Bonds, Pirates agree to $4.7 million deal
Barry Bonds and the Pittsburgh Pirates agreed yesterday to a $4.7 million, one-year contract and left open the question of whether the outfielder will file for free agency after the season.
Bonds, who had lost in salary arbitration the last two years, got the highest one-year deal in baseball history, topping Cecil Fielder's $4.5 million deal with the Detroit Tigers on Tuesday.
Bonds is seeking to top the $29 million, five-year contract that Bobby Bonilla got when he left the Pirates last fall to sign with the New York Mets. Yesterday's agreement left it unclear whether Pittsburgh would still attempt to sign him to a multiyear contract.
* Milwaukee Brewers pitcher Julio Machado will face murder charges in the shooting death of a woman, a judge in Barquisimeto, Venezuela, ruled. If convicted, Machado faces up to 30 years in prison. No date was set for the trial, but he will appear in court Monday to hear the charges. It could take up to a year before the case is heard.
Former heavyweight champion George Foreman (70-3) will return to the ring April 11 against Alex Stewart (27-3) in the first fight at the 19,500-seat Nevada-Las Vegas campus arena. Promoter Bob Arum said Foreman, 44, will receive $5 million for the fight, his second since losing a bid for the heavyweight title last April against Evander Holyfield. James Toney will defend his middleweight title on the same card against Glenn Wolfe of Miami.
* Former middleweight boxing champion Michael Nunn posted $50,000 bond in Calabasas (Calif.) Municipal Court, where a March 13 trial date was set on a misdemeanor charge of assault and spousal abuse. Nunn, 28, had failed to appear in court on Jan. 24, and his bail was increased at that time from $15,000 to $50,000. Nunn allegedly attacked Loretha Boyce, 26, his former fiancee, Aug. 28.
Top-seeded Gabriela Sabatini outlasted Pam Shriver of Lutherville, 6-2, 6-7 (4-6), 6-4, in the quarterfinals of the Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo. Shriver led by 4-1 in the third set, but Sabatini fought back with passing shots to take the next five games in a row, winning the match in 2 hours, 23 minutes.
* Petra Thoren of Finland upset sixth-seeded Raffaella Reggi-Concato of Italy, 6-3, 6-2, to reach the semifinals of the Nutri-Metics Classic in Auckland, New Zealand. Thoren, 22, never has played in a professional semifinal.
Senior Wendy Weaver earned a 37.95 all-around score to take first place and lead ninth-ranked Towson State (2-2) over William & Mary (1-1) at the Towson Center before more than 1,000.
The College Football Hall of Fame in Kings Mills, Ohio, has been closed to the public indefinitely because of poor attendance.
Texas player Dexter Cambridge mailed a $4,600 check to a booster of his junior college, ending his two-month NCAA suspension. Cambridge will rejoin his teammates today, when the Longhorns face Rhode Island at Providence. The NCAA's action came after Cambridge admitted having taken $7,000 from a booster while at Lon Morris Junior College.
Jess Stayrook earned the top seed for today's nationally televised finals of the Professional Bowlers Association's Quaker State Open in Grand Prairie, Texas. Jason Couch was next, followed by Alan Bishop, Derek Williams and Stephen Hardy.