Reports: $120m extension for Andrus
The Rangers and shortstop Elvis Andrus agreed to an eight-year extension worth $120 million, according to several media reports. The All-Star is due to make $4.8 million this season and $6.48 million in 2014 before the new eight-year deal begins. The extension gives Andrus the option of opting out after four years and includes an unspecified vesting option for a ninth season. The 24-year-old, already in his fifth major league season, could earn more than $131 million over 10 seasons. The new deal includes a vesting option for 2023 and a chance for Andrus to opt out and become a free agent after the 2018 season when he will be 30. With the extension, the Rangers now have key infield pieces locked up for several years. Second baseman Ian Kinsler and third baseman Adrian Beltre are under the club’s control through 2016. Kinsler signed a five-year, $75 million contract extension last April . . . Nationals manager Davey Johnson indicated he may not retire at the end of the season. The Nationals announced Nov. 10 that this would be Johnson’s last year as their manager and that he'll move into a role as a consultant to the club in 2014. ‘‘I don’t know what lies in store for me. I have no idea,’’ said Johnson. At 70, he is the oldest skipper in the majors and was the NL Manager of the Year last season . . . Bob Turley, the 1958 Cy Young Award winner and World Series MVP for the Yankees, died Saturday in hospice care in Atlanta. He was 82. Obituary, B12.
Pacquiao, Marquez may meet again
Promoter Bob Arum said he is trying to put together a fifth fight between Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez and shopping it to casinos in Macau and Singapore. Marquez (55-6-1) knocked out Pacquiao (54-4-2) in the sixth round in December, flattening the Filipino fighter with a right hand that left him face down on the canvas for two minutes. It was the first win for Marquez in four fights between the rivals.
Sabres deal Regehr to Kings for picks
Veteran defenseman Robyn Regehr dropped his no-trade clause to allow the Sabres to deal him to the Kings. In exchange, the Sabres acquired second-round picks in 2014 and 2015. The move was completed with the trading deadline approaching on Wednesday afternoon . . . . . . The Sharks dealt center Michal Handzus to the Blackhawks for a fourth-round draft pick. Handzus, 36, had one goal and one assist in 28 games. His biggest contributions came in shootouts, where he converted three of seven chances . . . The Flyers acquired forward Jay Rosehill from the Ducks for forward Harry Zolnierczyk. The Edmonton Oilers signed defenseman Ladislav Smid to a four-year, $14 million extension.
Tulsa is headed to the old Big East
A person familiar with the decision said Tulsa is expected to announce Tuesday that it will join the Big East football schools in the soon-to-be renamed league in 2014. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because an announcement had not been made. With the addition of Tulane, East Carolina, and now Tulsa, the conference will have 12 members in 2015 when Navy joins for football only. Tulsa follows a steady stream of ex-Conference USA teams headed to the league — including regional rivals Houston and SMU. Also, C-USA announced that Western Kentucky and new football coach Bobby Petrino will join the league, leaving the Sunbelt Conference . . . University of Denver hockey coach George Gwozdecky is leaving the program he led to two NCAA championships during his 19-year tenure. Although Gwozdecky was 443-267-64 at Denver, the Pioneers finished 20-14-5 this season, losing in the first round of the NCAA Tournament for the fifth time in the last six seasons.
Chelsea knocks off United in FA Cup
Demba Ba sent Chelsea into the FA Cup semifinals with a 1-0 victory over Manchester United in London. The quarterfinal match was decided four minutes into the second half when Ba hooked the ball over goalkeeper David De Gea to set up a Wembley Stadium meeting with Manchester City. Juan Mata lobbed a pass over the United defense and Ba raced past Rio Ferdinand and hooked a volley over De Gea while almost sideways in the air . . . Pistons forward Jason Maxiell will miss the rest of the season after surgery to repair a detached retina. Maxiell began complaining of blurry vision last week and didn’t travel with the team for Sunday’s loss at Chicago. He stayed home in Detroit to visit a specialist, who diagnosed the injury . . . Breeders’ Cup Juvenile winner Shanghai Bobby won’t run in next month’s Kentucky Derby because his energy level isn’t where trainer Todd Pletcher thinks it should be. The colt finished fifth in the Florida Derby on Saturday, and he appeared to come out of the race in good shape. But Pletcher said Shanghai Bobby will be given time off to fully recover from last year’s campaign, when the colt was undefeated as a 2-year-old.