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Santana to Baltimore...Hardy is a franchise man...James back in action after big night



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SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) — The Baltimore Orioles continue their off-season overhaul. The O's have come to terms with two-time AL Cy Young Award winner Johan (YOH'-hahn) Santana on a minor league contract. The 34-year old, who has a career record of 139-78, is trying to come back from a second major operation on his left shoulder.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Defensive end Greg Hardy has signed his franchise tag tender with the Carolina Panthers. A person familiar with the situation spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the signing has not been made official. Hardy will make $13.1 million next season if he doesn't sign a long-term extension before July 15.

HOUSTON (AP) — A day after scoring 61 points against Charlotte, Miami's LeBron James is back in action tonight with a game at Houston. The outing by James was his best since a 56-point game he had nine years ago while playing for Cleveland. In last night's game, James hit 22 of his 33 shots, including his first eight three-point attempts.

UNDATED (AP) — Minnesota and Edmonton have pulled off a deal. The Wild acquired goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov (IHL'-yuh brihs-GAH'-lahf) from the Oilers in exchange for a fourth-round draft pick. The 33-year-old Russian has a mark of 5-8-5 record in 20 games for the Oilers this season with a 3.01 goals-against average.

UNDATED (AP) — Top-ranked Florida is on the road tonight, playing at South Carolina. The Gators have won 21-straight games and are 27-2 on the season. Both the winning streak and number of one-season wins are school records.

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