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Stoudemire practices...No more waiting for Waiters...MLB signings...Vonn to stay off skis

Tuesday - 12/18/2012, 8:50pm  ET

NEW YORK (AP) -- New York Knicks forward Amare Stoudemire (ah-MAR'-ay STOW'-duh-my-ur) practiced today for the first time this season, although the workout was with the team's Developmental League affiliate. The Knicks weren't planning to have a full-court workout, so they decided to give Stoudemire work with the Erie BayHawks. Stoudemire has been out all season after left knee surgery and isn't sure when he'll be ready to be activated.

CLEVELAND (AP) -- Rookie guard Dion Waiters is back in the Cleveland Cavaliers' starting lineup tonight after missing eight games with a sprained left ankle. Waiters was averaging 15 points and more than three assists when he was injured Dec. 1.

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -- The Tampa Bay Rays have signed right-handed pitcher Roberto Hernandez to a one-year deal worth $3.25 million. The player formerly known as Fausto Carmona was 0-3 with a 7.53 ERA last season after being arrested in the Dominican Republic over the winter on false identity charges. Hernandez is 53-69 with a 4.64 ERA in seven major league seasons.

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- San Francisco Giants reliever Santiago Casilla has finalized his three-year, $15 million contract with the World Series champs, a package that includes a club/vesting option for 2016. The 32-year-old Casilla made 73 appearances last season, going 7-6 with a 2.84 ERA in 63 1-3 innings.

MADONNA DI CAMPIGLIO, Italy (AP) -- Lindsey Vonn doesn't plan to do any serious training on skis during her midseason break from the World Cup, according to the racing director of her equipment supplier. Vonn announced yesterday that she needs a break because she has yet to fully recover from an intestinal illness that landed her in a hospital last month.


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