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Craig Biggio wins Clemente Award

DENVER -- Craig Biggio capped his sweat-stained career with one more cherished honor.

The longtime Houston Astros star won the 2007 Roberto Clemente Award, given annually to a major league player who combines community service with excellence on the field.

Biggio received the award Saturday in a ceremony at Coors Field before Game 3 of the World Series between the Boston Red Sox and Colorado Rockies. He was picked from among 30 nominees, one from each big league team, by a committee that included commissioner Bud Selig and Vera Clemente, Roberto's widow.

The 41-year-old second baseman retired after this season, his 20th in the major leagues -- all with Houston. He became the 27th player to reach 3,000 hits on June 28.

• The Yankees are preparing to offer Alex Rodriguez a contract extension that probably will run for four or five years and have an average yearly salary of $25 million to $30 million.

New York has attempted to set up a meeting with A-Rod but the slugger's agent, Scott Boras, hasn't committed to a face-to-face session. Rodriguez can opt out of his record $252 million, 10-year contact up until the 10th day following the World Series.

He is owed $72 million by the Yankees during the final three seasons of that deal, but New York would receive a $21.3 million subsidy from the Texas Rangers, who originally signed Rodriguez to the contract and agreed to the payments when they traded A-Rod to New York in 2004. The Yankees would lose that subsidy if Rodriguez terminates the contract and say they would drop out of negotiations if he opts out.

In addition, A-Rod is owed $3 million annually in deferred money by the Rangers, payments that were converted to an assignment bonus at the time of the trade.

• PRO BASKETBALL -- Kobe Bryant didn't practice with the Los Angeles Lakers because of the sprained right wrist that kept him out of Friday night's final exhibition game against the Sacramento Kings in Las Vegas.

Bryant didn't travel to Las Vegas with the team and his status was day-to-day, Lakers spokesman John Black said

Coach Phil Jackson said he expected Bryant to play Tuesday night in the season opener against the Houston Rockets.

• Denver Nuggets guard Chucky Atkins is expected to miss six to eight weeks after an MRI revealed a severe right groin strain.

Atkins, who signed with the Nuggets in July, has been bothered during the preseason by a pulled groin. He left an exhibition game against Phoenix on Thursday with a groin injury.

The eight-year veteran averaged 13.2 points and 4.6 assists with Memphis last season.

• TENNIS -- Top-ranked Roger Federer defeated big-serving Ivo Karlovic 7-6 (6), 7-6 (5) to move into the final of his hometown Swiss Indoors tournament.

The defending champion will play Jarkko Nieminen, who advanced to his first final of the year by beating Marcos Baghdatis 7-6 (4), 6-2.

A win for Federer can clinch his season at No. 1 for the fourth consecutive year. Federer is 7-0 against Nieminen.

• HORSE RACING -- Bob Baffert was quick to correct someone who called his two victories in the Breeders' Cup a comeback.

"I've always been here," the silver-haired trainer said. "I've just been a little quiet."

He created quite a ruckus, winning a pair of $2 million races, the Juvenile Fillies with Indian Blessing and the Sprint with Midnight Lute.

Baffert has had a low profile in recent years after dominating the sport in the late 1990s, when he racked up three Kentucky Derby victories and led the nation's trainers in earnings for four consecutive years.

Part of his slide was due to the deaths of prominent owners Bob Lewis, John Mabee and Saudi Prince Ahmed bin Salman. Their deep pockets and flow of good horses kept Baffert in hay, while his successes made him the envy of the racing world.

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