Around the Nation (Dec. 13): David Adams agrees to contract with Indians

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BASEBALL

David Adams agrees to contract with Indians

CLEVELAND -- Free agent infielder David Adams has agreed to a one-year contract with the Cleveland Indians.

The 26-year-old split his 2013 season between the New York Yankees and their Triple-A Scranton affiliate. It was Adams' first time in the big league after six seasons in the minors.

Adams batted .268 (59-for-220) with 11 doubles, two triples, five homers and 21 RBI in 59 games at Scranton. He had four stints with the Yankees, batting .193 (27-for-140) with five doubles, one triple, two homers and 13 RBI in 43 games.

He played 31 games at third base, nine games at second and four games at first.

Adams became a free agent on Dec. 2, when he wasn't offer a 2014 contract by the Yankees, who selected him in the third round of the 2008 amateur dfraft.

Right-handers Travis Banwart and Tyler Cloyd and outfielder Matt Carson agreed to minor league deals.

Rockies ink Morneau to two-year deal

DENVER -- The Colorado Rockies signed first baseman Justin Morneau to a two-year, $12.5 million deal Friday.

He will step in for Todd Helton, who retired at the end of the season. The Rockies were contemplating moving Michael Cuddyer from right field over to first base before the deal with Morneau.

Like Helton, Morneau is a smooth-fielding first baseman. Since 2003, his fielding percentage (.996) is second to only Helton (.997).

Over his 11-year career, Morneau is a .277 hitter. He was the 2006 American League MVP while a member of the Minnesota Twins, hitting .321 that season with 34 homers and 130 RBI.

The 32-year-old Morneau is a four-time All-Star.

Daniel Hudson signs minors deal with D-Backs

PHOENIX -- Injured pitcher Daniel Hudson has signed a minor league contract that returns him to the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Hudson is recovering from his second "Tommy John" reconstructive elbow surgery and has not pitched since the middle of the 2012 season.

He reinjured the elbow in a minor league rehab assignment last July.

Hudson was arbitration eligible but the Diamondbacks declined to tender him an offer, making him a free agent.

The 26-year-old right-hander is 28-17 with a 3.68 ERA in four major league seasons.

COLLEGE

Golson readmitted to Notre Dame

SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- Quarteback Everett Golson has been readmitted to Notre Dame after being suspended for the fall semester for what he termed "poor judgment on a test."

Notre Dame Vice President for Public Affairs and Communications Paul Browne said Golson had been admitted to the university Friday afternoon. Golson helped the Irish go 12-0 during the regular season last year, regain the No. 1 ranking for the first time in nearly two decades and get to the national title game against Alabama in January. Coach Brian Kelly had been counting on him to play an even bigger role this season until he was suspended in May.

Kelly said last week Golson wouldn't be able to practice with the team until spring practices begin.

ICE HOCKEY

CBJ call up Smith, put Wisniewski on injured list

COLUMBUS -- The Columbus Blue Jackets have added goaltender Jeremy Smith to the roster on emergency recall from their Springfield, Mass., affiliate in the American Hockey League.

The club also announced that goaltender Curtis McElhinney, who left Thursday's 4-2 win at the New York Rangers after the first period, is day-to-day due to a lower body injury and defenseman James Wisniewski has been placed on injured reserve retroactive to Dec. 6. Wisniewski sustained an upper body injury on that date during a 4-0 home win over Minnesota.

Smith will serve as a backup to Mike McKenna, filling in for McElhinney, who was subbing for last year's Vezina Trophy-winning goalie, Sergei Bobrovsky. Bobrovsky will be out another month with a groin injury.

Veteran Mayers retires from NHL

TORONTO -- Jamal Mayers, the checking forward who played last season for the Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks, retired from the NHL on Friday after 14 seasons.

"It really has been an amazing experience to have had the chance to play 14 seasons in the NHL, and finish it all off last season as a part of the Chicago Blackhawks winning the Stanley Cup," Mayers said.

The former Western Michigan player had 90 goals, 129 assists and 1,200 penalty minutes in 915 regular-season games with St. Louis, Toronto, Calgary, San Jose and Chicago. Last season, he had two assists and 16 penalty minutes in 19 games for the Blackhawks.

AUTO RACING

Mayfield's N.C. house burning canceled

CATAWBA, N.C. -- The scheduled burning of the million-dollar home once owned by former NASCAR driver Jeremy Mayfield as part of a fire training exercise has been canceled.

Chief Donald Robinson of the Catawba Volunteer Fire Department said Saturday's scheduled burning was called off because of the threat of rain. Firefighters had said previously that rain would not prevent the burning from taking place.

Robinson said the house was in such bad shape firefighters couldn't conduct any of the practice drills inside. He also said the new owner doesn't want to keep the house, adding that the house will either be burned down or torn down.

State officials kicked Mayfield off the land in November 2012. Catawba County sheriff's deputies changed the locks on the doors. Carolina Farm Credit received an order that month transferring the land and buildings to the company. Court records show the bank bought the land for $1,725,000.

The windows and the wiring have been stripped from the home. Drywall and other building materials are now exposed.

Mayfield was suspended from driving in 2009 after testing positive for methamphetamine. He is facing a variety of charges.

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