BASEBALL: The St. Louis Cardinals and 2011 World Series MVP David Freese reached agreement on a one-year contract that avoids salary arbitration.
The Arizona Diamondbacks and second baseman Aaron Hill agreed to a three-year, $35 million contract.
Third baseman Chone Figgins signed a minor-league contract with the Miami Marlins with an invitation to their major-league camp.
Felix Hernandez said he won't pitch for Venezuela in the upcoming World Baseball Classic.
HORSE RACING: Aqueduct canceled a second straight day of racing, calling off Saturday's card. Racing is scheduled to resume on Sunday.
SKIING: Olympic champion Maria Hoefl-Riesch of Germany won the super-combined title at the world championships in Austria.
COLLEGES:Blake James was hired as Miami's athletic director after serving in the job in an interim capacity for the last four months.
SOCCER: The Columbus Crew agreed to terms with 25-year-old Argentine midfielder Matias Sanchez, who played from 2008 to '12 with Estudiantes of his country's Primera Division.
Fifth-year midfielder Jamie Smith has re-signed with the Colorado Rapids.
The English Football Association fined Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson $18,900 for implying a referee's assistant was motivated by bias.
LUGE: World champions Tobias Wendl and Tobias Arlt of Germany wrapped up the World Cup doubles title with a victory on the Mount Van Hoevenberg course in Lake Placid, N.Y.
JURISPRUDENCE: More than 150 potential jurors packed a hotel ballroom in Missoula, Mont., for the rape trial of former University of Montana quarterback Jordan Johnson, as attorneys attempt to seat an impartial panel. - Associated Press