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Rangers Deal All-Star Infielder to Rangers for Two Pitchers

  • Ted Ligety of the United States competes during the first run of an alpine ski, men's World Cup slalom in Val d'Isere, France, Saturday, Dec. 8, 2012. (AP Photo/Alessandro Trovati)

    Ted Ligety of the United States competes during the first run of an alpine ski, men's World Cup slalom in Val d'Isere, France, Saturday, Dec. 8, 2012. (AP Photo/Alessandro Trovati)

  • Ted Ligety of the United States competes during the first run of an alpine ski, men's World Cup slalom in Val d'Isere, France, Saturday, Dec. 8, 2012. (AP Photo/Alessandro Trovati)

    Ted Ligety of the United States competes during the first run of an alpine ski, men's World Cup slalom in Val d'Isere, France, Saturday, Dec. 8, 2012. (AP Photo/Alessandro Trovati)

  • Ted Ligety of the United States competes during the first run of an alpine ski, men's World Cup slalom in Val d'Isere, France, Saturday, Dec. 8, 2012. (AP Photo/Alessandro Trovati)

    Ted Ligety of the United States competes during the first run of an alpine ski, men's World Cup slalom in Val d'Isere, France, Saturday, Dec. 8, 2012. (AP Photo/Alessandro Trovati)

  • Austria's Marcel Hirscher competes on his way to set the fastest time during the first run of an alpine ski, men's World Cup slalom in Val d'Isere, France, Saturday, Dec. 8, 2012. (AP Photo/Alessandro Trovati)

    Austria's Marcel Hirscher competes on his way to set the fastest time during the first run of an alpine ski, men's World Cup slalom in Val d'Isere, France, Saturday, Dec. 8, 2012. (AP Photo/Alessandro Trovati)

  • Austria's Marcel Hirscher competes on his way to set the fastest time during the first run of an alpine ski, men's World Cup slalom in Val d'Isere, France, Saturday, Dec. 8, 2012. (AP Photo/Alessandro Trovati)

    Austria's Marcel Hirscher competes on his way to set the fastest time during the first run of an alpine ski, men's World Cup slalom in Val d'Isere, France, Saturday, Dec. 8, 2012. (AP Photo/Alessandro Trovati)

  • Germany's Felix Neureuther competes during the first run of an alpine ski, men's World Cup slalom in Val d'Isere, France, Saturday, Dec. 8, 2012. (AP Photo/Alessandro Trovati)

    Germany's Felix Neureuther competes during the first run of an alpine ski, men's World Cup slalom in Val d'Isere, France, Saturday, Dec. 8, 2012. (AP Photo/Alessandro Trovati)

  • Germany's Felix Neureuther competes during the first run of an alpine ski, men's World Cup slalom in Val d'Isere, France, Saturday, Dec. 8, 2012. (AP Photo/Alessandro Trovati)

    Germany's Felix Neureuther competes during the first run of an alpine ski, men's World Cup slalom in Val d'Isere, France, Saturday, Dec. 8, 2012. (AP Photo/Alessandro Trovati)

  • Ted Ligety of the United States competes during the first run of an alpine ski, men's World Cup slalom in Val d'Isere, France, Saturday, Dec. 8, 2012. (AP Photo/Alessandro Trovati)
  • Ted Ligety of the United States competes during the first run of an alpine ski, men's World Cup slalom in Val d'Isere, France, Saturday, Dec. 8, 2012. (AP Photo/Alessandro Trovati)
  • Ted Ligety of the United States competes during the first run of an alpine ski, men's World Cup slalom in Val d'Isere, France, Saturday, Dec. 8, 2012. (AP Photo/Alessandro Trovati)
  • Austria's Marcel Hirscher competes on his way to set the fastest time during the first run of an alpine ski, men's World Cup slalom in Val d'Isere, France, Saturday, Dec. 8, 2012. (AP Photo/Alessandro Trovati)
  • Austria's Marcel Hirscher competes on his way to set the fastest time during the first run of an alpine ski, men's World Cup slalom in Val d'Isere, France, Saturday, Dec. 8, 2012. (AP Photo/Alessandro Trovati)
  • Germany's Felix Neureuther competes during the first run of an alpine ski, men's World Cup slalom in Val d'Isere, France, Saturday, Dec. 8, 2012. (AP Photo/Alessandro Trovati)
  • Germany's Felix Neureuther competes during the first run of an alpine ski, men's World Cup slalom in Val d'Isere, France, Saturday, Dec. 8, 2012. (AP Photo/Alessandro Trovati)

Philadelphia — Michael Young chose a full-time role over staying home.

