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Briefs: Royals agree to deals with Aviles, Escobar

February 21, 2011

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— The Kansas City Royals have agreed to one-year deals with Mike Aviles and Alcides Escobar, the team’s projected starters at third base and shortstop.

The team announced the deals Sunday without providing financial terms.

Aviles hit .304 last season, while Escobar, who was acquired in December from Milwaukee in the Zack Greinke trade, hit .235 last season as a rookie with the Brewers.

Right-handed pitchers Kanekoa Texeira, Kevin Pucetas and Henry Barrera, left-handed pitcher Everett Teaford and catcher Lucas May signed one-year contracts.

Golf

Baddeley wins at Riviera

Los Angeles — Aaron Baddeley returned to his old swing and a title he hadn’t seen in four years — a PGA Tour winner.

In a battle of generations Sunday at Riviera, the 29-year-old Baddeley played mistake-free over the final six holes to hold off Vijay Singh and deny a fairy-tale finish for 51-year-old Fred Couples.

Baddeley closed with a 2-under 69 for a one-shot victory over Singh, who turns 48 on Tuesday.

NFL

Duerson’s kin donating brain

New York — The family of former Bears safety Dave Duerson has agreed to donate his brain for research into chronic traumatic encephalopathy, a condition linked to athletes who have sustained repeated concussions.

Duerson died Thursday in Sunny Isles Beach, Fla. The Miami-Dade medical examiner ruled the death a suicide, Miami-Dade police spokesman Roy Rutland said Sunday. He confirmed that a gun was used but did not specify where Duerson shot himself.

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