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Source: Cano, Mariners reach agreement on $240 million deal
SEATTLE – A person familiar with the negotiations told the Associated Press that free-agent second baseman Robinson Cano and the Seattle Mariners reached agreement on a deal.
The person spoke on condition of anonymity because there was no official announcement.
ESPN reported earlier yesterday that Cano and the Mariners had agreed on a $240 million, 10-year contract pending a physical.
Cano had spent his entire career with the New York Yankees and was a five-time All-Star. He played in 160 games last season and hit .314 with 27 homers and 107 RBI.
Sources: Beltran, Yankees agree at $45 million for three years
NEW YORK – Two people familiar with the negotiations said outfielder Carlos Beltran and the New York Yankees have agreed to a $45 million, three-year contract.
The people spoke to the Associated Press on condition of anonymity last night because the agreement was subject to a physical and had not yet been announced. The deal was first reported by the New York Daily News.
Beltran, 36, is an eight-time All-Star who played in New York for the Mets from 2005-11, when he was dealt to San Francisco. He 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.
Kuroda agrees to stay with Yankees
NEW YORK – As Robinson Cano left the New York Yankees, Hiroki Kuroda agreed to stay.
Yankees managing general partner Hal Steinbrenner said yesterday the pitcher is returning for a third season in the Bronx.
Kuroda’s return fills one of three holes in the rotation behind CC Sabathia and Ivan Nova. The right-hander, who turns 39 in February, got off to a strong start last season before fading down the stretch. He finished 11-13 with a 3.31 ERA in 32 starts covering 201 1/3 innings.
Source: Granderson, Mets reach $60 million, four-year deal
NEW YORK – Free-agent outfielder Curtis Granderson and the New York Mets agreed to a $60 million, four-year contract, according to a person familiar with the situation.
The person spoke to the Associated Press on condition of anonymity yesterday because the deal was pending a physical and no announcement had been made.
Granderson, who turns 33 in March, comes over from the crosstown Yankees and gives the Mets much-needed power in their punchless outfield. He batted .229 with seven homers and 15 RBI in 2013, when injuries limited him to 61 games. But he surpassed 40 homers in each of his previous two seasons in pinstripes.
Astros sign Feldman to 3-year deal
HOUSTON – Right-hander Scott Feldman signed a three-year contract to provide a veteran presence in the Houston Astros rotation.
Feldman was 12-12 with a 3.86 ERA in 30 combined starts for the Chicago Cubs and Baltimore last season.
The 6-foot-7 Feldman pitched in the AL West for Texas from 2005-12 before a one-year deal with the Cubs before last season. He was traded in July to the Orioles.
Vonn finishes 40th in first race in 10 months; Hoefl-Riesch wins
LAKE LOUISE, Alberta – Lindsey Vonn returned to racing in a World Cup downhill yesterday, 10 months after major knee surgery and less than three weeks after partially re-tearing a ligament, and was thrilled to be back, no matter that she finished 40th of 60 starters.
The reigning Olympic downhill gold medalist took an important step in preparation for the Sochi Games by competing for the first time since her high-speed crash at the world championships in February. She tore two ligaments in her right knee and broke a bone in that leg.
The American finished in 1 minute, 59.22 seconds yesterday, more than three seconds behind friend and rival Maria Hoefl-Riesch of Germany, who covered the course in 1:56.03 for her first victory of the season. Hoefl-Riesch was the 2011 overall World Cup champion and a double gold medalist at the 2010 Olympics.
Marianne Kaufmann-Abderhalden of Switzerland was next in 1:56.73, with Elena Fanchini of Italy third in 1:57.23. Lara Gut of Switzerland, who began the day leading the overall standings, was 10th.
Svindal wins World Cup downhill
BEAVER CREEK, Colo. – Aksel Lund Svindal of Norway weathered falling snow, freezing temperatures and low visibility to win a World Cup downhill race yesterday.
Svindal finished in a time of 1 minute, 44.50 seconds, beating Hannes Reichelt of Austria by 0.17 seconds. Peter Fill of Italy was third.
