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Pitcher Brandon McCarthy, Arizona Diamondbacks agree on contract | Baseball
Report: McCarthy, Arizona
reach agreement on 2-year deal
Right-hander Brandon McCarthy reached agreement with the Arizona Diamondbacks on a $15.5 million, two-year contract, a person with knowledge of the negotiations said Friday.
The source spoke on condition of anonymity because McCarthy's deal was pending a physical.
McCarthy, the opening-day starter for the Oakland Athletics last season, was hit in the right side of the head by a line drive off the bat of Erick Aybar of the Los Angeles Angels on Sept. 5. The 29-year-old pitcher's injuries included an epidural hemorrhage, brain contusion and skull fracture; he underwent a two-hour operation.
McCarthy went 8-6 with a 3.24 earned-run average for the A's this year.
Meanwhile, Japanese right-hander Kyuji Fujikawa, 32, finalized a $9.5 million, two-year contract with the Chicago Cubs; left-handed reliever Randy Choate — a 37-year-old who pitched for Miami and the Los Angeles Dodgers this year — finalized a $7.5 million, three-year deal with St. Louis; and outfielder Brett Gardner, 29, and the New York Yankees agreed to a $2.85 million, one-year contract that avoids salary arbitration.
Two San Francisco players passed physicals and signed contracts agreed to earlier in the week. Center fielder Angel Pagan, 31, gets a $40 million, four-year contract and second baseman Marco Scutaro, 37, has a $20 million, three-year deal with the World Series champions.
According to figures released by the Major League Baseball Players Association, the average salary increased 3.8 percent this year to a record $3.2 million. The rise was the steepest since 2007, union officials said.
Georgetown, Indiana to play
for men's national title
Georgetown goalkeeper Tomas Gomez blocked Helge Leikvang's shot in the final round of a shootout, lifting the Hoyas over Maryland 4-3 on penalty kicks after a 4-4 draw in the NCAA men's Division I semifinals in Hoover, Ala.
Georgetown (20-3-2) advanced to play Indiana (15-5-3) in Sunday's final. The seven-time champion Hoosiers beat Creighton 1-0 on a first-half goal by Femi Hollinger-Janzen.
Steve Neumann scored three goals for Georgetown, the first hat trick in the College Cup since Nate Friends of Virginia had one in 1993 in a 3-1 victory over Princeton.
"You always dream about having games like that on big stages like this," Neumann said. "It's an unbelievable feeling and something I'll cherish the rest of my life."
Asada leads in Grand Prix Final
Mao Asada of Japan led American Ashley Wagner by 0.52 points after the short program at the Grand Prix Final in Sochi, Russia, site of the 2014 Winter Olympics.
Daisuke Takahashi of Japan led second-place Patrick Chan of Canada by 3.02 points after the men's short program.
Meanwhile, three-time U.S. champion Johnny Weir announced he is skipping the rest of the season to prepare for the Sochi Olympics.
Pacquiao, Marquez meet again
Manny Pacquiao of the Philippines and Juan Manuel Marquez of Mexico meet Saturday night in Las Vegas for the fourth time.
Marquez, 39, will try once again to do what he hasn't been able to do in 36 evenly contested rounds against the 33-year-old Pacquiao — get a decision from the ringside scorecards.
"All I ask is for the judges to be objective," Marquez said. "They need to really see what is happening in the ring instead of what they think might be happening in the ring."
Pacquiao (54-4-2) barely escaped with a majority decision over Marquez (54-6-1) in November 2011, a result that drew boos from the pro-Marquez crowd. The other bouts were a split decision for Pacquiao in 2008 and a draw in 2004.
• A lawyer for Jerry Sandusky, former Penn State assistant football coach, said his client hopes prison officials in Pennsylvania will find a way to house him under less-restrictive conditions.
Karl Rominger said Sandusky, 68, rates as a Level 2 inmate on a five-level security classification but is being kept under much more severe Level 5 conditions at Greene State Prison. He said Sandusky is alone in his cell for 23 hours a day during the week and around the clock on weekends.
Sandusky was convicted in June of sexually abusing 10 boys, some on campus. He is serving a 30- to 60-year sentence.
• Skier Tina Maze of Slovenia won her third race of the World Cup season at a super-combined event in St. Moritz, Switzerland, to extend her lead in the overall standings. Nicole Hosp of Austria was second and defending overall champion Lindsey Vonn of Vail, Colo., lost control of a ski while turning in her slalom run and didn't finish.
Maze had an aggregate time of 2 minutes, 1.76 seconds after the Super-G and slalom to beat Hosp by 0.88.
• U.S. Ryder Cup captain Davis Love III and Brandt Snedeker shot a 10-under-par 62 in modified alternate-shot play to take the first-round lead in the Franklin Templeton Shootout in Naples, Fla.
Love and Snedeker made 10 birdies for the lowest score in the modified alternate-shot format in the 24-year-old golf tournament's 12 years in Naples.
Kenny Perry and Sean O'Hair were two strokes back in the Greg Norman-hosted event at the Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort's Tiburon Golf Club.
• Shanshan Feng of China shot a 5-under 67 to take a five-stroke lead into the final round of the Dubai Ladies Masters. Feng, the LPGA Championship winner in June, birdied the final three holes at Emirates Golf Club for an 18-under 198 total. Dewi Claire Schreefel of the Netherlands was second after a course-record 63.
• The start of the European Tour's season-opening Nelson Mandela Championship was delayed for a second straight day after heavy rain left most of the golf course in Durban, South Africa, under water.
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