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Cardinals sign veteran second baseman Mark Ellis

The St. Louis Cardinals signed free-agent second baseman Mark Ellis to a one-year, $5.25 million contract.

Senators edge Blues 3-2 in OT

Cody Ceci scored his first NHL goal in overtime and the Ottawa Senators beat the St. Louis Blues 3-2.

John Axford goes from Cardinals to Indians

Free agent John Axford agreed to terms on a one-year, $4.5 million contract with the Cleveland Indians, pending a physical. Axford is expected to undergo a medical exam on Wednesday.

Pats' Ninkovich not discouraged by missed chance

The Miami Dolphins moved two games behind the Patriots in the division with a 24-20 win over New England on Sunday sealed by Michael Thomas' interception in the end zone with 2 seconds left after Tom Brady had thrown three straight incompletions.

Rams wide receiver Austin misses second day of practice

Rams' wide receiver Tavon Austin sat out his second straight practice on Thursday after injuring his left ankle in Sunday's game against the Arizona Cardinals.

Texas coach Mack Brown mum on future amid speculation

Speaking to reporters for the first time since multiple published reports this week indicated that he might step down, Texas coach Mack Brown said he has yet to talk with new Texas athletic director Steve Patterson and university President Bill Powers about the job he has held since 1998.

Kansas City Chiefs' special teams becoming difference maker

Dave Toub has helped the Kansas City Chiefs get two punt return touchdowns and two kickoff return touchdowns.

NFL groundskeepers prepare for outdoor Super Bowl

The NFL will use the game as a test case for possible future cold-weather games

Second baseman Robinson Cano, Seattle Mariners finalize huge contract

The All-Star second baseman signed a $240 million, 10-year contract with the Mariners that tied for the fourth largest in baseball history.

Heisman finalist Johnny Manziel says Texas A&M season had 'ups and downs'

Manziel became the first freshman to win the Heisman in 2012 after setting numerous school and Southeastern Conference records.

Injuries, losses prompt MLB to seek collision ban

Major League Baseball's rules committee voted this week to prohibit runners from plowing into catchers at home plate.

Heisman dream in reach for FSU quarterback Jameis Winston

Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston is one of six finalists up for the Heisman Trophy.

MLB intends to ban home-plate collisions

New York Mets general manager Sandy Alderson, chairman of the rules committee, announced at the winter meetings that Major League Baseball intends to eliminate home-plate collisions by 2015 at the latest.

NCAA track championships remain in Oregon through 2021

The NCAA awarded 82 of its 89 championships for the 2014 to 2018 seasons to 523 sites, the largest host site announcement in the organization's history. The track and field championship was the only site announced that extended beyond 2018.

Alabama's McCarron keeps pledge with Heisman trip

AJ McCarron is the one Heisman candidate largely judged by a career that stands as perhaps the best among Alabama quarterbacks, a group that includes Joe Namath, Bart Starr and Ken Stabler.

For Jordan Lynch, big prize still out there in Heisman

Jordan Lynch led No. 24 Northern Illinois (12-1) to within a victory of a second straight BCS berth after making the Orange Bowl last season. That possibility got doused with a 20-point loss to Bowling Green in the Mid-American Conference championship game, but the big prize still is out there for a senior who set the major college rushing record for yards rushing by a quarterback.

Navy QB Reynolds will make another run at Army

On Saturday, Navy quarterback Keenan Reynolds will face Army for the second time. The focus, of course, is to lead the Midshipmen to a victory over their most bitter rival and claim the Commander-In-Chief's Trophy, awarded annually to the team with the best record in games involving the three major service academies.

Sports stars speak out against homophobia at UN

Former professional basketball player Jason Collins and tennis great Martina Navratilova on Tuesday urged world sports bodies like the International Olympic Committee and FIFA to take gay rights into consideration when awarding major sporting events.

Huge game propels Auburn's Mason to New York

Tre Mason earned himself a trip to New York as one of six Heisman Trophy finalists, joining tailback Andre Williams (Boston College) and quarterbacks Jameis Winston (Florida State), AJ McCarron (Alabama), Jordan Lynch (Northern Illinois) and Johnny Manziel (Texas A&M).

IOC president: Russia to set up protest zones in Sochi

IOC President Thomas Bach said Russia will set up public protest zones in Sochi during the Winter Olympics, a move unlikely to defuse criticism of the country's human rights record and a recent law banning gay "propaganda."

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