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Lawyer: Vick could go to halfway house soon

A lawyer for Michael Vick told a federal bankruptcy judge Friday that the imprisoned NFL star could be transferred to a halfway house in Virginia any day.

The judge presiding over Vick’s Chapter 11 bankruptcy case asked about the transfer during a hearing at which he also approved procedures to sell some of the former Atlanta Falcons quarterback’s property.

“He’s in the process of being released to the halfway house,” attorney Paul Campsen told Judge Frank Santoro. “We expect it to occur any day.”

Also: Jimmy Raye agreed to terms with the San Francisco 49ers to become the club’s seventh offensive coordinator in seven seasons.

The undisputed star of Texas Stadium has left the field. Crews rolled up the star section of blue artificial turf, about 30 feet by 30 feet, as part of plans to remove and sell items from the former home of the Dallas Cowboys.

BASEBALL

Varitek beats deadline, agrees to Red Sox offer

The Red Sox and catcher Jason Varitek reached a preliminary agreement on a $5 million, one-year contract, two people familiar with the talks said.

The deal contains player and team options that allow him to make $8 million to $10 million for two seasons.

Boston had set a Friday deadline for Varitek to accept or reject an offer that would extend his 12-year career with the team. Varitek, who hit .220 last year, became a free agent after completing a $40 million, four-year contract.

Also: Reliever Brian Bruney and the New York Yankees agreed to a $1.25 million, one-year deal, settling the team’s last salary arbitration case.

The deal raised New York’s projected opening-day payroll just above $198 million for 18 players with agreements.

Joe Torre is standing by everything he says in his book.

In his first interview since excerpts of “The Yankee Years” became public, Torre told Larry King he’s shocked by the uproar it has caused. Torre said the book, due out Tuesday, is merely an honest account of his time managing the high-profile club.

The country’s leading doping lab is testing syringes and vials Roger Clemens’ former personal trainer gave federal investigators to determine whether the items contain traces of performance-enhancing drugs.

The world-renowned UCLA Olympic doping lab has in-hand the physical evidence that trainer Brian McNamee gave federal prosecutors in early 2008 that his side says will link Clemens to drug use.

COLLEGES

Offensive lineman decides on Rebels

Offensive lineman Robert Waterman (6 feet 3 inches, 260 pounds) committed to UNLV. He attends West Ranch High School in Stevenson Ranch, Calif., and was first-team all-league.

Also: The 38th-ranked UNLV women’s tennis team nearly upset No. 36 Illinois in the first round of the ITA Kickoff Weekend tournament at Stanford University. The Lady Rebels, who played five three-setters, fell to 3-1.

The UNLV men’s tennis team (3-0) earned its first ranked victory of the season with a 7-0 win over No. 68 San Francisco at the Fertitta Tennis Complex.

Vincent English posted the top finish for UNLV divers on the first day of the Air Force Invitational in Colorado Springs, Colo. English was 10th in the 3-meter board competition. Teammate Brandon Baker finished 11th.

On the women’s side, Rachelle Zuccaro was 19th on the 1-meter board, and Jordyn Lauten was 28th. The invitational concludes today.

The College of Southern Nevada baseball team was swept on the first day of its season by fourth-ranked Central Arizona.

The Coyotes lost 7-5 and 9-8 in the Coyote Border Battle at Morse Stadium. Ryan Thomas went 5-for-9 with three doubles, two triples, three runs and one RBI for CSN.

The CSN softball team, ranked 13th in the nation, went 2-1 on the first day of its season.

The Coyotes defeated No. 10 Western Nebraska 2-0 and Central Arizona 11-9 at Stephanie Lynn Craig Park, then lost to No. 5 Yavapai College (Ariz.), 9-0.

MISCELLANEOUS

Watney leads FBR; Mickelson misses cut

Phil Mickelson tied for 121st. Nick Watney was all alone at the top.

Mickelson missed the projected cut by seven strokes, and Watney shot an 8-under-par 63 to take the second-round lead in the FBR Open in Scottsdale, Ariz. Watney is at 9-under 133 and has a one-shot lead over Charley Hoffman.

Also: Allen Johnson of Greenville, Tenn., leads a field of 14 NHRA drivers competing in the Pro Stock Showdown at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Johnson’s best quarter-mile run Friday was in 6.709 seconds at 205.63 mph. The last round of qualifying is scheduled for 10 a.m. today before championship eliminations begin at noon.

Two-time reigning NHRA Pro Stock champion Jeg Coughlin Jr., who won last year’s Showdown, was second best in 6.712 seconds.

Ingemar Johansson, the Swede who stunned the boxing world by knocking out Floyd Patterson to win the heavyweight title in 1959, has died, a longtime friend said. Johansson was 76.

Johansson died at a nursing home in Kungsbacka on the Swedish west coast, said Stig Caldeborn, a close friend who sparred with Johansson when they were in their teens.

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