Around the Nation (Feb. 7): LaPorta agrees to minor league deal with O's

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BASEBALL

LaPorta agrees to minors deal with O's

BALTIMORE -- First baseman Matt LaPorta and the Baltimore Orioles have agreed to a minor league contract.

The 29-year-old had spent four seasons with the Cleveland Indians, but has not played in the major leagues since 2012.

LaPorta was the seventh overall pick by Milwaukee in the 2007 amateur draft and was acquired by Cleveland the following year as part of the trade that sent CC Sabathia to the Brewers. He hit .238 with 31 homers and 120 RBI in 291 games with the Indians from 2009-12. His best year was 2011, when he hit .247 with 11 home runs and 53 RBI.

He will report to the Orioles' minor league spring training camp under Friday's agreement.

Crisp gets $22.75M more under new deal with Athletics

OAKLAND, Calif. -- Center fielder Coco Crisp is staying with the Oakland Athletics for an additional two seasons, agreeing Friday to a new contract through 2016 that adds $22.75 million in guaranteed money.

The agreement includes a 2017 option that could become guaranteed, the A's said Friday.

Crisp has a $7.5 million salary this year under a club option exercised Nov. 1. He will earn $11 million per season in 2015 and 2016, and the 2017 option is for $13 million with a $750,000 buyout.

A switch-hitter and speedy leadoff man, Crisp hit a career-high 22 home runs in the leadoff spot last year.

D-Backs, Arroyo agree on deal

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- The Arizona Diamondbacks and Bronson Arroyo have agreed on a two-year contract with a club option for a third.

The right-hander, who turns 37 in two weeks, has a 138-127 record with a 4.91 ERA. He pitched the last eight seasons with the Cincinnati Reds before becoming a free agent.

Last year, Arroyo was 14-12 with a 3.79 ERA.

The Diamondbacks had been searching for another veteran starter for their rotation and had been in contact over the past few days.

Team President Derrick Hall confirmed the contract agreement Friday afternoon.

Brewers ink K-Rod to one-year deal

MILWAUKEE -- The Milwaukee Brewers signed free-agent reliever Francisco Rodriguez to a $3.25 million, one-year contract Friday.

Rodriguez is 41-36 with a 2.70 ERA and 304 saves in 730 relief appearances with the Angels, Mets, Brewers and Orioles.

K-Rod could earn another $550,000 in bonuses. The contract includes a $100,000 bonus for 55 innings pitched and incentives for games finished: $50,000 each for 15 and 20 games; $75,000 for 25 and 30 games; and $100,000 each for 35 and 40 games.

Rodriguez's 62 saves with the Angels in 2008 are a single-season record and his 304 career saves are tied for 21st all-time with Jeff Montgomery.

He should start the season as a setup man for Jim Henderson.

To make room for Rodriguez on the 40-man roster, the Brewers designated right-handed pitcher Donovan Hand for assignment.

Mitchell Boggs, White Sox agree

CHICAGO -- Reliever Mitchell Boggs and the Chicago White Sox have agreed to a $1.1 million, one-year contract.

A 29-year-old right-hander, Boggs helped St. Louis win the 2011 World Series title and was 4-1 with a 2.21 ERA in 78 relief appearances for the Cardinals in 2012.

He took over as the closer at the start of last season after Jason Motte got hurt, walked 15 in 142⁄3 innings as he converted two of five save chances.

Boggs was traded to Colorado in early July and bounced between the majors and three minor league teams. He wound up with an 0-3 record and 8.10 ERA in 27 appearances for St. Louis and Colorado.

He joins a new-look White Sox bullpen that includes Ronald Belisario and Scott Downs. Closer Addison Reed was traded to Arizona in December.

To make room on the 40-man roster, Chicago sent right-hander Deunte Heath outright to Triple-A Charlotte. Heath will be a non-roster invitee to spring training.

TENNIS

Serena withdraws from two events

Top-ranked Serena Williams withdrew Friday from the Qatar Open and the Indian Wells event because of a back injury sustained last month in the Australian Open.

The Qatar Open begins Monday in Doha, and the BNP Paribas Open is March 3-16 in Indian Wells, Calif.

In a statement released by the Indian Wells event, Williams said: "After careful consideration, I will not return to the Indian Wells BNP Paribas Open this year. I send my best wishes to everyone involved with the tournament."

ICE HOCKEY

Boston, Columbus deal minor-leaguers

COLUMBUS -- The Columbus Blue Jackets acquired forward Carter Camper from the Boston Bruins on Friday in exchange for defenseman Blake Parlett.

The 25-year-old Camper has been assigned to club's American Hockey League affiliate in Springfield, Mass.

A native of Rocky River, Ohio, Camper is a former Miami (Ohio) player who has appeared in 171 career AHL games with Providence, totaling 37 goals and 128 assists. He has eight goals and 23 assists in 41 games this season.

The 24-year-old Parlett has four goals and 14 assists in 37 games with Springfield this season. In 192 career AHL games, he has 18 goals and 58 assists. Columbus acquired the 6-foot-1, 205-pounder on April 3, 2013, as part of a multiplayer trade with the New York Rangers.

COLLEGE

Cal football player Ted Agu dies

BERKELEY, Calif. -- California football player Ted Agu has died.

The school announced that the 21-year-old Agu died Friday morning. The school said it would give more information about the circumstances later.

Agu was a defensive end from Bakersfield. He played seven games last season, recording six tackles.

Coach Sonny Dykes called Agu a remarkable young man who was respected and loved by his teammates and coaches.

The school said it is providing counseling sessions for the other players.

BASKETBALL

Anthony Davis picked for ASG

NEW YORK -- New Orleans forward Anthony Davis was chosen Friday to replace the injured Kobe Bryant in the NBA All-Star game that will be played in his home city.

Davis was nearly chosen as a reserve, but missed by one spot in voting by Western Conference head coaches, a person with knowledge of the details told The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because vote totals were not released.

The 2012 U.S. Olympian ended up getting into the Feb. 16 game at Smoothie King Center when NBA Commissioner Adam Silver chose him to replace Bryant, who was voted by fans to start but is still recovering from a broken knee.

Davis is averaging 20.5 points, 10.5 rebounds and a league-leading 3.3 blocks for the Pelicans.

Davis, the No. 1 pick in the 2012 draft, is also scheduled to play in the Rising Stars Challenge for rookies and second-year players next Friday.

Western Conference coach Scott Brooks of Oklahoma City will decide who replaces Bryant in the starting lineup.

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