The Minnesota Twins signed former A's right-hander Rich Harden on Friday to a minor-league contract with an invitation to spring training.
Harden, 31, sat out the 2012 season after surgery Jan. 31 to repair the rotator cuff in his throwing shoulder, his latest setback in a long line of arm problems.
He made his major league debut with the A's in 2003. Harden had a 5.12 ERA in 15 starts in his return to Oakland in 2011.
Olympic champion Gabby Douglas, 17, was selected The Associated Press' female athlete of the year, edging out swimmer Missy Franklin in a vote by U.S. editors and news directors. Douglas won the all-around title in London, the first African-American to claim gymnastics' biggest prize. Douglas received 48 of 157 votes, seven more than Franklin, who won four gold medals and a bronze in London. Wimbledon and U.S. Open champion Serena Williams was third (24).
The San Francisco Bulls hosted the Ontario Reign in an ECHL game Friday night at the Cow Palace.
The Iraqi Football Association denies it's negotiating with Argentine Diego Maradona to take over as a coach of the national team. A day earlier, an Argentine official said Maradona was a leading candidate for the job. Former Brazil great Zico resigned last month.
Nearly two months after it canceled the New York City Marathon in the days after Hurricane Sandy, New York Road Runners said runners registered for the Nov. 4 race could either get a full refund or entry into the race in one of the next three years.
Spain's Supreme Court ruled Roberto Heras must be reinstated as the winner of the 2005 Spanish Vuelta after it upheld a lower court's decision to clear him of a doping ban that had stripped him of the title. Spain's highest court rejected an appeal brought by the Spanish federation against last year's decision to retroactively clear Heras of a two-year ban.