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    Sports log: Top pick agrees to deal with Astros


    The Astros agreed with No. 1 overall pick Mark Appel Saturday on a deal worth more than $6 million, sources told Appel turned down a $3.3 million deal from the Pirates last year after being picked eighth, and this year the Stanford righthander seems to have cashed in. He went 10-4 with a 2.12 ERA and 130 strikeouts in 80 innings as a senior . . . The Cubs placed outfielder David DeJesus on the 15-day disabled list after he sprained his right shoulder running into the wall in center field Friday night. DeJesus was running almost full speed when he extended his right arm, which slammed into the padded wall at Citi Field in New York . . . The Marlins said they placed catcher Miguel Olivo on the restricted list after he left the team without permission Friday before a game against St. Louis. Manager Mike Redmond said he was apparently unhappy that he had seen little playing time recently . . . University of San Diego third baseman Kris Bryant was honored with the Dick Howser Trophy as college baseball’s player of the year. The No. 2 pick in the draft (to the Cubs) led the nation with 31 home runs . . . Mississippi State took the lead on Wes Rea’s two-run double in the eighth inning and the Bulldogs beat Oregon State, 5-4, in the opening game of the College World Series in Omaha. Later, Joey DeNato (10-2) threw a four-hitter as Indiana beat Louisville, 2-0, in the Hoosiers’ first CWS appearance in front of a record crowd of 27,122.


    Iguodala plans to opt out of rich deal

    Andre Iguodala is planning on opting out of his contract with the Nuggets, due to pay him $16.2 million next season, and become a free agent. The 29-year old Iguodala, traded to Denver before last season in the deal that sent Dwight Howard to the Lakers and Andrew Bynum to the 76ers, averaged 13 points, 5.4 assists, and 5.3 rebounds per game. He was an All-Star in 2012 and is regarded as an elite defender . . . The Sacramento Kings hired Denver executive Pete D’Alessandro as their new general manager, a team official confirmed. D’Alessandro was executive vice president of basketball operations in Denver.


    Fort Larned earns right to defend title

    In Louisville, Ky., Fort Larned won the $536,300 Grade 1 Stephen Foster Handicap by 6¼ lengths at Churchill Downs, giving him a chance to defend his Breeders’ Cup Classic title. The 5-year-old broke first from the rail and never trailed under jockey Brian Hernandez Jr. Fort Larned ran 1 miles in 1:47.45, the second-fastest Foster behind Victory Gallop’s track-record 1:47.28 in 1999. The winner paid $8.60, $5.20, and $3.60 and earned $329,181 to push his career total to $4,031,417 . . . Captaintreacherous won the $1 million North America Cup at Mohawk Racetrack in Campbellville, Ontario, rallying to take the world’s richest pacing event in 1:48.3. Captaintreacherous paid $4.80, $3.30, and $2.70. Second-place Twilight Bonfire, at 90-1 odds, returned $44 and $15.40 . . . Byrama won the $250,250 Vanity Handicap by 3½ lengths at Betfair Hollywood Park. Byrama paid $14, $6.20, and $3 at 6-1 odds.


    Federer dumps Haas to reach final


    Roger Federer rallied past defending champion Tommy Haas, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4, to reach the final of the Gerry Weber Open in Halle, Germany. Federer lost last year’s final to the German veteran. Federer will play Mikhail Youzhny on Sunday. Youzhny upset second-seeded Richard Gasquet, 6-3, 6-2, in less than an hour . . . Top-seeded Andy Murray and defending champion Marin Cilic will play in the final at London’s Queen’s Club. Murray rallied to defeat Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 in a repeat of their 2011 final. Cilic held off former four-time winner Lleyton Hewitt, 6-4, 4-6, 6-2 . . . The Boston Cannons closed out a three-game road trip with a 15-13 victory over the Charlotte Hounds (3-4) in Major League Lacrosse action. Mike Stone scored four goals to lead the Cannons (2-5) . . . Eric Blake of New Britain, Conn., won the Mount Washington Road Race in Gorham, N.H. Blake, who won the 7.6-mile, all-uphill race in 2006 and 2008, posted his fastest time ever (59 minutes, 57 seconds). Laura Haefeli, 45, of Colorado won the women’s race in 1:18:05 after finishing third three times.