A judge dismissed misdemeanor assault charges against soccer superstar Hope Solo. A goalie for the U.S. women's national soccer team and the Seattle Reign professional club, Solo had been charged with two counts of fourth-degree domestic violence assault stemming from a June altercation with her half-sister and 17-year-old nephew.

"Today's decision brings closure to what has been one of the most difficult and emotionally draining times of my life," Solo said.

"I always had faith that once the facts of the case were presented, I would be cleared of all charges and I am so happy and relieved to finally have it all behind me."

In court documents, Solo said she was defending herself against her nephew, who is 6-9 and weighs 280 pounds. She claims she was hit over the head with a broom handle.

Solo's relatives claimed she attacked first.


Royals give Yost one more year

The Kansas City Royals gave manager Ned Yost a one-year contract extension, extending his deal through the 2016 season.

Yost became the Royals' manager in May 2010 and presided over a massive rebuilding effort that culminated with the end of a 29-year playoff drought this past season. The Royals took San Francisco to the seventh game of the World Series, leaving the tying run on third base with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning, before their season finally ended.

"As we all know, baseball is a very tough business," Royals General Manager Dayton Moore said. "You're always striving for organizational harmony, and we have our key leaders — in this case the manager — signed through the next two years, it helps to create that harmony."

The longest-tenured manager in club history, Yost will soon become its winningest. He already has 373 victories, trailing only Dick Howser (404) and Whitey Herzog (410), and should eclipse two of the franchise's iconic names by the time summer rolls around.

Red Sox's Ferreira baseball's third female VP

The Red Sox promoted Raquel Ferreira to vice president of baseball administration, making her the third woman to be a VP in a major league baseball operations department.

Ferreira has worked in minor league operations for the Red Sox for 16 years.

... The Diamondbacks reportedly agreed to a contract with Cuban pitcher Yoan Lopez that includes an $8.27 million signing bonus. A hard-throwing 21-year-old righthander, Lopez is expected to begin his Diamondbacks career in the minor leagues. ... Lefthander Wandy Rodriguez agreed to a minor league contract with the Braves. Rodriguez, who turns 36 Sunday, will attend big league spring training and compete for the fifth spot in the rotation. He was 0-2 with a 6.75 ERA last year in six starts with Pittsburgh. ... Reliever Jose Valverde agreed to a minor league contract with the Padres. Valverde, who turns 37 on March 24, was most recently with the Mets, making 21 appearances before he was released May 26. He had a 5.66 ERA in 20 innings. Valverde also has pitched with Arizona, Houston and Detroit. ... Catcher A.J. Ellis and the Dodgers agreed to a $4.25 million, one-year contract, a $700,000 raise. Ellis hit a career-low .191 last season while playing in 93 games. ... Former Mariners pitcher Jamie Moyer will become the latest inductee into the club's Hall of Fame.


Hansdotter wins again

Frida Hansdotter dominated a World Cup night slalom in Flachau, Austria, strengthening her position at the top of the discipline standings going into the world championships next month. Hansdotter built on her first-run lead to finish in a combined time of 1 minute, 49.59 seconds. Tina Maze was 0.61 behind in second, and Olympic champion Mikaela Shiffrin of the United States took third.

... Bode Miller returned to the World Cup circuit Tuesday as the fastest American skier in a downhill training run in Wengen, Switzerland. Miller underwent back surgery in November.