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Yankees showed Tanaka most love and money

TOKYO -- Masahiro Tanaka chose to play for the New York Yankees because they appreciated him the most among the many major league teams chasing the prized signature of the star Japanese pitcher.

"They gave me the highest evaluation and are a world-famous team." Tanaka said Thursday after agreeing to a $155-million, seven-year deal with the Yankees.

Tanaka said he was "relieved" the deal was done and looked forward to standing on the mound at Yankee Stadium.

Asked what his goal will be, Tanaka's response was direct: "To become world champions."

His agreement was front-page news in New York, where the Daily News devoted the top half of its front page to a photograph of Tanaka's pop star wife Mai Satoda in a bikini with the headline: "Yanks score a Ta-knockout."

The Arizona Diamondbacks, Chicago Cubs and White Sox, the Los Angeles Dodgers and Houston Astros all said they were among the failed bidders.

 

No logos for Maddux, La Russa

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. -- Greg Maddux and Tony La Russa will not have logos on their Hall of Fame plaques.

The decision was announced Thursday by the Hall, which said Joe Torre's plaque will have the logo of the New York Yankees.

Plaques for Tom Glavine and Bobby Cox will have Atlanta Braves logos, and Frank Thomas' will have the logo of the Chicago White Sox.

The six will be inducted during ceremonies on July 27.

Of the 300 previous Hall members, 86 have caps with logos and 42 don't have caps.

Hall president Jeff Idelson said a logo makes sense for those "whose most compelling contributions clearly took place with one team" and not having a team logo is "equally acceptable" for those whose careers were built significantly among multiple teams.

 

Reporter charged with felony

VANCOUVER -- A freelance reporter from B.C. has been formally charged with a felony in Washington state over allegations she threatened to kill her hockey player boyfriend.

Court documents say 25-year-old Kelowna resident Tieja MacLaughlin, who was arrested in Kennewick, Wash., last Saturday, has been charged with felony harassment, which includes a domestic violence allegation.

Police have said MacLaughlin had been dating Tri-City Americans player Jackson Playfair, who called police Friday night to report harassment.

A clerk at the Benton and Franklin Counties Superior Court says MacLaughlin is still in custody, with bail set at $50,000, and she is due to make a court appearance today.

 

Taylor's killer get 57 years

MIAMI -- The man who prosecutors say fired the shot that killed Washington Redskins star Sean Taylor during a botched 2007 burglary was sentenced Thursday to more than 57 years in state prison.

Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Dennis Murphy imposed the sentence on Eric Rivera, 23, one of five Fort Myers-area men charged with Taylor's death after they broke into his house looking to steal cash. One has pleaded guilty and three others are still awaiting trial.

Rivera confessed to police on videotape he shot Taylor after the NFL player confronted them at his bedroom door with a machete. In the confession, Rivera also said the group didn't realize Taylor would be home with a knee injury instead of playing a Redskins game against Tampa Bay.

"He lost his life defending and protecting his family," said Assistant State Attorney Reid Rubin in a closing statement. "They kicked the door in and they shot him and killed him, for no good reason."

 

Tiger off to slow start

SAN DIEGO -- The best score belonged to Stewart Cink. The best round belonged to Pat Perez. Tiger Woods didn't come close to claiming either Thursday in the Farmers Insurance Open, where the seven-time champion failed to break par in the opening round for the first time in his career.

Cink ran off three straight birdies late in his round on the easier North Course at Torrey Pines for an 8-under 64. That gave him a one-shot lead over Gary Woodland, who also was on the North, which is more than 600 yards shorter.

Perez was on the South Course, host of the 2008 U.S. Open and with greens so firm this year that it felt like a major. Perez had a 67, the best score on the South by two shots, and even more astounding is he played bogey-free.

The South played nearly four shots harder than the North.

Woods, making his 2014 debut, failed to birdie any of the par 5s and had to settle for a 72.

"Even par is not too bad, but I didn't play the par 5s worth a darn today," Woods said. "Obviously, that's (tantamount) to try to get any kind of scoring on the South Course. You've got to take care of the par 5s because there's not a lot of holes you can make birdie here. Subsequently, I didn't finish under par."

 

-- from the news services

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition January 24, 2014 0

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