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Angels, Kendrick agreeto $33.5-million deal

ANAHEIM, Calif. — All-Star second baseman Howie Kendrick agreed to a $33.5 million, four-year contract with the Los Angeles Angels on Monday, passing up a chance to hit the free-agent market after next season.

The 28-year-old Kendrick batted .285 with a career-best 18 homers and 63 RBIs while committing just four errors in 140 games last year, earning a spot on his first AL All-Star team. He was eligible for arbitration this offseason.

NEW YORK — San Francisco Giants catcher Drew Stiner has been suspended for 50 games under baseball's minor league drug program after testing positive for a banned amphetamine.

Stiner's suspension, announced Monday, was the second of the year under the program. Washington left-hander Zechry Zinicola was suspended for 50 games last week for a second violation for a drug of abuse.

Wozniacki triumphs in second-round match

SYDNEY — Top-ranked Caroline Wozniacki came back from 4-0 down in the final set to beat Dominkia Cibulkova of Slovakia 7-5, 2-6, 6-4 today and advance to the quarterfinals at the Sydney International.

The match ended on a line call that was ruled in and later, on video review, appeared out by a few millimeters, giving Wozniacki victory on her second match point.

In another match, French Open champion Li Na beat Channelle Scheepers of South Africa 2-6, 6-4, 6-1.

MELBOURNE, Australia — Venus Williams withdrew from the Australian Open on Monday, prolonging her absence from the tennis tour because of an autoimmune disease that can cause fatigue and joint pain.

The seven-time Grand Slam title winner announced on Twitter and her website that she wouldn't play in the year's first major tournament, which starts next week. She added, though, that she plans to be back in action next month.

College coach suspended for alleged throwing punch

BALTIMORE — Morgan State men's basketball coach Todd Bozeman was suspended indefinitely with pay following allegations that he punched one of his players in the face during a game, The Baltimore Sun reported Monday.

Bozeman was accused of striking senior point guard Larry Bastfield before yelling at him in front of the crowd late in Saturday's road victory at South Carolina State.

LSU's Miles wins awardas coach of the year

NEW ORLEANS — Les Miles came out a winner even before LSU lost to Alabama in Monday night's BCS title game.

Miles won the Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year award for the Football Bowl Subdivision after he led the top-ranked Tigers to a perfect regular-season record and the SEC championship.

Messi wins third straight FIFA player of year award

ZURICH — Already considered one of soccer's greats at age 24, Lionel Messi on Monday became the first to win FIFA player of the year three times in a row.

The Barcelona and Argentina forward received the FIFA Ballon d'Or award for 2011. The only other three-time winners are Ronaldo (1996-97, 2002) and Zinedine Zidane (1998, 2000, 2003).

Compiled from wire reports