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November 25, 2013

Sports in Brief: 11/25/2013

Farmland 5K set for Dec. 7

TRAVERSE CITY — The Farmland 5K European Style Cross Country Challenge is being held Saturday, Dec. 7.

Held on private farmland, the event features a special course that includes knee-high barries like straw bales, fallen logs, wood fence and stone fence.

A bike race called the Free For All has been added this year, which includes four laps (approximately eight miles) of racing for fat bikes, cyclocross and mountain bikes.

A combined winner also will be named for any competitor who elects to take part in the running and bike races.

For more information visit http://www.xcchallengetcruns.com.

Peralta, Cardinals reach 4-year deal

ST. LOUIS — A person familiar with the negotiations tells The Associated Press that free agent shortstop Jhonny Peralta and the St. Louis Cardinals have agreed on a four-year contract.

The person spoke on condition of anonymity Sunday because there was no official announcement. The two-time All-Star needed to pass a physical to complete the contract.

Other media outlets had first reported the deal.

The 31-year-old Peralta was suspended 50 games last season for his involvement in the Biogenesis drug scandal. He returned to the Detroit Tigers at the end of the season, but he became expendable because the team had traded for young shortstop Jose Iglesias.

St. Louis went to the World Series last month and lost in six games to Boston. Pete Kozma and Daniel Descalso are generally good fielders, but were light hitters.

Weiner’s funeral draws Selig, A-Rod

PARAMUS, N.J. — Michael Weiner’s funeral drew baseball Commissioner Bud Selig and New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez, adversaries who both attended to honor the union leader during a 35-minute service Sunday.

Hall of Famer Dave Winfield, Frank Thomas, David Cone, Bobby Bonilla, Boston Red Sox Chairman Tom Werner, Miami Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria, incoming union head Tony Clark and former union head Donald Fehr were among the hundreds who crowded into Sunday’s service at Robert Schoem’s Memorial Chapel.

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