From AP REPORTS

MLB

WASHINGTON (AP) _ A member of a congressional panel investigating performance-enhancing drugs in baseball believes there's little to be gained by having players testify at next month's hearings.

"If we went back to every player, we would have to do research every morning, noon and night," Rep. Christopher Shays told The Associated Press on Thursday. "There's no way in my judgment we're going to be able to focus on the past. Only a real court can do that."

The House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform has scheduled a Jan. 15 hearing featuring former Senate Majority Leader George Mitchell, author of the recent report linking more than 80 baseball players, including seven MVPs and 31 All-Stars, to steroids and other performance enhancers. Commissioner Bud Selig and union leader Donald Fehr are to attend.

Rep. Stephen Lynch, who serves on the panel, said no players were expected to appear then. The Massachusetts Democrat said the committee was not ruling out the possibility of asking players to testify in the future if a "compelling reason" were to emerge.

HOUSTON (AP) Free-agent outfielder Darin Erstad signed a one-year contract worth $1 million plus incentives with the Houston Astros.

The 33-year-old Erstad, a two-time All Star in 11 seasons with the Angels, hit .248 with four home runs and 32 RBIs in 87 games last season for the Chicago White Sox.

He is a career .284 hitter with 118 home runs and 657 RBIs.

NEW YORK (AP) The New York Yankees finalized a $3.75 million, one-year contract with LaTroy Hawkins, strengthening their weak middle relief with the veteran right-hander.

Hawkins, who turned 35 last Friday, was 2-5 with a 3.42 ERA last season for the Colorado Rockies. He made $3.25 million and Colorado declined a $3.75 million option, choosing to pay a $250,000 buyout.

New York's middle relievers struggled last season, with Kyle Farnsworth and Luis Vizcaino pitching inconsistently for long stretches. The Yankees converting Joba Chamberlain, a starter in the minors, into a reliever for the final two months of the season. Chamberlain became Mariano Rivera's primary setup man, but New York plans on including Chamberlain in its starting rotation next year.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Catcher Miguel Olivo signed a one-year contract with the Kansas City Royals.

The 29-year-old was the Florida Marlins' primary catcher the past two seasons and batted .237 in 2007.

Bowl Glance

By The Associated Press

Friday, Dec. 21

New Orleans Bowl

Payout: $325,000

Florida Atlantic 44, Memphis 27

Saturday, Dec. 22

PapaJohns.com Bowl

At Birmingham, Ala.

Payout: $300,000

Cincinnati 31, Southern Miss 21

New Mexico Bowl

At Albuquerque

Payout: $750,000

New Mexico 23, Nevada 0

Las Vegas Bowl

Payout: $1 million

BYU 17, UCLA 16

Sunday, Dec. 23

Hawaii Bowl

At Honolulu

Payout: $750,000

East Carolina 41, Boise State 38

Wednesday, Dec. 26

Motor City Bowl

At Detroit

Payout: $750,000

Purdue 51, Central Michigan 48

Thursday, Dec. 27

Holiday Bowl

At San Diego

Payout: $2.25 million

Texas 52, Arizona State 34

Friday, Dec. 28

Champs Sports Bowl

At Orlando, Fla.

Payout: $2.125 million

Boston College 24, Michigan State 21

Emerald Bowl

At San Francisco

Payout: ACC: $750,000; Pac-10: $825,000

Oregon State 21, Maryland 14

Texas Bowl

At Houston

Payout: CUSA: $500,000; MWC: $750,000

TCU 20, Houston 13

Saturday, Dec. 29

Meineke Bowl

At Charlotte, N.C.

Payout: $750,000

Connecticut (9-3) vs. Wake Forest (8-4)

1 p.m. (ESPN)

Liberty Bowl

At Memphis, Tenn.

Payout: $1.75 million

Mississippi State (7-5) vs. UCF (10-3),

4:30 p.m. (ESPN)

Alamo Bowl

At San Antonio

Payout: $2.225 million

Penn State (8-4) vs. Texas A&M (7-5),

8 p.m. (ESPN)

Sunday, Dec. 30

Independence Bowl

At Shreveport, La.

Payout: $1.1 million

Colorado (6-6) vs. Alabama (6-6),

8 p.m. (ESPN)

Monday, Dec. 31

Armed Forces Bowl

At Fort Worth, Texas

Payout: $750,000

California (6-6) vs. Air Force (9-3),

12:30 p.m. (ESPN)

Sun Bowl

At El Paso, Texas

Payout: $1.9 million

South Florida (9-3) vs. Oregon (8-4),

2 p.m. (CBS)

Humanitarian Bowl

At Boise, Idaho

Payout: $750,000

Fresno State (8-4) vs. Georgia Tech (7-5),

2 p.m. (ESPN2)

Music City Bowl

At Nashville, Tenn.

Payout: $1.6 million

Florida State (7-5) vs. Kentucky (7-5),

4 p.m. (ESPN)

Insight Bowl

At Tempe, Ariz.

Payout: $1.25 million

Indiana (7-5) vs. Oklahoma State (6-6),

6 p.m. (NFLN)

Chick-fil-A Bowl

At Atlanta

Payout: $2.9 million

Clemson (9-3) vs. Auburn (8-4),

7:30 p.m. (ESPN)

Tuesday, Jan. 1

Outback Bowl

At Tampa, Fla.

Payout: $3.1 million

Wisconsin (9-3) vs. Tennessee (9-4),

11 a.m. (ESPN)

Cotton Bowl

At Dallas

Payout: $3 million

Missouri (11-2) vs. Arkansas (8-4),

11:30 a.m. (FOX)

Capital One Bowl

At Orlando, Fla.

Payout: $4.25 million

Michigan (8-4) vs. Florida (9-3),

1 p.m. (ABC)

Gator Bowl

At Jacksonville, Fla.

Payout: $2.25 million

Virginia (9-3) vs. Texas Tech (8-4),

1 p.m. (CBS)

Rose Bowl

At Pasadena, Calif.

Payout: $17 million

Southern California (10-2) vs. Illinois (9-3), 4:30 p.m. (ABC)

Sugar Bowl

At New Orleans

Payout: $17 million

Hawaii (12-0) vs. Georgia (10-2),

8:30 p.m. (FOX)

Wednesday, Jan. 2

Fiesta Bowl

At Glendale, Ariz.

Payout: $17 million

West Virginia (10-2) vs. Oklahoma (11-2),

8 p.m. (FOX)

Thursday, Jan. 3

Orange Bowl

At Miami

Payout: $17 million

Kansas (11-1) vs. Virginia Tech (11-2),

8 p.m. (FOX)

Saturday, Jan. 5

International Bowl

At Toronto

Payout: $750,000

Rutgers (7-4) vs. Ball State (7-5),

Noon (ESPN2)

Sunday, Jan. 6

GMAC Bowl

Mobile, Ala.

Payout: $750,000

Tulsa (9-4) vs. Bowling Green (8-4),

8 p.m. (ESPN)

Monday, Jan. 7

BCS National Championship

At New Orleans

Payout: $17 million

Ohio State (11-1) vs. LSU (11-2),

8 p.m. (FOX)

Saturday, Jan. 12

Hula Bowl

At Honolulu

Aina (East) vs. Kai (West),

8 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 19

East-West Shrine Classic

At Houston

East vs. West,

7 p.m. (ESPN2)

Saturday, Jan. 26

Senior Bowl

At Mobile, Ala.

North vs. South, 4 p.m. (NFLN)