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Josh Hamilton, B.J. Upton and Kyle Lohse were among nine baseball free agents who turned down $13.3 million offers from their former teams as the annual general managers' meetings ended.
Hamilton, Upton are among
free agents turning down offers
Outfielders Josh Hamilton and B.J. Upton and pitcher Kyle Lohse were among nine free agents who turned down $13.3 million offers from their former teams Friday as the annual general managers' meetings ended in Indian Wells, Calif.
Also rejecting the one-year guaranteed offers were the New York Yankees' trio of outfielder-first baseman Nick Swisher and pitchers Rafael Soriano and Hiroki Kuroda along with slugger David Ortiz, outfielder Michael Bourn and first baseman Adam LaRoche.
Under baseball's previous rules, teams had until Dec. 7 to offer salary arbitration to their former players who became free agents.
Under the labor contract agreed to last November, that system was replaced by qualifying offers. A team could make a qualifying offer last week that was the average of the 125 highest big-league contracts by average annual value — $13.3 million this year.
Nine of 165 major-league free agents were given the offers — Ortiz then agreed to a $26 million, two-year deal to stay with the Boston Red Sox. The players rejected offers in anticipation of finding better situations in the open market.
If they switch teams, their new team will lose a draft choice in June — its highest pick, unless it is among the top 10 in the first round.
Hall of Famer MacPhail dies
Lee MacPhail, a longtime executive who is part of the only father-son Hall of Fame pairing, died Thursday at his home in Delray Beach, Fla. He was 95.
Lee MacPhail was the son of Hall of Famer Larry MacPhail, a top executive with the Cincinnati Reds, Brooklyn Dodgers and New York Yankees.
Bobby Doerr, 94, is the oldest living Hall of Famer.
Kramer won't face charges
Prosecutors in Idaho have decided not to file criminal charges against Idaho State coach Mike Kramer after wide receiver Derek Graves complained Kramer shoved him to the turf during an Oct. 3 practice.
Pocatello City Attorney Dean Tranmer called it a difficult decision but said investigators didn't believe Kramer intended to harm Graves or commit a criminal act. Graves said he suffered a neck injury in the fall.
"It was an unfortunate occurrence, which Kramer apologized for to Graves and the entire team a short time after it happened," Tranmer said, adding the case is one best resolved internally at the school.
2 BYU players are suspended
Senior defensive back Joe Sampson and sophomore linebacker Zac Stout have been suspended from the Brigham Young team and withdrew from school amid an investigation into an assault at a Provo, Utah, restaurant.
Busch wins pole for Cup event
Kyle Busch set a Phoenix International Raceway track record in qualifying for Sunday's AdvoCare 500, a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race in Avondale, Ariz.
Meanwhile, Brad Keselowski got a jump on Jimmie Johnson in their tight championship race.
Busch won the pole with a lap of 138.766 mph. Kasey Kahne of Enumclaw qualified in fourth and Greg Biffle of Vancouver, Wash., qualified in 20th.
Keselowski qualified in 14th place and Johnson will start 24th in the field of 43 cars. Five-time champion Johnson leads Keselowski by seven points with two races left this season.
Djokovic, Murray advance
Andy Murray of Britain beat Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France 6-2, 7-6 (7-3) to reach Sunday's semifinal round at the season-ending ATP finals in London, hours after top-ranked Novak Djokovic of Serbia advanced by beating Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic 6-2, 7-6 (8-6).
Second-ranked Roger Federer of Switzerland plays Saturday and has secured a semifinal berth.
• The NHL and the players union negotiated for a fourth straight day in New York and might bargain again this weekend. Friday was the 55th day of the lockout.
"I don't want to either raise or lower expectations," league commissioner Gary Bettman said.
• The New York Red Bulls of Major League Soccer cut ties with coach Hans Backe, saying they won't extend his expiring contract.
Red Bulls officials hired Andy Roxburgh as sporting director and said Mike Petke will coach the team on an interim basis.
• D.C. United will be without midfielder Andy Najar for the MLS Eastern Conference final series against Houston. Najar, 19, was suspended for two more matches and fined for throwing the ball at referee Jair Marrufo a week ago after committing a foul in a playoff match against New York.
Najar already was banned from playing in Thursday's 1-0 victory over the Red Bulls.
• U.S. swimmer Missy Franklin, who won four gold medals at the London Olympics, returned to competition at the Minneapolis Grand Prix.
Franklin, 17, won the 200-meter butterfly in 1 minute, 42.28 seconds to set a national record for women in the 17- to 18-year-old age group.
• Figure skaters Patrick Chan of Canada and Gracie Gold of Chicago led after their short programs at the Rostelecom Cup in Moscow.
• In rugby, Robbie Shaw scored two of the United States' six tries as the Eagles opened their November tour of Europe with a convincing 40-26 victory over Russia in Colwyn Bay, Wales.
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