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Phillies sign Young to 1-year deal

PHILADELPHIA — The Phillies have signed Delmon Young to a one-year deal for $750,000, adding to their outfield depth.


The 27-year-old outfielder batted .267 with 27 doubles, 18 homers and 74 RBIs for Detroit last season. He was the MVP of the American League championship series, batting .313 with three homers and a team-high nine RBIs during 13 playoff games.


Young's deal includes performances bonuses. Young was Tampa Bay's first overall pick in the 2003 amateur draft. He has batted .284 with 89 homers and 482 RBIs with Tampa Bay (2006-07), Minnesota (2008-11) and Detroit.


Red Sox
Red Sox officially sign Mike Napoli

BOSTON — Mike Napoli has signed a one-year contract with the Boston Red Sox after a multiyear deal fell through because of health concerns.


The $5 million contract signed Tuesday includes possible bonuses that could raise its total value to $13 million.


Napoli, a catcher-first baseman, originally agreed to a $39 million, three-year contract at last month's winter meetings, subject to a successful physical. But that wasn't finalized after the team became concerned about the condition of his hip.


Napoli spent the past two seasons with the Texas Rangers after playing his first five for the Los Angeles Angels. He batted .227 last year with 24 homers and 56 RBIs and was chosen for his first All-Star game. The Red Sox also designated right-hander Chris Carpenter for assignment.


NFL
Payton reinstated

NEW YORK — NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has reinstated New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton following a season-long suspension for his role in the team's bounty scandal.


The announcement comes Tuesday, a day after Payton met with Goodell. At the meeting, Payton took responsibility for the actions of his coaching staff.


Goodell says Payton has fully complied with all the requirements imposed on him during his suspension.


Payton says in a statement that he recognized mistakes were made which led to league violations, and adds he's excited to be back as head coach of the New Orleans Saints.


Payton, along with several coaches, the general manager and four players, was suspended in connection with the league's bounty investigation that found the club had a performance pool offering cash rewards for key plays, including big hits.


League looking into Brady's slide

NEW YORK — The NFL is looking into Tom Brady's leg-up slide that hit Ravens safety Ed Reed in the AFC championship game.


League spokesman Greg Aiello said Tuesday any play of that nature is routinely reviewed.


Brady could be subject to a fine if the league believes he violated any player safety rules.


During the final minute of the first half, Brady slid at the end of an impromptu run. The quarterback's upraised leg hit the onrushing Reed, who temporarily limped away. Reed was not injured.


Ravens safety Bernard Pollard said Monday that Brady should be disciplined by the NFL, which levies fines on defensive players for helmet-to-helmet hits.


If you want to keep this going in the right direction, everyone should be penalized for their actions, Pollard said, adding Brady knew what he was doing.


It has to go both ways. Hopefully the NFL will do something about it. If they don't, that's fine. If they do, then that's fine.


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