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The Ashland Basketball Club will hold tryouts for fourth- through sixth-grade players on Nov. 17 and Nov. 18 at Bellview Elementary.

Fourth-graders will tryout 5-6 p.m. on Nov. 17, fifth-graders go from 5-6 p.m. on Nov. 18 and sixth-graders 6-7 p.m. on Nov. 18.


SEATTLE — Ken Griffey Jr. and the Mariners agreed today to another one-year contract that will keep the popular player in Seattle next year.

Griffey, who turns 40 on Nov. 21, received a contract similar to the incentive-laden deal he signed to return to Seattle for the 2009 season. He is likely to again be a part-time designated hitter in his 22nd season in the major leagues.

A 10-time All-Star and the 1997 AL MVP for the Mariners, Griffey hit .214 last season with 19 homers as a part-time DH. He was limited by a swollen left knee that required a second operation last month.

Griffey is No. 5 on the career home run list with 630.

After spending his first 11 seasons with Seattle, he played nine more with Cincinnati and the Chicago White Sox. Griffey returned to the Mariners this year under rookie manager Don Wakamatsu and helped transform what had been a fractured, bickering clubhouse with his leadership, energy and constant pranks.

"I'd like to thank the Mariners organization for inviting me back to play in 2010," Griffey said in a statement. "While 2009 was an awesome experience for me, my ultimate goal is for the Mariners to get to and win the World Series. To that end, I look forward to contributing in any role that Don sees fit on the field, and any manner I possibly can off the field."

NEW YORK — Derek Jeter won his fourth Gold Glove at shortstop, joining New York Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira among the American League players honored for fielding excellence.

Los Angeles Angels center fielder Torii Hunter and Seattle right fielder Ichiro Suzuki both won for the ninth straight year. First-time winners included Rays third baseman Evan Longoria, Baltimore outfielder Adam Jones and White Sox pitcher Mark Buehrle.

Minnesota catcher Joe Mauer and Detroit second baseman Placido Polanco each earned their second Rawlings Gold Glove Award. National League winners will be announced Wednesday.

Pro Football

MINNEAPOLIS — A federal appeals court backed the judge who ruled against the NFL and let quarterback Michael Vick keep more than $16 million in bonuses from the Atlanta Falcons.

The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed Judge David Doty's order saying Vick had already earned the bonuses before his dogfighting conviction, so the money wasn't subject to forfeiture.

Vick served 18 months in prison and is now with the Philadelphia Eagles.

Doty has long handled matters arising from the NFL's collective bargaining agreement. After Doty ruled in the Vick bonus case, the NFL accused him of bias and sought to end his oversight of its contract with the players union.

The appeals court said the contract should remain under Doty's oversight.

College Football

VERNON, Conn. — Two men charged in the fight that led to the stabbing death of University of Connecticut football player Jasper Howard told police it began when one of Howard's teammates disrespected a woman at a school-sanctioned dance, according to an affidavit.

The affidavit charges 21-year-old John Lomax III with murder in Howard's Oct. 18 death.

The 21-page document includes an array of witness statements, some of them contradictory, about the deadly encounter and provides the first account of what may have sparked the fight.

Howard died at a hospital from a single wound in his abdomen, hours after helping his team to a homecoming game win over Louisville.

Pro Basketball

ROCHESTER, N.Y. — Al Cervi, a pro basketball star who coached the Syracuse Nationals to the 1955 NBA championship, has died in upstate New York at age 92.

The 5-foot-11 Cervi was one of the strongest backcourt players of the 1940s and 1950s. Nicknamed "Digger," he was the 1947 National Basketball League scoring champion and MVP as a guard for the Rochester Royals.

He became a player-coach for the Syracuse Nationals in 1948, continuing in that role after the team joined the NBA. He retired as a player in 1953 but coached the Nats until 1957.

The Buffalo native was elected to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1985.

DALLAS — The NBA has released its All-Star ballot and is allowing fans to vote by text messaging for the first time.

Fans can vote once per day, per phone number, by texting a player's last name to 6-9-6-2-2 (MYNBA). Voting can also be done by paper ballot at each arena and online at www.nba.com.

There are 60 players per conference on the ballot. Fans can vote for two forwards, two guards and a center. Voting continues through Jan. 10 for paper ballots and Jan. 18 for electronic voting. Starters will be announced Jan. 21.

The game will be played Feb. 14 in Dallas at Cowboys Stadium, where the NBA expects a crowd of more than 80,000, which would be the largest to watch a live basketball game.


ZURICH — Argentina coach Diego Maradona will be at FIFA headquarters on Sunday to attend a disciplinary hearing into his expletive-filled outburst following his team's qualification for the World Cup.

FIFA may punish Maradona for an attack on critics during a press conference that followed a 1-0 win in Uruguay on Oct. 14.

Maradona has said he has nothing to apologize for, but FIFA says he has asked for a personal hearing from disciplinary committee chair Marcel Mathier.

FRANKFURT — A goalkeeper expected to play for Germany at the World Cup died after being hit by a train in what police suspect is a suicide. He was 32.

Robert Enke played for the German club Hannover. Team president Martin Kind confirmed his death, and police later released a statement saying a man had been fatally struck by a train Tuesday night. The statement said the "first police indications are that it was a suicide."

Enke had been diagnosed with a bacterial stomach ailment and missed nine weeks before returning 11 days ago and playing two Bundesliga games. He and his wife lost their 2-year-old daughter to a heart ailment in 2006. The couple adopted a girl in May, who is now 8 months old.


BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — Vin Scully said he will continue in the broadcast booth for the Los Angeles Dodgers through the 2010 season, then decide whether he will walk away.

The Hall of Fame announcer told The Associated Press that he still loves the job he's had with the team since 1950, but that it's hard to be away from his wife during a long season.

Scully, who turns 82 on Nov. 29, and his wife Sandy celebrated their 36th wedding anniversary Tuesday.

Ultimately, Scully said his decision to retire will be made by him and his wife, who has tolerated his absences that stretch some years from spring training in March to October, depending on whether the Dodgers make the postseason.

— The Associated Press