Brewers’ Sabathia files for free agency
CC Sabathia, the prized pitcher on this year’s market, filed for free agency Saturday.
Sabathia was acquired by Milwaukee from Cleveland on July 7, then went 11-2 with seven complete games, three shutouts and a 1.65 ERA in 17 starts to help the Brewers make the playoffs for the first time since 1982. Overall, the 28-year-old left-hander was 17-10 with a 2.70 ERA for the Indians and Brewers.
Milwaukee plans to make an offer soon. Sabathia’s new deal could top Johan Santana’s $137.5 million, six-year contract with the New York Mets.
Reliever Tom Gordon became the first member of the World Series champion Phillies to file for free agency after Philadelphia declined a $4.5 million option and chose to pay a $1 million buyout. The right-hander, who turns 41 on Nov. 18, had bone spurs removed and his ulnar collateral ligament repaired in his arm Oct. 16.
He went 5-4 with a 5.16 ERA in 34 games, then was put on the 15-day disabled list with right elbow inflammation July 6 and missed the rest of the season.
Twenty-three players filed for free agency Saturday, raising the total to 130 in three days since the World Series. Up to 50 additional players potentially are eligible to file.
Also: The Boston Red Sox will keep their spring training home in the Fort Myers, Fla., area for 30 more years after signing an agreement with Lee County, Fla.
The Red Sox have played in the 7,290-seat City of Palms Park since moving from Winter Haven in 1993, selling out 73 straight spring training games there.
UNLV tennis player nets two finals berths
UNLV men’s tennis player Elliot Wronski reached the singles and doubles finals in the Rebel Classic at the Fertitta Tennis Complex.
Wronski beat California’s Kalim Stewart 6-0, 6-4 in the singles semifinals, and he teamed with Luca Barlocchi to win two doubles matches, including a 9-8 win over Stewart and Thai Tu in the semis.
Also: The UNLV cross country team took seventh at the nine-team Mountain West Conference Championships in San Diego.
The Rebels finished with 190 points. New Mexico won with 31, just ahead of Brigham Young (33).
Jenni Shearer led UNLV, covering the 6-kilometer course in 22 minutes, 7 seconds to finish 14th. BYU’s Angela Wagner won in 21:24.
Connecticut was voted No. 1 in The Associated Press preseason women’s basketball poll.
UConn received 44 of the 45 first-place votes from a national media panel and compiled 1,124 points. No. 2 Stanford was 106 points behind and drew the other first-place ballot.
Maryland was third, followed by Oklahoma, Rutgers and North Carolina. Two-time defending champion Tennessee, the only school with more No. 1 preseason rankings than UConn, was seventh. The Lady Vols graduated last season’s starting five.
Iowa State’s Leonard Johnson broke the major college football single-game record for kickoff return yards in a 59-17 loss at Oklahoma State.
The freshman finished with 319 return yards on nine kickoffs, including runbacks of 72, 73 and 48 yards. Justin Miller of Clemson set the previous Football Bowl Subdivision record of 282 yards against Florida State in 2004.
Stephen F. Austin quarterback Jeremy Moses set single-game NCAA records with 57 completions and 85 pass attempts in a 34-31 double-overtime loss to Sam Houston State in Huntsville, Texas.
Nalbandian, Tsonga advance to Paris final
Defending champion David Nalbandian beat Nikolay Davydenko 6-1, 5-7, 6-4 to set up a Paris Masters final against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.
Tsonga beat 11th-seeded James Blake 6-4, 6-3 and could become the first Frenchman to win the Paris event since Sebastien Grosjean in 2001.
The wins also kept the eighth-seeded Nalbandian and 13th-seeded Tsonga on course for a place in the season-ending Masters Cup.
The winner of today’s final will go to Shanghai with Juan Martin del Potro, who clinched a spot because of Blake’s loss.
Also: American Bethanie Mattek gained her first WTA Tour final at the Bell Challenge in Quebec City and will finish her breakthrough year in a matchup against Russian Nadia Petrova.
The sixth-seeded Mattek defeated fifth-seeded Aleksandra Wozniak 7-6 (4), 6-3 in one semifinal, and the top-seeded Petrova defeated first-time semifinalist Angela Haynes of the United States, 6-1, 6-3.
Sturm earns decision to retain WBA crown
Felix Sturm retained his WBA middleweight title with a unanimous decision over Sebastian Sylvester in Oberhausen, Germany.
Sturm used a punishing left jab to dominate the clean fight.
The judges scored it 118-110, 118-110 and 119-109 for Sturm.
Sturm improved to 31-2-1, and Sylvester dropped to 31-3.
Also: Vic Darchinyan knocked down Cristian Mijares (36-4-2) with a left uppercut in the first round and finally knocked him out with a jolting straight left in the ninth in their super flyweight title unification fight in Carson, Calif.
IBF champ Darchinyan (31-1-1) dominated the match of 115-pounders from start to finish to take away Mijares’ WBC and WBA crowns.
New York Islanders goaltender Rick DiPietro underwent a second knee operation and will be sidelined four to six weeks.
DiPietro had his right knee operated on in June and has played in just three games this season.