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Dec. 22, 2012 at 11:19 PM   |   Comments

Reports: Cody Ross signs with Diamondbacks

PHOENIX, Dec. 22 (UPI) -- Veteran outfielder Cody Ross has signed a three-year deal with Arizona, the New York Daily News, MLB Network and Yahoo! Sports reported Saturday.

Citing team sources, the news outlets said Ross and the Diamondbacks have agreed to terms on a contract worth $26 million.

Ross, who turns 32 Sunday, batted .267 with 22 home runs and 81 RBI last season through 130 games for the Boston Red Sox while earning $3 million -- his second-highest totals over his nine-year career.

The right-handed hitter has compiled a .262 average with 122 homers and 452 RBI in 887 career games with Detroit, the Los Angeles Dodgers, Cincinnati, Florida, San Francisco and the Red Sox.


Ravens' Lewis to stay on injured reserve

BALTIMORE, Dec. 22 (UPI) -- Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis isn't ready to return to action from a torn triceps injury and will be inactive for Sunday's game, the team has indicated.

Lewis wasn't on the active list released Saturday, meaning he will remain on the injured reserve list for this week's contest against the New York Giants.

Hopes for his return were kindled when he participated in practice in each of the last three weeks.

Lewis has been out with the right arm injury since Week 6.

The NFL Network reported the 13-time Pro Bowl selection may also miss the Ravens' final regular season game Dec. 30 against Cincinnati.


Kings suspend DeMarcus Cousins indefinitely

SACRAMENTO, Dec. 22 (UPI) -- Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins has been suspended indefinitely for unprofessional behavior, the team announced Saturday.

The Kings also cited conduct detrimental to the team in suspending Cousins, who is reported to have gotten into an argument Friday with Coach Keith Smart during halftime of Sacramento's 97-85 loss at the Los Angeles Clippers.

The controversial center didn't play in the second half of the contest.

Cousins -- who is averaging 16.6 points and 9.5 rebounds per game this season -- had been hit with one-game suspensions twice since the season began.

He was sanctioned for striking Dallas guard O.J. Mayo in the groin this month, while in November he was banned for a verbal altercation with San Antonio Spurs announcer and former player Sean Elliott.


Report: Boise State may stay in MWC

BOISE, Idaho, Dec. 22 (UPI) -- Boise State may be having second thoughts about leaving the Mountain West Conference next fall, sources told ESPN.com.

University officials and the MWC have been having discussions about the possibility the Broncos would cancel their plan to jump to the Big East and remain in the conference.

The source said the discussions were based on the defection of Rutgers and Louisville from the Big East, which Boise State sees as diluting the television appeal of the Big East's football conference.

CBS.com reported the MWC has become more attractive to the Broncos due to a restructured television contract between the conference and CBS, which would be a potential financial windfall for Boise State even though the MWC would remain a non-BCS conference.

Boise State had no official comment on the report and remains on track to join a new western division of the Big East along with San Diego State, Houston, Central Florida, Memphis and Southern Methodist.

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