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Sabathia, Yankees agree to 7-year, $161M deal


CC Sabathia and the New York Yankees agreed yesterday on the framework for a seven-year, $161 million contract, the richest for a pitcher in baseball history. Sabathia has the right to opt out after three seasons and become a free agent again. He also gets a full no-trade clause. Sabathia will give the Yankees a new marquee star as they head into the new $1.3 billion Yankee Stadium. "It's all subject on the physical," Yankees co-chairman Hank Steinbrenner said. The amount is a record for a pitcher and is the fourth-highest ever in baseball. The Milwaukee Brewers acquired Sabathia from the Cleveland Indians in July, and he went 11-2 for the Brewers. Sabathia threw seven complete games and three shutouts in 17 starts. Overall, he was 17-10 with a 2.70 ERA and 251 strikeouts in 253 innings.

Mets:: Mariners closer J.J. Putz is headed to New York to be Francisco Rodriguez's setup man, major league sources told The three-way deal would also involve the Indians.

Et cetera:: Former Orioles player and manager Davey Johnson will manage the Americans in next year's World Baseball Classic. ... The Tigers acquired right-hander Edwin Jackson from the Rays for outfielder Matt Joyce.

Ex-Colt Richardson needs heart transplant


Carolina Panthers owner Jerry Richardson, who caught a touchdown pass from John Unitas to help the Colts win the 1959 NFL championship, is in need of a heart transplant and has been placed on a donor waiting list. Richardson, 72, has been hospitalized since last week after complaining he didn't feel well. Tests revealed the need for a transplant. Richardson has a history of heart trouble and underwent quadruple bypass surgery in 2002. Doctors last month installed a pacemaker to control his heart's rhythm. Richardson in 1993 became the first former NFL player since George Halas to become a team owner when the league awarded him an expansion franchise.

Redskins: : Running back Clinton Portis, who had a 10-minute meeting with Jim Zorn to discuss Portis' blistering comments about the coach made during a radio interview Tuesday, said he's "cool with everything" and that he has no plans to sever ties with Washington.

Et cetera: : Cowboys cornerback Adam Jones might miss the rest of the season because of what coach Wade Phillips described as a "herniated disc or two." ... Patriots quarterback Matt Cassel left the team to join his family in Southern California after the death of his father. Coach Bill Belichick said he didn't know when Cassel would rejoin the team or whether he would be able to start Sunday. ... The players association said it would "file a claim in the appropriate forum" after the Giants refused to pay suspended wide receiver Plaxico Burress a $1 million portion of a signing bonus from a contract signed in September.

Anthony ties record with 33 points in quarter


Carmelo Anthony (Towson Catholic) matched the NBA record for points in a quarter with 33 in the third and finished with a season-high 45 points in the host Denver Nuggets' 116-105 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves. Anthony broke the franchise record.

Other games:: LeBron James scored 29 points and the Cleveland Cavaliers cruised to their 10th consecutive victory, beating the host Philadelphia 76ers, 101-93. ... Manu Ginobili scored 27 points to help the host San Antonio Spurs beat the Atlanta Hawks, 95-89, for their fourth straight victory. ... Jason Kapono scored a season-high 25 points as the host Toronto Raptors ended a five-game skid with a 101-88 victory over the Indiana Pacers. ... Al Harrington scored a season-high 39 points, and the visiting New York Knicks rallied to beat the New Jersey Nets, 121-109. ... Rudy Gay (Archbishop Spalding) scored 22 points, and the visiting Grizzlies beat the Oklahoma City Thunder, 108-102, for their first winning streak of the season. ... Chris Paul had 15 points and 15 assists, and the host New Orleans Hornets won for the seventh time in eight games, 105-89, over the Bobcats.

Wizards: : The Hornets traded veteran guard Mike James to Washington in exchange for Antonio Daniels as part of a three-team deal that sent a future first-round draft pick from the Wizards to the Grizzlies. Memphis also dealt second-year guard Javaris Crittenton to Washington and sent a conditional second-round pick to New Orleans, while the Wizards waived guard Dee Brown.

Suns-Bobcats: : Phoenix traded Raja Bell and Boris Diaw to Charlotte as part of a deal that sent Jason Richardson to the Suns. Rookie point guard Sean Singletary also went to Charlotte, while the Suns got small forward Jared Dudley and a 2010 second-round draft pick.

Cavaliers: : Guard Daniel Gibson will miss two weeks with a sprained left big toe.

Tebow, Bradford, McCoy finalists for Heisman

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Florida quarterback Tim Tebow will go for his second Heisman Trophy against a pair of talented quarterbacks from the Big 12 when the award is handed out Saturday night. Sam Bradford from Oklahoma and Colt McCoy from Texas joined Tebow as Heisman finalists.

More college football:: Florida offensive coordinator Dan Mullen will coach Mississippi State.

NHL: : Capitals goalie Brent Johnson shut down the Eastern Conference's top offense, and Alex Ovechkin, Nicklas Backstrom and Alexandre Giroux scored, leading host Washington to a 3-1 victory over the Boston Bruins. ... Colorado Avalanche captain Joe Sakic, already sidelined by back problems, broke three fingers in a snowblower accident at his home and will be out at least three months.

Golf: : Corey Pavin has been selected as the next U.S. captain in the Ryder Cup, two officials with knowledge of the discussions told the AP.


Saints (7-6) @Bears (7-6)

TIME, TV: : 8:15, NFL Network

LINE: : Bears by 3

FANTASY FACTOR: : Saints QB Drew Brees has the fourth-highest quarterback ranking in the NFL at 96.2. ... Bears QB Kyle Orton was 20-for-34 for 219 yards and two touchdowns Sunday in a 23-10 victory over the Jaguars.

THE BUZZ: : A Bears loss and a Vikings win this weekend means the Vikings clinch the NFC North title.

THE BALTIMORE SUN'S PICKS (TO WIN, NOT AGAINST THE SPREAD): : Bears: Rick Maese, Ken Murray, Edward Lee, Peter Schmuck, David Steele. Saints: Jamison Hensley, Mike Preston.

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