Giants give Lincecum $35 million deal
Tim Lincecum is staying put with the San Francisco Giants just as he hoped, reaching an agreement Tuesday on a $35 million, two-year contract. Lincecum has a full no-trade clause in the new deal. General manager Brian Sabean said when the season ended that among his top priorities was bringing back the two-time NL Cy Young Award winner. The 29-year old is 89-70 with a 3.46 ERA over seven major league seasons . . . Mets righty Matt Harvey had Tommy John surgery performed on his right elbow by Dr. James Andrews and will miss the 2014 season. The 24-year-old Harvey, who learned of the injury in August, went 9-5 with a 2.27 ERA and 191 strikeouts this year . . . The Dodgers did not pick up bench coach Trey Hillman’s contract option. He had been bench coach for the past three seasons . . . The Reds stayed in-house for their next manager, giving pitching coach Bryan Price a three-year deal. The Reds fired Dusty Baker with a year left on his two-year deal after Cincinnati lost to the Pirates in the NL wild card playoff game. Price never has managed at any level . . . The Dodgers have agreed to a $28 million, four-year contract with Cuban prospect Alexander Guerrero. The 26-year-old infielder defected from earlier this year . . . The Minnesota Twins have added Hall of Famer Paul Molitor, who grew up in St. Paul and played three seasons with the team, to their coaching staff. Since 2005, Molitor has served as a minor league base running and infield coordinator for the organization and will serve in a similar capacity in the majors.
Bowl ban not part of Miami sanctions
More than 2½ years after former booster and convicted felon Nevin Shapiro contacted the NCAA from prison and began detailing his role in rampant rule-breaking by those involved with Miami’s football and men’s basketball programs, the Hurricanes got their final penalties. The most notable sanctions are the nine lost football scholarships over three years and one lost basketball scholarship in each of the next three seasons. A three-year probation and some recruiting restrictions are also part of the penance. But, Miami will be able to play in a bowl game this season. The Hurricanes had a self-imposed bowl ban the past two years . . . Missouri men’s basketball coach Frank Haith has been suspended for five games by the NCAA in conjunction with its investigation into Miami athletics and Haith’s relationship with Shapiro while he was coach of the Hurricanes . . . Louisville defensive line coach Clint Hurtt will remain on the Cardinals’ staff under a two-year show-cause penalty imposed by the NCAA for violations committed while a Miami assistant coach . . . Grambling president Frank Pogue said a nearly weeklong boycott by the football team has drawn awareness to the university’s financial struggles. He said the boycott drummed up interest from donors around the country . . . Sam Anas netted two goals to propel the No. 9 Quinnipiac men’s hockey team past visiting Bentley, 4-3.
Williams opens with win in Istanbul
Top-ranked and defending champion Serena Williams breezed past Angelique Kerber, 6-3, 6-1, to open her bid for a fourth WTA Championship title in Istanbul. Also, second-ranked Victoria Azarenka beat Sara Errani, 7-6 (7-4), 6-2, and Petra Kvitova, who had to withdraw during last year’s event because of injury, beat Agnieszka Radwanska, 6-4, 6-4 . . . Nicolas Almagro beat Pablo Andujar, 6-2, 6-3, to make a successful start to his bid for a third title at the Valencia Open in Spain . . . Second-seeded Tomas Berdych fell, 4-6, 7-6 (4), 7-6 (2), to Ivo Karlovic in the first round of the Swiss Indoors in Basel.
Oilers’ Hall (left knee) out four weeks
Edmonton Oilers forward Taylor Hall is expected to miss four weeks after injuring his left knee. Hall, the first overall pick in the 2010 draft, has three goals and five assists in nine games this season. He was hurt on an innocent-looking play in Edmonton’s 3-1 win at Ottawa Saturday . . . The Dallas Mavericks requested waivers on 7-foot center and former Celtic Fab Melo . . . Golf Channel analyst Brandel Chamblee apologized on Twitter to Tiger Woods after insinuating the world’s No. 1 player cheated during his five-win season. Chamblee gave Woods an ‘‘F'’ for his five-win season in a column he wrote for Golf.com because ‘‘ethics matter more than athletics.’’ . . . Top-ranked amateur women’s golfer Lydia Ko has announced her decision to turn professional at the age of 16 . . . American Ryan Hall has withdrawn from the New York City Marathon on Nov. 3 because of a hip injury . . . The Orange County Commission voted 5-2 to approve $20 million in tourism taxes to be used toward the funding of an $84 million downtown Orlando Major League Soccer stadium. MLS president Mark Abbott said Monday that if the plan was approved it would award the city an expansion franchise . . . Richard Petty Motorsports has fired Todd Parrott for violating NASCAR’s substance-abuse policy. Parrott was Aric Almirola’s crew chief for the last year. NASCAR suspended Parrott indefinitely last week for failing a random drug test . . . IndyCar driver Justin Wilson has been released from the hospital. Wilson was injured Saturday night in the season finale at Fontana, Calif., suffering non-operable pelvic fractures and a bruised lung . . . Matt Kenseth said a tire problem caused him to crash during testing at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth. Kenseth is second in the race for the NASCAR Sprint Cup title, trailing Jimmie Johnson by 4 points with four races left in the season.