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BASEBALL

Braves add catching depth by signing Ross

The Atlanta Braves added catching depth Friday by signing free agent David Ross to a two-year, $3 million deal.

His agent, Ryan Gleichowski, said Ross will earn $1.4 million in 2009 and $1.6 million in 2010 in base salary. Ross can make an additional $300,000 in performance bonuses each season based on games played.

Ross, 31, likely will replace Corky Miller as the primary backup to starter Brian McCann.

Ross is a career .222 hitter. He hit .231 in 52 games with Cincinnati last season before he was released Aug. 18. He signed with Boston and appeared in eight games late in the season.

Also: The Cleveland Indians signed pitcher Tomo Ohka to a minor league contract, just days before free-agent talks are expected to heat up at the winter meetings in Las Vegas.

Ohka, who has won 50 games in nine seasons with Boston, Washington, Milwaukee and Toronto, will report to Cleveland’s new training facility in Goodyear, Ariz., next month.

While he’ll be a long shot to make Cleveland’s opening-day roster, the 32-year-old gives the Indians depth and options in case of early season injuries, a past problem for the club.

The Los Angeles Angels agreed to terms with South Korean pitcher Pil Joon Jang on a minor league contract.

The 20-year-old righty became the second Korean-born player in the Angels’ system, joining right-hander Jung Young-il, who was signed in 2006.

GOLF

Wie tied for third in LPGA qualifying event

Michelle Wie offset her mistakes with enough birdies, shooting a par 72 that left her two shots behind and still in good shape at the LPGA Tour qualifying tournament in Daytona Beach, Fla.

Mollie Fankhauser shot a 66 on the tougher Legends course, host of all the top players in the third round, and finished at 12-under 204. She has a one-shot lead over Japan’s Shiho Oyama, who had a 71.

Wie was another shot behind at 10-under 206 with Stacy Lewis, who made 12 straight pars until finishing with a birdie for a 71.

The 90-hole tournament concludes Sunday with 20 players earning their LPGA cards for 2009.

Also: Glen Day, a former PGA Tour winner trying to make it through Q-school finals for the second time in three years, took a big step with an 8-under 64 to share the lead with James Nitties at the halfway point.

Day and Nitties (69), both playing the TPC Stadium Course at PGA West in La Quinta, Calif., were at 15-under 201 through three rounds.

The six-round tournament concludes Monday, with the top 25 and ties earning their cards for 2009.

Jarrod Lyle tied the course record with a 9-under-par 63 to take a share of the second-round lead with fellow Australian Mathew Goggin at the Australian PGA championship in Coolum, Australia.

Lyle and Goggin, who shot 68, are at 9-under 135.

Paul Sheehan, a co-leader after the first round, was one shot back in third after a 70.

Henrik Stenson led by six shots through 10 holes of the second round of the Nedbank Golf Challenge in Sun City, South Africa, before play was suspended because of lightning.

The Swede, who shot 63 in the first round, bogeyed the first before sinking three birdies on the front nine. Stenson sank another birdie on the 10th just as the siren sounded to send the players from the course seeking shelter from lightning. He was at 12 under.

MISCELLANEOUS

Wranglers’ scoring woes continue in loss

Phoenix forwards Gino Guyer and Merit Waldrop each had a goal and an assist as the RoadRunners beat the Wranglers 4-1 in an ECHL game in Phoenix.

Center Chris Ferraro scored the lone goal for Las Vegas (8-10-2, 16 points) in the third period, with the Wranglers trailing 4-0.

Kevin Lalande (1-3-0) took the loss in goal for Las Vegas.

Also: Former journeyman NBA player Corie Blount was charged with felony drug possession after Ohio authorities saw him pick up a package they knew contained marijuana, then found more marijuana at his home, the Butler County sheriff said.

Deputies watched as the U.S. Postal Service delivered a package containing 11 pounds of marijuana to a Liberty Township address northwest of Cincinnati on Thursday.

When the 39-year-old Blount picked up the package, agents followed him to his home and served search warrants on the home and the address where the package was delivered, Butler County Sheriff Richard Jones said.

At Blount’s home, deputies found a second 11-pound package of marijuana, and another package containing about 7 pounds of marijuana, Jones said.

Blount was charged with felony drug possession and was released on $10,090 bond. If convicted of the charge, Blount faces one to five years in prison.

With NBA star Yao Ming offering a message of support, China entered its bid to host basketball’s world championship in 2014. Italy and Spain also made presentations to the sport’s governing body.

FIBA will choose the host nation in May. Turkey will host the next world championship in 2010. Spain won the 2006 event in Japan.

Audi is pulling out of the American Le Mans Series, ending a dominating nine-year run in which its cars won the LMP1 class championship every season.

Audi motor sports chief Wolfgang Ullrich said the German car maker wanted to concentrate on Europe “in these difficult economic times.”

Two-time Olympic beach volleyball champion Kerri Walsh found something to keep her busy after winning her second straight gold medal: She’s pregnant.

Walsh and husband Casey Jennings, a fellow pro beach volleyball player, are expecting a child in the spring.

“I’m chubby and I’m pregnant and it’s awesome,” she said in an interview with TV entertainment magazine “Access Hollywood.”

Courtney Barg scored in the 15th minute and Notre Dame beat Stanford 1-0 to reach the championship of the NCAA Women’s College Cup in Cary, N.C.

The Fighting Irish (26-0-0), who are in the final four for the third straight year, will play North Carolina on Sunday.

The Tar Heels (24-1-2) advanced with a 1-0 victory over UCLA after Yael Averbuch, making her school-record 104th straight start, converted a penalty in the 41st minute.

University of Texas swimmer Dave Walters set an American record in the 200-yard freestyle at the Texas Invitational swim meet in Austin, breaking the record set by Michael Phelps.

Walters finished the event with a time of 1 minute, 31.83 seconds. The previous mark of 1:32.08 was set by Phelps on March 3, 2006.

Dagny Knutson set an American record in the 400-yard individual medley night at the U.S. Short-Course championships in Atlanta, finishing in 4 minutes, 0.62 seconds.

The 16-year-old from Minot, N.D., beat Katie Hoff’s mark set at last year’s nationals by .04 seconds.

The nation’s longest prep football win streak ended when South Panola fell to Meridian 26-20 in overtime of Mississippi’s Class 5A state championship game.

The Tigers had won 89 straight games, the third longest streak in history, and five straight state titles.

Maryville, Tenn., now holds the nation’s longest win streak at 74 games. The team puts the streak on the line against Hillsboro in the Class 4A state title game today.

Only Concord (Calif.) De La Salle (151 games) and Charlotte (N.C.) Independence (109) have won more consecutive games than South Panola, located in Batesville, about an hour south of Memphis, Tenn.

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