Kyle Stanley of Gig Harbor has agreed to an equipment deal with Nike Golf. Stanley, 25, previously was with Titleist.

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Stanley switches to Nike Golf

Kyle Stanley of Gig Harbor has agreed to an equipment deal with Nike Golf, the company announced Tuesday.

Stanley, 25, previously was with Titleist.

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Quoting the announcement, “Stanley has entered a multiyear agreement with the Swoosh and will represent Nike Golf in clubs, ball, footwear, glove, apparel, headwear and accessories.”

Stanley won last year’s Waste Management Phoenix Open and finished 32nd on the PGA Tour in earnings at $2,351,857.

“Nike is the most powerful sports company in the world,” Stanley was quoted as saying. “They want to have the best athletes on board and it’s an honor to be a part of that and represent them.”

Stanley, known for his work ethic, played college golf at Clemson and turned pro in 2009. He didn’t attend a football game at the school until last year’s game against rival South Carolina.

“I just never wanted to take a day off,” he said.

Asked about the football experience, Stanley replied, “We’re sitting up there in the stands and I started thinking, ‘Man, this is kind of fun.’ “

Nick Watney also moved from Titleist to Nike Golf.

Meanwhile, Ryan Moore of Puyallup has switched from Adams Golf to TaylorMade. TaylorMade-Adidas Golf acquired Adams Golf last year. Moore, 30, has two career PGA Tour victories and was 26th on last year’s earnings list at $2,858,944.

The season-opening Tournament of Champions starts Friday in Hawaii.


League, union are bargaining

NHL and union officials are back at the bargaining table and seem determined to work toward a deal to save the hockey season.

On Monday, the players’ association presented a counterproposal to an offer made by the league late last week. The NHL has made a counteroffer to players that will be reviewed by the union.

The main negotiating teams met for about 30 minutes Tuesday in New York before ending talks for the evening. Talks might resume Wednesday.

Time has become a major factor.

“We’ve said we need to drop the puck by Jan. 19 if we’re going to play a 48-game season,” commissioner Gary Bettman said. “We don’t think it makes sense to play a season any shorter than that.”

That leaves less than two weeks to reach an agreement and hold a week of training camp before starting the season. All games through Jan. 14 have been canceled, claiming more than 50 percent of the original schedule.


Report: Rays’ Price to get raise

David Price, the 2012 American League Cy Young Award winner, reportedly will get a raise.

A person with knowledge of the deal said the three-time All-Star and the Tampa Bay Rays have agreed on a one-year contract worth slightly more than $10 million, avoiding arbitration.

The 27-year-old Price earned $4.35 million last season, when he went 20-5 with an American League-low 2.56 earned-run average.

Cleveland, Myers have deal

Right-hander Brett Myers and the Cleveland Indians agreed to a one-year contract that has a team option for 2014. The deal is contingent on the pitcher passing a physical.

Cleveland will give Myers, 32, a chance to start. He pitched in relief last season for Houston and the Chicago White Sox and was 3-8 with a 3.31 ERA and 19 saves in 70 games.

The 6-foot-4, 240-pound Myers spent eight seasons with Philadelphia before signing as a free agent with Houston in time for the 2010 season. He has a 97-93 career record with a 4.20 ERA and has started 249 games.


U.S. rises to 2-0 in Hopman Cup

The United States rallied past France 2-1, with John Isner and Venus Williams capturing the decisive mixed doubles to win a second straight series at the Hopman Cup in Perth, Australia.

France won the opening singles when Jo-Wilfried Tsonga overwhelmed Isner 6-3, 6-2. Williams evened the score by defeating Mathilde Johansson 3-6, 7-5, 6-4. The Americans won the mixed doubles 6-7 (5-7), 6-2 10-8 by taking six of the last seven points in the match tiebreaker.

The United States, which defeated South Africa in its opening series, next plays Spain.

Williams seemed to be in discomfort at times in her singles match.

“I’m OK, thank you; I’m OK,” she said. “She hits the ball hard and low and I’m tall, so it was hard to get down that low all the time.”


Manchester United romps

Robin van Persie and Javier Hernandez each scored twice as Manchester United won 4-0 at Wigan to keep its seven-point lead over Manchester City in the English Premier League.

Second-place Manchester City, the defending champion, defeated visiting Stoke 3-0, ending the Potters’ 10-match unbeaten run.

“There’s 17 games left and we have a seven-point lead,” United manager Sir Alex Ferguson said on his team’s website. “It’s not what I would say is a healthy lead, but it is a lead and it gives us something to kick on with.”

Galaxy adds keeper Cudicini

The Los Angeles Galaxy of Major League Soccer signed Italian goalkeeper Carlo Cudicini, 39, from English Premier League team Tottenham.

The ex-Chelsea keeper ends a three-year stay with Tottenham, where he played in 37 matches.

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