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Shin-Soo Choo, Texas Rangers reportedly agree on 7-year contract
Shin-Soo Choo, who hit .285 for Cincinnati this year, reportedly has agreed to a $130 million, seven-year deal with the Texas Rangers that is pending a physical. Choo started his major-league career with the Mariners in 2005.
Source: Texas to give Choo $130 million deal
The Rangers reportedly have made another Texas-sized deal to improve their offense.
Free-agent outfielder Shin-Soo Choo agreed to a $130 million, seven-year contract with the Rangers, a person familiar with the deal told The Associated Press on Saturday. The source spoke on condition of anonymity because there was no official announcement about the deal that is pending a physical.
Last month, the Rangers acquired slugging first baseman Prince Fielder in a trade with Detroit that cost them second baseman Ian Kinsler, their primary leadoff hitter.
Choo, 31, hit .285 with 21 home runs for Cincinnati last season.
Choo started his major-league career as a Mariner in 2005. He played in 14 games for Seattle, going 2 for 29 (.069 average) at the plate, and was traded to Cleveland in July 2006.
The Mariners sent Choo and a player to be named later (it would be pitcher Shawn Nottingham) to the Indians for first baseman Ben Broussard and cash.
Vonn has a scary run with Woods watching
Lindsey Vonn of Vail, Colo., skied out and clutched her knee in pain in a World Cup downhill race in Val d’Isere, France, won by Marianne Kaufmann-Abderhalden of Switzerland.
Vonn, with boyfriend Tiger Woods — the top-ranked golfer in the world — watching the event in the finish area, lost her balance. Her left ski went up in the air, putting all of her weight on her surgically repaired right knee as she skied off course. Vonn didn’t fall but grimaced as she pulled up, clutching her knee in a worrying sign ahead of the Sochi Olympics in February.
“I didn’t hurt myself more than I’m already hurt,” the reigning downhill Olympic champion said.
Vonn intends to build up her leg strength and avoid races for a while.
“I’m at risk of doing more damage to my knee and my meniscus,” the 29-year-old said. “So I’m going to play it safe and race really minimal races. Probably one or two before the Olympics.”
Meanwhile, Canadian Erik Guay won a World Cup downhill in Val Gardena, Italy. Bode Miller of Franconia, N.H., placed fifth in his best finish in a speed event this season.
Bayern Munich rules
Bayern Munich of Germany capped the greatest year in team history by beating host Raja Casablanca of Morocco 2-0 for its first Club World Cup title.
The European champion added a record fifth title to its trophy cabinet at the tournament of continental champions to go with the UEFA Champions League, Bundesliga, German Cup and European Super Cup triumphs.
Liverpool takes lead
With 10 goals this month, Luis Suarez has led Liverpool’s surge in the English Premier League.
The Uruguayan striker scored twice in a 3-1 victory over Cardiff.
Liverpool, which finished seventh last season, leads the league with 36 points after 17 matches.
Manchester City is a point behind after 17 matches. Arsenal, with 35 points through 16 matches, hosts Chelsea on Monday.
Ducks win 8th in a row
Ryan Getzlaf scored three goals and Anaheim beat the host New York Islanders 5-3 to extend its team-record winning streak to eight.
Meanwhile, the host Pittsburgh Penguins defeated Calgary 4-3 for their seventh straight victory.
Los Angeles beat visiting Colorado 3-2 and Martin Jones became the second goaltender in league history to win each of his first eight games, joining Philadelphia’s Bob Froese, who did it in the 1982-83 season.
• The U.S. swim team, down by as many as 23 points on the final day of the two-day Duel in the Pool, rallied to beat the European All-Stars 132-131 after a tiebreaker in Glasgow, Scotland.
The score was tied at 131 after the scheduled 30 events and the Americans won the deciding 200-meter mixed medley relay.
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