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Sports briefs for Jan. 29, 2013

By From wire service reports

Padres sign pitchers Freddy Garcia, Stauffer

Pitchers Tim Stauffer and Freddy Garcia signed minor-league deals with the San Diego Padres on Tuesday.

Garcia’s agreement includes a $1.3 million base salary with another $1.25 million in

incentives. The 36-year-old posted a 5.20 ERA in 107 1/3 innings for the New York Yankees last season. With the Padres, he’ll compete for a rotation spot with Anthony Bass, Eric Stults, Andrew Cashner and Tyson Ross.

Stauffer pitched in one game in 2012, but missed the rest of the season with flexor tendon surgery. The 30-year-old posted a 3.73 ERA in 185 2/3 innings in 2011.

Jets considered JaMarcus Russell

In a continued attempt to push starting quarterback Mark Sanchez, the New York Jets have had “exploratory, informal discussions” regarding former No. 1 overall pick JaMarcus Russell, according to a Newark (N.J.) Star-Ledger Report.

Similar to the thinking that led to the deal for Tim Tebow, the team remains concerned about Sanchez, who is guaranteed an $8.25 million salary in 2013, according to the paper.

The failed Tebow experiment cost general manager Mike Tannenbaum his job. The Jets also had scouted college quarterbacks Geno Smith (West Virginia), Ryan Nassib (Syracuse) and Logan Thomas (Virginia Tech), according to the Star-Ledger.

Russell recently decided to stage a comeback and hopes to return to the NFL next season.

Racist chants aimed at Altidore in Dutch Cup tie

ROTTERDAM — Racist chants were aimed at AZ Alkmaar and U.S. striker Jozy Altidore during his team’s 5-0 victory at nine-man Den Bosch in the soccer quarterfinals of the Dutch Cup on Tuesday.

Referee Reinold Wiedemeijer spoke to club officials when the chanting broke out in the first half and instructed second-tier Den Bosch to put a message over the public address system, warning the crowd he would stop the match if the abuse carried on.

The tie was briefly suspended early in the second half after misbehaving home fans threw snowballs at the linesmen.

The quarterfinal then resumed and top-flight Alkmaar went on to complete a resounding victory.

Spanish doctor had clients in soccer and tennis

MADRID — Spanish doctor Eufemiano Fuentes, accused of masterminding a doping ring in cycling, told a court on Tuesday he also had clients in other sports including soccer, tennis, athletics and boxing after finally taking the stand in a high-profile and much-delayed trial.

Fuentes and four other defendants are appearing before a Madrid judge almost seven years after police seized anabolic steroids, transfusion equipment and blood bags as part of a investigation code-named “Operation Puerto”.

The trial has attracted close international scrutiny because anti-doping authorities, who are represented in court, are hopeful it will finally lead to evidence of wrongdoing by athletes in sports other than cycling being made available.

Legal experts say it could also change the way doping issues are dealt with by criminal justice systems around the world.

Fuentes, who denies doping, was due to be cross-examined on Monday on the trial’s opening day but his testimony was delayed as Judge Julia Santamaria dealt with procedural issues.

Iverson says no to D-League

While former NBA star Allen Iverson said he remains hopeful of getting one final shot in the NBA, he announced that he’s passing on a chance to play in the NBA Development League.

Via his Twitter feed, Twitter said he’s declining an offer from the Dallas Mavericks’ D-League affiliate to join the Texas Legends, who are co-owned by Mavericks president of basketball operations Donnie Nelson.

I thank Donnie and Dallas for the consideration and while I think the D-League is a great opportunity, it is not the route for me,” Iverson posted. “I realize my actions contributed to my early departure from the NBA, should God provide me another opportunity I will give it my all. … My dream has always been to complete my legacy in the NBA.”

He later added: “To my fans, I love yall! Not a day goes by that I am not asked when am I coming back, we all must accept that my return is not up to just me.”

Iverson, 37, hasn’t played in the NBA since 2009-10 when he logged minutes with the Memphis Grizzlies and Philadelphia 76ers. He has spurned multiple attempts by the Legends to use the D-League as a possible route for a return. The Legends have just convinced NBA veterans Delonte West and Rashad McCants to join their team with similar hopes.

Jennings selling Green Bay home

Green Bay Packers wide receiver Greg Jennings is selling his home near Lambeau Field, according to a Fox Sports Wisconsin report.

The listing is another indication that the soon-to-be unrestricted free agent will change team after seven years in Green Bay. The Packers already have Jordy Nelson, James Jones and Randall Cobb at wide receiver. Another Packer, Donald Driver is considering retirement.

Jennings, 29, caught a career-low 36 passes this season, but missed nine games with a groin injury.

Fox Sports Wisconsin said Jennings has listed his 4,788 square-foot home in De Pere, Wis. at g $525,000. The house has five bedrooms and five bathrooms.

When Jennings emptied his locker after the Packers lost to the San Francisco 49ers, he appeared to accept that he was leaving town.

“They’re going to do what’s best for the Packers and the organization,” he told reporters at the time. “And as the other half of the businessman sitting down at that table, I have to do what’s best for myself and my family.”

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