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POSTED January 26, 2012 9:29 p.m.


Giants agree to 1-year deal with Hensley: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Free-agent right-hander Clay Hensley and the San Francisco Giants have reached agreement on a $750,000, one-year contract.

The Giants said Thursday it is a non-guaranteed big league deal for Hensley, who still must pass a physical before the club makes a formal announcement.

Hensley was with San Diego when he gave up Barry Bonds' 755th career home run on Aug. 4, 2007, that tied the eventual home run king with Hank Aaron.

The Miami Marlins declined to tender Hensley a contract in December, making him a free agent.

The 32-year-old Hensley went 6-7 with a 5.19 ERA in 37 appearances and nine starts last season for the Marlins.


Red Sox confirm signing of OF Cody Ross: BOSTON (AP) — The Boston Red Sox on Thursday confirmed the signing of outfielder Cody Ross to a one-year contract and said right-hander Scott Atchison was designated for assignment to make room on the 40-man roster.

The $3 million deal for Ross was first reported on Monday, when he told The Associated Press in a text message he still needed to take a physical.

The 31-year-old Ross batted .240 with 14 home runs and 52 RBIs for the San Francisco Giants last season while playing at least 22 games at every outfield position.

Ross was the 2010 NL championship series MVP for the Giants and helped them win the World Series that year after they picked him up off waivers in August.


Indians P Carmona placed on restricted list: CLEVELAND (AP) — Indians pitcher Fausto Carmona has been placed on baseball's restricted list following his arrest for false identity.

Carmona was arrested last week in the Dominican Republic on charges he falsified his name and birthdate to play in the U.S. Authorities in his homeland say his real name is Roberto Hernandez Heredia and that he's 31 — three years older than the Indians believed.

With him on the restricted list, the Indians don't have to count him toward their 25- or 40-man rosters and he won't be paid until he reports.

Carmona is scheduled to make $7 million this season.

Earlier this week, Indians manager Manny Acta said the team was doing all it can to help Carmona, who has had an erratic career since winning 19 games in 2007.



Colts owner wishes Manning kept comments in-house: INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Colts owner Jim Irsay is upset Peyton Manning took his complaints public this week.

Shortly after introducing new coach Chuck Pagano on Thursday, Irsay said Manning should have kept his thoughts "in the family." When asked whether a decision on Manning was next, Irsay went into a long answer, calling Manning a "politician" and suggested he was "campaigning" publicly.

In an interview this week with The Indianapolis Star, Manning said morale at the team complex was "not the best."

Irsay did not say whether the next move in Indy's overhaul will be about Manning's $28 million bonus, due March 8. Instead, Irsay says the decision will be made solely on whether Manning is healthy enough to play.


Bucs hire Rutgers' Greg Schiano as new coach: TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have hired Rutgers' Greg Schiano to become the team's next coach.

Bucs general manager Mark Dominik confirmed the five-year contract Thursday in an e-mail to The Associated Press.

ESPN first reported the Bucs had hired Schiano.

The 45-year-old Schiano had been with the Scarlet Knights for 11 seasons, taking them from college football laughingstock to a program that has had winning records in six of the last seven years. He was an assistant coach in the NFL with Chicago from 1996-98.

The Bucs fired Raheem Morris on Jan. 2 after a 4-12 finish that included 10 straight losses to end the season.


Alleged assault victim sues Rolando McClain: DECATUR, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama man who was allegedly assaulted by Rolando McClain and another man has sued the Oakland Raiders linebacker alleging "brutal and prolonged assault and battery."

Christian Tapscott of Decatur filed suit Wednesday in Morgan County Circuit Court seeking unspecified punitive and compensatory damages from McClain and Jadarious Willingham.

The suit says Tapscott sustained broken bones, bruises and lacerations. It alleges that McClain "smiled and laughed as he pointed a gun at Mr. Tapscott and Mr. Tapscott begged him not to kill him."

McClain's attorney, Billy C. Burney II, says McClain denies there was a gun involved or that he assaulted Tapscott. Burney contends money "was a motivating factor in the criminal charges being filed."

McClain and Willingham have pleaded not guilty to misdemeanor charges. Trial is scheduled for May.



Sharks acquire forward Kennedy from Panthers: SAN JOSE (AP) — The San Jose Sharks have acquired forward Tim Kennedy in a trade with Florida that sends defenseman Sean Sullivan to the Panthers.

The Sharks have assigned Kennedy to top development affiliate Worcester in the American Hockey League.

The 25-year-old Kennedy has split the season between Florida and San Antonio of the AHL. He posted two points in 27 games with Florida and nine points with three goals in 18 games for San Antonio.

The 27-year-old Sullivan was second among Worcester defensemen this season with 24 points — five goals and 19 assists — in 32 games.



Orlando City signs younger brother of Wayne Rooney: ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — John Rooney, the younger brother of English national soccer team and Manchester United standout Wayne Rooney, has signed to play with Orlando City Soccer Club of the United Soccer League.

The 21-year-old's signing Thursday is pending United States Soccer Federation approval. Orlando City competes in the American Division of the USL Pro Division, the third tier of the American soccer system.

A Liverpool native, the midfielder most recently played with Major League Soccer's New York Red Bulls, who drafted him the second round of the 2011 draft.

Rooney appeared in five regular season games for the Bulls and made two US Open Cup appearances with them, where he scored his lone goal of 2011 against FC New York.

Orlando City was 15-3-6 in 2011, and won the US Pro Championship.

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