Carlos Beltran going to the New York Yankees
Free-agent outfielder Carlos Beltran and the New York Yankees have agreed to a $45-million, three-year contract, according to two people familiar with the negotiations.
The agreement was subject to a physical, according to people who spoke to the Associated Press on condition of anonymity Friday night. The deal was first reported by the New York Daily News.
Beltran, 36, is an eight-time All-Star who signed a $26-million, two-year contract with St. Louis before the 2012 season and reached the World Series for the first time this year. He joins a crowded Yankees outfield, with holdovers Brett Gardner and Ichiro Suzuki, and newcomer Jacoby Ellsbury, whose $153-million, seven-year deal is pending.
In other Yankees moves, right-hander Hiroki Kuroda, who turns 39 in February, agreed to stay with the team. Several reports indicated the deal was for one year at about $16 million. The Yankees also finalized a $3-million, one-year contract with utility man Kelly Johnson.
Free-agent outfielder Curtis Granderson agreed to a $60-million, four-year contract with the New York Mets, according to a person familiar with the situation told the AP. The deal was pending a physical.
Granderson, who turns 33 in March, hit .229 with seven home runs and 15 runs batted in this year, when wrist and hand injuries limited him to 61 games. But he surpassed 40 homers in each of his previous two seasons in pinstripes. The move marks General Manager Sandy Alderson’s most expensive free-agent signing with the Mets.
Free-agent outfielder Nate McLouth and the Washington Nationals have reached a deal, pending a physical, a person familiar with the negotiations told the AP on the condition of anonymity. Other media outlets reported it would be a two-year deal.
Catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia agreed to a three-year contract with the Miami Marlins.
Right-hander Scott Feldman, who will turn 31 in February, signed a three-year deal with the Houston Astros.
GOLF: Jamie Donaldson leads South Africa tournament
Wales’ Jamie Donaldson completed a first-round 67 and shot 66 in the second round to take the lead in the Nedbank Golf Challenge at Sun City, South Africa. It was that nation’s first major sporting event since former president and anti-apartheid leader Nelson Mandela died Thursday. The 30 players, all wearing black ribbons, spent around nine hours on the course to make up for lost time when the first round was halted because of lightning Thursday. Donaldson had an 11-under 133 total at Gary Player Country Club.
In the Hong Kong Open, South Africa’s Jbe Kruger shot a 66 to take the second-round lead with a seven-under 133 total. John Daly missed the cut with rounds of 78 and 68.
Stacy Lewis increased her lead to two strokes in the Dubai Ladies Masters, shooting a two-under 70 in the third round. with an 11-under 205 total.
WOMEN’S SOCCER: UCLA reaches NCAA final
Rosie White pushed UCLA into the NCAA Women’s College Cup final, scoring the decisive penalty kick against Virginia after the teams tied 1-1 at Cary, N.C.
The Bruins (21-1-3) won the tiebreaker 4-2 to advance to face Florida State (23-1-3) on Sunday in the championship game. The Seminoles beat Virginia Tech 3-2 in the first semifinal.
UCLA’s Katelyn Rowland stopped two of Virginia’s four attempts in the shootout. The Bruins rallied to force overtime with Ally Courtnall’s goal in the 85th minute. Makenzy Doniak scored in the 73rd minute for the Cavaliers (24-1-1), the tournament’s overall No. 1-seeded team.
ETC.: Lindsey Vonn finishes 40th in skiing return
Reigning Olympic gold medalist Lindsey Vonn raced for the first time in 10 months and finished 40th of 60 starters in the downhill ski event at Lake Louise, Canada. Maria Hoefl-Riesch of Germany took first place by more than a half-second for her first victory of the season. Hoefl-Riesch finished the course in 1: 56.03 seconds. Vonn, who was more than three seconds behind Hoefl-Riesch said: “I was just too nervous. I was really tight, and I skied that way. I skied tight.”
Elana Meyers and Aja Evans won the women’s World Cup bobsled race at Park City, Utah, the first time a U.S. sled has prevailed on the circuit in nearly three years. Meyers and Evans finished two in 1:37.67. They beat the sled piloted by Olympic gold-medal favorite Kaillie Humphries of Canada by 0.13 seconds. Jamie Greubel and Katie Eberling of the U.S. were third, another 0.06 seconds back. In skeleton, Noelle Pikus-Pace of the U.S. set track records in each of her two runs en route to taking the gold medal in the World Cup skeleton race. Her first run was 49.80 and her two-run total was 1: 39.54, as she became the only woman to have a sub-50-second run on the course. Russia’s Alexander Tretyakov was a surprise winner in the men’s skeleton race, topping Latvia’s Martins Dukurs — the Sochi gold-medal favorite and first-run leader— by 0.12 seconds, finishing in 1:37.59. Matt Antoine of the U.S. was third, 0.14 seconds back.
Nevada university regents have approved a three-year contract to make Tina Kunzer-Murphy the permanent athletic director at Nevada Las Vegas. Kunzer-Murphy, the former Las Vegas Bowl director, had been serving as interim head of the UNLV athletic program since Jim Livengood retired in July. Kunzer-Murphy becomes the first woman and first UNLV alumna to hold the athletic director position.
The NBA fined Denver Nuggets guard Nate Robinson $25,000 for public criticism of officiating.
In NCAA women’s volleyball, USC defeated Cal State Northridge, 25-19, 25-18, 25-18, in a second-round match at the Galen Center.
USC’s top-ranked men’s water polo team will aim for its sixth consecutive national championship this weekend at Stanford. The Trojans (26-4) play St. Francis Brooklyn (23-10) in a national semifinal on Saturday at 1 p.m. Pacific (22-4) meets Stanford (22-5) in the other semifinal and the winners face off Sunday at 3 p.m. USC is led by goalkeeper James Clark, a 2012 Olympian for Australia, and the high-scoring tandem of Nikola Vavic and Kostas Genidounias. Vavic, a senior who has a school-record 248 career goals, has 75 this season. Genidounias, a junior, has 76.
Jennifer O’Neill scored 43 points, including the go-ahead basket in the fourth overtime, and No. 5-ranked Kentucky beat No. 9 Baylor, 133-130, at Arlington, Texas, in the highest-scoring Division I women’s basketball game in history. The previous high for a Division I women’s game was 252 points in Southern Methodist’s 127-125 win over Texas Christian, also in four overtimes, on Jan. 25, 1997. The Bears (7-1) played the last three overtimes without guard Odyssey Sims, who had a career-high 47 points when she fouled out with 1:23 left in the first overtime.
ORSPT000000260">Baylor, 133-130, at Arlington, Texas, in the highest-scoring Division I women’s basketball game in history. The previous high for a Division I women’s game was 252 points in Southern Methodist’s 127-125 win over Texas Christian, also in four overtimes, on Jan. 25, 1997. The Bears (7-1) played the last three overtimes without guard Odyssey Sims, who had a career-high 47 points when she fouled out with 1:23 left in the first overtime.
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