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SEATTLE — Ken Griffey Jr. and the Mariners agreed to another one-year contract that will keep the popular slugger in Seattle next year.

Griffey, baseball's active home run leader with 630, turns 40 on Nov. 21. He gets the same incentive-laden deal with $2 million in base salary he signed to return to Seattle for the 2009 season.

It is believed Griffey will get a slightly higher base salary, with fewer incentives based upon plate appearances and Mariners home attendance. He is likely to again be a part-time designated hitter in his 22nd season since he came up with the Mariners as a teenager.

NEW YORK — Philadelphia Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins won his third consecutive NL Gold Glove and teammate Shane Victorino won for the second straight time in the outfield.

St. Louis catcher Yadier Molina and San Diego first baseman Adrian Gonzalez also were second-time winners.

Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainwright succeeded Greg Maddux, who won his record 18th last year.

Dodgers second baseman Orlando Hudson won for the fourth time, taking over from Cincinnati's Brandon Phillips.

Washington third baseman Ryan Zimmerman replaced the Mets' David Wright, a boyhood friend. Houston outfielder Michael Bourn and Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp also were first-time winners.

Pro Football

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. — Here's a change in Atlanta: A Falcons player showing some love for animals. Providing quite a contrast to Michael Vick's gruesome dogfighting operation, tight end Tony Gonzalez and his wife, October, posed in the nude for an anti-fur advertisement from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals.

The newly released ad, which was photographed over the summer in Los Angeles, shows the couple sitting together for the group's "We'd Rather Go Naked Than Wear Fur" campaign. They're following celebrities who have posed in the buff, including Dennis Rodman, Pamela Anderson and Dominique Swain, while others such as Paul McCartney and Charlize Theron have worn clothes in the campaign.

Pro Basketball

MIAMI — Dwyane Wade will quite literally follow in Michael Jordan's footsteps.

When Nike's Jordan Brand releases the Air Jordan 2010 in February to commemorate the line's 25th anniversary, Wade has been chosen to debut the shoe.

The Miami Heat guard left Converse and aligned with Jordan Brand in July, and called it "a huge honor" that Jordan picked him to wear the product.

Wade says he has idolized Jordan for as long as he can remember; the Heat star grew up in Chicago, trying to follow the path Jordan blazed while winning six titles with the Bulls.


ST. ANDREWS, Scotland — Three-time British Open champion Seve Ballesteros accepted honorary membership of the Royal & Ancient Golf Club at St. Andrews almost a year after undergoing multiple operations to remove a malignant brain tumor.

The 52-year-old Spaniard won the 1984 Open title at the home of golf to go with two triumphs at Royal Lytham & St. Annes in 1979 and 1988. He also has two Masters titles.

He said the outstanding moment of his career was at St. Andrews, where his fist-pump to celebrate his winning birdie putt at the final hole is one of golf's most memorable images.

He hopes to return next year for the 150th anniversary of the Open.

Ballesteros underwent four operations between October and December last year.


PARIS — Marat Safin ended his career after losing to Juan Martin del Potro 6-4, 5-7, 6-4 in the second round of the Paris Masters.

The 29-year-old Safin, a two-time Grand Slam title winner, put on a solid performance on center court but couldn't overcome the U.S. Open champion.

Safin, a three-time winner in Paris, captured the 2000 U.S. Open and 2005 Australian Open among his 15 singles titles. He has said he will quit playing after this season.

The charismatic Russian hasn't won a tournament since that victory in Australia. His best result this year was reaching the semifinals in St. Petersburg, Russia, last month.


NEW YORK — For the fourth straight year, the Toronto Maple Leafs are the NHL's most valuable team, according to Forbes magazine's annual survey.

The Leafs are worth $470 million, an increase of 5 percent over last year. They easily are worth more than the next franchise, the New York Rangers at $416 million, up just 1 percent.

The original six franchises are in the top seven, with only Philadelphia at No. 5 breaking that monopoly. Montreal is third ($339 million), followed by Detroit ($337 million), Philadelphia ($273 million), Boston ($271 million) and Chicago ($258 million).

College Football

SHERMAN, Texas — He hasn't played a down this season, but a 61-year-old graduate student is hoping to play this weekend for a Texas college football team.

Tom Thompson of suburban Dallas said he is ready to kick for the Austin College Kangaroos when the Division III school hosts Trinity University in Saturday's season finale.

Thompson told KXII-TV that he was a backup kicker in high school, but that was more than 40 years ago. He says he "had to learn how to kick all over again."

Coach Ronnie Gage said he's unsure whether he will play Thompson on Saturday, but he praised the man who's "gone through a lot of hard work and a lot of pain to be able to do this."

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