with the team for at least the next two seasons, ESPN.com reported.

Ellis will receive a two-year deal that will guarantee him between $10-million to $11-million, with incentives and an option for 2011 that could bring the total value close to $18-million, according to the Web site.

"I'm very excited," Ellis told the San Francisco Chronicle. "Oakland has been a very good place for me and my family, and it's really a big relief to be back there."

Ellis, 31, is considered one of the game's best defensive second basemen and has a .265 average, .337 on-base percentage and .407 slugging percentage in six seasons. Last season he hit .233 with a .321 on-base percentage and a .373 slugging percentage in 117 games.

BREWERS PURSUE CC: Milwaukee general manager Doug Melvin said the team will make an offer to LHP CC Sabathia, who will be eligible for free agency after the World Series, ESPN.com reported.

Sabathia helped the Brewers to their first postseason appearance since 1982 after being acquired in early July. At the time of the trade, there was no expectation he would re-sign this fall.

But Sabathia has said he has enjoyed being with the Brewers, who saw a big attendance boost at Miller Park on the days he pitched.

"At least we have a chance," Melvin said in a conference call, "whereas before, we wouldn't have any chance with a pitcher of CC's caliber. I do feel we will make him an offer, and at that point, it will be in his court."

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