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White Sox sign Danks to new deal

The Chicago White Sox and starting pitcher John Danks have agreed on a five-year, $65 million contract through 2016.

Danks will earn $8 million next season, and $14.25 million in each of the final four years of the contract.

A 15-game winner in 2010, Danks slumped last season and was 8-12 with a 4.33 ERA.

The 26-year-old left-hander reportedly was on the trade market, but now, it appears the White Sox might try to rebuild with him after ace Mark Buehrle signed with the Miami Marlins. Danks would have been eligible for free agency after next season.


FIFA official got special treatment

Former FIFA vice president Jack Warner said Thursday he was awarded World Cup television rights for as little as $1 in return for helping Sepp Blatter win elections for the presidency of world soccer's ruling body.

Warner, who resigned from FIFA in June amid bribery allegations, said in a statement that the organization awarded him the 1998 World Cup rights in his native Trinidad & Tobago for $1 after he helped Blatter win a "brutal" campaign to become FIFA president.

Warner also said he was sold the rights for the 2002 and 2006 World Cups after helping Blatter get re-elected in 2002, and later bought the 2010 and 2014 rights.

The accusations are the latest twist to the corruption accusations and infighting that have dogged FIFA throughout 2011.


Shiffrin's ski dream comes true in Austria

Teenager Mikaela Shiffrin used to watch skiers Marlies Schild and Lindsey Vonn on television when she was a kid.

On Thursday, the 16-year-old high school student was standing alongside Schild on a World Cup slalom podium in Lienz, Austria, leaving U.S. teammate Vonn more than a second and a half behind.

Shiffrin skied a stunning second run to finish third in a race won by her Austrian idol, becoming the youngest female racer to make the podium in a slalom since American Tamara McKinney in 1978.

From News Staff and wire service reports.