December 9, 2012

Sports Digest

BASEBALL

Dodgers wooing Angels' mound ace Greinke

Free-agent pitcher Zack Greinke and the L.A. Dodgers tried to close a deal Saturday night worth $147 million over six years, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press.

Greinke is the top arm on the open market, and has attracted interest from the Dodgers, Texas Rangers and the L.A. Angels. The 29-year-old righty started last season with Milwaukee and was later traded to the Angels, going a combined 15-5 with a 3.48 ERA.

The 2009 AL Cy Young winner with Kansas City would be the latest high-priced player to be acquired by the Dodgers.

The Philadelphia Phillies have acquired seven-time All-Star infielder Michael Young from the Texas Rangers for relief pitchers Josh Lindblom and Lisalverto Bonilla.

Young batted .277 with eight homers and 67 RBI in 2012.

HOCKEY

LOCKOUT UPDATE: Union chief Donald Fehr is sticking to his story that a deal with the NHL to end the four-month lockout was close before talks broke off last week.

The NHL Players' Association executive director repeated earlier remarks that an agreement appeared to be within reach Thursday night when the league rejected the union's latest proposal and rescinded its own.

Fehr's comments run contrary to NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman. No future meetings are scheduled.

GOLF

MANDELA CHAMPIONSHIP: Morten Orum Madsen matched Tim Clark's 5-under 60 and grab a share of the first-round lead at the European Tour's rain-delayed season-opening event in Durban, South Africa.

DUBAI LADIES MASTERS: Shanshan Feng of China won by five strokes after shooting a 3-under 69 to capture her second Ladies European Tour title.

THAILAND CHAMPIONSHIP: Charl Schwartzel of South Africa had a 4-under 68 to extend his lead over Daniel Chopra of Sweden to five shots after the third round .

AUSTRALIAN OPEN: Australian John Senden had an eagle and two birdies in a four-hole stretch, and finished with a 2-under 70 for a two-stroke lead after three rounds at Sydney.

TEMPLETON SHOOTOUT: Kenny Perry and Sean O'Hair took a two-stroke lead at Naples, Fla., birdieing the final six holes in better-ball play for an 11-under 61.

Perry and O'Hair were 19 under overall, two strokes ahead of first-round leaders Davis Love III and Brandt Snedeker.

TENNIS

WORLD JUNIOR: Taylor Townsend became the first American girl in 30 years to finish No. 1 in the year-end world junior rankings despite losing to seventh-seeded Ana Konjuh of Croatia 4-6, 6-1, 6-3 in the semifinals of the Orange Bowl International Tennis Championships in Plantation, Fla. But she clinched the top ranking when No. 3 Katerina Siniakova lost in the doubles quarterfinals.

SOCCER

U.S. WOMEN: Carli Lloyd and Sydney Leroux scored in the second half, and the U.S. beat China 2-0 in Detroit to remain unbeaten on its post-Olympic tour.

PREMIER LEAGUE: Fernando Torres scored twice and Chelsea got its first win under Rafa Benitez with a 3-1 victory at Sunderland.

SKIING

WORLD CUP: Lindsey Vonn won a super-G in St. Moritz, Switzerland, to stay unbeaten in four speed races this season, and American teammate Julia Mancuso was third.

France's Alexis Pinturault produced a brilliant second run under floodlights to improve from sixth and win a World Cup slalom race in Val d'Isere, France.

OLYMPICS

EUROPEAN GAMES: The inaugural European Games were approved Saturday by continental Olympic committees and assigned to Baku in June 2015. The secret ballot of European Olympic Committees ends years of debate, passing with 38 in favor, eight against and three abstaining.

-- From news service reports

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