Rose, Bulls agree to five-year
extension worth $94 million
Reigning NBA Most Valuable Player Derrick Rose agreed to a five-year contract extension with the Chicago Bulls worth about $94 million, a person familiar with the situation said Tuesday.
The extension will start in the 2012-13 season, when the point guard is eligible to make about $16 million.
The deal is hardly a surprise given all Rose has accomplished. The Chicago product went from Rookie of the Year to All-Star to MVP in his first three seasons, becoming the youngest player to win that award. About the only thing he doesn’t have is a championship ring.
The Bulls came close last season, winning a league-high 62 games and advancing to the Eastern Conference finals before losing to the Miami Heat. Rose had one of the best seasons ever by a point guard, averaging 25.0 points and 7.7 assists.
Also: Memphis Grizzlies forward Darrell Arthur will miss the season because of a torn right Achilles tendon. He averaged a career-high 9.1 points last season.
Florida State junior forward Terrance Shannon will have surgery on his left shoulder and miss the rest of the season. He was third on the team in scoring at 8.6 points per game and averaged 4.4 rebounds.
Miami Hurricanes basketball player DeQuan Jones received approval to return to competition after he sat out the first 10 games because of an NCAA investigation into recruiting allegations. The 6-foot-7-inch senior averaged 4.5 points and 2.5 rebounds last season as a part-time starter.
Outfielder Cuddyer, Rockies
finalize $31.5 million contract
Outfielder Michael Cuddyer finalized a $31.5 million, three-year contract with the Colorado Rockies.
Cuddyer, 32, spent 11 seasons in Minnesota before agreeing to a free-agent deal with the Rockies last week. He batted .284 with 20 home runs and 70 RBIs last season and went to his first All-Star Game. He is a career .272 hitter.
Colorado also signed free-agent third baseman Casey Blake to a one-year, nonguaranteed deal worth $2 million, with another $1 million available in performance bonuses.
The addition of Cuddyer was the Rockies’ first major free-agent signing since 2000, when they brought in pitchers Mike Hampton and Denny Neagle for a combined $172 million.
Cuddyer will wear No. 3 with the Rockies — a tribute to late Twins slugger Harmon Killebrew. Cuddyer described the Hall of Famer as “one of the greatest human beings I’ve ever met.”
Also: Shortstop Yuniesky Betancourt agreed to a one-year contract with the Kansas City Royals. Betancourt started at shortstop for the National League Central champion Milwaukee Brewers last season, batting .252 with 13 homers and 68 RBIs. He played for the Royals in 2009 and 2010.
Free-agent outfielder Endy Chavez agreed to a $1.5 million, one-year contract with the Baltimore Orioles. An experienced and dependable fill-in, Chavez batted .301 with five homers and 27 RBIs in 83 games for the American League champion Texas Rangers last season.
The Tampa Bay Rays re-signed right-handed reliever Joel Peralta to a one-year contract, avoiding arbitration. He went 3-4 with a 2.93 ERA in 71 appearances last season.
Beckham officials call reports
of deal in France ‘premature’
David Beckham is not yet a Paris Saint-Germain player, with French reports that a deal has been completed being described as “premature” by his management company.
The 36-year-old former England captain has been in talks with the French capital club but still could accept an offer to stay with the Los Angeles Galaxy, where his five-year deal ended after winning his first MLS Cup last month.
A French newspaper reported that Beckham would make $1.05 million per month at PSG, whose wealthy Qatari owners have spent more than $111 million on players since buying the club in May.
While Beckham’s England career is effectively over, he is eager to continue playing so he might be considered for a spot on Britain’s soccer squad for the 2012 London Olympics.
Also: Liverpool striker Luis Suarez was banned for eight matches and fined $62,000 after being found guilty of racially abusing Manchester United black defender Patrice Evra during a Premier League match Oct. 15.
Former Ultimate Fighting Championship heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar paid a fine of $1,450 to resolve hunting charges against him in Canada. He pleaded guilty to failing to affix a tag to a mule deer he had shot on a filmed hunt in Alberta in November 2010.
After 14 months away from mixed martial arts while recovering from a lower intestinal ailment, Lesnar will fight Alistair Overeem at UFC 141 on Dec. 30 at the MGM Grand Garden.