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December 16, 1990

Clark, Red Sox agree to 3-year deal

Bob Welch comes to terms on contract with Athletics

Jack Clark left the feuding San Diego Padres yesterday and agreed to a three-year, $8.7 million contract with the Boston Red Sox.

Clark, 35, could make as much as $10.2 million if he earns the $500,000 per year in performance bonuses that are available in the deal. The four-time All-Star, returning to the American League after a three-year absence, will be the designated hitter for the Red Sox.

Boston has been searching for a cleanup hitter since Jim Rice began slumping in 1987. Nick Esasky filled the role in 1989, but left the team as a free agent after the season.

At the same time they announced the Clark deal, the Red Sox traded reliever Wes Gardner to the Padres for two minor-leaguers -- first baseman-outfielder Steve Hendricks and left-hander Brad Hoyer.

Clark played for San Diego for the past two seasons and became involved in a divisive feud with teammate Tony Gwynn. Since the end of the season, Clark has spoken critically of the team, especially of manager Greg Riddoch. The Padres did not express a desire to re-sign Clark, who in 1990 completed a two-year, $4 million contract.

* Bob Welch, the American League Cy Young Award winner who became a free agent after his 27-victory season with the Oakland Athletics, agreed to a new four-year contract with the A's. No other terms were disclosed, but Welch was believed to be seeking more than $3 million a year.

Welch, 34, was 27-6 in 1990 after winning 17 games in each of his first two seasons with the club. Oakland has won American League titles the past three seasons. The 27 victories this season was the most by a major-league pitcher in 18 years and the most in the American League since the Detroit Tigers' Denny McLain won 31 in 1968.

* Brett Butler agreed to three-year contract worth $10 million with the Los Angeles Dodgers late Friday, and they intend to put him in center field and bat him leadoff. The deal includes an option for 1994 that, if exercised, would make the deal worth $13 million. He is the ninth-highest paid player in baseball and the 26th $3 million-a-year player.

Butler will play center field between Darryl Strawberry and Kal Daniels. Strawberry's natural position is right field, but there was conjecture after he signed with the Dodgers on Nov. 8 that he might play in center.

The New York Mets acquired outfielder Hubie Brooks from the Dodgers for left-hander Bob Ojeda and minor-league pitcher Greg Hansell. Brooks, 34, who came up with the Mets in 1980, had one of his best seasons after signing with the Dodgers as a free agent in 1990. He tied his career-high with 20 home runs and drove in 90 runs while batting .266.

Ojeda, who turns 33 tomorrow, was 7-6 with a 3.66 ERA last season as a starter and reliever. He fills the Dodgers' need for a left-hander in their bullpen. Hansell, 23, was 9-14 with a 3.35 ERA while splitting time last season between Port St. Lucie and Winter Haven of the Class A Florida State League.

* Japanese businessman Isao Nakauchi, the chairman and president of Daiei Inc., Japan's largest supermarket chain, is considering a purchase of 9.6 percent of the New York Yankees, documents say. Nakauchi owns the Fukuoka Daiei Hawks of Japanese baseball's Pacific League.

College football

In an effort to keep University of Miami athletic director Sam Jankovich from leaving for the New England Patriots, the school apparently is ready to offer him a lifetime contract that would make Jankovich the nation's highest-paid athletic director. Jankovich would not say, however, if the offer would keep him at Miami.

* The University of Miami won a $389,500 court judgment to repair two waterlogged practice fields that Jankovich blamed as possible factors in the Hurricanes' 1988 loss to Notre Dame.

Arenas

A deal to build an arena for the Philadelphia Flyers and 76ers on the site of John F. Kennedy Stadium is virtually complete, though the city's shaky financial footing could delay an announcement, the Philadelphia Daily News reported. Spectacor, which owns the National Hockey League's Flyers and runs the Spectrum, the hockey and basketball teams' current home, has hired an architect to design the 23,000-seat, $100 million arena, the News said.

Pro football

New Orleans Saints fullback Craig "Ironhead" Heyward said he can't get along with coach Jim Mora and wants to be traded when his contract expires Feb. 1. Heyward, whose weight has been a source of controversy since his selection in the first round of the 1988 college draft, said he has been made "a spectacle" by Mora with regard to his weight.

"I weighed 270 today," Heyward said Friday. "I'm tired of this. If they think my weight is the big issue, then let me go. I don't want to hear this anymore. I'm tired of taking water pills. Who died and made him a physician and gave him the right to say what people should weigh?" On Wednesday, Mora said Heyward is "a little chunky and heavier than I'd like him to be."

Boxing

Italy's Mauro Galvano scored a unanimous, 12-round decision over Dario Matteoni of Argentina in Monte Carlo, Monaco, to win the World Boxing Council super-middleweight title vacated by Sugar Ray Leonard.

Pro basketball

Guard Alvin Robertson has agreed to a new, six-year contract from the Milwaukee Bucks for $13.2 million and could include a single-season salary in excess of $2 million, but the deal must be approved by the National Basketball Association and the players' association.

Robertson, unhappy all season with his current contract of $850,000, skipped a Friday practice while considering the deal and then nearly backed out at the last minute.

Speed skating

American Bonnie Blair won the women's 500-meter race and finished third in the 1,000 meters at the Speed Skating World Cup in Nagano, Japan. Blair, the 1988 Olympic gold medalist in the 500 meters and bronze winner in the 1,000, was timed at 1 minute, 23.08 seconds.

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