January 4, 2011 in Sports

Gonzalez agrees to $80 million deal

 

MLB: Carlos Gonzalez and the Colorado Rockies have agreed to an $80 million, seven-year contract, pending a physical.

Even before the agreement was reached, Fabiola Bohorquez, a publicist for the outfielder, confirmed from Venezuela the deal was imminent, pending a physical.

A person familiar with the deal, speaking on condition of anonymity because no announcement had been made, said terms were agreed upon with the Rockies outfielder.

Gonzalez had a breakout season in 2010, winning a Silver Slugger award and a Gold Glove. The 25-year-old won the N.L. batting title with a .336 average and also hit 34 homers and drove in 117 runs.

• Orioles’ Simon surrenders to Dominican police: Baltimore Orioles reliever Alfredo Simon surrendered to police to face an involuntary manslaughter charge in a fatal shooting New Year’s Eve. His lawyer said he was firing celebratory shots in the air.

A judge ruled that Simon could be held for up to a year pending trial.

The Dominican pitcher is suspected of killing 25-year-old Michel Castillo Almonte and wounding his 17-year-old brother in the northeast coastal town of Luperon. The dead man is Simon’s cousin, according to the pitcher’s lawyer.

Simon could face up to two years in prison if convicted of involuntary manslaughter.

St. John’s knocks off No. 9 Georgetown

College basketball: Justin Brownlee scored 15 points, including the game-changing basket with 10 seconds to play, and St. John’s won its fifth straight, 61-58 over No. 9 Georgetown at Madison Square Garden in New York.

Dwight Hardy had 20 points to lead the Red Storm (10-3, 3-0).

• No. 20 Michigan State escapes Northwestern: In Evanston, Ill., Draymond Green scored 15 points, including an offensive rebound basket after a missed free throw with 12 seconds left, and No. 20 Michigan State held off a furious finish from Northwestern to beat the Wildcats 65-62.

Durrell Summers and Kalin Lucas had 12 points apiece for the Spartans (10-4, 2-0 Big Ten).

Northwestern’s John Shurna, the Big Ten’s leading scorer at 22.2 points, shot just 1 of 11 and missed four of his five 3-point attempts while scoring 11.

• MSU’s Sidney staying; Bailey leaving after brawl: Renardo Sidney’s staying. Elgin Bailey’s going.

That’s the aftermath of a nationally televised brawl between two Mississippi State basketball players in the stands of a tournament in Honolulu on Dec. 23. The fight caused both players to be suspended indefinitely.

Both players were reinstated, according to an MSU release. But while Sidney remains with the program, Bailey has “asked to be released from the team in order to transfer.”

James, Wade spark Heat to victory

NBA: LeBron James scored 38 points, Dwyane Wade added 31 points and the Miami Heat dominated the second half to beat the short-handed Charlotte Bobcats 96-82 for their 11th straight road win.

Charlotte played without starting forward Gerald Wallace (ankle).

• Turkoglu leads Magic over Warriors: Hedo Turkoglu had 10 points, 14 rebounds and 10 assists and Dwight Howard added 22 points and 17 rebounds, leading the Orlando Magic to a 110-90 victory over visiting Golden State.

Jason Richardson scored 20 points for the Magic, who had 76 points in the second half.

The Magic, who were just 3 of 11 on 3-pointers in the first half, hit a flurry of 3s in the third quarter and early in the fourth to easily erase the nine-point halftime deficit. Orlando was 12 of 21 on 3-pointers in the second half.

Allen lifts Panthers past Hurricanes in OT

NHL: In Raleigh, N.C., Bryan Allen scored 1:16 into overtime to lift the Florida Panthers to a 4-3 win over the Carolina Hurricanes on Monday .

Allen took a quick slap shot from the boards that surprised Carolina goalie Cam Ward on the glove side.

Cory Stillman, Chris Higgins and Dennis Wideman also scored for Florida, which squandered a two-goal lead in the third period before steadying itself for the win.

Taurasi’s B sample also positive

Miscellany: WNBA star Diana Taurasi’s backup doping sample came back positive and she faces a possible two-year ban, Turkish news reports said.

Taurasi was tested following a league game Nov. 13 and the positive result was confirmed last month.

Taurasi had been provisionally suspended by Fenerbahce pending the result of her “B” sample test, which was analyzed at the doping lab at Hacettepe University in Ankara.

• ESPN announcer pulled from Fiesta radio coverage: ESPN pulled announcer Ron Franklin from its radio coverage of Saturday’s Fiesta Bowl after he reportedly berated a female colleague.

Sideline reporter Jeannine Edwards wrote in an e-mail to USA Today in response to Internet reports that Franklin called her “sweet baby” in a condescending tone Friday. When she objected, he used a derogatory term. Edwards said a colleague reported the incident to ESPN officials.


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