Friday's Sports In Brief

Friday's Sports In Brief
December 7, 2013, 4:25 am
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BASEBALL

SEATTLE (AP) Robinson Cano is trading pinstripes for the Pacific Northwest.

The free agent second baseman and the Seattle Mariners have reached agreement on a deal, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press on Friday.

ESPN reported earlier that the contract was worth $240 million for 10 years.

The person told the AP that the deal was pending a physical that had not yet been scheduled.

Cano had spent his entire career with the New York Yankees and was a five-time All-Star. He played in 160 games last season and hit .314 with 27 homers and 107 RBIs.

The Yankees had offered $175 million over seven years.

NEW YORK (AP) - Robinson Cano is leaving the Yankees, Carlos Beltran is coming back to New York and Hiroki Kuroda is staying in town.

On a hectic day doing business in the Bronx, baseball's richest team learned Cano had decided to bolt for Seattle. So the Yankees moved quickly to bring in Beltran's bat, hours after retaining a key pitcher in Kuroda.

Free-agent outfielder Curtis Granderson also left to join the Mets across town. But the Yankees hadn't shown much interest in re-signing Granderson after he turned down their $14.1 million qualifying offer last month.

Granderson agreed to a $60 million, four-year contract with the Mets, according to a person familiar with the situation.

Granderson, who turns 33 in March, comes over from the crosstown Yankees and gives the Mets much-needed power in their punchless outfield. He batted .229 with seven homers and 15 RBIs this year, when wrist and hand injuries limited him to 61 games. But he surpassed 40 homers in each of his previous two seasons in pinstripes.

BOSTON (AP) - Mike Napoli is returning to the Boston Red Sox.

The free agent first baseman with the bushy beard reached agreement with the World Series champions on a two-year contract for $32 million.

Napoli tweeted that ''The beard is coming back to Boston!!! Couldn't be happier!!''

Napoli hit .259 with 23 home runs and 92 RBIs this year in his first season with the Red Sox.

PRO FOOTBALL

HOUSTON (AP) - Gary Kubiak pulled the Texans out of the NFL basement and remains the only coach to take them to the playoffs.

That wasn't enough to save his job, not with the Texans mired in an 11-game skid that has dropped them back to the bottom of the league.

Houston (2-11) fired Kubiak one day after the Texans lost 27-20 at Jacksonville and continued their stunning fall for a team that expected to make a Super Bowl run.

The 52-year-old Kubiak was hired in 2006 and led the team to AFC South titles in 2011-2012, the highlights of his eight-year tenure as coach of his hometown NFL team.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

SEATTLE (AP) - After all the other schools that called over the years and were sent away, it was Washington that finally hooked Chris Petersen.

Petersen will be the Huskies' football coach, making the decision to leave Boise State after eight seasons as the Broncos head coach.

Petersen was offered the job on Thursday night during a meeting with Washington athletic director Scott Woodward in Boise. After a night of sleep, Petersen called in the morning to accept the position before meeting with his Boise State team.

GOLF

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (AP) - Tiger Woods had a birdie putt on every hole and made 10 of them to tie his own course record at Sherwood and take a three-shot lead in the World Challenge.

Woods had a 10-under 62, matching the score he shot in the second round at Sherwood six years ago. That putgave him an 11-under 133 total and a two-shot lead over Zach Johnson, who birdied the last hole for a 68. Matt Kuchar also had a 68 and was another shot behind.

It was the 10th time Woods has shot 62 or lower in a tournament. He went on to win six of those events.

SUN CITY, South Africa (AP) - Wales' Jamie Donaldson completed a first-round 67 and shot 66 in the second round to take the lead in the Nedbank Golf Challenge, South Africa's first major sporting event since former president and anti-apartheid leader Nelson Mandela died Thursday.

The 30 players spent around nine hours on the course to make up for lost time when the first round was halted because of lightning Thursday.

Donaldson had an 11-under 133 total at Gary Player Country Club.

Sweden's Henrik Stenson, playing for the first time since ending last season with the PGA Tour's FedEx Cup and European Tour's Race to Dubai titles, was three strokes back along with American Ryan Moore. Stenson had rounds of 69 and 67, and Moore shot 71-65.

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) - Stacy Lewis increased her lead to two strokes in the Dubai Ladies Masters, shooting a 2-under 70 in the third round.

The third-ranked Lewis, a three-time winner this year on the LPGA Tour, had an 11-under 205 total in the Ladies European Tour's season-ending event. She had three birdies and a bogey at Emirates Golf Course a day after making eight birdies in a 65.

Thailand's Pornanong Phatlum was second after a 69.

SOCCER

NEW YORK (AP) - The U.S. drew a daunting task for next year's World Cup: difficult opponents, tropical venues and a wearying 9,000-mile zigzag journey across Brazil.

The Americans wound up with the potentially punishing group they feared and will play Ghana, Portugal and Germany in June as they try to achieve a U.S. first: reaching the knockout phase twice in a row.

While Ghana eliminated the Americans in 2006 and 2010, the Black Stars won't do it again. The U.S. opens its seventh straight World Cup appearance against Ghana on June 16 at Natal.

The U.S. group has the best average FIFA world ranking. Odds on the Americans winning their first World Cup more than doubled after the draw, from 60-1 to 150-1.

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