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POSTED January 20, 2013 8:52 p.m.

BASEBALL:

• WHITE SOX AGREE TO DEAL WITH LINDSTROM: CHICAGO (AP) — A person familiar with the situation says the Chicago White Sox have agreed to a one-year contract with free agent reliever Matt Lindstrom.

The person spoke to The Associated Press on Sunday on the condition of anonymity because the deal has not been announced, confirming reports by several outlets.

The contract includes a club option for 2014.

The hard-throwing Lindstrom gives the White Sox another reliever to help set up closer Addison Reed. The right-handed Lindstrom pitched a combined 47 innings for Arizona and Baltimore last season, posting a 2.68 ERA with 40 strikeouts and 14 walks. Lindstrom is 13-15 with a 3.64 ERA over six seasons.



COLLEGE BASEBALL

• FORMER MIAMI BASEBALL COACH RON FRASER DIES: CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) — Ron Fraser coached the national teams from two different countries, is a member of 10 different Halls of Fame, won two NCAA baseball championships and never had a losing record in a 30-year career with the Miami Hurricanes.

He’ll be remembered for so many other reasons.

The longtime Miami coach — dubbed “the wizard of college baseball” — died Sunday morning after fighting Alzheimer’s disease for many years, family spokesman Tony Segreto said. University officials said Fraser was 79, though a statement issued by his family did not divulge his age or other private matters, including a cause of death.

Fraser’s legacy will be, as he once said, his penchant for “doing crazy things out there.” He raffled car batteries, hosted bikini nights, threw nine-course gourmet dinners on the Hurricanes’ infield, even is credited for helping bring batgirls into the college game. If any idea to drum up interest or money for his program came his way, Fraser wanted to make it happen.



BASKETBALL

• PHOENIX SUNS PICK LINDSEY HUNTER AS INTERIM COACH: PHOENIX (AP) — The Phoenix Suns have turned to a man with 17 years of experience as an NBA player, but none as a coach, to take over the flagging team that hasn’t been this bad halfway through a season in a quarter century.

Lindsey Hunter, the team’s player development director, was picked as its interim coach Sunday, two days after the Suns and Alvin Gentry parted ways in what the organization said was a mutual agreement.

Hunter got the nod over more experienced options — assistant coaches Elston Turner, Dan Majerle and Igor Kokoskov.

Hunter, 40, is the coach for the remaining 41 games of the season.



SNOWBOARDING

• ARIELLE GOLD TRIUMPHS IN WOMEN’S HALFPIPE: STONEHAM, Quebec (AP) — American Arielle Gold won gold in women’s halfpipe on Sunday at the world snowboarding championship.

Gold took first with 79 points. She was followed by Austria’s Holly Crawford with 77.25 and France’s Sophie Rodriguez, who had 72.50.

In the men’s competition, Switzerland’s Iouri Podladtchikov took gold in the halfpipe with an impressive score of 94.25. Japan’s Taku Hiraoka was second with 93.75, while Finland’s Markus Malin took bronze with 86.75 points.



SKIING

• NORWAY WINS CROSS-COUNTRY WORLD CUP RELAY EVENTS: LA CLUSAZ, France (AP) — Norway again won both the men’s and women’s relay competitions at a cross-country World Cup meet Sunday.

The men’s team of Eldar Roenning, Martin Johnsrud Sundby, Sjur Roethe and Didrik Toenseth finished the 4x7.5-kilometer race in 1 hour, 17 minute, 22 seconds to edge Sweden by half a second.

In the women’s event, triple Olympic champion Marit Bjoergen anchored a team that also included Heidi Weng, Therese Johaug and Kristin Stoermer Steira, finishing the 4x5K race in 57:05.4. They beat Finland by 27.9 seconds, with another Norwegian team third.



CYCLING

• CONTADOR SAYS ARMSTRONG ADMISSION MAY HELP SPORT: BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Alberto Contador, a two-time winner of the Tour de France who was stripped of a third title for using a banned substance, says cycling needs to take something positive from the Lance Armstrong scandal.

Contador spoke to reporters on Sunday on the eve of the Tour de San Luis in Argentina.

The Spaniard said Armstrong’s admission that he took performance-enhancing drugs to win his seven Tour de France titles was “hard on the image of cycling,” but he said he wanted to “find the good in it.”

Contador won the Tour de France in 2007 and 2009 but was stripped of his 2010 title for testing positive for the banned substance clenbuterol.

“I know they’ve spoken a lot about the interview, but what he said surprised nobody in the least,” the Spaniard said.

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