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Joe Mauer agrees to long-term deal with Twins

Catcher Joe Mauer's contract will run through the 2018 season.
Catcher Joe Mauer's contract will run through the 2018 season. (Nati Harnik/associated Press)

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Monday, March 22, 2010

BASEBALL

Mauer agrees to long-term deal with Twins

American League MVP Joe Mauer has agreed to an eight-year, $184 million contract extension to stay with the Minnesota Twins.

The deal announced Sunday covers the 2011-2018 seasons and includes a full no-trade clause. It's the culmination of a months-long negotiation between the Twins and their hometown star.

Mauer has won three AL batting titles and an MVP award. He is considered one of the best defensive catchers in the game. . . .

Twins closer Joe Nathan will miss the 2010 season because of a right elbow injury that will require surgery. Nathan, who leads the major leagues with 246 saves since 2004, made the decision after playing catch with Twins pitching coach Rick Anderson for 10 minutes on Sunday. . . .

Chicago White Sox closer Bobby Jenks expects to be ready for the season opener after an MRI exam on his right calf revealed no structural damage.

COLLEGES

Senior guard Lori Bjork scored a game-high 20 points to lead Maryland over visiting East Carolina, 87-52, in the second round of the WNIT. The Terrapins (21-12) advanced to the round of 16, where they will play the winner of Monday night's game between Providence and Old Dominion on Thursday night at Comcast Center at 7.

Sophomore guard Kim Rodgers had 17 points, going 5 for 9 from three-point range, and sophomore center Lynetta Kizer added 16 points and nine rebounds. Maryland outrebounded East Carolina, 55-35, and limited the Pirates to 29 percent shooting. . . .

The Houston Chronicle is reporting Tom Penders will resign as men's basketball coach. Citing an unidentified source, the newspaper reported Penders's decision to step down came after a meeting Sunday with athletic director Mack Rhoades. . . .

Sophomore attackman Chris Bocklet scored four goals to help Virginia's top-ranked men's lacrosse team win at Towson, 15-10. The Cavaliers moved to 8-0, while the Tigers dropped to 1-4.

Senior midfielder Andrew Brancaccio and freshman attackman Travis Comeau each scored three goals as No. 10 Georgetown routed host Providence, 14-4. Sophomore goalie C.T. Fisher made eight saves for the Hoyas (4-2, 2-1 Big East) against the Friars (0-5, 0-1). . . .


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