November 27, 2012 in Sports

Rays lock up Longoria until 2022 season

From Staff And Wire Reports
 
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Tampa Bay Rays’ Evan Longoria has agreed to a new contract that adds six guaranteed seasons and $100 million.
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Baseball: Tampa Bay Rays third baseman Evan Longoria has agreed to a new contract through 2022 that adds six guaranteed seasons and $100 million.

The agreement announced Monday with the three-time All-Star incorporates the remainder of the 27-year-old’s existing contract, which called for him to earn $36.6 million over the next four seasons. The new deal includes a team option for 2023.

Just six games into his major league career, Longoria agreed in April 2008 to a $17.5 million, six-year contract that included club options potentially making the deal worth $44 million over nine seasons.

Tampa Bay selected Longoria as the third overall pick in the 2006 amateur draft, making him the first player drafted under the present Rays’ owners.

The two-time A.L. Gold Glove winner and 2008 A.L. Rookie of the Year ranks second on the Rays career list with 130 home runs, third with 456 RBIs and fourth with 161 doubles. Longoria is one of 11 active players to average at least 25 homers and 90 RBIs during his first five seasons.

• Red Sox agree with Gomes: The Boston Red Sox have agreed to terms with outfielder Jonny Gomes on a two-year contract that would reportedly pay him $10 million.

The Red Sox have not announced the deal. But a baseball official, speaking on the condition of anonymity because Gomes had yet to take his physical, said that the terms were agreed to.

• Giants’ World Series share breaks record: A full postseason share for the World Series champion San Francisco Giants was worth a record $377,003, breaking the mark that had stood since the 2006 St. Louis Cardinals.

• USA announces coaching staff for 2013 WBC: Former star pitcher Greg Maddux will join Dale Murphy, Gerald Perry and three former major league managers as the United States team’s coaching staff under manager Joe Torre.

USA Baseball announced the staff ahead of the 2013 World Baseball Classic. Former Padres and Phillies manager Larry Bowa will be the bench coach, former Mets skipper Willie Randolph the third base coach and former Angels manager Marcel Lachemann the bullpen and pitching coach.

Nets use OT to beat Knicks in Brooklyn

NBA: The Brooklyn Nets worked overtime to pull out the opener of their new-look rivalry with the New York Knicks, winning 96-89 in the Barclays Center to tie their city rivals for first place in their division.

Jerry Stackhouse made the tiebreaking 3-pointer with 3:31 left in overtime as the Nets controlled the extra period of a playoff-like game that neither team led by more than seven.

Brook Lopez had 22 points and 11 rebounds, and Deron Williams added 16 points and 14 assists as the Nets improved to 7-1 in their new home and tied the Knicks atop the Atlantic Division at 9-4.

Carmelo Anthony had 35 points and 13 rebounds, but was only 10 of 16 at the free throw line. Tyson Chandler finished with 28 points and 10 boards.

• Knight leads Pistons: Brandon Knight scored 16 of his 26 points in the first half, outplaying Damian Lillard in a matchup of young guards and leading the Detroit Pistons to a 108-101 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers in Auburn Hills, Mich.

Lillard missed his first 12 shots from the field against the Pistons.

LaMarcus Aldridge scored 32 points for Portland.

• Thunder demolish Bobcats: Kevin Durant scored 18 points and the Oklahoma City Thunder opened a 40-point halftime lead in one of the most lopsided first halves in NBA history on their way to a 114-69 blowout of the visiting Charlotte Bobcats.

Russell Westbrook had 12 points and 11 assists before he and the rest of Oklahoma City’s starters were pulled less than 5 minutes into the second half with the Thunder leading 79-25.

Withey’s big game leads KU to victory

Men’s Basketball: Jeff Withey had 16 points, 12 rebounds and a school-record 12 blocks for only the second official triple-double in Kansas history, and the 10th-ranked Jayhawks (5-1) held off a furious comeback by San Jose State (2-3) for a 70-57 victory in Lawrence, Kan.

Withey scored 10 points during a 20-2 run early in the second half, and compelted the Jayhawks’ first triple-double since Cole Aldrich in an NCAA tournament game against Dayton in 2010 when the 7-footer blocked Xavier Jones’ shot with 7:43 left in the game.

• Indiana still No. 1: Indiana is still No. 1 in the Associated Press men’s poll.

Duke moved up to take Louisville’s old spot at No. 2 after beating the Cardinals in the championship game of the Battle 4 Atlantis. Michigan moved up one place to third.

Indiana will host No. 14 North Carolina tonight. Duke also faces another top-five test as No. 4 Ohio State will visit the Blue Devils Nov. 28.

Gonzaga jumped five spots to No. 12.

• Louisville center Dieng out: Louisville has announced that center Gorgui Dieng will miss four to six weeks with a broken left wrist.

• UNC guard Hairston suffers knee injury: North Carolina coach Roy Williams says he’s unsure whether sophomore P.J. Hairston will play at No. 1 Indiana tonight after suffering an injury to his left knee in practice.

Louisville women run past UT Martin

Women’s Basketball: Shoni Schimmel and Bria Smith each scored 16 points to help No. 7 Louisville beat Tennessee-Martin 79-61 in Martin, Tenn.

The Cardinals (7-0) raced out to a 22-6 lead in the first eight minutes and never trailed.

UT Martin (1-6) shot 31 percent from the floor in the half, missing a handful of open layups and losing the ball a few times in a crowd of defenders.

Louisville’s Megan Deines had 15 points and Sara Hammond 14.

• Stanford women hold slim lead in poll: Stanford remains No. 1 in the Associated Press women’s poll, narrowly ahead of Connecticut.

The Cardinal had 21 first-place votes, and UConn had 17. Third-ranked Baylor has the other one. Duke and Notre Dame are fourth and fifth.


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