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SAN FRANCISCO -- Brian Wilson and his overgrown black beard might be headed out of the Bay Area. The San Francisco Giants declined to tender a one-year contract to the closer by Friday nights deadline, making him a free agent as he recovers from a second ligament-replacement surgery on his right elbow. Wilson was the 2010 major league saves leader with 48, but made only two appearances for the World Series champions this year after experiencing elbow trouble in April. He underwent reconstructive Tommy John surgery April 19, his second such procedure on his pitching elbow after also having it done while in college at LSU in 2003. Dr. James Andrews performed both operations. Wilson missed the teams run to its second championship in three years. The 30-year-old Wilson, who earned $8.5 million during his injury-shortened 2012 season, would be due to make at least $6.8 million next year under the rule limiting pay cuts to a maximum of 20 per cent. By letting him go free, the Giants can sign him for a lower price, though the pitcher has apparently already hinted he will look for work elsewhere. Bobby Evans, the teams vice-president of baseball operations, said the Giants had declined to offer Wilson a contract -- a move that was hardly unexpected given the uncertainty surrounding when the right-hander might be ready. In addition, San Francisco saw during the clubs latest post-season run that Sergio Romo was a reliable ninth-inning option in Wilsons place. "I like our choices, including him being one, as we start the regular season," general manager Brian Sabean said earlier Friday. When asked whether Romo showed enough during his impressive playoff run to be the regular closer, Sabean said: "Thats tough to answer because of the off days." Wilson has spent all seven of his major league seasons with San Francisco after the Giants selected him in the 24th round of the 2003 draft. He got the final out in Game 5 of the 2010 World Series at Texas to clinch the franchises first championship since moving West in 1958. Wilson finished 6-4 with a 3.11 ERA and 36 saves in 57 appearances in 2011, but was held out down the stretch as a precaution. He had taken all the important steps in his rehab during spring training this year, so the injury caught everybody by surprise. The three-time All-Star complained of discomfort in the elbow April 13 and was sent for an MRI exam. Wilson threw 32 pitches at Colorado a day earlier while working on back-to-back days, and had to be checked on once. Athletic trainer Dave Groeschner said Wilson felt something in the elbow that day, then told the team a day later. Messages left for Wilson and his agent went unreturned. "Its really a snails pace at this time," Sabean said of Wilsons rehab regimen. "Not a ton expected. Hes throwing 60 feet flat ground." Sabean said how the rest of the bullpen might shape up depends on whether the Giants are able to re-sign second baseman Marco Scutaro and centre fielder Angel Pagan -- of which he said, "We dont have a deal, so that tells you were not close." "We have fallback positions," Sabean said. "Weve created some options if one or both doesnt decide to sign with us." And Sabean didnt seem convinced those negotiations would move fast, meaning the brass could return from next weeks winter meetings in Nashville, Tenn., still in flux on those two free agents. Sabean has said they are two of his top priorities after left-hander Jeremy Affeldt received an $18 million, three-year contract Nov. 14. That was a key first step to keeping the talented bullpen together. "We may be prepared to go with the same group," Sabean said of the relievers. San Franciscos front office has begun internal conversations about a new deal for NL MVP and batting champion Buster Posey that would get the club through his arbitration years or perhaps further. "Were open to that. He certainly deserves that consideration," Sabean said. "I would think it would be later on." Ray Ban Aviators Sunglasses .Y. -- C.J. Spiller gladly accepted Fred Jacksons challenge. Ray Ban Outlet Mall .SPORT: SHOOTINGMens 50m Rifle ProneCory Niefer (Saskatoon, Sask.)What You Should Know: Niefer is making his second appearance of London 2012. He finished 46th in the 10-metre air pistol event on Monday in his Olympic Games debut. The 35-year-old was a coach for Canada at Beijing 2008. Two-time bronze medallist Sergei Martynov enters the competition as the gold-medal favourite. http://www.officialraybansunglassesoutlet.com/ . The CFL club signed the veteran receiver to a contract extension Tuesday. Getzlaf, entering his fifth season with the Riders, established career highs last year with 60 catches for 1,071 yards and 10 touchdowns. cheap ray ban . "Im very excited about joining a great Bandits team," said Wilson. "With the quality of players the team has in place right now, there is no reason why we cant win the Champions Cup. Cheap Ray Ban Sunglasses . Diamond, from