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Sabathia deal has $9-million bonus

THE DAY IN SPORTS

December 20, 2008|Bill Shaikin | Staff and Wire Reports

CC Sabathia will receive $9.5 million from the New York Yankees before he throws his first official pitch in pinstripes.

His $161-million, seven-year contract includes a $9-million signing bonus, according to details obtained Friday by the Associated Press. By the time the Yankees open on April 6, he already will have received $6 million of that bonus plus $3.5 million of next year's salary.

The 4th District Court of Appeal declined to set aside a jury verdict in favor of the Angels, meaning that the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim will be able to keep their name.

The ruling is expected to end a legal challenge from the city of Anaheim that lasted nearly four years, since Arte Moreno changed the name from Anaheim Angels in 2005. In 2006, an Orange County Superior Court jury found the team name did not violate a stadium lease provision requiring the name to "include the name Anaheim therein."

-- Bill Shaikin

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Mississippi's Warren out for the season

Mississippi sophomore point guard Chris Warren, the Southeastern Conference's fourth-leading scorer at 19.6 points a game, is out for the season after tearing a ligament in his left knee in the last minute of a loss to Louisville on Thursday.

Warren appeared to step awkwardly as he drove to the basket and fell to the court, clutching his knee. Friday's MRI exam showed a torn anterior cruciate ligament among other injuries.

Syracuse guard Eric Devendorf, the team's second-leading scorer, must perform 40 hours of community service and be reinstated by the university before he can play after being accused of hitting a female student.

Devendorf can petition to be readmitted for the spring semester that starts Jan. 12 if he completes the community service, the University Appeals Board ruled.

WINTER SPORTS

Shaun White wins on the first day

Olympic gold medalist Shaun White won the snowboard slopestyle competition, and Canada's Spencer O'Brien took the women's event in the first stop on the inaugural Winter Dew Tour at Breckenridge, Colo.

The 22-year-old White, from Carlsbad, scored 95.17 points on his second run, which began with a frontside 270 at the top rail, a frontside 1,080 on the first jump to a backside 900. He closed with a 3 1/2 -revolution spin on the bottom jump.

The four-day competition is the first of three stops on the tour that features freestyle skiing and snowboarding.

Anja Paerson of Sweden won a World Cup super-combi event at St. Moritz, Switzerland, and American Lindsey Vonn maintained her overall lead despite skiing off course in the slalom. . . . Werner Heel of Italy won the World Cup super-G and Marco Sullivan finished fifth for the best American showing in the first of four World Cup races in the Dolomites at Val Gardena, Italy. . . . Defending champions Apolo Anton Ohno and Katherine Reutter opened the U.S. Short Track Championships with victories at St. Louis.

ETC.

Holyfield fights Valuev for title

Evander Holyfield, 46, can become the oldest man to regain a world heavyweight title tonight when he faces Russia's Nikolai Valuev at Zurich, Switzerland. Holyfield will concede nearly 100 pounds to the 7-foot Russian, who has lost once in 50 career bouts and comes in as the bookmakers' overwhelming favorite. . . . Eric Ward caught a touchdown pass and threw for a touchdown as Richmond dominated Montana, 24-7, for the school's first Football Championship Subdivision national championship at Chattanooga, Tenn. Richmond (13-3) won nine consecutive games after a 4-3 start. . . . Washington Redskins running back Clinton Portis sat out practice because of a muscle spasm in his back and is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Philadelphia Eagles. . . . Running back Brandon Jacobs practiced for the third consecutive day and was listed as questionable for the New York Giants' game against the Carolina Panthers on Sunday night. . . . Everton goalkeeper Tim Howard was selected as U.S. soccer's male athlete of the year and midfielder Carli Lloyd was picked as the top female athlete. In the under-23 category, midfielder Sacha Kljestan was the young male athlete of the year and midfielder Kristie Mewis the young female athlete of the year.

PASSINGS

Pete Case, 67; NFL lineman

Pete Case, a guard who played for the Philadelphia Eagles and New York Giants from 1962 to 1970, has died after a long illness. He was 67. Case, who played at Georgia, was a first-round draft choice of the Eagles in 1962.

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