Horse racingZenyatta won Horse of the Year at the Eclipse Awards in Miami Beach last night, besting Blame, the only horse to beat her on the track. Zenyatta lost her final race to Blame in the Breeders’ Cup Classic last November. She was runner-up for the top award in 2008 and ’09. Other winners included Todd Pletcher as outstanding trainer, Ramon Dominguez as outstanding jockey, WinStar Farm as outstanding owner, and Adena Springs as outstanding breeder.
BaseballRays give Upton a raise to $4.8 million B.J. Upton went to salary arbitration last year and lost. He won’t have to go through the process again this year, agreeing to a one-year contract with the Rays worth $4.8 million. It’s a raise of $1.8 million from last season, when Upton batted .237 with 18 home runs, and had 42 stolen bases. He’ll be counted on to stabilize a Tampa Bay lineup that has lost Carl Crawford, Carlos Pena, and Jason Bartlett this offseason . . . NL MVP Joey Votto said his new three-year contract, worth $38 million, was about avoiding arbitration as his young career continues and not about getting to free agency quicker. “I can’t imagine playing for another team right now,’’ he said . . . Among other players who bypassed arbitration with deals were Rockies righthander Matt Lindstrom (two years, $6.6 million), Marlins righthander Leo Nunez (one year, $3.65 million), Nationals lefthander John Lannan (one year, $2.75 million), Indians shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera (one year, $2.025 million), and Royals righthander Robinson Tejeda (one year, $1.55 million). Teams and players swap proposed arbitration figures today . . . According to MLB.com, the Mets and righthander Chris Young have agreed to terms, with the unspecified deal pending a physical . . . The Cubs have agreed to trade lefthander Tom Gorzelanny to the Nationals for prospects, a person familiar with the deal told the Associated Press . . . Reliever Jon Rauch and the Blue Jays agreed to a one-year contract worth $3.75 million.
BasketballNets coach says trade not imminent New Jersey Nets coach Avery Johnson said he hasn’t been told of any potential meeting with trade target Carmelo Anthony but wants to be a part of it if one does happen. Reports surfaced Sunday that the Denver Nuggets gave New Jersey permission to talk with Anthony to persuade him to accept a three-year, $65 million extension, which could pave the way for a three-team deal. Anthony said Sunday night he didn’t want to talk to any potential trade suitors. Johnson said reports of the Nets’ imminent overhaul were inaccurate. “You’ll see the same team again on Wednesday,’’ he said . . . Portland Trail Blazers guard Brandon Roy had arthroscopic surgery on both of his knees. There is no timetable for his return . . . Ohio State supplanted Duke as the No. 1 team in the men’s AP poll. The 18-0 Buckeyes last topped the poll in the 2006-07 season. Duke dropped to fourth after its first loss, while No. 2 Kansas and No. 3 Syracuse each rose one spot . . . Baylor and Connecticut remained Nos. 1 and 2 in the women’s AP poll.
College footballAuburn loses another star to draft Auburn receiver Darvin Adams is skipping his senior season to enter the NFL draft. Adams led the BCS national champions in receiving the past two seasons, catching 52 passes for 963 yards and seven touchdowns as a junior. Quarterback Cam Newton and defensive tackle Nick Fairley are also leaving Auburn early . . . Quarterback Denard Robinson acknowledged he thought about transferring when Michigan fired coach Rich Rodriguez, but decided to stay after talking to his family and his high school coach, Art Taylor, who said “every school’’ wanted Robinson to leave and he had heard from 10 to 15 coaches within a day of Brady Hoke’s hiring.
SoccerRevolution waive defender Osei The Revolution continued to make changes on their back line by waiving defender Emmanuel Osei. The Ghana native started 41 games over the last two seasons. The Revolution last week signed French defender Didier Domi and drafted Akron central defender A.J. Soares sixth overall . . . Forward Kenny Cooper is returning to MLS after signing with the expansion Portland Timbers. Cooper played for FC Dallas from 2006-09 before playing in Europe.
MiscellanyLove, Olazabal will be Ryder captains Two officials involved with the selection process confirmed to the AP that Davis Love will be the US captain for the 2012 Ryder Cup. An official announcement will be made Thursday. Jose Maria Olazabal is expected to be appointed Europe’s captain today . . . Florida Panthers defenseman Bryan McCabe is out 4-6 weeks as he recovers from a broken jaw . . . Olympic gymnastics gold medalist Paul Hamm plans to have surgery this week to repair a torn labrum in his right shoulder . . . UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez had surgery on his torn left rotator cuff and will likely be out until September . . . NASCAR is considering scrapping the points system it has used since 1975 in favor of a simpler method that awards points per finishing position.
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