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Sexton leaves coaching at Beatrice for administration

BEATRICE, Neb. — Bob Sexton is stepping down after 13 seasons as Beatrice's coach to concentrate on his current duties as an assistant principal.

Sexton's 93 wins are the most in school history. His teams went to the playoffs 11 times, nine as either district champion or runner-up, and the Orangemen were Class B state runners-up in 2008.

He will be the South coach in June's Nebraska Shrine Bowl.


First baseman Alonso agrees to deal with A's

OAKLAND, Calif. — First baseman Yonder Alonso and the Oakland Athletics have agreed on a $2.65 million, one year contract, avoiding salary arbitration.

Alonso was acquired in a trade with San Diego last month that also brought reliever Mark Rzepczynski to Oakland and sent pitcher Drew Pomeranz to the Padres.

In 2015, Alonso hit .282 with five home runs and 31 RBIs in 103 games while twice spending time on the disabled list because of a shoulder injury and strained lower back. His salary was $1.65 million.

Oakland has three players still eligible for arbitration: right fielder Josh Reddick, right-hander Fernando Rodriguez and third baseman Danny Valencia.

Players and teams are scheduled to exchange proposed salaries on Friday.

In other news:

Catcher Wilson Ramos and the Washington Nationals have avoided salary arbitration by agreeing to terms on a $5.35 million, one-year contract.

The 28-year-old Ramos hit .229 last season in a career-high 475 at-bats, with 15 homers, 68 RBIs and 101 strikeouts.

The Texas Rangers have agreed to terms on a $3.1 million contract with right-hander Tom Wilhelmsen to avoid salary arbitration.

The Rangers acquired Wilhelmsen from Seattle in a trade on Nov. 16. He was 2-2 with 13 saves and a 3.19 ERA in 53 appearances for the Mariners last season.

The Miami Marlins added pitching depth Wednesday, signing right-hander Edwin Jackson to a one-year deal.

Jackson made 47 relief appearances for the Chicago Cubs and Atlanta last season.

The Dodgers have agreed to a one-year deal with pitcher Chris Hatcher, avoiding arbitration.

The right-hander earned $552,500 last season, when he was 3-5 with a 3.69 ERA.

The Detroit Tigers have agreed to a $1,525,000, one-year deal with left-handed reliever Justin Wilson, avoiding arbitration.

The Tigers acquired Wilson from the Yankees in December. He went 5-0 with a 3.10 ERA in 74 appearances last season.

After a 12-year hiatus, Major League Baseball will return to Mexico City in March for two spring training games between the Houston Astros and San Diego Padres, the city's mayor, Miguel Angel Mancera, announced Wednesday.

MLB has not played games in Mexico's capital since March 2004, when the Astros faced the Marlins in a two-game exhibition series.

The exhibition series will be played March 26-27 at Fray Nano stadium, a venue with a capacity of about 5,000 that serves as home of the Red Devils of the Mexican Baseball League.

The San Francisco Giants traded right-hander Cody Hall to the Arizona Diamondbacks for a player to be named or cash considerations.

Harlan's Daeges named to Iowa baseball HOF

Harlan coach Steve Daeges is among a five-member class who will be inducted into the Iowa High School Baseball Coaches Association's Hall of Fame on Saturday.

Daeges joins former major leaguers Casey Blake and Jeff Clement, former Sioux City Heelan and West Des Moines Dowling coach Tim O'Neill and Sioux Central's Jeff Scharn in the 2016 class.

A 1972 graduate of Harlan, Daeges began coaching baseball at his alma mater in 1994. He took his 13th team to state last summer, leading the Cyclones to a runner-up finish in Class 3-A in its fifth straight trip to Des Moines. He has a career record of 579-201 (.742).

"It's a tremendous honor,'' Daeges said. "Looking back, the time's gone so fast. I was a kid that played ball in Harlan. It's pretty special when you can come back to your old high school and get involved in the program and do as well as we have.''

The 48th-annual IHSBCA clinic, which is open to all coaches and umpires who are members, begins Friday at the Sheraton in West Des Moines, featuring speakers Rick Heller of Iowa and Bill Krecji of USA Baseball. Among the guest speakers on Saturday is Omaha Storm Chasers manager Brian Poldberg, a Carter Lake native.


WADA concerned by findings in Russian doping scandal

PARIS — Findings reported by The Associated Press that track and field officials contemplated hiding the full extent of Russian doping before the 2012 London Olympics are "most concerning" and warrant further investigation, the World Anti-Doping Agency said Wednesday.

The AP reported Tuesday that six years before the International Association of Athletics Federations banned Russia, the governing body knew of doping so out of control it feared Russian athletes could die from abusing blood-boosting drugs and transfusions, and officials considered collaborating with Russians to hide the extent of cheating before the London Games.

The findings came from internal IAAF documents the AP received from a person intimately involved in the IAAF's anti-doping program. The person requested anonymity because he wasn't allowed to release the documents.

Two internal IAAF papers before the London Olympics proposed not publishing doping sanctions for lesser-known Russians. That would have violated WADA rules and the notes themselves specified that the proposed non-disclosure would be contrary to usual IAAF practice. The IAAF confirmed the authenticity of the documents but said the proposed hush-up of Russian bans was never carried out.

WADA said its commission that is investigating Russian doping and cover-ups should investigate the findings, if it hasn't already.

"The suggestions, if accurate, are most concerning," WADA spokesman Ben Nichols said in a statement to AP.

A second volume of findings from the WADA probe is due to be released Thursday. Its first report last November pointed to Russian government complicity in widespread, systematic doping, leading the IAAF to suspend Russia's track and field athletes from international competition.

Compiled from press services and local reports.

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