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Adam Jones, Orioles agree to $85m contract

May 27, 2012
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The Orioles and center fielder Adam Jones agreed Saturday to an $85.5 million, six-year contract through 2018, a person familiar with the negotiations said, the largest deal in Orioles’ history. Jones, 26, working on a $6.15 million, one-year contract, had been eligible for arbitration next winter and for free agency after the 2013 season. Jones’s new deal includes a no-trade provision and tops the contracts of Miguel Tejada ($72 million) and Nick Markakis ($66.1 million). It is the second-highest for a center fielder, trailing Matt Kemp’s $160 million, eight-year deal with the Dodgers . . . The Diamondbacks signed catcher Miguel Montero to a $60 million, five-year contract that begins next season . . . Indians manager Manny Acta said catcher Carlos Santana is likely headed to the seven-day concussion list with a “mild concussion’’ suffered on a foul tip Friday against the White Sox. Cleveland shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera is day to day because of tightness in his left hamstring . . . The Braves placed Chipper Jones on the 15-day disabled list with a bruised left leg and recalled catcher J.C. Boscan from Triple A Gwinnett . . . Lefthander Francisco Liriano, demoted to the bullpen May 9 after going 0-5 with a 9.45 ERA in six starts, will start Wednesday against Oakland . . . The Cardinals optioned righthander Fernando Salas, their closer for much of last season, to Triple A Memphis and recalled righthander Chuckie Fick.

Tennis

Schiavone captures Strasbourg crown

Francesca Schiavone beat Alize Cornet, 6-4, 6-4, in the Strasbourg (France) International final to win her first title of the year and fifth of her career. Schiavone did not drop a set in the tournament, giving her a boost as she heads to Roland Garros, where she was runner-up last year . . . In another French Open warm-up, third-ranked Agnieszka Radwanska beat Simona Halep, 7-5, 6-0, to win the Belgian Open in Brussels . . . Janko Tipsarevic defeated Tomas Berdych, 7-5, 7-6 (10-8), and Viktor Troicki rallied past Radek Stepanek, 2-6, 6-4, 6-3, to lead Serbia over the Czech Republic in the final of the World Team Cup in Duesseldorf, Germany.

Basketball

Ajavon, Langhorne lead way for Mystic

Matee Ajavon scored 19 points and Crystal Langhorne added 15 points and 10 rebounds to help the host Washington Mystics fend off the Tulsa Shock, 64-61, in WNBA play. Ivory Latta scored 16 points for Tulsa . . . Candace Parker had 27 points, 11 rebounds and 4 blocked shots to lead the Los Angeles Sparks to a 99-88 win over the host Phoenix Mercury. Candice Dupree had 24 points for Phoenix . . . Former Indiana University coach and player Lou Watson, 88, died Thursday in Fairfax, Va. Watson played for the Hoosiers from 1947-50, and was first-team All-Big Ten in 1950. He was coach from 1966-71, guiding the Hoosiers to a Big Ten co-championship in 1967, and became a special assistant to the athletic director in 1971, when Indiana hired Bob Knight as coach.

Auto racing

Webber has pole for Monaco Grand Prix

Michael Schumacher posted the fastest time in qualifying at the Monaco Grand Prix, but his previous grid penalty means he’ll start sixth and Mark Webber will start Sunday’s race in the pole position . . . American driver Conor Daly walked away unharmed from a spectacular crash during a GP3 series race in Monaco. Daly, 20, was coming out of a tunnel near Monaco’s harbor when he hit the back of Russian driver Dmitry Suranovic. Daly’s car was almost vertical as it slid before hitting the top of the catch fencing on the left. It skidded into the barriers on the other side . . . Defending world rally champion Sebastien Loeb of France has the overall lead in the Acropolis Rally in Athens heading into the final day.

Miscellany

Needham’s Raisman takes title again

Alexandra Raisman of Needham won her second straight all-around gymnastics title at the US Classic in Chicago, while Olympic champion Nastia Liukin tied for third on balance beam, her first competition since 2009. Also, 2005 world champion Chellsie Memmel’s petition to compete in the national championships was rejected after she fell twice on balance beam . . . Junior Dos Santos flattened Frank Mir with a right hand and finished him in the second round, defending his heavyweight title at UFC 146 in Las Vegas. Ex-heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez stopped Antonio “Bigfoot’’ Silva in the first round, and Roy Nelson, Stipe Miocic, and Stefan Struve also won on a card with five heavyweight fights, a first in UFC history . . . Carl Froch (29-2) stopped Lucian Bute (30-1) in the fifth round in his hometown of Nottingham, England, to claim the IBF super-middleweight title . . . Hoping to renew his rivalry with Michael Phelps at the Olympics, Milorad Cavic marked his return to form after back surgery by winning the 100-meter butterfly at the European swimming championships in Debrecen, Hungary. Olympic champion and world record-holder Federica Pellegrini of Italy won the 200 freestyle . . . Cyclist Thomas De Gendt won the 20th stage of the Giro d’Italia in Passo Dello Stelvio, Italy, and Joaquin Rodriguez retained the overall lead . . . Dave Zabriskie won his seventh national time trials title and second straight at the USA Cycling Pro Championship in Greenville, S.C.

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