Reliever Foulke agrees to deal with Athletics

Reliever Keith Foulke ended his retirement and returned to the Oakland Athletics on Friday, agreeing to a $700,000, one-year contract that allows him to make $2.5 million more in bonuses.

The 35-year-old right-hander was an All-Star for Oakland in 2003, then left to sign with the Red Sox and recorded the final out of Boston’s 2004 World Series championship.

He had back and knee injuries in 2005 and 2006, then signed with Cleveland but retired last spring with elbow soreness.

Also: Manager Ned Yost’s 2009 option was exercised by the Milwaukee Brewers following their first winning season in 15 years.

The Brewers were 83-79 last year, finishing second in the National League Central.

The San Francisco Giants and right-hander Kevin Correia agreed to a $1,075,000 contract for 2008, avoiding salary arbitration.

Correia, slated to be the team’s fifth starter this season, went 4-7 with a 3.45 ERA with the Giants last year.

Colby Shreve pitched a complete game to lead the College of Southern Nevada to a 5-1 victory over Walters State Community College (Tenn.) at the Rahal-Miller Juco National Classic in Marianna, Fla.

Shreve (2-0) allowed three hits, struck out eight and walked three. Braeden Schlehuber was 2-for-3 with a solo home run for CSN (6-3).

The Coyotes lost 10-0 to St. Petersburg (Fla.) College in their second game of the tournament.


Rebels softball team splits to open season

The UNLV softball team opened its season by splitting two games in the Spring Kick-Off Classic at Eller Media Stadium.

The Rebels beat Texas Tech 2-0 in the opener as Stephanie Bregante pitched a two-hit complete game.

In the second game, UNLV lost 12-11 in eight innings to Loyola of Chicago after coming back from an 11-0 deficit.

Jaci Hull hit a grand slam in the fifth inning for the Rebels. She had six RBIs in the loss.

Also: The UNLV men’s tennis team lost 5-2 to No. 32 Texas Tech at the Fertitta Tennis Complex.

The 75th-ranked Rebels (2-2) got singles victories from Elliot Wronski and Luca Barlocci.

The Red Raiders (4-0) swept the three doubles matches and handed UNLV its first home loss of the season.

UNLV senior Sequoia Holmes was named to the Academic All-District VIII women’s basketball third team.

The Mojave High School graduate is the first Lady Rebel to earn academic district honors since Linda Frohlich in 2002.

Holmes leads the Mountain West Conference in scoring at 17.9 points per game.

She has a cumulative grade-point average of 3.25 and is majoring in psychology.


Ex-motorcycle rider leads Top Fuel qualifying

Former Pro Stock Motorcycle rider Antron Brown raced to the Top Fuel qualifying lead in the NHRA Winternationals at Auto Club Raceway in Pomona, Calif.

Scott Kalitta (Funny Car) and Greg Anderson (Pro Stock) remained the qualifying leaders in their categories at the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series event.

Brown powered his dragster to a performance of 4.495 seconds at 330.07 mph.

Also: Ottawa Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson is ready to return to the lineup.

Out with a hip flexor injury for Ottawa’s last four — and six of nine — games, Alfredsson said he’ll play today against Montreal.

Alfredsson leads the team with 32 goals and 68 points.

Chicago Bears star linebacker Brian Urlacher underwent minor neck surgery recently and is expected to be fully recovered for training camp.

Kevin Mazeika will coach the U.S. men’s gymnastics team at the Olympics for the second straight time, the team announced.

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