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In Brief | Nation and World Dec. 8

Kahn shoots down Wolves rumors surrounding Gasol

MINNEAPOLIS — Minnesota Timberwolves president David Kahn poured cold water on the seemingly endless speculation surrounding the team’s interest in Los Angeles Lakers big man Pau Gasol.

Kahn called an impromptu press conference on Friday to adamantly dispute reports that the Wolves were offering a package including Derrick Williams and Nikola Pekovic to the Lakers for Gasol. Kahn said he hasn’t had discussions with the Lakers since June.

The Wolves have long been rumored to be interested in Gasol. But Kahn said the Wolves are waiting to see what they have when Rubio returns from a knee injury before making any decisions on the roster.

Rubio could make his season debut as early as next week, a little over nine months after tearing the ACL in his left knee.

Choate, Cardinals finalize $7.5 million, three-year deal

ST. LOUIS — Reliever Randy Choate and the St. Louis Cardinals have finalized a $7.5 million, three-year contract.

The deal was announced Friday, two days after it was agreed to at the winter meetings.

He gets $1.5 million next season and $3 million in each of the following two years. He can earn an additional $250,000 annually based on relief appearances: $50,000 for 70, $75,000 for 75 and $125,000 for 80.

Memorial at SLU honors Rick Majerus

ST. LOUIS — Hundreds of well-wishers turned out in St. Louis to honor Saint Louis University men’s basketball coach Rick Majerus.

The university hosted a memorial service Friday for Majerus, who died Dec. 1 of heart failure. He was 64.

Majerus coached for 25 years. He was 517-216 at Marquette, Ball State, Utah and SLU, where he spent the last five seasons.

By wire sources