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Blue Jays set to acquire Dickey

The New York Mets agreed in principle to send R.A. Dickey to the Toronto Blue Jays as the center of a package that return two highly regarded prospects.

According to reports, Dickey must first consent to a contract extension with Toronto for the deal to become final.

The Mets will also receive highly regarded pitching prospect Noah Syndergaard, catcher John Buck and another prospect, according to multiple reports, while the Blue Jays will receive Dickey, catcher Josh Thole and another prospect.

Andruw Jones has decided to play in Japan.

The five-time All-Star outfielder has finalized a $3.5 million, one-year contract with the Rakuten Eagles of Japan’s Pacific League. The team announced the move on Sunday.

The 35-year-old Jones became a free agent after spending the past two seasons as a part-time player with the New York Yankees. He appeared in 94 games this year, batting .197 with 14 home runs.

Once one of the premier players in the big leagues, Jones broke into the majors with the Atlanta Braves in 1996 and won 10 consecutive Gold Gloves from 1998-07 as their center fielder.

Winter Sports

Ligety captures third win of year

In Alta Badia, Italy, Ted Ligety cruised to his third giant slalom win of the season by more than two seconds Sunday after an opening run that left his rivals in awe, giving the U.S. Ski Team two wins in two days.

Ligety sliced his way down the classic Gran Risa course in a two-run combined time of 2 minutes, 37.27 seconds. Defending overall World Cup winner Marcel Hirscher finished second, 2.04 seconds behind, and Thomas Fanara was third, 3.27 back.

• In Courchevel, France, Tina Maze won her fourth consecutive World Cup giant slalom race on Sunday to extend her overall lead at the top of the standings as defending champion Lindsey Vonn had another disappointing day and failed to finish.

The 29-year-old Maze had a comfortable lead of 0.63 seconds over Frenchwoman Tessa Worley after her first run and then held off Kathrin Zettel in the second to win by 0.22. Worley was third, 0.40 back.

• In Engelberg, Switzer­land, Austria’s Gregor Schlierenzauer won a large hill event Sunday to take the overall lead in the ski jump World Cup.

Schlierenzauer had jumps of 136 and 131 meters for a total of 273.7 points, beating fellow Austrian Andreas Kofler and Andreas Wellinger by 3.4 points.

Cycling

Spanish cyclist dies in accident

The Spanish cycling federation says former national mountain bike champion Inaki Lejarreta was killed when he was hit by a car while cycling.

The federation says Lejarreta, 29, was riding in the town of Iurreta in the northern Basque region.

Lejarreta was Spain’s mountain bike champion in 2007.

High School Football

Norcross ends its long title drought

Alvin Kamara had a 61-yard touchdown reception to put Norcross ahead and then scored on a 10-yard run to cap a fourth-quarter comeback as the unbeaten Blue Devils defeated Lovejoy 21-14 for the Class AAAAAA state championship Saturday night in Atlanta.

The title was the first in more than 50 years of football for Norcross (15-0), which had never made it past the quarterfinals before this season.


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Lincolnton 17-year-old drowns in cove

Many in Lincoln County were in mourning Monday after the weekend drowning of a teenager from a well-known family in Lincolnton, Lincoln County Coroner Paul Reviere said.
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