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BASEBALL

Vazquez's next stop should be Atlanta

Javier Vazquez is likely headed from the Chicago White Sox to the Atlanta Braves in a multiplayer trade.

The teams reached a tentative agreement Tuesday that would send the 32-year-old pitcher to Atlanta, two people familiar with the deal said, speaking on condition of anonymity because the trade had not been finalized.

That could happen today. Vazquez must take a physical for the deal to be completed, one of the people said, and he was likely to be examined today.

It was unclear who the Braves would send to Chicago in exchange for Vazquez.

Vazquez's future prospects with the White Sox appeared dim after manager Ozzie Guillen said in September that he wasn't a big-game pitcher.

In his last three regular- season starts and the playoff opener against Tampa Bay, Vazquez was 0-4 with a 13.22 ERA.

Vazquez has a 127-129 career record with Montreal, the New York Yankees, Arizona and the White Sox.

- Citi Field will remain the name of the New York Mets' new ballpark following a government bailout the team believes will help the struggling bank survive its economic crisis.

- Relief pitcher Doug Brocail is staying with the Houston Astros, agreeing to a $2.75 million, one-year contract that includes a club option for 2010.

PGA TOUR

Three area players begin long journey

The two former Augusta State golfers in the finals of the PGA Tour Qualifying Tournament are paired together in today's first round in La Quinta, Calif.

Richard Johnson, who graduated in 1995 and was a rookie on the PGA Tour in 2007, is in the same group with 2007 graduate Major Manning at PGA West's TPC Stadium Course.

Manning played on the NGA/Hooters Tour last year, winning once and finishing 13th on the money list with $48,891 despite back problems.

The other player with area ties in the 163-player field is David Robinson of Sandersville, Ga.

When the event ends Monday, the top 25 players and ties will earn PGA Tour cards for 2009. The next 50 will be exempt on the 2009 Nationwide Tournament and the balance of the field will be conditionally exempt on the Nationwide Tour.

SOFTBALL

Jones is among five USC Aiken signees

USC Aiken coach Jerry Snyder has signed five players for the 2009-10 season, including North Augusta High third baseman Lindsey Jones .

Jones, an all-region selection as a senior, is joined by catchers Nicole Borden of Jacksonville, Fla., and Amanda Hernandez of Woodbridge, Va., center fielder Brandy Bossle of North East, Md., and utility player Kelley King of Chesterfield, S.C.

SWIMMING

Magazine selects Phelps for honor

Michael Phelps achieved another unprecedented feat: the first swimmer honored as Sports Illustrated's sportsman of the year.

Phelps broke Mark Spitz's iconic record with eight gold medals at the Beijing Olympics in August and became the winningest Olympian ever with his 14 career victories.

NHL

Canadiens recover to defeat Thrashers

In Montreal, Andrei Kostitsyn scored with 5:11 remaining and the Montreal Canadiens recovered from blowing a three-goal lead earlier in the third period to beat the Atlanta Thrashers 5-4 on Tuesday night.

- In Philadelphia, Mike Richards scored two goals, including the winner 2:05 into overtime, and Philadelphia Flyers sent the Tampa Bay Lightning to their fifth consecutive loss with a 4-3 victory.

- In Washington, Radek Dvorak, Ville Peltonen and Gregory Campbell had a goal and an assist each, and the Florida Panthers beat the Washington Capitals 5-3.


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