Press Box: Sports roundup


December 30, 2009

BASEBALL: Slugging outfielder Jason Bay and the Mets reached a preliminary agreement on a deal. The three-time All-Star is expected to sign a four-year contract for about $65 million if he passes a physical. Bay, 31, set career highs with 36 home runs and 119 RBIs last season for the Red Sox. The Mets hit a major league-low 95 homers last season. ... Mark DeRosa signed a $12 million, two-year contract with the Giants after passing his physical. He is expected to play first or third base and bat fifth, with cleanup hitter Pablo Sandoval manning the other corner.

GOLF: Spanish golfer Sergio Garcia will visit a specialist about a right hand injury that has prevented him from swinging a club for several weeks. "It's not healing as fast as we thought it would," said Garcia, who still hopes to make his 2010 debut at the $3.3 million Abu Dhabi Golf Championship, which runs from Jan. 21-24. ... John Daly has received a sponsor's exemption to play in the Sony Open in Honolulu, which tees off Jan. 14. This year's PGA Tour major champions - Angel Cabrera, Lucas Glover, Stewart Cink and Y.E. Yang - will play, as will Hawaii's Tadd Fujikawa.

AUTO RACING: Three-time Indy 500 winner and former Dancing with the Stars champion Helio Castroneves is a father. His girlfriend, Adriana Henao, gave birth to the couple's first child, Mikaella Castroneves, on Monday in Atlanta. ... Ralf Schumacher said he would follow older brother Michael Schumacher's return to Formula One if he had the right offer. Michael, a record seven-time Formula One champion, is coming out of three years of retirement to drive for Mercedes GP. Ralf retired in 2007.

ALSO: Olympic figure skating champ Alexei Yagudin sued an automobile shop owner he hired as his financial manager, saying he stole more than $1 million from him. The lawsuit seeks more than $4 million in damages. ... Heather Richardson, 20, locked up her third Olympic spot by topping her personal best and the rest of the competition in the 1,500 meters at the U.S. Speedskating Championships in Kearns, Utah. Her time of 1:56.22 was more than two seconds ahead of her personal best. Jilleanne Rookard and Jennifer Rodriguez also made the team in the 1,500.

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