AP sources: Beltran, Yanks agree at $45M, 3 years
NEW YORK (AP) - Two people familiar with the negotiations say 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 Friday 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.
Earlier in the day, the Yankees learned All-Star second baseman Robinson Cano was leaving to sign with Seattle.
AP source: Granderson, Mets reach $60M, 4-yr deal
NEW YORK (AP) - A person familiar with the situation says free-agent outfielder Curtis Granderson and the New York Mets have agreed to a $60 million, four-year contract.
The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Friday because the deal was pending a physical and no announcement had been made.
The agreement was first reported by the New York Post.
The 32-year-old Granderson comes over from the crosstown Yankees, giving the Mets much-needed power in their punchless outfield. He batted .229 with seven homers and 15 RBIs this year, when injuries limited him to 61 games. But he surpassed 40 homers in each of the previous two seasons.
The move marks general manager Sandy Alderson's most expensive free-agent signing - by far - after three years of bargain shopping as the Mets were rebuilding.
Knicks beat Magic by 38, end home skid at 7
NEW YORK (AP) - Carmelo Anthony had 20 points and 11 rebounds, and the New York Knicks snapped a seven-game home losing streak by beating the Orlando Magic 121-83 on Friday night for their first victory at Madison Square Garden since October.
Andrea Bargnani and J.R. Smith each added 17 points for the Knicks, who followed their 113-83 rout of Brooklyn on Thursday with an even more powerful performance, giving them consecutive victories for the first time this season after a nine-game losing streak.
The Knicks hadn't won at home since beating Milwaukee in their season opener on Oct. 30. The seven-game skid had matched the longest in franchise history, set during the 2007-08 season.
As Cano departs Yanks, Kuroda agrees to stay
NEW YORK (AP) - As Robinson Cano left the New York Yankees, Hiroki Kuroda agreed to stay.
Yankees managing general partner Hal Steinbrenner said Friday 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.
Last month, Kuroda declined a $14.1 million qualifying offer from New York.
While the Yankees offered Cano $175 million over seven years, ESPN reported Friday the second baseman had agreed to a $240 million, 10-year contract with the Mariners, pending a physical.
NOTRE DAME-PINSTRIPE BOWL
AP Source: Notre Dame headed to Pinstripe Bowl
A person familiar with the decision tells The Associated Press that Notre Dame plans to accept a bid to the Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee Stadium.
The person, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the deal had not become official, says Notre Dame officials have informed bowl organizers that the Fighting Irish will play in the Dec. 28 game in New York against a team from the American Athletic Conference.
CBS.com first reported Notre Dame's decision.
The Fighting Irish were left without a pre-arranged bowl destination this season. Notre Dame's final choice came down to the Hawaii Bowl or the Pinstripe Bowl.
The Fighting Irish (8-4) will play either Houston (8-4) or Rutgers (5-6). Rutgers must beat USF on Saturday to become bowl-eligible.
Manhattan uses early surge to beat Marist 70-59
POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. (AP) - Michael Alvarado scored 18 points and George Beamon added 12 with 10 rebounds as Manhattan defeated Marist 70-59 Friday night.
The Jaspers (5-2, 1-0 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference) broke an early six-all tie with a 13-0 run fueled by 3-pointers from RaShawn Stores and Shane Richards, coasting to a 37-26 lead at halftime. They opened the second half with a 9-0 surge sparked by Alvarado with a three-point play to grab their largest lead of 20.
Marist (0-9, 0-2) crawled back to cut the deficit to six on a pair of Chavaughn Lewis free throws, but couldn't pull closer as Manhattan sank eight of their last 10 from the foul line.
Alvarado was 4 of 8 from the field and hit 10 of his 12 free throws. Rhamel Brown had 12 points and six rebounds for the Jaspers.
Lewis paced the Red Foxes with 23 points on 7-of-17 shooting.
Geno getting help as Kerley set to return for Jets
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) - New York Jets wide receiver Jeremy Kerley will make his return after missing three games with a dislocated elbow, giving struggling Geno Smith one of his key targets on offense.
Fellow receiver Santonio Holmes (hamstring) and tight end Kellen Winslow Jr. (knee) will also play Sunday against the Oakland Raiders. That will mark the first time since Week 4 that the Jets will have all three playmakers together.
Coach Rex Ryan says having the trio makes "a huge difference" and could help the Jets (5-7) get a better idea of what they have in Smith. The rookie has just one touchdown pass and 11 interceptions in his last seven games.
Ryan says "judge us moving forward" now that key players on offense are healthy for the first time in weeks.
Giants P Steve Weatherford getting over slump
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) - If Steve Weatherford is not put on the field practicing, it's a good bet the New York Giants punter is lifting.
The ripped 30-year-old health nut downs a couple of protein shakes after practice and heads into the weight room like clockwork. The routine extends to his eating. Nothing bad goes in.
Everything is planned, even his directional punting. Almost every punt lands outside the numbers and along the sideline. It makes the coverage easy.
That's why his recent slump was surprising. He didn't hit a couple of balls well, one was returned for a touchdown and he had a horrible game in the wind against Oakland. It was humbling.
Weatherford is back on track as the Giants (5-7) head to San Diego for a Sunday game against the Chargers (5-7).
SMU basketball postponed, Hofstra unable to travel
DALLAS (AP) - SMU fans no longer have to choose between basketball or football Saturday.
The Mustangs' men's basketball game scheduled Saturday has been postponed after Hofstra's scheduled flight to Dallas was canceled Friday due to icy weather in North Texas.
Tipoff was set Saturday just an hour after kickoff of SMU's home football game, when the Mustangs (5-6) will be trying to get bowl eligible. They have to beat BCS-bound UCF to do that.
The basketball game, which was to be played in the Dallas suburb of Frisco, was rescheduled for Jan. 19. The makeup will be played in Moody Coliseum now being renovated on the SMU campus.
With the postponement, coach Larry Brown's Mustangs (8-2) will play three games in a four-day span during American Athletic Conference play.
Willet takes Big A's Touch of Love Stakes
NEW YORK (AP) - Willet returned on short rest to win the $100,000 Touch of Love Stakes by 5¼ lengths Friday at muddy Aqueduct.
Willet, the 1-2 favorite, was fourth last week in the Big A's Go For Wand, a Grade 2 stakes. She dominated this spot on the class drop against New York bred fillies and mares.
The 5-year-old trained by James Iselin ranged into contention with a four-wide move on the turn before kicking clear to her seventh win in 15 starts.
Ridden by Angel Arroyo, Willet ran 7½ furlongs in 1:32.12.
Willet paid $3, $2.30 and $2.10. Miss Valentine, the 4-1 second choice, was a distant second, returning $3.50 and $2.50. Harbor Mist paid $3.20 to show.
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