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Ex-Braves player Jones accused of dragging wife

ATLANTA — The wife of former Atlanta Braves star Andruw Jones accused him of dragging her down a staircase, grabbing her neck and saying wanted to kill her, according to police records.

A police report obtained by The Associated Press said the fight happened around 1:30 a.m. on Christmas Day, after Nicole Jones asked her husband to help her prepare their suburban Atlanta home for Christmas morning.

Andruw Jones was free on bond after his arrest on a battery charge, according to Gwinnett County Jail records. It wasn’t known Wednesday whether he has an attorney.

Nicole Jones told officers that she tried to escape upstairs, but her husband grabbed her by the ankle and dragged her down some stairs, got on top of her and said, “I want to kill you,” according to the report.

“Due to Andruw’s level of intoxication, Nicole said that she was able to push him back and move away from him,” the report states. Nicole Jones then went to her parents’ house.

Police said they found injuries on her neck, which they photographed for evidence.

When officers arrived at the Jones residence in the Sugarloaf Country Club in Duluth, they said he appeared confused about what had happened.

“We entered into the bedroom and announced ‘Gwinnett County police,’” an officer wrote in the report.

“Andruw did not respond and it appeared as though he was passed out in his clothes,” the officer wrote. “I touched Andruw on the arm and said ‘Gwinnett County police, Andruw, we need to speak with you.’ Andruw woke up and appeared dazed. He appeared heavily intoxicated and confused about why officers were standing in his bedroom.”

Mariners officially announce Raul Ibanez deal

SEATTLE — The Seattle Mariners officially announced their $2.75 million, one-year deal with outfielder Raul Ibanez on Wednesday, returning the veteran to where he began his major league career in 1996.

Seattle confirmed an agreement with Ibanez over the weekend but needed to clear a roster spot before making the transaction official.

That took place when the Mariners designated for assignment right-handed pitcher D.J. Mitchell, opening a spot on the 40-man roster. Mitchell was acquired from the New York Yankees in the trade last July for Ichiro Suzuki.

The deal allows Ibanez to earn an additional $1.25 million in performance bonuses. This will be his third stint with the Mariners, after rejoining them from 2004-08.

“Raul is the ultimate professional both on and off the field,” Seattle manager Eric Wedge said in a statement. “His veteran presence will be invaluable to our younger group of players.”

Seattle general manager Jack Zduriencik has said the team wanted to add veteran leadership in the offseason.

The 40-year-old Ibanez hit .240 with 19 homers and 62 RBIs in 384 at-bats for the Yankees last season.

McHale unsure of White’s future with Rockets

MINNEAPOLIS — The question seemed to catch Houston Rockets coach Kevin McHale totally off guard.

What is Royce White’s status with the team?

“Good question,” McHale said, taking an extended pause to contemplate his answer. “I don’t know. Royce has kind of been away from us.”

The 16th overall pick in the June draft hasn’t been around all season while he spars with the Rockets on how best to deal with his anxiety disorder and overall mental health. White has been vocal on Twitter, at times expressing frustration with the Rockets’ perceived unwillingness to be accommodating to his condition. He tweeted last week that the Rockets had yet to approve a mental health protocol that would allow him to return to work.

From wire sources