Sports briefs | Pittsburgh Pirates single-game spring training tickets on sale Saturday

January 26, 2013 

Baseball: Pirates tickets on sale Saturday

BRADENTON -- Single-game tickets for the Pittsburgh Pirates' 2013 spring training season at McKechnie Field go on sale beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday at the McKechnie Field box office, online at Pirates.com, or by calling 877-893-2827.

The 17-game home schedule begins Feb. 24 and includes three games against the Tampa Bay Rays, two against the Boston Red Sox and one against the New York Yankees. The annual night game against the Baltimore Orioles will be held at 7 p.m. March 8. The home schedule also includes a March 5 game against the Spanish national team.

Tickets range from $12 grandstand seats to $22 infield box seats. Tickets purchased on the day of the game will cost an additional $2.

ELSEWHERE -- Yankees general manager Brian Cashman says it's possible that third baseman Alex Rodriguez could miss the entire season while coming off hip surgery. Cashman says "there's no guarantees" that Rodriguez will be able to play this year. Cashman made his remarks on WFAN radio in New York. ... Infielder Joaquin Arias has agreed to a $925,000, one-year contract with the San Francisco Giants to avoid salary arbitration. ... The Royals claimed catcher George Kottaras off waivers from the Oakland Athletics on Friday and designated infielder Tony Abreu for assignment.

Cycling: Armstrong to help 'clean up' sport

AUSTIN, Texas -- An attorney for Lance Armstrong told the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency the cyclist will cooperate with efforts to "clean up cycling," though it's the sport's governing body and world anti-doping officials who should take the lead.

In letters sent this week between attorneys for Armstrong and USADA, and obtained by The Associated Press, USADA attorney William Bock requested Armstrong testify under oath by Feb. 6, but the cyclist's attorney, Tim Herman, responds that Armstrong cannot accommodate that schedule.

Last week, Armstrong admitted to taking performance-enhancing drugs to win the Tour de France seven times.

Figure skating: Davis, White post best score

OMAHA, Neb. -- With no competition in the United States, Meryl Davis and Charlie White have to settle for beating themselves.

The Olympic silver medalists and 2011 world champions posted a career high in the short dance in the U.S. Figure Skating Championships. Their score of 79.02 points topped not only the 76.17 they scored at the 2011 Grand Prix final, but their 76.89 from last year's U.S. championships.

ELSEWHERE -- Adelina Sotnikova of Russia had a superb performance in her debut at the European figure skating championships, winning the women's short program in Zagreb, Croatia. Meanwhile, Russian champions Ekaterina Bobrova and Dmitri Soloviev did just enough to win the ice dance title after finishing second in the free dance.

-- Herald staff, wire reports

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