Yankees, Burnett agree to five-year contract



The New York Yankees reeled in another pitcher with a rich offer, reaching agreement with free agent A.J. Burnett on a five-year, $82.5 million contract yesterday. Left-handed ace CC Sabathia and the Yankees made a deal for seven years and $161 million Wednesday during the winter meetings in Las Vegas. After missing the playoffs after a 13-year run, the Yankees again showed they were more than willing to shell out big bucks for pitching. Burnett's agreement was confirmed by the office of his agent, Darek Braunecker. The pitcher still needs to take a physical before the deal is completed. Burnett, a Monkton resident, joins a rotation that includes Chien-Ming Wang and Joba Chamberlain. New York is hoping to re-sign Andy Pettitte. Burnett, a right-hander, 31, was 18-10 with a 4.07 ERA for the Toronto Blue Jays this past season.

Phillies: : The team reached a preliminary agreement with outfielder Raul Ibanez on a three-year, $31.5 million contract. The agreement is subject to Ibanez passing a physical, two people familiar with the negotiations told the Associated Press on the condition of anonymity because the contract wasn't yet finalized. Ibanez, 36, who will take over in left field for free agent Pat Burrell, batted .293 last season for the Mariners with 23 homers and 110 RBIs.


Blue Jays: : The team signed former All-Star right-hander Matt Clement, 34, to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training. He went 13-6 with a 4.57 ERA in 2005 with the Red Sox. Clement has not pitched in the majors since 2006 because of shoulder problems.

Nationals: : Outfielder Willie Harris, a former Oriole, agreed to a two-year, $3 million deal. Washington also said it did not tender a 2009 contract to right-hander Tim Redding, the only pitcher to win 10 games for the team last season. The Nationals tendered contracts to four arbitration-eligible players: third baseman Ryan Zimmerman, outfielder Josh Willingham, left-handed pitcher Scott Olsen and right-handed pitcher Shawn Hill.

Et cetera: : The Mets traded left-hander Scott Schoeneweis to the Diamondbacks. New York agreed to pay $1.6 million of Schoeneweis' $3.6 million salary for 2009 and acquired right-hander Connor Robertson from Arizona. ... Free-agent infielder Felipe Lopez signed a one-year contract with the Diamondbacks for $3.5 million. ... The White Sox agreed to a four-year, $10 million contract with Cuban infielder Dayan Viciedo, 19. ... The Rays decided against offering Jonny Gomes a contract for next season, making the outfielder a free agent. ... Right-hander Chad Gaudin agreed to a one-year, $2 million contract with the Cubs, and left-hander Neal Cotts accepted a one-year, $1.1 million deal. ... The Reds strengthened their bullpen by agreeing to a two-year, $4 million contract with left-hander Arthur Rhodes, 39, a former Oriole. ... Utility infielder Ramon Vazquez signed a two-year, $4 million contract with the Pirates. ... Former Yankees All-Star center fielder Bernie Williams, 40, is expected to play winter baseball in his native Puerto Rico.

Army dismisses Brock as coach after 2 seasons

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Army coach Stan Brock was fired, six days after the Black Knights were soundly beaten by rival Navy. The Black Knights lost, 34-0, to the Midshipmen, ending a trying season that included a 30-3 defeat to Rutgers. Brock was 3-9 in each of his two seasons. Brock, a former NFL offensive lineman, was Army's offensive line coach for three years before replacing former Maryland coach Bobby Ross in early 2007.

Syracuse: : New Orleans Saints offensive coordinator Doug Marrone was hired as coach, returning to the school for which he played in the mid-1980s to try to rebuild a program that hasn't had a winning season since 2001. Marrone will succeed Greg Robinson, who was fired last month after going 10-37 in four seasons.

Et cetera: : Former Tennessee coach Phillip Fulmer chose not to accept a position as a special assistant to university president John Petersen. ... Bowling Green hired former Tennessee offensive coordinator Dave Clawson as its coach.


Giants' Jacobs to sit vs. Cowboys with injury


Running back Brandon Jacobs will miss the New York Giants' game against the Dallas Cowboys tomorrow night because of a knee injury. Jacobs aggravated his left knee injury in Sunday's loss to the Philadelphia Eagles and did not practice this week. He leads the Giants with 1,002 rushing yards and 12 touchdowns. He will be replaced in the starting lineup by Derrick Ward.

Et cetera: : Redskins right tackle Jon Jansen (knee) and rookie safety Chris Horton (shoulder) were listed as doubtful against the Bengals after not practicing. ... Vikings quarterback Gus Frerotte is doubtful against the Cardinals with a lower back injury, which means backup Tarvaris Jackson likely will start. ... Bills backup quarterback J.P. Losman will likely make his second straight start for injured starter Trent Edwards (groin) against the Jets. ... Seahawks offensive tackle Walter Jones will miss the final three games after knee surgery.

With Web site producer in uniform, Caps prevail

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Inspired by the return of forward Sergei Fedorov (ankle) and Mike Green (shoulder) from injuries - or perhaps by the presence of a 6-foot-7 Web site producer sitting on the bench as an emergency backup goalie - the host Washington Capitals won, 5-1, over the Ottawa Senators. Alexander Semin, Brooks Laich and Green all scored for the first time this month, Alex Ovechkin picked up his 16th and 17th goals of the season, and Brent Johnson made 32 saves for the Capitals. But no scenario was stranger than the series of events that led to the lanky Brett Leonhardt sitting on the bench in uniform during the first 10 minutes or so. Leonhardt, a Division III goalie in college and a Capitals Web site employee for about a year, signed an amateur tryout contract before the game after backup Jose Theodore injured a hip flexor during the morning shoot-around. Leonhardt's brief career ended when Simeon Varlamov, recalled from American Hockey League affiliate Hershey, arrived during the first period.

Golf: : LPGA star Annika Sorenstam shot a 6-under-par 66 that gave her a one-stroke lead after the second round of the Dubai Ladies Masters in the United Arab Emirates, her last golf tournament before retiring. Sorenstam was at 8-under 136, one shot ahead of Nikki Garrett of Australia.

More golf: : Max Elbin, the longtime head pro at Burning Tree who was president of the PGA of America when tournament players broke away to form the PGA Tour, died of heart failure. He was 88. Elbin played and taught six U.S. presidents at Burning Tree, the private club outside Washington where presidents and congressmen play.

Women's college basketball:: Courtney Paris scored 17 points to help No. 5 Oklahoma (7-2) win, 105-84, over Cal State Bakersfield (4-5) in the Basketball By The Bay Classic in San Jose, Calif. ... Brittany Mallory, a sophomore guard for No. 8 Notre Dame, is out for the season after tearing a ligament in her left knee in a game this week.

Horse racing:: The Breeders' Cup will slash $4.5 million in co-funding of stakes races at North American tracks in 2009 because of the economic downtown.