Tuesday, December 11, 2007
Former NL Cy Young Award winner Eric Gagne and the Milwaukee Brewers yesterday finalized a one-year, $10 million contract.
The 31-year-old right-hander, who finished last season with the World Series champion Boston Red Sox, can earn an additional $1 million in performance bonuses: $250,000 each for 50, 55, 60 and 65 games finished.
Gagne joins a bullpen that lost closer Francisco Cordero, who agreed to a four-year, $46 million contract with the Cincinnati Reds. Derrick Turnbow and Gagne are the top candidates to close for the Brewers. . . .
Randy Wolf will get a nice payday if he can make 30 starts and pitch 200 innings for the San Diego Padres. The left-hander, coming off shoulder surgery in September, and the Padres finalized a one-year deal that will top out at $9 million if Wolf reaches all his incentives. . . .
The players' association filed a grievance to overturn the 15-day suspension given to Kansas City Royals outfielder Jose Guillen for violating baseball's drug program. . . .
Oakland Athletics minor league catcher Raul Padron was suspended for the first 50 games of next season after testing positive for a performance-enhancing substance under baseball's minor league drug program.
¿ COLLEGE FOOTBALL: Vanderbilt Coach Bobby Johnson met with officials from Duke to discuss their coaching vacancy. Former UCLA coach Karl Dorrell also was on Duke's campus yesterday. . . .
An 18-year-old man was charged with assault and battery with intent to kill following the stabbing of South Carolina defensive lineman Jordin Lindsey last weekend. Clifton Hunter Epps turned himself in to authorities and confessed to the assault that took place early Saturday, police said.
¿ COLLEGE BASKETBALL: Louisville forward Derrick Caracter (13.4 points, 7.4 rebounds per game) has been suspended from the No. 22 Cardinals indefinitely for a curfew violation, Coach Rick Pitino said. . . .
Kia Vaughn had 13 points and 15 rebounds to help the sixth-ranked Rutgers women defeat No. 11 California, 56-51, in Piscataway, N.J. Matee Ajavon scored 15 points to lead Rutgers (7-2). Ashley Walker scored 14 points to top the Golden Bears (8-2), who had won four straight.
¿ AUTO RACING: Two-time Formula One world champion Fernando Alonso is heading back to Renault. The 26-year-old Spaniard announced his return to the French team after a turbulent season at McLaren. At Renault in 2005, Alonso became the youngest driver in F1 history to win the title. He repeated in 2006.
¿ BOXING: In Sydney, Australian Anthony Mundine knocked out Jose Alberto Clavero of Argentina in the fourth round to retain his World Boxing Association super middleweight title.
¿ SOCCER: Juan Carlos Osorio resigned as coach of MLS's Chicago Fire, apparently to take a similar position with the New York Red Bulls. . . .
American midfielder DaMarcus Beasley will be sidelined four to six months following surgery on his right knee. Beasley, 25, was hurt while playing for Scotland's Glasgow Rangers in a European Champions League game on Nov. 27. . . .
Manchester United Coach Alex Ferguson has acknowledged using abusive and insulting language toward a referee. He could be fined and possibly banned from the team dugout.
-- From News Services