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Saves king Hoffman retiring

Baseball's all-time saves leader, Trevor Hoffman, has thrown his final changeup, deciding at age 43 to retire and return to the San Diego Padres in a front office job.

The Beverly Hills Sports Council, which represents Hoffman, confirmed Tuesday that he is done after recording 601 saves in 18 seasons.

Hoffman played the bulk of his career with San Diego after being acquired as a rookie from the Florida Marlins in 1993 during the Padres' infamous "Fire Sale" that stripped away most of their high-paid veterans. He left San Diego as a free agent following the 2008 season after contract talks abruptly ended, and pitched with the Milwaukee Brewers for two seasons.

Elsewhere, American League MVP Josh Hamilton was hospitalized with pneumonia in Arlington, Texas. The Rangers expect him to leave the hospital today.


NASCAR limits title tries

NASCAR's competition applications for 2011 require drivers to select which series they will race for a championship in this season.

The declaration will prevent Sprint Cup drivers from racing for championships in both the Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series, and presumably fill NASCAR's desire to give its second-tier series its own identity.

NASCAR has declined to discuss the policy change because officials plan to make all their competition announcements over the next few weeks.


Fredette pours in 47

Jimmer Fredettte scored 47 points and Jackson Emery added 20 points and set BYU's career steals record as the 11th-ranked Cougars (17-1, 3-0 Mountain West) beat Utah, 104-79, to extend their winning streak to seven games in men's basketball. The Utes are 7-10, 0-3.

Fredette, a product of Glens Falls, scored 34 in a win at the University at Buffalo on Dec. 30.


Tennis hits the beach

The inaugural Flurrious Snow "Beach" Tennis Tournament will be held Saturday and Sunday at Delaware Park's Parkside Lodge.

Doubles events for men and women will be held Saturday, starting at 10 a.m., and junior and mixed play will be held Sunday, also starting at 10.

The cost to enter is $15. Call Dan Johnson for entry information at 725-8803.

From News and wire service reports.

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