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Vladimir Guerrero agrees to one-year deal with the Rangers

Wire Reports

Vladimir Guerrero is switching sides in the American League West.

Guerrero has agreed to a one-year deal with the Texas Rangers, opting to stay in the same division where he helped the Angels to five titles in the last six years.

A person familiar with the negotiations told the Associated Press about the agreement on Saturday, speaking on condition of anonymity because the contract hasn’t been finalized and is pending a physical.

Guerrero batted .295 with 15 home runs and 50 RBIs in 100 games last season with the Angels, who lost to the New York Yankees in the AL Championship Series. The aging slugger is a .394 hitter at Rangers Ballpark, with 14 homers and 33 RBIs in 50 games, and probably will serve as Texas’ primary designated hitter.

The Angels showed little interest this off-season in retaining Guerrero, who had two stints on the disabled list in 2009 and turns 35 in February.

TENNIS

Davydenko beats Nadal in final

Nikolay Davydenko saved two match points Saturday before rallying to upset second-ranked Rafael Nadal, 0-6, 7-6 (8), 6-4, in the final of the Qatar Open at Doha.

Davydenko led, 4-1, in the second-set tiebreaker, but unforced errors allowed Nadal to twice serve for the match. However, the Spaniard sprayed his returns wide, and Davydenko broke two times to Nadal’s one in the third set to close it out.

The sixth-ranked Russian’s third straight victory over Nadal improved his overall record to 5-4.

It was a second consecutive title for Davydenko after winning the London World Tour Finals on Nov. 29. He also beat Nadal and Roger Federer in that event.

Kim Clijsters hung on to win a momentum-swinging all-Belgian final at the Brisbane International in Australia in a vintage finish to Justine Henin’s tour comeback.

Clijsters, only five tournaments into her own comeback that has already netted the U.S. Open title, saved two match points and wasted three before winning, 6-3, 4-6, 7-6 (6), over the seven-time Grand Slam titlist.

Henin immediately withdrew from next week’s Sydney International, saying she had strained her upper left leg and didn’t want to risk further injury ahead of her Grand Slam return at the Australian Open, which starts Jan. 18.

GOLF

Glover holds on to lead at Kapalua

Lucas Glover finally hit his stride when the wind shifted and finished with a birdie for a two-under-par 71 that allowed him to stay in the lead at the SBS Championship at Kapalua, Hawaii.

Glover lost his three-shot lead on the front nine with consecutive three-putts, and several players took advantage. Defending champion Geoff Ogilvy surged two shots ahead until losing some momentum on the back nine and settled for a five-under 68 to finish one shot behind.

Glover was at 17-under 202 as he tries to go wire to wire on the Plantation Course.

FOOTBALL

Tuberville gets Texas Tech job

Tommy Tuberville was hired by Texas Tech to replace Mike Leach as the Red Raiders’ coach.

The school said Tuberville will be introduced today.

Leach was fired last month amid allegations he mistreated a player who suffered a concussion.

Tuberville stepped down at Auburn in December 2008, ending a 10-year tenure.

Josh Shirley recovered a blocked field-goal attempt and raced 77 yards for a touchdown to help lead the West high school stars to a 29-14 victory over the East in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl at San Antonio.

Shirley, a linebacker from Fontana Kaiser who has not announced his commitment for next season, picked up the loose ball after it was blocked by Cassius Marsh, a Louisiana State-bound player from Westlake Village Oaks Christian.

WINTER SPORTS

Vonn wins fourth downhill in a row

Lindsey Vonn won her fourth consecutive World Cup downhill and second in two days at Haus im Ennstal, Austria.

She sped down the shortened Krummholz course in 1 minute 9.12 seconds to beat Nadja Kamer of Switzerland by 0.14 of a second and extend her lead in the standings.

Defending Olympic halfpipe champion Shaun White qualified for the 2010 Games with a victory in the U.S. Snowboarding Grand Prix at Mammoth Lakes. Gretchen Bleiler won the women’s event.


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