Ex-Oriole Cabrera signs 1-year deal with Nats
Daniel Cabrera is no longer an Oriole, but he's not leaving the area. Cabrera, who wasn't tendered a contract by the Orioles last week, has signed a one-year, $2.6 million deal with the Washington Nationals, pending a physical, according to an industry source. The Orioles would probably have had to pay him between $3 million and $4 million in 2009 had they offered him arbitration. Cabrera, 27, has spent his entire career in the Orioles' organization. He was 8-10 with a 5.25 ERA last season and is 48-59 with a 5.05 ERA in five big league seasons. Cabrera pitched in the 2006 World Baseball Classic for the Dominican Republic team that was managed by Nationals skipper Manny Acta.
Obituary:: Dock Ellis, who infamously claimed he pitched a no-hitter for the Pirates under the influence of LSD and later fiercely spoke out against drug and alcohol addiction, died Friday. He was 63. His wife, Hjordis, said he died at the USC Medical Center in Los Angeles. "He's been struggling for about a year with the end stages of liver disease," she said. Ellis' death was first reported by ESPN.com.
Valuev beats Holyfield by majority decision
Nikolai Valuev ended any hope of Evander Holyfield winning a fifth heavyweight title, narrowly defending his World Boxing Association title by majority decision yesterday in Zurich, Switzerland. Holyfield, 46, started the fight brightly, moving around the ring to neutralize Valuev's long reach advantage. The 7-foot Russian (51-1), the tallest and heaviest champion ever, struggled to close down Holyfield but began asserting his jab as the fight wore on. One judged scored the bout a draw, while the others had Valuev winning 116-112 and 115-114. Holyfield (42-10-2) was attempting to become the oldest heavyweight champion. He had not fought since losing a one-sided decision to then-World Boxing Organization champion Sultan Ibragimov more than a year ago.
After getting burned by Gene Chizik, Iowa State turned to Iowa native and former Cyclones assistant Paul Rhoads to revive a program that went 2-10 this season and didn't win a Big 12 game. Iowa State hired Rhoads away from Auburn, which lured Chizik from Iowa State earlier in the week. Rhoads has never been a head coach. He spent this season as the Tigers' defensive coordinator after having the same role for Pittsburgh from 2000 to 2007. He was an assistant with the Cyclones under Dan McCarney from 1995 to 1999. Iowa State said Rhoads agreed to a five-year deal worth $5.75 million in guaranteed compensation. Chizik was introduced as Auburn's head coach Monday, after Iowa State athletic director Jamie Pollard said Chizik twice told him he would turn the Tigers down to remain the Cyclones' coach.
Virginia Tech: : The Hokies could be without three starters when they play Cincinnati in the Orange Bowl on New Year's Day. Coach Frank Beamer said guard Nick Marshman is academically ineligible and two defensive starters are questionable with injuries. Defensive end Jason Worilds has a shoulder injury and linebacker Brett Warren has a torn anterior cruciate ligament in a knee.
Division III: : Greg Micheli threw two touchdown passes to Cecil Shorts as Mount Union (15-0) regained its spot atop the division, winning, 31-26, over defending champion Wisconsin-Whitewater (13-2) in the Stagg Bowl in Salem, Va., for the national title. The Purple Raiders won their 10th Division III championship.
NAIA: : Lorenzo Brown threw a touchdown pass and ran for 129 yards as the University of Sioux Falls (14-0) won, 23-7, over Carroll College (13-1) to capture the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics championship in Rome, Ga. The title was the South Dakota school's third.
Flyers top Caps, 7-1, end their winning streak at 5
Scott Hartnell scored three goals, Jeff Carter added two and Antero Niittymaki stopped a season-high 47 shots as the host Philadelphia Flyers ended the Washington Capitals' five-game winning streak with a 7-1 victory. The Flyers are unbeaten in regulation in their past 11 home games (9-0-2). Brooks Laich scored for Washington, which had won seven of its previous eight games. Hartnell scored all of his goals in the third period.
More NHL:: David Krejci and Shawn Thornton scored third-period goals to lift the Boston Bruins to their 13th straight home victory, a 4-2 win over the Carolina Hurricanes. Bruins center Patrice Bergeron had to be helped off the ice after a collision in the second period. He appeared to have a head or neck injury.
Horse racing:: Queen of Song, ridden by Jeremy Rose, won by five lengths in 1 minute, 44.74 seconds in the $50,000 Maryland Juvenile Filly Championship over 1 1/16 miles at Laurel Park. Queen of Song paid $6. The daughter of Unbridled Song is trained by Mark Shuman. Queen of Song let Graceful Ginger and Call of a Lion set the tempo on the muddy main track before pulling away. Call of a Lion finished second, Graceful Ginger placed third and post-time favorite Prom Time was last in the field of four. It was a record third victory in the race for Rose, who also won in 2001 and 2006.
College basketball: :: Mississippi men's coach Andy Kennedy has filed a defamation-of-character lawsuit against the man who accused him of assault and a witness to the alleged incident, The Cincinnati Enquirer reported. The suit, filed Friday, seeks more than $25,000 from cabdriver Mohamed Moctar Ould Jiddou and Michael Strother, a valet who told police he witnessed the incident. The criminal complaint, filed Thursday after Kennedy and Mississippi basketball operations coordinator Bill Armstrong were arrested in Cincinnati, alleged that Kennedy assaulted Jiddou and "punched victim with a closed fist while shouting racial slurs." Kennedy was charged with misdemeanor assault; Armstrong was charged with disorderly conduct. Kennedy has denied the accusations.
More college basketball: :: Sarah Spalt (Fallston) had 28 points, 12 rebounds, 11 assists and seven steals to lead Harford Community College (2-7) to a 79-60 home win over the Community College of Philadelphia (7-4). Spalt, a 5-foot-11 freshman guard, was 11-for-13 from the field.
College volleyball: :: Megan Hodge had 16 kills and Penn State (38-0) ended its perfect season with a second straight NCAA women's championship, sweeping Stanford, 25-20, 26-24, 25-23, in Omaha, Neb. The Cardinal (31-4) lost in the final for a third year in a row.
Golf:: Anthony Kim matched the best score of the week with a 5-under-par 67, taking a one-shot lead after three rounds when Jim Furyk (70) found the water for double bogey on the 18th hole in the Chevron World Challenge in Thousand Oaks, Calif. Kim was at 8-under 208.