Sports shorts: D-backs add Ross to crowded outfield

2012-12-23T00:00:00Z Sports shorts: D-backs add Ross to crowded outfieldThe Associated Press The Associated Press
December 23, 2012 12:00 am  • 

PHOENIX - Cody Ross and the Arizona Diamondbacks agreed to a three-year contract Saturday with a club option for 2016.

Ross, who turns 32 today and lives in nearby Scottsdale, adds to the abundance of outfielders on the Arizona roster, setting up a possible trade. Ross batted .267 with 22 home runs and 81 RBIs last season for Boston. He's a career .267 hitter in nine seasons with six teams, including helping the Giants win the 2010 World Series.

"Could not be happier to be in the Dbacks family! Truly Blessed!" Ross posted on his Twitter account.

The addition gives the D-backs four veteran outfielders - Ross, Justin Upton, Gerardo Parra and Jason Kubel - along with two youngsters the organization has deemed ready for the majors: Adam Eaton and A.J. Pollock. Speculation is Kubel or Upton may be traded.

• Adam Greenberg, 31, is getting a chance to resume his baseball career with the Baltimore Orioles after signing a minor league contract. He returned for one at-bat in October with the Florida Marlins, more than seven years after he was beaned in his MLB debut.


Messi adds to record, caps '12 with 91st goal

BARCELONA, Spain - Lionel Messi polished off his record year with his 91st and final goal of 2012 in Barcelona's 3-1 win at Valladolid on Saturday night.

Messi, who broke Gerd Mueller's 40-year-old record of 85 goals, dribbled between a defender's legs before scoring in the 59th minute. Expected to win his fourth FIFA Player of the Year award next month, Messi finished 2012 with 79 goals for Barcelona and 12 for Argentina.

Barcelona coach Tito Vilanova was released from a hospital on Saturday, two days after throat surgery for the second time in two years to remove a tumor.


Heavyweight Adamek earns split decision

BETHLEHEM, Pa. - Tomasz Adamek, his nose swollen, seemed satisfied and relieved after he outpointed Steve Cunningham in a split decision Saturday in their IBF heavyweight title eliminator at the Sands Bethlehem Events Center in boxing's return to NBC Sports.

Adamek (48-2) advanced to fight contender Kubrat Pulev, with the winner scheduled to take on IBF beltholder and recognized world champion Wladimir Klitschko.

• The World Anti-Doping Agency suspended Spain's accredited lab in Madrid from carrying out doping tests for three months. The action comes weeks before Madrid submits its final bid to host the 2020 Summer Olympics.

• An ankle injury limited J.R. Celski at the U.S. short track speedskating championships last year. Now Celski is good as gold. His wins in the 500, 1,500 and 3,000 along with a fifth-place finish in the 1,000 helped him lock up the national title Saturday in Kearns, Utah. Lana Gehring won the women's title.

• Freestyle skiers Bryon Wilson and Heather McPhie of the United States won a World Cup dual moguls event Saturday in Kreischberg, Austria.

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