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Reed Johnson signs one-year deal with Dodgers

Staff And Wire Reports

Upon signing reserve outfielder Reed Johnson to a one-year contract Monday, General Manager Ned Colletti said the Dodgers were pretty much done shopping this off-season.

Johnson, 33, will receive a base salary of $800,000 and can earn an additional $250,000 in incentive bonuses based on games played and plate appearances. The Dodgers’ 40-man roster is now full.

A .282 hitter over seven major league seasons, Johnson has played all three outfield positions and will replace the departed Juan Pierre as the Dodgers’ fourth outfielder. Johnson batted .255 with four home runs and 22 runs batted in last year for the Chicago Cubs, when he sat out nearly two months because of a broken foot.

Colletti said the Dodgers are still hoping to sign another pitcher or two to minor league contracts. The Dodgers have examined the medical records of reclamation projects such as Chien-Ming Wang and Noah Lowry, and have been in contact with reliever Jeff Weaver.

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-- Dylan Hernandez

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Martz to run Bears’ offense

Mike Martz, the headstrong coach who orchestrated the “Greatest Show on Turf” while molding Kurt Warner into a Pro Bowl quarterback with the St. Louis Rams, is the Chicago Bears’ new offensive coordinator.

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Martz’s hiring ended a nearly monthlong search to replace the fired Ron Turner.

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Knee injury sidelines Paul

New Orleans Hornets All-Star point guard Chris Paul is out indefinitely because of a left knee injury that will probably require surgery. An MRI exam revealed more damage to the knee than the initial diagnosis of a bruise, Hornets Coach Jeff Bower said.

Gilbert Arenas insists he now understands that “guns and violence are serious problems, not joking matters.”

In an op-ed piece written for the Washington Post, the suspended Washington Wizards guard pledges to be a better role model and says a “message of nonviolence will be front and center as I try to rebuild my relationship with young people in the D.C. area.”

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Hudler wins two awards

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Though he doesn’t have a job right now, former Angels analyst Rex Hudler received two awards from the Southern California Sports Broadcasters.

The group named Hudler radio analyst of the year as well as television analyst of the year, though in the latter category he tied with hockey veteran Jim Fox, who handles Kings games alongside Hall of Fame broadcaster Bob Miller. Hudler was released by Fox Sports West and the Angels in November but had done both television and radio analysis.

Also, Jim Hill became the first African American to be elected to the SCSB’s Hall of Fame and the Dodgers’ Vin Scully was named the Chick Hearn radio play-by-play winner and also as the best television play-by-play commentator.

-- Diane Pucin Champions Tour rookies Fred Couples, Paul Azinger and Corey Pavin are among the players who have committed to play in the Toshiba Classic at Newport Beach Country Club on March 5-7.

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Miller, 73, USC football fixture

Ned Miller, who served as the official statistician at USC football games for the last 54 years, died Sunday of cancer. He was 73.

Miller, who never used a calculator, started keeping USC statistics in the Coliseum press box in 1956 and became the head statistician in 1975.

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A funeral for Miller will be held Tuesday at 9 a.m. at Mt. Sinai Memorial Park, 5950 Forest Lawn Drive, Los Angeles.

-- Gary Klein


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