Bode Miller, of Franconia, wound up in 13th place as he works his way back from a knee injury that sidelined him all of last season.
Texans fire Kubiak as skid hits 11
HOUSTON – The scuffling Houston Texans fired Gary Kubiak yesterday, parting ways with the only coach to lead the team to the playoffs.
The team announced the decision one day after the Texans lost their 11th straight game, 27-20 at Jacksonville, a stunning fall for a team that expected to make a Super Bowl run. Houston (2-11) played miserably and was flagged 14 times for a franchise-record 177 yards.
The 52-year-old Kubiak was hired in 2006 and led the team to back-to-back AFC South titles in 2011 and 2012, the highlights of his eight-year tenure. Kubiak’s overall record is 61-64, with a 2-2 mark in the playoffs.
The Texans said defensive coordinator Wade Phillips would serve as interim coach for the rest of the season.
Seahawks’ Harvin, Browner both ruled out against 49ers
RENTON, Wash. – Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Percy Harvin and cornerback Brandon Browner will both be out for tomorrow’s game at San Francisco.
Seattle Coach Pete Carroll said yesterday that neither player was ready to go against the 49ers, where the Seahawks can clinch the NFC West with a victory. Carroll said next week will be important in Harvin’s continued return from hip surgery, while Browner showed no progress this week in his attempts to return from a groin injury suffered in Week 10 at Atlanta.
Harvin has played just once this season, in Week 11 against Minnesota, but has been bothered by soreness ever since. He did not practice this week.
Woods ties record and takes a two-shot lead in World Challenge
THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. – Tiger Woods had a birdie putt on every hole and made 10 of them yesterday to tie his own course record at Sherwood and take a three-shot lead in the World Challenge.
Woods had a 10-under 62, matching the score he shot in the second round at Sherwood six years ago. That gave him a two-shot lead over Zach Johnson, who birdied the last hole for a 68. Matt Kuchar also had a 68 and was another shot behind.
Graeme McDowell played with Woods and called it a clinic. Woods missed only one fairway and hit every green. Woods said it was similar to the 61 he had at Firestone this year when he won the Bridgestone Invitational by seven shots.
Woods already is a five-time winner at Sherwood.
Pikus-Pace dominant in win
PARK CITY, Utah – Noelle Pikus-Pace of the United States set a pair of track records yesterdsay on the way to winning the gold medal at the second World Cup skeleton race of the season.
Pikus-Pace was disqualified from what was originally announced as a win in the season-opening race last weekend after British officials protested about a piece of tape on the handle of her sled. She left no doubt yesterday, topping Britain’s Elizabeth Yarnold by 0.68 seconds for the victory.
Pikus-Pace’s two-run time was 1:39.54. Yarnold finished in 1:40.22 and Canada’s Sarah Reid took third in 1:40.60.
Earlier yesterday, Russia’s Alexander Tretyakov was a surprise winner in the men’s skeleton race, topping Latvia’s Martins Dukurs by 0.12 seconds. Matt Antoine of the U.S. was third, 0.14 seconds back.
American Mantia earns first World Cup victory
BERLIN – American Joey Mantia, a former inline champion, earned his first World Cup victory yesterday, winning the 1,500 meters in 1 minute, 45.80 seconds.
Zbigniew Brodka of Poland was second in 1:45.83 and Denis Yuskov of Russia third in 1:46.14 in the final World Cup before the Olympics.
Michel Mulder of the Netherlands beat Olympic champion Mo Tae-bum of South Korea in the 500 meters to win his second speedskating World Cup.
Mulder finished in 34.80 seconds yesterday to beat Mo by 0.09 seconds. Keiichiro Nagashima of Japan was third in 35.01.
In the women’s sprint, Olympic champion Lee Sang-hwa of South Korea won her seventh consecutive race, setting a track record in 37.36 seconds. She broke the record held by Jenny Wolf of Germany, the Olympic silver medalist who crashed in their race.
Olga Fatkulina of Russia was second in 37.71 and Wang Beixing of China third in 37.79.