Originally created 12/31/06

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MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

Milwaukee finalizes deal with Suppan

National League championship series MVP Jeff Suppan would earn $52.75 million over five years under his contract with the Milwaukee Brewers if the club option for 2011 is exercised.

Suppan passed a physical Friday, finalizing the agreement that had been reached Christmas Eve. Suppan's deal, the largest in Brewers' history, gives him a $1 million signing bonus and salaries of $6 million in 2007, $8 million in 2008 and $12.5 million each in 2009 and 2010. Milwaukee has a $12.75 million option for 2011 with a $2 million buyout.

Suppan, who earned $4 million pitching for St. Louis last season, also gets a full no-trade provision in the first two years and the right to block trades to eight teams annually after that. He also receives a suite for games at Miller Park and will donate $100,000 annually to Brewers Charities Inc.

- Vladimir Guerrero's aching right knee that bothered him last season feels better and won't require surgery.

The Los Angeles outfielder, who participated in a charity softball game in the Dominican Republic organized by Boston Red Sox slugger David Ortiz, told The Associated Press that the Angels were considering surgery.

"They were going to operate on me, but it wasn't necessary because I had a good recovery," he said.

DUKE LACROSSE SCANDAL

Prosecutor's fate unclear at moment

By the time the prosecutor in the Duke University lacrosse case is tried on ethics charges, the sexual assault indictment he sought against three players might have been long since dismissed.

If the woman who claims the players sexually assaulted her at a party can't identify them at a February hearing, Durham County District Attorney Mike Nifong has said, he will abandon the divisive case.

At the next hearing in the lacrosse case, set for Feb. 5, the defense is expected to ask a judge to throw out the results of photo lineup in which the accuser - a 28-year-old hired to perform as a stripper at a lacrosse team party - identified her attackers.

If that happens, experts have said Nifong would likely be forced to drop charges of kidnapping and sexual offense, and Nifong has acknowledged as much.

HORSE RACING

Spectacular Bid's trainer, Delp, dies

Bud Delp, the Hall of Fame trainer who guided Spectacular Bid to Kentucky Derby and Preakness victories in 1979, has died. He was 74.

Delp, who died of cancer Friday at home, was inducted into horse racing's Hall of Fame in August 2002. Known for saying that races were won in the morning, Delp trained 70 stakes winners.

He finished in ninth place on the career wins list with 3,674, totaling nearly $41 million in purses. Delp was cremated Saturday morning without a memorial service, said Mike Gathagan, the vice president of communications for the Maryland Jockey Club.

- Successful Affair extended his winning streak to four with a victory by a head Saturday in the $69,810 Gallant Fox Handicap at Aqueduct in New York.

The winning streak began in the first start after trainer Gary Contessa claimed the 4-year-old gelding for $16,000 in October at Belmont Park. Thriving in his new surroundings, Successful Affair earned his sixth win of the season and seventh of his career.

With Ramon Dominguez aboard, Successful Affair prevailed at the end of a long stretch battle with Angliana. The top two finished six lengths clear of third-place finisher Park Avenue Prince.

JUNIOR HOCKEY

U.S. routs winless Slovakia in Sweden

In Mora, Sweden, Pat Kane scored two power-play goals and added an assist to lead the United States past winless Slovakia 6-1 on Saturday at the World Junior Hockey Championship.

Jack Johnson, Erik Johnson, Peter Mueller and James van Riemsdyk also scored for the Americans in their first victory in Group A.