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LAKE FOREST - A limited number of Chicago Bears divisional playoff game tickets will go on sale Jan. 3 through Ticketmaster.

The Bears will play at home Jan. 14 or Jan. 15.

Tickets, ranging from $85 to $365, can be bought through www.ticketmaster or by calling (312) 559-1212. There is a limit of four per customer name, address and credit card number.

A second date for ticket sales will be announced if the NFC championship game is played in Chicago.

Smith fined $15,000 for bumping official

NEW YORK - Carolina wide receiver Steve Smith was fined $15,000 Wednesday for bumping an official during last Saturday's loss to Dallas.

Smith's fine was for "impermissible physical contact with a game official," NFL spokesman Michael Signora said. Smith was ejected in the third quarter against the Cowboys.

Blues call Sejna back from Peoria

ST. LOUIS - Left wing Peter Sejna, the leading scorer on the Peoria Rivermen, has been recalled to the St. Louis Blues, with the NHL club sending winger Lee Stempniak to Peoria in return.

Sejna, who appeared in two games with the Blues earlier this season, ranks fifth in the American Hockey League with 39 points. He has totaled 15 goals and 24 assists in 29 games with the Rivermen. The 5-foot-9, 197-pound Slovakian native notched one goal and one assist in his brief previous stint with St. Louis.

Stempniak returns to the Rivermen after spending the last half of October with Peoria. He has three goals and four assists in 24 games with the Blues, as well as two goals and two assists in seven games for the Rivermen.

Venezuela proposes hosting part 'Classic'

CARACAS, Venezuela - Venezuela offered to host part of next year's World Baseball Classic in place of Puerto Rico and suggested moving the final to Canada, proposals aimed at keeping Cuba in the 16-team tournament.

Such an arrangement would open the way for communist-led Cuba to participate in the first World Cup-style baseball tournament. Cuba is banned from playing on U.S. soil, and Puerto Rico is a U.S. commonwealth.

From Associated Press

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