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Koji Uehara Reaches Agreement With Red Sox

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Reliever Koji Uehara has reached an agreement with the Boston Red Sox, pending a physical.

The 37-year-old right-hander spent the last two seasons with Texas, and Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said Thursday that he had tried to re-sign him before Uehara decided to accept Boston's offer.

"We would have liked to have him back," Daniels said. "We made an offer early in the process."

Uehara had a 1.75 ERA in 37 relief appearances this year, holding batters to a .160 average.

LARSEN: The uniform Don Larsen was wearing when he pitched the only perfect game in World Series history has sold for $756,000.

The former New York Yankees' right-hander achieved perfection in Game 5 of the 1956 Series against the Brooklyn Dodgers.

The pinstriped uniform with No. 18 on the back received 22 bids in an online auction on Steinersports.com. The winning bidder was Pete Siegel, CEO of GottaHaveIt.com. His company has been building a collection of Yankees memorabilia that it plans to put on display.

The price includes a 20 percent buyer's fee above the final bid of $630,000.

Larsen said he was auctioning off the uniform to pay for his grandchildren's education.

Steiner Sports had predicted the uniform could sell for as much as $2 million.


Judge Orders Suspects in Linesman Killing Detained

AMSTERDAM -- A Dutch judge has ordered three young footballers suspected of involvement in the fatal beating of a volunteer linesman to be detained for two weeks while investigations continue.

The youths, two aged 15 and the other 16, were arraigned at a behind-closed-doors hearing on Thursday on suspicion of manslaughter, assault and public violence.

Linesman Richard Nieuwenhuizen died on Monday, a day after he was punched and kicked in the head by players following a match in Almere just outside Amsterdam involving youth teams from clubs Buitenboys and Nieuw Sloten.

Nieuwenhuizen's death after officiating a match his son played in triggered a wave of public grief and soul-searching in the football-mad Netherlands.

The country's FA cancelled all amateur matches this weekend as a mark of respect.


No Answers: Labor Talks Break Off Again

NEW YORK -- Talks in the NHL labor fight broke down after just one hour Thursday night, and it isn't known when the league and the players' association would get back together.

After several hours of waiting for discussions to resume for a third straight day, the conversations didn't go well and had none of the momentum that existed Tuesday and Wednesday.

NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly left the site of the negotiations and headed to the league's office.

The union held internal discussions most of the day, while keeping in contact with the NHL, and the sides finally reconvened around 5 p.m.

Players' association executive director Donald Fehr was expected to address reporters to give an update. Fehr rejoined the negotiations Thursday after sitting out the previous two days. NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman stayed out for the third consecutive day.


Viking Clarifies 'Super-Duper Drunk' Comment

MINNEAPOLIS -- The Minnesota Vikings' season will be on the line Sunday against the Chicago Bears. As such, linebacker Chad Greenway has asked fans to get "super-duper drunk" in order to boost the Vikings' home-field advantage at the Metrodome.

"We have to play accordingly and our fans have to show up accordingly, which we know they will. Hopefully, they're super-duper drunk. ... So drink liquor, not beer," he said after Minnesota's loss to Green Bay last Sunday, according to the Star Tribune.

On Thursday, Greenway tried to clarify his comments. "Obviously, I could have used some more responsible words," Greenway said. "I think the people that know me, the beat writers included, know that I said that sort of tongue-in-cheek.

"I just wanted the fans at home to be loud like they always are. I think just trying to drive that point home I probably got a little loose with my words. Obviously, I should have been a little more responsible with it."

Greenway, who leads the NFL with 123 tackles, said he drew from his college experience in making the comments.

"I played football at the University of Iowa and all I knew was that they started drinking at about 5 o'clock at those games for tailgating so I thought it would be OK to say it," Greenway said Thursday. "Obviously I just went a little far."

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