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Pitcher Lilly, 37, retires

Ted Lilly would have loved to keep pitching — if his body would allow him to start every fifth day, and if he could stay off the disabled list.

Instead, the 37-year-old left-hander is retiring because of further problems with his shoulder and back.

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Lilly pitched 15 seasons, the last four with the Los Angeles Dodgers.

The two-time All-Star had a career record of 130-113, with a 4.14 earned-run average. As a Dodger, he was 24-21 with a 3.83 ERA.

“It came to a point that, unfortunately, the reality set in where I was in terms of health and effectiveness,” Lilly said Friday. “Those combinations are what forced me to retire. If I felt I could still be productive and healthy, I would be playing, for sure. As of today, I don’t think it’s reasonable.

“I didn’t believe I would be able to go out there and be productive and effective for a major-league team and stay healthy to make 30 starts.”

Vogelsong to stay put

Right-hander Ryan Vogelsong, 36, is staying with the San Francisco Giants, agreeing to terms on a one-year contract pending a physical exam.

The Giants declined to exercise Vogelsong’s $6.5 million contract option for 2014 on Nov. 4, but the parties agreed to keep open the possibility of potential negotiations down the road.

Vogelsong went 4-6 with a 5.73 ERA in 19 starts and 1032
3 innings during an injury-shortened season. He won three games in the 2012 postseason for the Giants, the eventual World Series champions.

Moore gets extension

General manager Dayton Moore of the Kansas City Royals will have at least two more years to prove he can get the once-wayward franchise he took over in 2006 to the playoffs. He got a two-year contract extension.

The Royals were 86-76 this season, their best record since 1989.


Gut takes downhill

Lara Gut of Switzerland was faster than a field missing American Lindsey Vonn.

Gut posted her second World Cup victory of the season, taking the opening downhill in Beaver Creek, Colo. The 22-year-old Gut’s time was 1 minute, 41.26 seconds and she beat runner-up Tina Weirather of Liechtenstein by 0.47 seconds.

In nearby Vail, Colo., Vonn had three morning super-giant-slalom training runs. The reigning Olympic downhill champion is recovering from surgery on her right knee and said she hopes to compete next week in Lake Louise, Alberta.


Chara lifts Bruins

Boston Bruins captain Zdeno Chara gave his team a spark with his rare fight. Then he scored the winning goal with his usual blistering slap shot.

Chara and Patrice Bergeron scored third-period goals to lift the host Bruins to a 3-2 comeback victory over the New York Rangers.

Chara, a 6-foot-9 defenseman, squared off with the Rangers’ 6-7 Brian Boyle, knocking him to the ice. It was Chara’s first fighting major of the season.

New York hosts the Vancouver Canucks — coached by former Rangers coach John Tortorella — on Saturday.

The Rangers are guided by Alain Vigneault, who was Vancouver’s coach last season.

Meanwhile, Ben Smith’s goal in the 11th round of a shootout gave Chicago a 2-1 victory over host Dallas. Each team scored once in the first 10 rounds of the tiebreaker.


Scott leads Aussie Open

Australian Adam Scott, ranked second in the world, held a two-shot advantage over No. 6 Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland as the tournament’s star players moved to the top of the Australian Open leaderboard at Royal Sydney.

Scott shot a 2-under-par 70 for a two-round total of 12-under 132. McIlroy, playing in the morning and avoiding rain and storms that later hit the course, had a 65.

Meanwhile, defending champion Charl Schwartzel of South Africa and Morten Orum Madsen of Denmark shared the lead at 8-under 136 after two rounds at the European Tour’s Alfred Dunhill Championship in Malelane, South Africa.

Schwartzel shot a 68 in the second round and Madsen — who won the South African Open on Sunday — had a 71.


• In horse racing, Will Take Charge beat 6-5 favorite Game On Dude by a head in the Grade I Clark Handicap at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky.

Will Take Charge, trained by D. Wayne Lukas and ridden by Luis Saez, ran 11
8 miles in 1 minute, 49.39 seconds. The 3-year-old colt paid $6.80 to win as the second wagering choice in the $550,700 race.

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