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    Busy Angels agree to contract with Zack Cozart

    Cincinnati Reds' Zack Cozart hits a single off of Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Doug Fister in the first inning of a baseball game, Sunday, Sept. 24, 2017, in Cincinnati. The Red Sox won 5-4. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
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    Zack Cozart singles off Doug Fister during a game between the Reds and Red Sox in September.

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    Zack Cozart agreed to a $38 million, three-year contract with the Angels on Friday and is likely to shift from shortstop to third base. Cozart, 32, was a first-time All-Star with the Reds last season, hitting .297 with 24 homers and 63 RBIs. Gold Glove winner Andrelton Simmons is at shortstop for the Angels, who reached an agreement last week with Japanese pitcher/outfielder Shohei Ohtani and acquired second baseman Ian Kinsler from Detroit this week . . . Former Cubs closer Hector Rendon agreed to a two-year contract with the World Series champion Astros, who made room on their roster by designating outfielder Preston Tucker for assignment . . . The Giants traded lefthander Matt Moore to the Rangers for minor league righthanders Israel Cruz and Sam Wolff. Texas also received $750,000 in international signing bonus pool allotment as part of the trade . . . The Rockies fortified their bullpen by finalizing $27 million, three-year contracts with righthander Bryan Shaw and lefthander Jake McGee.

    Shaw was 4-6 with three saves and a 3.52 ERA last season for Cleveland. McGee went 0-2 with three saves and a 3.61 ERA last season for Colorado . . . The Twins finalized their one-year $4.5 million deal with righthander Fernando Rodney, which includes a club option for 2019 season Rodney had 39 saves in 45 chances with a 4.23 ERA last season for Arizona.

    Rose defamation suit dismissed

    A defamation lawsuit filed by Pete Rose last year against the lawyer who got him kicked out of baseball has been dismissed. Federal court documents show Rose’s suit against John Dowd was dismissed Friday. Statements issued by Rose’s lawyer and Dowd’s lawyer say both parties agreed ‘‘based on mutual consideration, to the dismissal with prejudice of Mr. Rose’s lawsuit against Mr. Dowd.’’ Rose contended in the suit that Dowd defamed him in 2015 by saying on the radio that the former baseball great had raped teenage girls during spring training. Dowd investigated Rose for MLB in 1989, leading Rose to be declared ineligible for the Hall of Fame . . . Frank Lary, the star Tigers pitcher who was called the “Yankee Killer” because of his success against New York’s big-hitting lineup, died in Tuscaloosa, Ala. He was 87. Lary died Wednesday night after being hospitalized with pneumonia. He pitched for the Tigers from 1954-64 and led the American League with 21 wins in 1956.


    A two-time All-Star, he won the Gold Glove Award in 1961, when he went 23-9 and finished third in the Cy Young Award voting behind Whitey Ford and Warren Spahn. Lary got his nickname by going 27-10 against the Yankees from 1955-61, a span when they won six pennants.


    Revolution re-sign Bunbury

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    The Revolution re-signed forward Teal Bunbury, defender Andrew Farrell, goalkeeper Brad Knighton, and forward Brian Wright through the 2018 MLS season. Bunbury, 27, returns for a fifth season with the Revolution. The nine-year veteran scored seven goals in 28 games last season. He was voted by teammates as the club’s player of the year. Farrell, 25, returns for a sixth season with the Revolution. The first overall selection of the 2013 MLS SuperDraft, Farrell appeared in 30 games, all starts. Knighton, 32, an 11-year veteran, returns for an eighth season with the Revolution. Wright, 22, made two appearances for the Revolution in his rookie season . . . Marco Polo del Nero was suspended as head of the Brazilian soccer confederation, a move that could bring him closer to facing trial in the United States on charges of racketeering and money laundering.

    FIFA said Del Nero was under an ethics investigation and has been banned for 90 days from all soccer activities. Del Nero fled Zurich in May 2015 when other FIFA colleagues were arrested. They included Jose Maria Marin, who was at the time the head of the Brazilian confederation. Marin and two other South American soccer officials have been on trial in New York on the same charges that Del Nero could eventually face.


    No raise for MSU president

    Michigan State University president Lou Anna Simon declined a $150,000 raise as school officials face growing criticism for their handling of an ex-campus doctor who sexually assaulted many gymnasts. Simon rejected the raise at a Board of Regents meeting attended by several victims of Larry Nassar. He pleaded guilty last month to molesting girls at his campus office and elsewhere. Simon and the board agreed to put the money in a scholarship fund and create a $10 million fund for mental health services for sexual assault survivors . . . A woman who accused Oklahoma star running back Rodney Anderson of sexual assault said she’s dropping her protective order against him. The woman also said authorities’ handling of her case has diminished her faith in the justice system. The woman’s comments came in a statement released by an organization that advocates for victims of sexual abuse by athletes.

    She says prosecutors projected bias during a Thursday news conference where they announced that Anderson would not face criminal charges. Cleveland County District Attorney Greg Mashburn declined to respond to the woman’s statement . . . Former Tennessee director of football operations Chris Spognardi pleaded guilty in Knoxville to a charge of official misconduct related to the handling of team travel expenses. Spognardi worked at Tennessee the first three seasons of former coach Butch Jones’s tenure, and his responsibilities included managing cash expenditures for team trips. The charge against Spognardi involved the fabrication of receipts from those trips.


    . . . Toledo football coach Jason Candle signed a six-year contract that runs through the 2023 season and will pay him more than $1 million per year . . . Duke standout freshman guard Mikayla Boykin will miss the rest of the women’s basketball season after injuring her left knee.


    Lightning’s Callahan shelved

    Tampa Bay Lightning forward Ryan Callahan has an upper-body injury that will sideline him indefinitely. Callahan will be re-evaluated in 3-4 weeks . . . Justin Rose completed the final two holes of his second round early Saturday for a 3-under 69 and a one-stroke lead at the Indonesian Masters in Jakarta. The Englishman, among a quarter of the field forced off the course by weather delays Friday, had a two-round total of 13-under 131 . . . Ridgefield, Conn., native Tucker West joined Chris Mazdzer and Taylor Morris in clinching the three US men’s luge Olympic spots during a World Cup race in Lake Placid, N.Y.

    Early starter Josef Ferstl put down a nearly flawless run in a fog-interrupted super-G race in Selva di Val Gardena, Italy, to become the first German man to win a World Cup speed event in 13 years. Ferstl finished 0.02 seconds ahead of Austria’s Max Franz. Olympic downhill champion Matthias Mayer of Austria was third . . . Gymnastics Canada’s women’s national team director Dave Brubaker faces multiple sex-related charges. Sarnia Police said Brubaker was charged Friday with one count of invitation to sexual touching, three counts of sexual interference, three counts of sexual exploitation, and three counts of sexual assault. The statement said Brubaker appeared in court on Friday and was released on bail with a February court date.