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Fairfax, VA, US

Washington Nationals outfielder Jayson Werth turns self in to begin serving part of 5-day jail sentence for reckless driving - @nbcwashington

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#BREAKING: Paul Beeston's contract extended & will be CEO/president of @BlueJays until 2015 season end when he will retire, Rogers says - @CityNews


Major League Baseball

Family attorney says Baseball Hall of Famer Ernie Banks died of a heart attack - @MDGonzales

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Chicago, IL, US

Family of Chicago Cubs legend Ernie Banks to hold news conference on Sunday, family attorney says. http://t.co/CnHTSPqWC5 - @cnnbrk



Chicago Cubs Chairman Tom Ricketts on passing of Ernie Banks: 'He was one of the greatest players of all time. He was a pioneer in the major leagues. And more importantly, he was the warmest and most sincere person I've ever known. Approachable, ever optimistic and kind hearted, Ernie Banks is and always will be Mr. Cub. My family and I grieve the loss of such a great and good-hearted man, but we look forward to celebrating Ernie's life in the days ahead' - statement

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National Baseball Hall of Fame member Ernie 'Mr. Cub' Banks dies at 83, family attorney says - @tvbrad

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San Luis Obispo, CA, US

Retired professional baseball player Ted Lilly charged with insurance fraud in San Luis Obispo County, Calif. - @KSBY

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Oakland Athletics

Attorneys representing San Jose, Calif., in Oakland Athletics move will take case against MLB to the Supreme Court - @abc7newsBayArea

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Dominican Republic

Seattle Mariners 2nd baseman Robinson Cano to play winter ball games in his native Dominican Republic, Mariners general manager says - @AP

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Los Angeles Dodgers sign reliever Sergio Santos to minor league contract with invitation to spring training - @AP


Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles

Former Pittsburgh Pirates infielder Gaby Sanchez to join the Rakuten Eagles of Japan's Pacific League for the 2015 season - @AP

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Former baseball pro Tim Raines, who failed to receive the needed 75% vote in his 8th year on the Hall of Fame ballot: 'To all of the fans and media who continue to support my @BaseballHall candidacy, it's immensely appreciated. Thanks for all the kind words.' - @TimRaines30

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Editor's note: Pitchers Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez and John Smoltz were elected to baseball's Hall of Fame in their first year of eligibility Tuesday. Craig Biggio, who played a variety of positions for the Houston Astros, made it on his third attempt. - Tom

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4 are elected to Baseball's Hall of Fame: Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez, Craig Biggio, John Smoltz - @BNightengale

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College Park, GA, US

Man arrested in the shooting death of former Los Angeles Angels 1st-round draft pick Ryan Bolden, College Park, Ga., police say - @NBCLA

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Tampa Bay Rays agree to 1-year deal with shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera - @SportsCenter

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Minnesota Twins announce right-hander Phil Hughes has agreed to a $58 million, 5-year contract - @AP

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NYPD officers shot in Brooklyn, Dec. 20, 2014

New York Yankees charity offers to pay for education of children of NYPD officer killed in ambush - @abcnews

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Philadelphia Phillies

Photo: Baseball player Jimmy Rollins buys full-page ad in Saturday's Philadelphia Inquirer after trade to Dodgers; 'I've spent nearly half my life growing up in front of all of you' - @MattGelb

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Major League Baseball

Retiring baseball commissioner Bud Selig given emeritus status; incoming chief Rob Manfred says, 'I could not ask for a finer mentor during this transition process' - @MLB_PR