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Sports news briefs — Nov. 18

Compiled from wire reports

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BASEBALL

Fla. police looking 
at Rodriguez papers

• A Florida police department says it has reopened an investigation into the theft of documents related to baseball’s inquiry into whether Alex Rodriguez used performance enhancing drugs.

Boca Raton police officer Sandra Boonenberg said Monday the investigation was reopened several weeks ago based on new information stemming from Rodriguez’s lawsuit against Major League Baseball.

Boonenberg offered few details on the open investigation but said detectives have “a lot of leads that they’re pursuing.”

The documents were stolen in March from the car of Porter Fischer, who took them from Biogenesis, the Miami clinic where he worked. The clinic and its owner, Tony Bosch, reportedly provided drugs to Rodriguez and other major league players. Bosch is now cooperating with baseball’s investigators.

• Tim Hudson is headed back to the Bay Area. The San Francisco Giants have agreed to a $23 million, two-year contract with the free-agent pitcher, who began his career with Oakland. Hudson had a physical Monday, and the team said the deal is pending the results of that examination. Hudson made his major league debut with the Athletics in 1999 and went 92-39 in six seasons with Oakland, where the right-hander teamed with Mark Mulder and Barry Zito to form a successful “Big Three.” The 38-year-old Hudson went 8-7 with a 3.97 ERA in 21 starts this season for Atlanta. His season was cut short by a broken right ankle that required surgery. The Braves earlier this month declined to make a qualifying offer to Hudson, who won 49 games during the previous three seasons.

• Two people familiar with the negotiations tell the Associated Press that Carlos Ruiz and the Phillies have agreed to a $26 million, three-year contract that will keep the former All-Star catcher in Philadelphia. The people spoke on condition of anonymity Monday because the deal hasn’t been officially announced. The contract also includes a club option for 2017. The 34-year-old hit .268 in 92 games last year after serving a 25-game suspension for using a banned amphetamine. Ruiz is known for excellent defensive skills and strong rapport with the pitching staff. He had career-highs with a .325 average, 16 homers and 68 RBIs in 2012.

Hockey

Colorado’s Duchene out at least a week

• The Colorado Avalanche will be without forward Matt Duchene for at least a week with an oblique injury. Duchene was hurt in the third period against Florida on Saturday. He is the team’s leading scorer with 12 goals and eight assists. The squad recently placed forward Alex Tanguay on injured reserve, retroactive to Nov. 2, and recalled forward Brad Malone from Lake Erie of the American Hockey League.

• The Carolina Hurricanes have activated goalie Cam Ward from injured reserve. The Hurricanes announced the move before Monday night’s game against Boston, and say Ward is eligible to play against the Bruins. Carolina also sent goalie Mike Murphy back to its AHL affiliate in Charlotte.

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North Dakota fires head football coach

• The University of North Dakota fired head football coach Chris Mussman on Monday after a 3-8 season, including a 2-6 record in the Big Sky Conference. Mussman tweeted early Monday afternoon, “Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened,” The Grand Forks Herald reported. UND athletic director Brian Faison said the two met Monday morning and Mussman was relieved of his duties immediately.

— From wire reports


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