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Cardinals keep Mulder with 2-year deal

| Thursday, Jan. 11, 2007

Mark Mulder is staying with the St. Louis Cardinals, agreeing Wednesday to a $13 million, two-year contract that could be worth up to $45,075,000 over three seasons.

The 29-year-old left-hander, recovering from rotator cuff surgery, is expected to miss the first half of next season. He also had been negotiating with the Cleveland Indians and Texas Rangers.

"Mulder's return will be a real boost to our rotation," general manager Walt Jocketty said. "We've seen what he is capable of when healthy. Mark is very determined to return to his All-Star form."

St. Louis also agreed to a $1 million, one-year deal with right-hander Ryan Franklin and minor-league contracts with outfielder Rick Ankiel and infielder Jolbert Cabrera. Ankiel, a one-time pitching phenom trying to return to the major leagues as an outfielder, missed last season with a knee injury.

• Left-handed reliever Scott Schoeneweis and the New York Mets reached a preliminary agreement yesterday on a $10.8 million, three-year contract.

• The Reds obtained infielder Jeff Keppinger from the Kansas City Royals yesterday for minor-league pitcher Russ Haltiwanger.

• Cal Ripken Jr. said he would be interested in buying the Baltimore Orioles if Peter Angelos decides to sell the team.

• Former manager Frank Robinson will not return to the Washington Nationals with any sort of full-time job, and he said yesterday it bothers him that the team took until this week to deliver that news.

• Relief pitcher Tim Worrell retired yesterday after a 14-year career that ended with the San Francisco Giants.

• Lou Gehrig won election to the first veterans class (for players and coaches who were involved in college baseball before 1947) of the College Baseball Hall of Fame yesterday. Joining Gehrig were former Bucknell pitcher Christy Mathewson, Alabama second baseman and coach Joe Sewell, and Holy Cross shortstop and coach Jack Barry.

Basketball

West Virginia graduate Kevin Pittsnogle scored a league-high 44 points, as the Xplosion (2-15) won, 129-105, at the Minot Sky Rockets (8-10). Pittsnogle shot 14 of 19 from the floor and 11 of 13 from the free-throw line. Marc Williams, the second of five Xplosion double-digit scorers, had 18 points.

Cycling

Eufemiano Fuentes, the Spanish doctor at the center of a major doping scandal, asked cyclists for bonuses of up to $64,600 if they won the Tour de France, Spanish media reported yesterday.

College football

Dwayne Jarrett, the leading receiver in school history, announced yesterday he will skip his senior season at Southern California to enter the NFL draft.

• LSU quarterback JaMarcus Russell said yesterday he'll skip his senior season and enter the NFL draft.

• Clemson cornerback C.J. Gaddis will pass up his senior year and enter the NFL draft.

Olympics

The three cities vying for the 2014 Winter Olympics submitted their final bid documents to the IOC before the midnight yesterday deadline. The International Olympic Committee said it received the files from Pyeongchang, South Korea; Salzburg, Austria; and Sochi, Russia.

Off the field

The tumor that was removed from 60-year-old Yankees broadcaster Bobby Murcer's brain during surgery last month was malignant. Murcer played 17 seasons in the major leagues from 1965-83 and was a five-time All-Star and a Gold Glove-winning outfielder.

• An 81-year-old Texas woman indicted on extortion charges for an alleged scheme to get $2 million from Hall of Fame quarterback Bart Starr will not have to appear in federal court today. Ruby Y. Young of Kerrville, Texas, remains free and officials are working to send the case to Texas, a spokeswoman for the U.S. attorney's office said yesterday.

• Florida Marlins pitcher Dontrelle Willis pleaded not guilty to drunken driving in Miami Beach, his attorney said yesterday.

• The Golf Writers Association of America honored Tiger Woods with the Charlie Bartlett Award for his work with the Tiger Woods Foundation, which has reached about 10 million young people and given out more than $30 million in grants.

• Lawyers for the San Francisco Chronicle yesterday urged a federal appeals court to toss out a jail sentence imposed on two reporters refusing to testify about who leaked them secret grand jury testimony from a steroids investigation.

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