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Trout, Angels agree to $144.5 million deal

– Mike Trout and the Los Angeles Angels agreed to a $144.5 million, six-year contract that runs through 2020. The Angels announced the deal Friday night

Baseball’s brightest young star, Trout, 22, was a unanimous choice for AL Rookie of the Year in 2012. He finished second in AL MVP voting to Miguel Cabrera the past two years.

Trout agreed on Feb. 26 to a $1 million, one-year contract for 2014. His new deal runs from 2015-20.


Changes lead to tougher drug deal

Baseball players suspended during the season for a performance-enhancing drug violation will not be eligible for that year’s postseason under changes to the sport’s drug agreement. Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association said the penalty will increase from 50 games to 80 for a first testing violation and from 100 games to a season long 162 for a second. A third violation is still a lifetime ban.


Ohio State’s Ross to skip senior year

LaQuinton Ross, Ohio State’s leading scorer and rebounder, notified coach Thad Matta that he plans to give up his senior season to pursue a pro career.


Northwestern to appeal union ruling

Northwestern confirmed it will appeal a federal agency’s ruling that its football players can create the United States’ first union of college athletes.


Around the links

In San Antonio, Phil Mickelson made the cut on the number in the Texas Open, shooting a 2-under 70 after opening with a 77 at TPC San Antonio’s AT&T Oaks Course. Lefty was 11 strokes behind leader Steven Bowditch, the Australian who had a 67 to reach 8-under 136. …

In Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Asia had two wins and two halves in the five foursomes matches at the Eurasia Cup, with Europe needing a late rally in the other match to hold a 7-3 lead after two days at Glenmarie Golf and Country Club. …

In Carlsbad, Calif., Dori Carter shot an 8-under 68 for a 10-under 134 total for a two-shot leader after two rounds of the LPGA Kia Classic. Stacy Lewis and Cristie Kerr were tied for second. Lewis shot 66, and Kerr had a 68.


Signings roundup

West Noble standout Kelsie Peterson signed her letter of intent to play basketball for Grace College. Meanwhile, New Haven baseball players Nick Vachon and Justin Bennett have signed to play for Saint Francis.


Nadal, Djokovic advance to finals

In Key Biscayne, Fla., Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic advanced to Sunday’s Sony Open final.