Star outfielder Matt Holliday appears headed to the Oakland Athletics in a surprising move for a franchise known more for shedding stars than adding them. Two people familiar with the proposed deal told the Associated Press yesterday that the A's and the Colorado Rockies have reached a tentative agreement. It was unclear whom Colorado would get for the two-time All-Star. One of the people said left-handed starter Greg Smith and outfielder Carlos Gonzalez - among the six players Oakland acquired last winter when it traded ace Dan Haren to the Arizona Diamondbacks - and reliever Huston Street, the 2005 Rookie of the Year, were among those who had been discussed in recent days. Gonzalez confirmed his involvement in the trade to USA Today. Holliday will make $13.5 million next season and then be eligible to become a free agent. He was scheduled to have a physical today, one of the sources said. "Talks are continuing. ... Everything's speculation," Rockies spokesman Jay Alves said, speaking on behalf of general manager Dan O'Dowd. Oakland owner Lew Wolff wouldn't confirm or deny a trade. Holliday, 28, has 128 homers and 483 RBIs in five seasons.
Marlins-Nationals: : The agent for starting pitcher Scott Olsen and outfielder Josh Willingham said they have been traded from Florida to Washington. ESPN.com reported, citing sources, that the Marlins would receive second baseman Emilio Bonifacio and two minor leaguers. Willingham hit .254 with 15 homers and 51 RBIs last season. Olsen, a left-hander, went 8-11 with a 4.20 ERA. Bonifacio has hit .240 in 60 big league games.
Padres: : San Diego withdrew its $4 million offer to Trevor Hoffman, leaving it unclear whether the team would continue to negotiate with the career saves leader. Hoffman, who joined the Padres in 1993, earned $7.5 million last season. He has 554 career saves.
Mariners:: Joey Cora, the White Sox's bench coach, is among seven candidates to be interviewed for the manager job. Also on the list are Boston bench coach Brad Mills, Arizona third base coach Chip Hale, Boston third base coach DeMarlo Hale, St. Louis third base coach Jose Oquendo, Triple-A manager Randy Ready and A's bench coach Don Wakamtsu.
Et cetera: : Preacher Roe, a four-time All-Star pitcher as a revered member of "The Boys of Summer" in Brooklyn, died Sunday in West Plains, Mo. His Web site listed his age as 92 - other reference materials differed by a year or two. Roe went 127-84 in a 12-year career with the Dodgers, Pirates and Cardinals. ... Right-handed reliever Scott Eyre signed a one-year, $2 million contract to remain with the Phillies. ... The World Series champion Phillies will host the Braves in Major League Baseball's 2009 opener on April 5. The Sunday night game, originally scheduled for the next day, will be broadcast on ESPN2.
Evan Longoria won the American League Rookie of the Year award by unanimous vote, and Geovany Soto ran away with the NL honor. After a season of breakthroughs for the AL champion Rays, Longoria became the first Tampa Bay player to win a national award from the Baseball Writers' Association of America. The power-hitting third baseman received all 28 first-place votes, becoming the AL's first unanimous rookie winner since Nomar Garciaparra in 1997. Soto, the steady catcher who helped the Chicago Cubs win the NL Central title, got 31 of 32 first-place votes. The other went to the Cincinnati Reds' Joey Votto. Called up from the minors in April, Longoria batted .272 with 27 homers and 85 RBIs despite missing five weeks after breaking his right wrist Aug. 7. Soto hit .285 with 23 homers, 35 doubles and 86 RBIs. He became the first catcher to win Rookie of the Year in either league since Mike Piazza of the Los Angeles Dodgers in 1993.
No. 8 Duke rolls, 80-49, in men's season opener
Kyle Singler scored 12 of his 19 points during the decisive first half, and No. 8 Duke opened its season by routing visiting Presbyterian, 80-49, in the first round of the 2K Sports Classic. Singler added 10 rebounds and Nolan Smith scored 15 points for the Blue Devils (1-0), who used two dominating spurts to overwhelm the cold-shooting Blue Hose, win their 60th straight nonconference game at Cameron Indoor Stadium and improve to 27-2 in home openers under coach Mike Krzyzewski. Lance Thomas and Jon Scheyer added 12 points apiece for Duke, which faces Georgia Southern tonight with a semifinal berth at Madison Square Garden in New York on the line.
More college basketball: : Freshman point guard Daniel West has been ruled academically ineligible to play for 14th-ranked Tennessee this season. West was expected to share time at the point with junior college transfer Bobby Maze and J.P. Prince.
College football: : Kickoff for Maryland's home game vs. Florida State on Nov. 22 has been set for 7:45 p.m. with the contest being telecast nationally on ESPN. ... Witnesses said a man and his former wife were shot to death over an argument about the Alabama-LSU football game, though a spokesman for the slain man's family disputed that. Dennis James Smith, 41, and Donna Kaye Hall Smith, 39, were shot to death about 7 p.m. Saturday in the rural community of Owassa in southern Alabama, the Conecuh County sheriff's office said. Michael W. Williams, 28, was charged with two counts of murder in the shooting at his home, where he and others had watched the game.
Hockey: : Olie Kolzig got a warm welcome from the crowd in his return to Washington. His former teammates weren't so accommodating. Tom Poti, Mike Green and Eric Fehr scored in the first period, Alex Ovechkin added his first goal in 10 games and the host Washington Capitals beat Kolzig and the Tampa Bay Lightning, 4-2. "Olie the Goalie" spent 16 seasons with the Capitals but signed with Tampa Bay as a free agent after last season. ... Montreal Canadiens forward Tom Kostopoulos was suspended for three games without pay by the NHL for his check on Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Mike Van Ryn. ... Igor Larionov -who starred for Soviet Union national teams that won two Olympic gold medals and went on to win three Stanley Cups with the Detroit Red Wings, Edmonton Oilers - forward Glenn Anderson, linesman Ray Scapinello, and late junior hockey builder Ed Chynoweth were inducted into the Hall of Fame.
Boxing: : Evander Holyfield, who said he plans to retire by the end of 2009, will meet the 7-foot Russian, Nikolai Valuev, for the World Boxing Association heavyweight title Dec. 20 in Zurich, Switzerland.
Tennis: : No. 9 Gilles Simon defeated second-ranked Roger Federer, 4-6, 6-4, 6-3, at the Masters Cup in Shanghai, China, in the Swiss star's first match since a sore back forced him out of his last tournament. Later, Andy Murray of Britain beat Andy Roddick of the United States, 6-4, 1-6, 6-1, in the other Red group match. ... Top-ranked Rafael Nadal will miss Spain's Davis Cup final against Argentina on Nov. 21-23 because of a knee injury.
Auto racing: : Two-time Indianapolis 500 winner Helio Castroneves will stand trial March 2 in Miami federal court on tax evasion charges. Prosecutors say Castroneves and the others tried to hide $5.5 million in income from the IRS.
Golf: : Sergio Garcia won the rain-delayed HSBC Champions in Shanghai, China, to take the No. 2 spot in the world rankings behind Tiger Woods, beating Oliver Wilson with a birdie on the second hole of a playoff.