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BASEBALL

Phillies’ Hamels agrees to $20.5 million deal

World Series MVP Cole Hamels agreed to a three-year, $20.5 million contract with the Philadelphia Phillies, three people familiar with the negotiations said Saturday.

Hamels and the Phillies avoided an arbitration hearing with the deal.

The three sources spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity, because an official announcement hasn’t been made. A news conference is planned for today.

The 25-year-old left-hander established himself as a true ace in the postseason, going 4-0 with an 1.80 ERA as the Phillies claimed their first championship since 1980. He won the first game in three playoff series and also captured the MVP award in the National League Championship Series against the Dodgers.

Hamels went 14-10 with a 3.09 ERA during the regular season and was eligible for arbitration for the first time.

Also: University of Texas coach Augie Garrido was suspended indefinitely with pay after his early morning arrest on a drunken driving charge.

Police stopped the winningest coach in major college baseball near downtown Austin, Texas, just before 1 a.m. Saturday after an officer became suspicious of his driving, Austin police detective James Mason said.

Garrido was arrested after he failed a field sobriety test, and he was booked into the Travis County Jail, Mason said.

UNLV

Men’s swim team wins, goes unbeaten in MWC

The UNLV men’s swimming and diving team completed its first perfect conference regular season, beating Wyoming 140-103 in Laramie, Wyo.

John Mendoza won the 500-yard freestyle and the 1,000 freestyle for the Rebels (6-0, 5-0 MWC). Charlie Tapp was first in the 50 and 100 freestyle events.

The women’s team beat Wyoming 134.5-108.5.

Zsuzsanna Jakabos won the 200 butterfly and 200 individual medley, and Bailey Kuestermeyer won the 500 and 1,000 freestyle events for UNLV (5-4, 4-3).

Also: UNLV’s Alisa Razina and Anna Maskaljun reached the Flight Two doubles final in the Freeman Memorial Women’s Tennis Championships at the Fertitta Tennis Complex.

Razina and Maskaljun beat UCLA’s Nina Pantic and Anna Victoria 8-1 in the semifinals.

The tournament, featuring several of the top teams and individuals in the nation, wraps up today, with play beginning at 10 a.m.

Lekeisha Lawson was second in the 60- and 200-meter dashes at the Lumberjack Invitational indoor track meet in Flagstaff, Ariz.

Lawson clocked 7.53 seconds in the 60 and was the top collegian in the open race. She finished the 200 in 24.98.

Christine Lowe was second in the 400, Talyah Polee tied for second in the long jump, and UNLV took second in the 4×400 relay.

WINTER SPORTS

American Vonn skis to World Cup victory

Lindsey Vonn of the United States won a women’s World Cup super-combined race in Zauchensee, Austria, after nearly crashing during a jump in the downhill leg.

The defending overall champion posted the third-fastest time in the slalom leg to finish in 2 minutes, 40.53 seconds overall.

Also: Switzerland’s Didier Defago won a men’s World Cup downhill in Wengen, Switzerland. Bode Miller, who had won this race the last two years, finished second, and Marco Sullivan of the United States was third.

Buffalo Sabres defenseman Andrej Sekera will be out for at least two weeks with an ankle injury.

American Shani Davis won the 1,000 meters at the world sprint speedskating championship in Moscow.

MISCELLANEOUS

Brother of Providence player confronts ref

The brother of Providence basketball player Jeff Xavier caused a stir during the Friars’ 91-82 loss to No. 14 Marquette in Providence, R.I.

Xavier was knocked in the face, dropping to the floor and covering his right eye with 17:13 left in the game and did not return. No foul was called, but while the players were waiting at the free-throw lane after Providence’s Geoff McDermott was fouled moments later, a fan walked onto the court and went chest-to-chest with one of the referees.

Dunkin’ Donuts Center official Lawrence Lepore said Jonathan Xavier came down from the stands and jumped over the Providence bench to get onto the court. Security hustled him off, and he left without much of a fight, waiting peacefully under the stands with a guard while police were summoned.

Also: The Pamplemousse overcame a challenge by Square Eddie and pulled away for a two-length victory in the $100,000 San Rafael Stakes, nosing the 3-year-old into the early Kentucky Derby picture.

Ridden by Alex Solis, The Pamplemousse covered one mile in 1:35.31 at Santa Anita in Arcadia, Calif. Square Eddie, runner-up in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile last fall at Santa Anita, finished second.

David Nalbandian beat Jarkko Nieminen 6-3, 6-7 (9), 6-2 in the Sydney International final in Sydney, Australia.

Nalbandian now moves on to the Australian Open, in which he is the 10th seed.

Soccer standout David Beckham made his home debut for AC Milan, playing 81 minutes in a 1-0 victory over Fiorentina in Milan, Italy.

Giniel De Villiers of South Africa won the Dakar Rally, holding off Mark Miller of the United States and NASCAR driver Robby Gordon in the 14th stage from Cordoba to Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Marlon Lucky rushed for 68 yards and a touchdown, and the East defense stopped the West three times inside the 10-yard line to secure a 24-19 win in the East-West Shrine Game in Houston.

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