Guelph, Ont., was immediately ejected after the left-handers pitch behind Hamiltons head in the third inning of Thursday nights game. The suspension and undisclosed fine were announced by Joe Garagiola Jr.GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Mike Neal plans on proving his critics wrong this season. And he believes hell be playing on opening day. The Green Bay Packers defensive end said Tuesday that he intends to appeal once again the four-game suspension he received from the NFL on March 13 for violating the leagues policy on performance-enhancing drugs. Neal, whose first two NFL seasons have been derailed by injury and ineffective play, confirmed Tuesday that he tested positive for the prescription drug Adderall, a brand name amphetamine used for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and narcolepsy. Neal claims he was prescribed the drug by his doctor but failed to notify the team and didnt know it was on the NFLs banned substance list. "Im getting ready for Week 1 because Im going to appeal my situation and I plan on playing Week 1 until further notice," Neal said. "Ive already appealed it once and the NFL didnt give me a fair chance. But Im pretty sure that most guys would try to appeal after not getting a fair chance. I think that once everything is finalized and we go from there, I think theres a chance that I might be able to play." Based on the language within the NFLs policy on such suspensions, it would seem that Neals case is closed. According to the league, once the players appeal has been heard and ruled upon, he receives "a written decision, which will constitute a full, final, and complete disposition of the appeal and which will be binding on all parties." However, New York Giants running back Andre Brown reportedly had his four-game suspension for testing positive for Adderall lifted by the league, which is likely why Neal believes he could win an appeal if granted another hearing. Brown has said hes taken Adderall since he entered the league; its unclear when Neal began taking the prescription. Asked about his use of Adderall, a drug whose has come under scrutiny in Major League Baseball, Neal confirmed in a group interview that it was the drug that caused him to fail his test and told the Green Bay Press-Gazette later that he has been diagnosed with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD). "It was Adderall. Im not ashamed to say it. If I would have known (it was banned), I wouldnt have had this problem," Neal told a gathering of reporters at his locker after the teams organized team activity practice ended. "Were ggoing through everything right now to get my prescription finalized with the NFL and hopefully be able to re-appeal my situation.dddddddddddd I never took any steroids. Ive never done any HGH. It was an Adderall situation. Thats unfortunate, but hey, whatever. Its over and done with now so I cant do anything about it. "If you look at Adderall, are you going to come in here and run faster, jump higher, block some passes and sack some quarterbacks? In my eyes, I didnt do anything wrong. In my eyes, I just went and sought help that I thought I needed. I didnt go through the team, I went through another doctor. If that was my fault for not being responsible and going through the team, that was my fault and Ill take that. But as far as Im concerned, if you consider Adderall a performance-enhancing drug, then I think that everybody would be fired (from) their jobs." Neal, a 2010 second-round draft pick from Purdue who missed 26 of the first 28 possible games of his NFL career (including playoffs) because of injuries. He missed the first half of the 2011 season after suffering a knee injury in a training-camp practice on Aug. 16 and was a non-factor upon his return to the field. Asked what happened last season, Neal replied, "I didnt get in the flow. As everybody knows, I was never playing 100 per cent. I was never 100 per cent. I guess last year I was more determined to play and not go on IR again. Just me being out there just still gave me a lot of experience. The experience was worth my while. No matter how bad I played, I still got that experience, which I felt like I needed. I gained a lot from it." Neal will be challenged to make the teams roster this season after the club added a number of defensive linemen as competition, from draft picks Jerel Worthy and Mike Daniels to free-agent signee Anthony Hargrove and street free agents Daniel Muir and Phillip Merling. "I think Mikes a totally different man today than he was when he came back from the injury in training camp," Packers coach Mike McCarthy said. "Hes more explosive. Hes in great shape. Hes driven. Hes been humbled. Hes gone through some challenges. "Im hopeful, and I see a lot of signs that hell continue to grow from the situations that hes been through in the past. It looks like hes back to full strength, and he looks good." ' ' '

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