Sports Digest


November 16, 2005

Matsui agrees with Yankees on $52M, four-year contract

Hideki Matsui and the New York Yankees agreed last night on a $52 million, four-year contract that will keep the popular outfielder in New York.

Matsui's agent, Arn Tellem, and Yankees general manager Brian Cashman met the Nov. 15 deadline contained in Matsui's first contract with the team. That deal stated that if there was no agreement by then, New York would have to place the outfielder on unconditional release waivers, which would have prevented the Yankees from re-signing him until May 15.

Dodgers -- The team hired Ned Colletti as its general manager to replace the fired Paul DePodesta. Colletti has been an assistant GM with the San Francisco Giants since 1997. He beat out Dodgers assistant general manager Kim Ng, who was trying to become the first woman in major league history to be hired as a GM. Ng and Colletti were thought to be the only candidates to interview for the job.

Devil Rays -- Joe Maddon was introduced yesterday as the fourth manager in Devil Rays history, ending a six-week search for Lou Piniella's replacement. The longtime Los Angeles Angels bench coach signed a two-year contract that includes club options for the 2008 and 2009 seasons. The new manager takes over a team that's finished last in seven of the franchise's eight seasons and never won more than 70 games. The Devil Rays have the lowest payroll in the majors, but Maddon envisions a bright future. "The nucleus we have is great," Maddon said,

Red Sox -- Braves assistant general manager Dayton Moore has told Boston that he's no longer interested in the GM job vacated by Theo Epstein.

Reds -- Right-hander David Weathers had surgery to repair a small tear in his right knee and is expected to recover in four weeks.

College basketball

Walbrook's Spruill signs with Towson

Rodney Spruill, a 6-foot-5 swing guard from defending Class 4A state champion Walbrook High and The Sun 's 2004-05 Baltimore City Player of the Year, has signed a national letter of intent to attend Towson University and play basketball, Tigers coach Pat Kennedy announced. Spruill, who will be a senior with the Warriors this season, becomes the first player signed by the Tigers for the 2006-07 season. As a junior last year, Spruill led the 26-2 Warriors to their first city, regional and state titles in the school's 35-year history. He averaged 16.9 points and 12.1 rebounds. He also shot a team- high 42 percent from three-point range. One of his top performances came in No. 1 Walbrook's 65-63 win over No. 3 Dunbar in the city championship game when he scored a game-high 27 points and collected 10 rebounds.

Villanova -- Forward Curtis Sumpter had surgery to repair a ligament in his left knee that he tore last month in practice. Sumpter, a second-team All-Big East selection last season, will be sidelined indefinitely.

College football

Snyder steps down as Kansas St. coach

Saying he wanted to spend more time with his family, Bill Snyder retired from the Kansas State program he coached from college football's depths to a spot among the nation's elite. Snyder, Kansas State's coach since 1989, said health was not a factor. When Snyder, 66, took over the Wildcats' program, Kansas State was the only major college team with 500 losses. He is 135-68-1 in Manhattan, including a run of 11 straight bowl games that began with the 1993 season. But after winning the Big 12 championship in 2003, Kansas State has stumbled to two straight losing seasons. Kansas State, (4-6, 1-6 Big 12) has failed to qualify for a bowl game for the second straight year, the first time since 1991 and 1992 that Kansas State missed bowl games in consecutive seasons.

Georgia Tech -- Coach Chan Gailey was given a five-year, $5 million contract. The deal runs through 2010.

Minnesota -- Running back Laurence Maroney will play in Saturday's regular-season finale at Iowa despite an injured right ankle.


Federer advances to Masters semis

Top-ranked Roger Federer, the two-time defending Tennis Masters Cup champion, got a quick rub on his right leg from a physiotherapist, then held off Ivan Ljubicic, 6-3, 2-6, 7-6 (4), to secure a spot in the semifinals in Shanghai, China.

Pro football

CFL player disclosed with AIDS

Police disclosed that a Canadian Football League player is HIV positive after he was charged with sexual assault, saying they thought a public health warning about his health status was necessary. Trevis Smith, a linebacker on the Saskatchewan Roughriders, was arrested Oct. 28 in Regina, Saskatchewan, and charged with aggravated sexual assault. Smith was freed on bail and ordered by a judge Nov. 2 to practice safe sex, tell all future partners that he's HIV positive and surrender his passport, according to a story in The New York Times.

Et cetera

Campo, who trained `Colony,' dead at 67

John Campo Sr., who trained 1981 Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner Pleasant Colony, has died in New York after a long illness. He was 67. Campo trained for 30 years, retiring in 1996. His best year came in 1981 when he saddled Pleasant Colony to victories in the first two legs of the Triple Crown - a win over Woodchopper in the Derby followed by a win over Bold Ego in the Preakness. The dark bay colt then lost to Summing by 1 3/4 lengths in the Belmont Stakes.

Jockeys' Guild -- L. Wayne Gertmenian, president of The Jockeys' Guild, was voted out by riders claiming their organization has been mismanaged.

High schools -- Former assistant Cory Johnson has been named interim football coach at Poly, athletic director Tiffany Byrd said yesterday. The school's former head coach, Anthony Knox, resigned after three seasons on Monday.

Boxing -- Former junior featherweight champion Agapito Sanchez died in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, from gunshot wounds during a fight outside his home.

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