A person familiar with the trade said the Philadelphia Phillies acquired the seven-time All-Star infielder from the Texas Rangers for two relief pitchers.

Young agreed to waive his no-trade clause yesterday, the person said, speaking on condition of anonymity because the deal hadn’t been announced. The Rangers also will pay a significant portion of Young’s salary for 2013. Young is due to earn $16 million, and reports stated the Phillies will pay him only about $6 million of it.

Young, who has spent all 12 of his seasons in the majors with the Rangers, leaves as the club’s career leader in hits (2,230) and other categories, including runs, doubles and triples. He has a .301 career average with 177 homers, 984 RBIs and a .347 on-base percentage.

The Phillies sent right-hander Josh Lindblom and minor league righty Lisalverto Bonilla to the Rangers to get Young, who fills a void at third base. Lindblom was acquired from the Los Angeles Dodgers on July 31 for two-time All-Star center fielder Shane Victorino.

Young batted .277 with eight homers and 67 RBIs in 2012, a down year for him. In the nine previous seasons, Young hit at least .300 seven times and averaged 17 homers and 90 RBIs.

Reds Keep Ludwick

Cincinnati — Free agent outfielder Ryan Ludwick is returning to the Cincinnati Reds for a two-year contract worth $15 million, a person familiar with the deal told The Associated Press.

The 34-year-old Ludwick hit .275 with 26 home runs and 80 RBIs while helping Cincinnati win the NL Central. He hit three homers and batted .333 in the Reds’ five-game loss to San Francisco in the NL division series.

College Football

Cincinnati Snags Tuberville From Texas Tech

Cincinnati — Texas Tech’s Tommy Tuberville has agreed to become Cincinnati’s next football coach.

The agreement came one day after Butch Jones left to become Tennessee’s next football coach, ending a week of uncertainty for the Bearcats (9-3). Cincinnati has won a share of four of the last five Big East titles and will play in the Belk Bowl.

Tuberville takes over a program that has been a stepping-stone job for the last three head coaches. Mark Dantonio, Brian Kelly and Jones all left after three years for bigger programs — Michigan State, Notre Dame and Tennessee.

South Florida
Hires Coach

Tampa, Fla. — Willie Taggart is taking over as South Florida’s football coach after establishing himself as one of the nation’s top young prospects by turning around a losing program at Western Kentucky.

USF held a news conference yesterday afternoon to introduce the 36-year-old Taggart, who grew up in the Tampa Bay area before heading off to play and later coach at Western Kentucky. He replaces Skip Holtz, who was fired following the worst season in USF’s 16-year history.

Skiing

Vonn Wins Super-G

St. Moritz, Switzerland — Lindsey Vonn won a World Cup super-G yesterdayto stay unbeaten in four speed races this season.

The American racer timed 1 minute, 2.71 seconds, beating World Cup overall leader Tina Maze of Slovenia by 0.37 seconds. Julia Mancuso of the United States was third, 1.01 behind Vonn.

At Val D’isere, France, Alexis Pinturault of France produced a brilliant second run under floodlights to improve from sixth and win a World Cup slalom race.

Soccer

Messi Will Play

Barcelona, Spain — Lionel Messi has recovered from a bruise to his left knee and will play in the Spanish league game at Real Betis.

Messi was carried off the field after a late collision with the opposing goalkeeper in Barcelona’s 0-0 draw against Benfica in the Champions League on Wednesday.

U.S. Women Beat China

Detroit — Carli Lloyd and Sydney Leroux scored in the second half, and the U.S. women beat China 2-0 to remain unbeaten on its post-Olympic tour.

Lloyd broke a scoreless tie in the 50th minute, taking a pass from Tobin Heath near the edge of the penalty area, cutting to her left and beating goalie Zhang Yue to the near post from about 12 yards. Leroux added an insurance goal in the 84th minute.

Golf

Perry, O’Hair Take Shootout Lead

Naples, Fla. — Kenny Perry and Sean O’Hair took a two-stroke lead in the Franklin Templeton Shootout, birdieing the final six holes in better-ball play for an 11-under 61.

Defending champions Keegan Bradley and Brendan Steele shot a 64 to get to 13 under. Perry and O’Hair were 19 under overall, two strokes ahead of first-round leaders Davis Love III and Brandt Snedeker at Tiburon Golf Club. Love and Snedeker had a 65.