Jason Bay and the Mets ended an unproductive relationship after three seasons when they agreed Wednesday to terminate the outfielder’s contract with one guaranteed season remaining. The deal makes the 34-year-old former Red Sox outfielder a free agent and allows the team to spread out the remaining $21 million it owes him. After signing a $66 million, four-year deal before the 2010 season, the three-time All-Star hit .234 in three injury-plagued seasons with 26 homers and 124 RBIs, including a .165 average with eight homers and 20 RBIs this year . . . Free agent slugger Delmon Young pleaded guilty to aggravated harassment for shouting an anti-Semitic slur and tackling a man to the ground outside a New York City hotel last spring. He was ordered to complete 10 days of community service . . . Mark McGwire was hired as hitting coach for the Dodgers, the position in which he spent the past three seasons with the Cardinals. Former Sox infielder John Valentin was named assistant hitting coach . . . A judge sentenced former Yankees pitching prospect Brien Taylor to 38 months in prison after pleading guilty in August to distributing crack cocaine. Taylor, 40, was the No. 1 pick in the 1991 draft who never made the majors.
Weiss is named new Rockies manager
Colorado hired Walt Weiss as manager. Weiss, 48, is a former All-Star shortstop who spent the last seven seasons of a 14-year career with the Rockies . . . For the first time, the Baseball Writers Association of America announced finalists for its awards, and Triple Crown winner Miguel Cabrera is one of five finalists for AL MVP. He is joined by Rangers Adrian Beltre and Josh Hamilton, Yankee Robinson Cano, and Angels rookie Mike Trout, who is a nominee for AL Rookie of the Year. The winners will be announced next week. Milwaukee’s Ryan Braun has a chance to repeat as NL MVP. He’s pitted against San Diego’s Chase Headley, Pittsburgh’s Andrew McCutchen, St. Louis’s Yadier Molina, and San Francisco’s Buster Posey . . . Baseball is considering a change to its rule allowing active rosters to expand from 25 to 40 from Sept. 1 through the end of the regular season, and also an exapnsion of video review for umpires.
Pacers’ Granger to miss three months
The Pacers announced that forward Danny Granger is expected to miss up to three months after receiving an injection in his left knee to treat patellar tendinosis. The one-time All-Star was Indiana’s top scorer last season (18.7 points). Granger hurt the knee during May’s playoff run. In September, Granger said he underwent blood-platelet treatment, what he said is a painful experience that can take months to heal . . . Cavaliers rookie Tyler Zeller is returning to Cleveland for further evaluation after sustaining a concussion and broken cheekbone after being elbowed by Clippers center DeAndre Jordan on Monday.
Legendary Texas coach Royal, 88, dies
Darrell Royal, who turned Texas into a national power, died early Wednesday at age 88 of complications from cardiovascular disease, school spokesman Bill Little said. Royal won two national championships and a share of a third with the Longhorns, and changed the football landscape in 1968 with the development of the wishbone . . . Former Penn State president Graham Spanier was arraigned and released on bail at a brief court appearance on charges he lied about and concealed child sex abuse allegations involving Jerry Sandusky. He didn’t enter a plea . . . Southern Miss leading rusher Desmond Johnson and starting quarterback Arsenio Favor are suspended for the game against SMU on Saturday for violations of team rules . . . UNH sophomore back Nico Steriti and Middlebury junior quarterback McCallum Foote of Newton received this week’s Gridiron Club of Greater Boston Gold Helmet Awards from the New England Football Writers . . . Texas Tech’s athletic director said the NCAA accepted the self-imposed penalties after former basketball coach Billy Gillispie exceeded limits on practice time last fall.
Djokovic tops Murray in ATP event
Novak Djokovic held off Andy Murray, 4-6, 6-3, 7-5, at the ATP Championships in London. Tomas Berdych beat Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, 7-5, 3-6, 6-1. All four players are still alive in the tournament. The ATP said its season-ending finals will stay in London for an extra two years to 2015 . . . The visiting Houston Dynamo advanced to the MLS Eastern Conference finals on a 2-1 aggregate-goal result, despite falling, 1-0. The second leg of the Eastern Conference semifinals between D.C. United and the New York Red Bulls was postponed by snow. The match was rescheduled for Thursday at 7:30 p.m . . . A Nashville judge signed off on a deal between two-time Olympic gold medalist snowboarder Shaun White and prosecutors to settle public intoxication and vandalism charges . . . The International Olympic Committee stripped a London Games bronze medal from Uzbekistani wrestler Soslan Tigiev because of a doping violation . . . Carmen Basilio, who wrested the world middleweight boxing crown from Sugar Ray Robinson in 1957 and lost an equally epic, razor-edge rematch six months later, died Wednesday in Rochester, N.Y. He was 85. Obituary, B14 . . . Lindsey Vonn will skip the first World Cup slalom of the season in Finland this weekend, choosing instead to prepare for home races in Colorado.