Proceeds from a baseball game between military veterans and former major-leaguers will be used to support charities and establish a fund honoring victims of the assassination attempt on U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords.
The Heroes vs. Legends game on March 12 at Kino Veterans Memorial Stadium will include Hall of Famers Gaylord Perry, Rollie Fingers and Fergie Jenkins.
Funds from the newly created Christina-Taylor Green Memorial Fund will be used to build a park with a Little League complex. The fund's 9-year-old namesake was among the six killed in the Jan. 8 shooting.
Christina-Taylor was the daughter of Los Angeles Dodgers scouting supervisor John Green and granddaughter of former big-league player and manager Dallas Green. John Green played college ball at the UA.
• The University of Minnesota baseball team will host an annual tournament at Kino Sports Complex in March.
The Dairy Queen Classic will move to Tucson because of damage to the Metrodome's roof. Minnesota, South Alabama, Oklahoma State and Washington State will play each other once during the weekend of March 4-6.
• The Arizona Diamondbacks have avoided arbitration with shortstop Stephen Drew by signing him to a two-year, $13.75 million contract.
• The Baltimore Orioles and shortstop J.J. Hardy have agreed on a $5.85 million, one-year contract. Hardy is a graduate of Sabino High School in Tucson.
• Prince Fielder and the Brewers have agreed to a $15.5 million, one-year contract. The deal is the highest-single-season contract for an arbitration-eligible player.
Akina rejoins Arizona as secondary coach
Calling him "a great complement to our program," Mike Stoops hired Duane Akina on Tuesday as the Arizona Wildcats' secondary coach.
Akina comes from the University of Texas, where he spent 10 seasons as the Longhorns' secondary coach, co-defensive coordinator and associate head coach. Before that, he spent 14 seasons (1987-2000) in Tucson as Dick Tomey's most trusted assistant.
"He's been a coordinator at two schools and knows defense inside and out," Stoops said. "His championship experience will be a huge benefit to our program."
Akina called Arizona "obviously a special place for me and my family, where a lot of good things happened."
Akina will spend the rest of the week recruiting. Arizona is expected to add another five or six players before Feb. 3, the national letter-of-intent day.
• Auburn coach Gene Chizik won the Paul "Bear" Bryant College Coach of the Year Award on Tuesday night.