Hawks' Law to appear today at Venture Sports Shows

Atlanta Hawks point guard Acie Law will appear today at Venture Sports Shows in Duluth from 1 to 3 p.m. Law, a first-round pick of the Hawks in the 2007 NBA Draft, is a former All-American at Texas A&M.

The show is in the Venture Mall, located on Venture Drive near the intersection of Pleasant Hill Road and I-85. Cost for autographs is $20 for flats and $25 for premium items.


Braves offer Mahay salary arbitration

ATLANTA - The Atlanta Braves offered salary arbitration to left-handed relief pitcher Ron Mahay on Friday and, as expected, declined to offer arbitration to center fielder Andruw Jones.

Mahay, 36, was 1-0 with a 2.25 ERA in 30 games with the Braves following a July 31 trade from Texas, where he was 2-0 with a 2.77 ERA in 28 games.

Mahay could opt for free agency after his strong season in which he limited left-handed hitters to a .189 batting average.

Teams have until midnight today to offer arbitration to free-agent players.


Favre expected to keep streak alive

GREEN BAY, Wis. - Packers quarterback Brett Favre is expected to start against the Oakland Raiders on Dec. 9 and keep alive his record streak for consecutive starts.

'Just to quote the medical staff, his (starting) streak is not in danger. He'll be OK,' coach Mike McCarthy said Friday, the day after Favre was knocked out of the Packers' 37-27 loss at Dallas with elbow and shoulder injuries.

His streak, which dates to 1992, stands at 249 games (269 including playoffs) and is a league record for quarterbacks.

McCarthy said Favre would have re-entered the game Thursday had something happened to Aaron Rodgers, who played in relief the last 21/2 quarters.

Favre was diagnosed Friday with a bruised right elbow.

Free agent Rogers returning to Detroit

DETROIT - Kenny Rogers knew all along where he wanted to be.

The 43-year-old left-hander ended his free agency Friday when he agreed to a one-year deal that will keep him with the Detroit Tigers for a third season.

'There was really never any other choice but Detroit,' said Rogers, who represented himself in contract negotiations. 'The possibilities of playing somewhere else didn't appeal to me at all.'

Rogers' deal is thought to be worth about $8 million, possibly with performance bonuses.

'He brings us that veteran presence we wanted to have in our rotation,' Tigers president Dave Dombrowski said.

Rogers asked the team to be patient with him as he represented himself in negotiations. He decided not to allow agent Scott Boras to shop his services to the highest bidder.

Rogers was 3-4 with a 4.43 ERA in an injury-shortened 2007 season for the Tigers after helping them reach the 2006 World Series.

Mets acquire Schneider, Church from Nationals for Milledge

WASHINGTON - Catcher Brian Schneider and outfielder Ryan Church were traded to the New York Mets by the Washington Nationals on Friday for outfielder Lastings Milledge.

In Schneider, the Mets add yet another catcher, following their trade for Johnny Estrada last week. In Milledge, the Nationals pick up a talented young player they hope can avoid the sorts of missteps that marked his Mets career and be a key component of their rebuilding project.

Schneider was given a lot of credit last season for holding together a ragtag Nationals starting rotation, but he struggled at the plate, batting .235 with six homers and 54 RBIs.