Yankees trade Sax for three pitchers
The New York Yankees traded five-time All-Star second baseman Steve Sax to the Chicago White Sox yesterday for right-hander Melido Perez and two minor-league pitchers -- right-handers Robert Wickman and Domingo Jean.
The Yankees agreed to pay $1.6 million of Sax's four-year, $10.9 million contract.
The deal, which is almost identical to one the Yankees backed out of a week ago, unites Perez, 26 next month, with his brother Pascual, 34.
Sax, the Yankees' only .300 hitter last season, could have blocked the deal but consented Thursday. The free-agent signing of Mike Gallego and the emergence of Pat Kelly had made Sax expendable.
* White Sox team doctor James Boscardin gave Bo Jackson the go-ahead to play in spring training, saying the outfielder's hip had improved.
* Catcher B.J. Surhoff, who is eligible for arbitration and will be a free agent after this season, rejected a three-year contract offer from the Milwaukee Brewers. He is believed to be seeking more than $7 million over the three-year contract after making $1.085 million last year, when he hit .289 with five homers and 68 RBI.
Southern University chancellor Marvin Yates bypassed former Washington Redskins quarterback Doug Williams and recommended Houston Markham, the Alabama State coach, to lead the Jaguars.
The Southern Board of Supervisors voted, 13-5, to recommend Markham, 47, the SWAC Coach of the Year.
* Washington, which won a share of the national title this season, has been stripped of a 1992 scholarship because of a recruiting violation. The Pacific-10 Conference compliance committee recommended to the NCAA that a scholarship be taken away for an infraction during the recruitment of offensive lineman Patrick Kesi.
Defending champion Guy Forget defeated David Wheaton, 6-3, 6-2, in the semifinals of the New South Wales Open in Sydney, Australia. Emilio Sanchez beat unseeded Omar Camporese of Italy, 6-4, 7-6 (8-6).
* Jim Courier beat John McEnroe, 6-3, 6-4, in the Rio Challenge exhibition in Adelaide, Australia. Courier will play Michael Chang in today's final.
* MaliVai Washington moved into the semifinals of the NeZealand Open in Auckland with a 6-4, 6-2 victory over Andrei Cherkasov. Washington will play unseeded German Markus Zoecke, a 7-6 (7-5), 6-2 winner over third-seeded Alexander Volkov of Russia.
Jose Martinez, who was scheduled to defend his North American Boxing Federation featherweight championship against Alfred Rangel Monday night in Inglewood, Calif., will instead meet Gaby Romero. The NABF title fight was postponed because Rangel fractured his left elbow.
The stalemate between Eric Lindros and the Nordiques continues, but there are signs that Quebec may soon be willing to trade its reluctant top draft choice. Pierre Page, coach and general manager of the Nordiques, said he had several conversations about Lindros this week with Neil Smith, general manager of the New York Rangers, when the two were in Florida for league meetings.
In addition, reports in major Canadian newspapers said the Nordiques had changed their position on Lindros and would now entertain serious offers for Lindros.
* Former Washington Capital Randy Holt has been convicted oassaulting two players in a non-contact hockey game. Holt, 38, who had more than 1,400 penalty minutes during his 12-year NHL career, was found guilty Thursday in Calgary, Alberta, of two counts of assault causing bodily harm.
Holt said he was acting in self-defense when he slugged two high school teachers during an game on Nov. 9, 1989. "I'm a marked person," Holt said. "Their whole life is playing hockey wishing they were professional players."
No. 16 Navy advanced to the semifinals of the Virginia Duals in Hampton by defeating Edinboro, 18-14, and crushing Minnesota, 25-9. Mark Smith (126), Nick Melfi (134), Jamie Cummings (167) and Tom Storey (190) were double winners. Navy will face No. 14 Lock Haven at 12:30 p.m. today.
The Confederation of African Football recommended in Dakar, Senegal, that South Africa's ban from international soccer be ended this summer and that the country be readmitted after a 28-year absence.
The Slovenian Yacoma syndicate informed the America's Cup Organizing Committee that they would not be among the Cup challengers because of an inability to get their wooden yacht to San Diego in time for the competition, which begins Jan. 25.
* The Russian America's Cup syndicate received a waiver from the National Security Council and will be allowed to berth its yacht in San Diego Bay, home to several military installations.
Red Star '92, the first Russian challenge for the America's Cup, received the waiver because of the collapse of the Soviet Union last month, said Lt. Cmdr. Kevin Dale, executive director of the Port Security Committee.
Yankees trade Sax for three pitchers