Around the Nation (Jan. 27): Cavaliers: Varejao released from Cleveland Clinic

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Varejao released from The Cleveland Clinic

The Cleveland Cavaliers said on Monday that center Anderson Varejao was "recently" released from The Cleveland Clinic, where he was being treated for a blood clot in his right lung. Varejao, who is out for the remainder of the season, became ill following surgery to repair a torn quadriceps muscle. He was seen at the team's training facility on Monday as he rehabs from the operation. Varejao will be on blood thinners for several months.

Obama honors NBA Champion Miami Heat

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama is honoring the Miami Heat for winning the 2012 NBA Championship title after falling short just a year before.

Obama says every member "doing their part" is what put the Heat over the top, as he welcomed the team to the White House Monday to celebrate their victory. The Heat defeated the Oklahoma City Thunder in five games in the NBA Finals last June.

The president also recognized the franchise for supporting military service members and said he was proud that many of them including LeBron James, Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade "take their roles as fathers seriously."

The crowd of well-wishers included actress Gabrielle Union, U.N. ambassador Susan Rice and U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan. The Heat last visited the White House after winning in 2006.

Source: Rick Adelman back with T-Wolves

MINNEAPOLIS -- A person with knowledge of the situation says coach Rick Adelman has returned to the Minnesota Timberwolves after spending the last three weeks with his ailing wife.

The person spoke on condition of anonymity to The Associated Press because Adelman had yet to publicly address the situation.

Adelman returned Monday morning before the team practiced. He is hoping to coach against the Los Angeles Clippers on Wednesday night if all is OK with his wife, Mary Kay. She was hospitalized with an undisclosed ailment.

Adelman has missed the last 11 games. The first was Jan. 8, a home victory over the Atlanta Hawks. He returned for a brief meeting with the team Jan. 16. The Wolves have gone 2-9 under assistant Terry Porter.

BASEBALL

Gregerson, Padres agree to $3.2M deal

SAN DIEGO -- Luke Gregerson's agent says the pitcher has agreed to a $3.2 million, one-year contract with the San Diego Padres.

Tom O'Connell announced the deal Monday on his Twitter account.

Gregerson was 2-0 with a 2.39 ERA in 77 relief appearances last season, striking out 72 in 711⁄3 innings. He made $1.55 million.

The 28-year-old right-hander had asked for $3.75 million in arbitration and had been offered $2,875,000.

Two Padres remain in arbitration: third baseman Chase Headley and left-hander Clayton Richard. Hearings before three-person panels are scheduled for next month in Phoenix.

Pavano hospitalized after spleen removal

Pitcher Carl Pavano is in a Connecticut hospital following the removal of his spleen. He was injured when he fell in snow at his home in Vermont.

The pitcher's agent said Monday the accident happened in mid-January. When Pavano didn't feel well after a workout in Connecticut, the 37-year-old right-hander went to a hospital and was diagnosed with a lacerated spleen.

Agent David Pepe said doctors were not able to control bleeding, and Pavano's spleen was removed last week. Pepe hopes Pavano will be released from the hospital this week. He would not put a timetable on the free agent's possible return to baseball.

INF Cedeno, Cardinals agree to $1.15M deal

ST. LOUIS -- Infielder Ronny Cedeno has agreed to a $1.15 million, one-year contract with the St. Louis Cardinals.

Cedeno can earn an additional $850,000 in performance bonuses under Monday's deal: $170,000 each for 200, 250, 300, 250 and 400 plate appearances.

The 29-year-old .259 with four homers and 22 RBI last year for the New York Mets. An eight-year big league veteran, he has a .247 career average for the Chicago Cubs, Seattle, Pittsburgh and the Mets.

Utility player Rivera returns to Yankees

NEW YORK -- Juan Rivera has agreed to a minor league contract with the New York Yankees.

The 34-year-old outfielder and first baseman, who played for the Yankees from 2001-03, hit .244 with nine homers and 47 RBI last year for the Los Angeles Dodgers.

New York planned to announce the agreement later this week along with the deals for Matt Diaz and others who will go to spring training with minor league contracts.

AP Source: Phillies ink former Indian Durbin

PHILADELPHIA -- A person familiar with the deals says the Phillies have signed veteran reliever Chad Durbin to a one-year contract.

Durbin returns to Philadelphia where he played a key role in the bullpen on the 2008 World Series championship team. The deal is pending a physical, according to the person who spoke on condition of anonymity because the team didn't make an official announcement.

Durbin was 4-1 with a 3.10 ERA in a career-high 76 games for Atlanta last season.

The righty was 5-4 with a career-best 2.87 ERA in 71 appearances with the Phillies in '08. He left Philadelphia after the 2010 season and posted a 5.53 ERA in Cleveland in 2011 before returning to the NL with the Braves.

The 34-year-old Durbin is 42-47 with a 4.95 ERA in 440 games over 13 seasons with six teams.

SOCCER

Columbus Crew signs Viana to contract

COLUMBUS -- The Columbus Crew has agreed to terms with defender/midfielder Agustin Viana.

The 29-year-old was added to the club's roster as a discovery signing.

A left-footed player capable of playing leftback or central midfield, Viana comes from Uruguayan Primera Division side Bella Vista. The American-born Viana started all 15 of Bella Vista's matches in 2012-13, scoring two goals. He has also played for teams in Greece, Italy, Romania and Brazil.

Viana holds dual citizenship in the United States and Uruguay and will not occupy an international roster slot. He is set to join the Crew immediately for preseason training in Bradenton, Fla. pending transfer approval.

FOOTBALL

Lions hire Xanders as senior personnel exec

ALLEN PARK, Mich. -- The Detroit Lions have attempted to improve their front office by hiring senior personnel executive Brian Xanders.

Lions general manager Martin Mayhew says he's thrilled to have a person with Xanders' experience working within the organization.

The Lions announced the move Monday.

Xanders was general manager of the Denver Broncos before parting ways with one year left on his contract following a meeting in May 2012 with executive vice president John Elway.

He didn't have final say on roster decisions in Denver, and he won't in Detroit.

Xanders was hired by the Broncos as assistant GM under coach Mike Shanahan in 2008 and was promoted to general manager a year later.

He spent his first 14 seasons in the NFL in various capacities with the Atlanta Falcons.

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