Injury-plagued Escobar set to sign with Mets
Pitcher Kelvim Escobar, troubled by injuries for much of the past two seasons, and the New York Mets have reached a preliminary agreement on a $1.25 million, one-year-contract, a person close to the negotiations told The Associated Press.
The person spoke on condition of anonymity Saturday because no announcement had been made. The deal could be announced as early as today.
Escobar, an 18-game winner in 2007, missed nearly all of the past two seasons with the Los Angeles Angels because of shoulder trouble. If healthy, the right-hander likely would work out of the bullpen for the Mets, who are looking for setup help for All-Star closer Francisco Rodriguez following a 70-92 season.
The 33-year-old Escobar has experience as a reliever, saving 38 games for Toronto in 2002.
Also: Left-handed reliever Eddie Guardado and the Washington Nationals agreed to terms on a minor league deal, the team announced.
The 39-year-old Guardado is fourth among active pitchers with 908 appearances in a 17-year career with the Rangers, Twins, Mariners and Reds.
Guardado was 1-2 with a 4.46 ERA in 48 relief appearance last season with the Rangers.
No. 6 West Virginia tops Seton Hall in overtime
Devin Ebanks scored 22 points, Da’Sean Butler had 21, and Kevin Jones added 19 to lead No. 6 West Virginia to a 90-84 overtime win over Seton Hall in Newark, N.J., keeping the Mountaineers one of six unbeaten teams in Division I.
Ebanks had 17 rebounds and Jones 14 for the Mountaineers (10-0) in the Big East opener for both teams.
Jeremy Hazell had a career-high 41 points for the Pirates (9-2).
Lemieux, Ouzas power Wranglers past Ontario
Francis Lemieux scored two goals to lead the Wranglers to a 4-2 win over the Ontario Reign in an ECHL game at the Orleans Arena.
Michael Ouzas made 32 saves for Las Vegas (11-14-3),
which won despite being outshot 34-23, including 22-10 over the final two periods.
Jon Francisco had a goal and an assist for Ontario (13-14-3).
Also: A crew member for Richard Childress Racing has died of complications from the H1N1 virus.
Donald “DJ” Richardson died late Friday after a lengthy hospitalization for acute respiratory distress syndrome. Richardson contracted H1N1 during a Thanksgiving visit to his home state of Massachusetts, and team officials say he had been hospitalized at Health Alliance Hospital in Leominster the entire time.
The 37-year-old Richardson spent last season as a tire changer on Kevin Harvick’s crew.
Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te’o will delay taking a Mormon mission and return next season.
Te’o, a freshman who started the last eight games for the Irish and was fourth on the team with 63 tackles, said he will delay his mission trip for at least one year and possibly until later in his life.
M One Rifle led wire to wire and upset trainer Bob Baffert’s heavy favorite Misremembered to win the $300,000 Malibu Stakes at Santa Anita in Arcadia, Calif.
Ridden by Mike Smith for trainer and part-owner Bruce Headley, M One Rifle led the field of 13 3-year-olds by 11/2 lengths for most of the Grade 1 Malibu and then kicked away in the stretch to win by 21/2 lengths, covering seven furlongs in 1 minute, 21.05 seconds.