March 7, 2012 in Sports

Newsmakers

 

Signed The Pittsburgh Pirates and All-Star center fielder Andrew McCutchen agreed on Tuesday to a six-year, $51.5 million deal. McCutchen, 25, is now under contract with the Pirates through the 2017 season, and there’s a club option for 2018. Though he hit just .259 in 2011, McCutchen posted career highs in home runs (23) and RBIs (89) while adding 23 stolen bases.

• The San Francisco 49ers signed free-agent safety and special teams standout C.J. Spillman to a three-year contract extension that takes him through the 2014 season, another move to keep the secondary intact for the reigning NFC West champions. Spillman, whose deal is worth a reported $6 million with $1.8 million in guaranteed money, has become a reliable tackler on special teams. Last year, Spillman tied for second in the NFL with 14 special teams tackles.

Comeback The New Orleans Saints held a workout with veteran receiver Randy Moss, who is trying to make a comeback after spending a year out of pro football. The club did not provide any details on how the 35-year-old Moss performed. New Orleans may be in the market for a receiver this offseason because two of quarterback Drew Brees’ regular targets, Marques Colston and Robert Meachem, are entering free agency, and it remains to be seen whether the Saints can offer the type of contracts that both of them want.

Clarified Duke men’s basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski is only thinking about this year, not about a potential third Olympics as U.S. men’s basketball coach. Clearing up the confusion created when Cleveland rookie Kyrie Irving said he “found out” Krzyzewski planned to lead the U.S. again in 2016, the Duke coach said he is focused only on the remainder of this year’s responsibilities. “ Jerry Colangelo and I have not discussed anything beyond what is ahead of the USA National Team this summer as we pursue a gold medal in London,” he said.

Delivered LSU women’s basketball head coach Nikki Caldwell is a mother. A university release said Justice Simone Fargas was born at 5:44 a.m. Tuesday at 6 pounds, 15 ounces – less than two days after the Caldwell and LSU lost to Tennessee on Sunday in the SEC championship game. The release said Caldwell and the baby are resting comfortably with longtime boyfriend Justin Fargas, a former Oakland Raiders running back.

Died The San Francisco 49ers said former defensive lineman Roland Lakes died. He was 72. A second-round draft pick by San Francisco in 1961 out of Wichita State, Lakes played 10 of his 11 NFL seasons with the Niners, spending his final season of 1971 with the New York Giants.


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