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Newly acquired Boston Red Sox free agent third baseman Pablo Sandoval smilies as he is introduced to the media at Fenway Park Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014, in Boston. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)

Pablo Sandoval, Hanley Ramirez join Red Sox

- Associated Press

Sandoval helps fill a hole in the Red Sox lineup for a third baseman and a left-handed bat. Ramirez, who played shortstop and a little third base with the Marlins and Los Angeles Dodgers, is expected to move to left field.

FILE - In this Oct. 29, 2014, file photo,  San Francisco Giants' Pablo Sandoval celebrates after Game 7 of baseball's World Series against the Kansas City Royals in Kansas City, Mo. The Giants won 3-2 to win the series. Giants assistant general manager Bobby Evans says he has been given "every indication" the free agent third baseman will give careful consideration to re-signing with the World Series champions. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Pablo Sandoval, Red Sox agree to mulityear deal

- Associated Press

Sandoval, 28, met with the Red Sox last week. After winning his third World Series title in five years with San Francisco, he indicated he wanted to retire with the Giants.

Former Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Randy Johnson waves to the crowd during ceremonies commemorating the 10th anniversary of Johnson's perfect game prior to a baseball game between the Diamondbacks and the Los Angeles Dodgers on Sunday, May 18, 2014, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

2015 Baseball Hall of Fame ballot led by Johnson, Martinez, Smoltz

Associated Press

Craig Biggio, who fell two votes short of the 75 percent needed in the 2014 balloting, tops 17 holdovers on the Baseball Writers’ Association of America ballot announced Monday. That group includes Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, Sammy Sosa, Mark McGwire, Mike Piazza, Jeff Bagwell and Tim Raines.

Washington Nationals' Adam LaRoche (25) is greeted at home plate by Bryce Harper (34) after hitting two-run home run off of New York Mets starting pitcher Bartolo Colon in the first inning of a baseball game Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014, in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Kmonicek)

Adam LaRoche signs with White Sox

- Associated Press

LaRoche, who turned 35 on Nov. 6, gives the White Sox some sorely needed power from the left side. He hit .259 with 26 homers and 92 RBIs in 140 games this year for NL East champion Washington.

Philadelphia Phillies' Ryan Howard sits in the dugout during the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Pittsburgh Pirates in Pittsburgh Sunday, July 6, 2014. Howard had the day off. The Pirates won 6-2.(AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

Ryan Howard, family members settle financial dispute

Associated Press

Court documents filed in federal court in St. Louis show that RJH Enterprises, a firm set up to represent the former NL MVP’s interests, and Howard’s twin brother, Corey Howard, agreed to voluntarily dismiss the suit late last month after an out-of-court settlement was reached.

Clayton Kershaw, the Los Angeles Dodgers ace, breezed past Miami slugger Giancarlo Stanton and Pittsburgh outfielder Andrew McCutchen for the NL award. (Associated Press)

Clayton Kershaw, Mike Trout capture MVP awards

Associated Press

Clayton Kershaw became the first pitcher to win the National League MVP award in nearly a half-century, coasting an easy victory Thursday. Mike Trout was a unanimous pick for the AL honor after finishing second the previous two years. The 23-year-old became the fifth-youngest MVP in major league history and the youngest unanimous selection.

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Los Angeles Galaxy midfielder Robbie Rogers, top, jumps over Seattle Sounders FC midfielder Micheal Azira during the second half of a Major League Soccer playoff game, Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014, in Carson, Calif. Rogers, the first openly gay male athlete to play in a U.S. professional league, has a memoir coming out. Rogers chronicles his struggles with faith and family acceptance in the memoir "Coming Out To Play," released Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014, by Penguin Books.  (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

MLS player rues slow acceptance of gays in sports

- Associated Press

Los Angeles Galaxy soccer star Robbie Rogers wants some company, now that he's the last man standing as an openly gay athlete in a U.S. professional league.

Dodgers acquire Juan Nicasio from Rockies

Associated Press

The Los Angeles Dodgers acquired right-hander Juan Nicasio from the Colorado Rockies on Monday in exchange for a player to be named later or cash considerations.

In this Nov. 16, 2014 photo provided by Keystone Resort in Keystone, Colo., skiers take a lift on a snowy mountain. A recent report commissioned by the National Ski Areas Association shows that the percentage of people with household incomes over $100,000 who participate in snow sports has risen over the past eight seasons from 45 percent of ski area visitors to 56 percent of visitors. But there are ways to make a ski trip affordable, including skiing at smaller resorts, buying multi-day, half-day and advance tickets, and taking advantage of discounts for kids, seniors and groups. (AP Photo/Keystone Resort, Cody Mendoza)

Industry leaders: Skiing cheaper than you think

- Associated Press

In 2010, the price of walk-up, single-day lift ticket at Vail and Beaver Creek ski resorts topped $100. Aspen quickly followed suit, and ticket prices at resorts across the country have consistently increased in the years since. The trend has raised a question that has dogged the ski industry for years: Is the sport becoming unaffordable for the middle class?

New superintendent has big plans for athletics

- Associated Press

Shortly after Dr. Darrell Floyd started his new position in June as Enid Public Schools' superintendent, he took a tour of the football facilities at the Irv Honigsberg Fieldhouse, next door to D. Bruce Selby Stadium, the home of the Enid Plainsmen.

Former major league pitcher Sadecki dead at 73

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Ray Sadecki, who pitched in the major leagues for 18 seasons and won 20 games for the 1964 World Series champion St. Louis Cardinals, has died from complications of blood cancer, his son, Steve, said. Sadecki was 73.

FILE - In this Aug. 27, 2014, file photo, Pittsburgh Pirates' Ike Davis (15) bats during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the St. Louis Cardinals in Pittsburgh. The Oakland Athletics have filled their second key position in five days, acquiring first baseman Ike Davis and international bonus slot 86 from the Pittsburgh Pirates in exchange for international bonus slot 27. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

Athletics acquire 1B Ike Davis from Pirates

- Associated Press

The Oakland Athletics filled their second key position in five days Sunday, acquiring first baseman Ike Davis and international bonus slot 86 from the Pittsburgh Pirates in exchange for international bonus slot 27.