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Casey to announce retirement

Three-time All-Star Sean Casey planned to announce his retirement today, Jan. 27, to join the MLB Network.

MLB Network president Tony Petitti scheduled a conference call to make the announcement.

Casey played in the major leagues from 1997-2008, hitting .302 with 130 homers and 735 RBIs for Cleveland, Cincinnati, Pittsburgh, Detroit and Boston. His best seasons were with the Reds, his team from 1998-2005.

In other Baseball news:

* Andy Pettitte and the Yankees agreed Monday to a $5.5 million, one-year contract that brings the lefthander back to New York.

* Veteran catcher Brad Ausmus and the Los Angeles Dodgers finalized a oneyear, $1 million contract Monday.

* Right-hander Zack Greinke and the Royals agreed to a $38 million, four-year contract that avoided a salary arbitration hearing. Greinke went 13-10 with a 3.47 ERA in 32 starts for Kansas City last season.

* Craig Counsell and the Brewers completed a $1 million, one-year contract after the veteran infielder passed a physical. The 38-year-old Counsell spent the past two seasons with Milwaukee.

NASCAR champ Johnson cuts finger

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - Three-time reigning NASCAR Sprint Cup champion Jimmie Johnson had surgery to repair a tendon and nerve after cutting his left middle finger with a kitchen knife Sunday, while preparing to compete in the final segment of the Rolex 24 sports car race.

A statement released by Johnson on Monday said the injury occurred above the knuckle and happened while the Hendrick Motorsports driver was attempting to cut a small hole in his firesuit in order to feed a tube from a cooling shirt through a pocket.

Alabama hoops coach quits

Mark Gottfried has quit as basketball coach at Alabama. The school said Monday he resigned and assistant Phillip Pearson will take over immediately as interim head coach. ... Kentucky forward Ramon Harris has been cleared to return to practice by doctors two days after fainting during halftime against Alabama.

Vikings great Eller convicted

MINNEAPOLIS - Former Vikings great Carl Eller was convicted Monday of assaulting a police officer who tried to arrest him after he swerved and nearly struck a squad car last April.

Hennepin County District Judge Dan Mabley ruled Eller, 67, was guilty of fourth-degree assault of an officer and second-degree refusing to submit to a field sobriety test.

Stringer's widow settles with NFL

COLUMBUS - The widow of Minnesota Vikings lineman Korey Stringer has reached a settlement with the NFL over his heatstroke death during training camp in 2001.

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