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Sports briefs: Dec. 19

Golf

Woods not linked to doctor's drug charges, lawyer says

Tiger Woods is in no way linked to the drug-related criminal charges brought against a Canadian sports doctor who treated the superstar golfer, the doctor's lawyer said Friday. Dr. Anthony Galea, 51, is facing four charges related to the unapproved drug known as Actovegin. He was charged Wednesday by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police with conspiracy to import an unapproved drug, conspiracy to export a drug and smuggling goods into Canada.

"Any suggestion of any linkage to Tiger Woods is nonexistent," Galea's lawyer, Brian H. Greenspan, said outside a Toronto courtroom Friday. "I'm saying categorically it does not relate to anything that's alleged before this court."

Galea was not in court for Friday's procedural hearing at which the prosecution handed over to the defense details about some of the evidence that led to the indictment. The judge set a date of Jan. 28 for the next hearing. Under the Customs Act, Galea could face a maximum of five years in prison.

■ Swiss watch maker Tag Heuer says it will not use Woods' image in advertising campaigns in the United States for the foreseeable future. Tag Heuer CEO Jean-Christophe Babin told Swiss daily Le Matin on Friday the company was reacting to "recent events" surrounding the golfer. Woods has taken an indefinite leave from golf to work on repairing his marriage after numerous allegations of infidelities.

■ Woods was named PGA Tour Player of the Year in a vote by the players announced Friday, the 10th time in his career he has won the award.

Baseball

Cubs dump Bradley to Mariners for Silva

Mercurial outfielder Milton Bradley was traded to the Mariners from the Cubs Friday for expensive and underperforming pitcher Carlos Silva. The dual dumping, which came together in 48 hours, got rid of headaches for each team — yet has the potential of creating new ones in each city. Chicago also received millions from the Mariners to offset the nearly $25 million remaining on Silva's contract. Chicago has wanted to deal Bradley since the Cubs suspended him for the final two weeks of last season, shortly after he criticized the atmosphere surrounding the team. General Manager Jim Hendry said Friday he regrets signing the fiery outfielder to a $30 million, three-year contract. Bradley hit .257 with 40 RBI last season.

Laynce Nix has rejoined the Reds, agreeing to a minor-league contract. The 29-year-old hit .239 with 15 homers and 46 RBI last season, his first with Cincinnati. He made 60 starts in left field and set a career high with 116 games. Nix refused an outright assignment to the minor leagues on Nov. 20 and elected to become a free agent. Nix was invited to major-league spring training as part of Friday's agreement.

Nick Johnson is returning to the Yankees, a move that probably will end Johnny Damon's time in New York after four seasons. Johnson reached a preliminary agreement Friday on a $5.5 million, one-year contract, a person familiar with the negotiations said. Johnson must pass a physical for the agreement to be finalized. Damon, 36, became a free agent after completing a $52 million, four-year contract. He was seeking a three-year deal worth at least $39 million.

■ The Phillies exercised Jimmy Rollins' $8.5 million club option for 2011 Friday. The 2007 NL MVP will make $7.5 million next year, the final season originally guaranteed under the $40 million, five-year extension he signed in June 2005.

■ A lawsuit by a business seeking $203,000 from former baseball star Sammy Sosa for unpaid commissions has been thrown out by a Dominican Republic prosecutor. Adolfo Feliz said Friday that the suit lacked sufficient evidence.

■ Right-hander Ricky Nolasco and the Marlins have agreed to a $3.8 million, one-year contract, a raise of $1.4 million. Nolasco was 13-9 with a 5.06 ERA last season, down slightly from his 15-8 record in 2008.

■ A 4-year-old boy who was hit in the head by a foul ball at a minor-league baseball game in September spoke his first words since the accident this week, a major breakthrough in his recovery from an injury that nearly killed him. Luke Holko, whose fractured skull and brain injury inspired fans to donate $24,000 at ballparks to help the family with medical bills, told his mother he wanted "more" crackers during snack time Tuesday night, his father said.

NFL

Holmgren calls Browns 'very appealing'

Mike Holmgren considers the opportunity to run the Cleveland Browns "very, very appealing" and plans to give the team his decision "sooner than later." Holmgren, who spent two days meeting with Browns owner Randy Lerner earlier this week, said during his weekly radio show Friday on Seattle's KJR he liked everything he learned about the struggling team during his visit to Cleveland. The former Seahawks and Green Bay coach called the chance to head the team's football operations "about as good a job situation as you can ask for in this business."

■ The starting time of Sunday's game between the Ravens and Bears in Baltimore has been moved to 4:15 p.m. because of an impending heavy snowstorm. The game was scheduled to start at 1. Ten to 15 inches of snow is expected to fall in Maryland, beginning shortly before midnight Friday and ending in the early morning hours Sunday.

Mark Sanchez will start for the Jets against the Falcons after missing one game with a sprained posterior cruciate ligament in his right knee. Coach Rex Ryan said the rookie quarterback was medically cleared by team doctors after practicing three straight days.

■ The Eagles will be without running back Brian Westbrook and rookie wide receiver Jeremy Maclin against the 49ers Sunday. Westbrook has missed the last four games and six of the last seven with a concussion. Maclin left Sunday's win over the Giants with a torn plantar fascia, tissue at the bottom of his left foot.

■ Vikings receiver Percy Harvin returned to practice Friday, and the rookie said he should be able to play in Sunday's game at Carolina. Harvin missed all last week and practices Wednesday and Thursday because of problems with migraine headaches. But he was on the field participating in drills with his helmet on during Friday's light workout.

Matt Moore will make his third consecutive start at quarterback for the Panthers Sunday against the Vikings. Jake Delhomme was ruled out of the game Friday with a broken finger that's kept him sidelined since Nov. 29. Moore is 1-1 as a starter, but the Panthers have scored just two touchdowns in that stretch.

■ Quarterback Kyle Boller and running back Steven Jackson missed Friday's practice with flulike symptoms, raising the possibility that neither will play Sunday against the Texans. Boller also missed practice Wednesday, so the Rams are almost certain to go with rookie Keith Null for the second straight week.

Etc.

Phelps leads relay team to world record

Michael Phelps and Jessica Hardy helped the U.S. men's and women's teams set short-course world records in the 4-by-100-meter medley relays Friday at the Duel in the Pool in Manchester, England.

■ Two U.S. women's relay teams lost a preliminary ruling Friday in their fight to keep the Olympic medals stripped from them because of Marion Jones' doping offenses. The Court of Arbitration for Sport rejected a motion by the runners, including former Kentucky star Passion Richardson, that the International Olympic Committee waited too long to take away their gold and bronze medals from the 2000 Sydney Games.

Martin Brodeur broke Patrick Roy's record for regular-season appearances by a goaltender when he started his 1,030th game for the New Jersey Devils against the Ottawa Senators on Friday night.

The last word

The No. 2 Texas Longhorns walked onto the court at Cowboys Stadium for the first time Friday a day before taking on No. 10 North Carolina in the first basketball game at the $1.2 billion stadium. Dexter Pittman, their 6-foot-10 center who used to weigh nearly 400 pounds was particularly impressed by the jumbo video screens, which are nearly twice the size of a basketball court.

"It's my first time ever feeling small."

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