Second baseman Kaz Matsui finalized a $16.5 million, three-year contract with the Houston Astros on Sunday, a little more than a month after helping the Colorado Rockies to their first World Series appearance. The 32-year-old switch-hitter batted .288 with four homers and 37 RBIs for Colorado, stealing 32 bases and scoring 84 runs — his best totals in the majors.
Sammy Sosa wasn’t offered salary arbitration by the Texas Rangers, who still may be interested in bringing back the slugger. Sosa, 39, hit .252 with a team-high 21 home runs and 92 RBIs in 114 games for Texas following a year out of baseball. He became a part-time player after joining the 600-homer club, starting only 19 of the last 56 games while the Rangers evaluated younger players.
Thousands filled a university arena Monday for the funeral of Washington Redskins star Sean Taylor, with a video screen behind his casket showing highlights from his career. The funeral comes a week after Taylor was shot in his home and days after four men were charged with killing him during the robbery.
Admire Moon hangs on to beat Pop Rock in a photo finish to win the Ã‚Â£2.2m Japan Cup in Tokyo on Sunday.
The New York Yankees want an answer from Minnesota. Now. Refusing to bid against rival Boston any longer, the Yankees insist they’ll probably pull out of trade talks for ace Johan Santana if the Twins don’t make a decision on New York’s offer by late Monday. “We’ll see how it goes, but this is not an act.
Bushwacker led all the way in winning the $105,800 Vernon O. Underwood Stakes by three-quarters of a length Sunday at Hollywood Park. Ridden by Joe Talamo, Bushwacker covered six furlongs in 1:08.47 and survived a foul claim by Corey Nakatani, who finished second on In Summation. “The problem is that he was herding my horse,” Nakatani said.
Carmelo Anthony scored 30 points, and Kenyon Martin added a season-high 20 to help the Denver Nuggets rout the Miami Heat 115-89 on Sunday night.
Grant Hill scored a season-high 28 points, nine during a fourth-quarter flurry that broke open a close game, and the Phoenix Suns pulled away to beat the New York Knicks 115-104 on Sunday night.
Jason Maxiell had 18 points and 11 rebounds to help the Detroit Pistons rout the New Jersey Nets 118-95 on Sunday night.
Tony Parker scored 27 points and the San Antonio Spurs beat the Portland Trail Blazers 100-79 Sunday, despite losing Tim Duncan in the second quarter with an injured knee and ankle.
Jamaal Tinsley made three consecutive 3-pointers down the stretch to cap a 29-point effort and Jermaine O’Neal added 20 points and 15 rebounds despite a sore shoulder, leading the Indiana Pacers to a 101-95 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers on Sunday
With LeBron James missing his second straight game with a sprained finger, Boston beat Cleveland 80-70 Sunday despite limited contributions from two of their stars but with more outstanding defense