Phil Hughes and the Twins agreed to a $24 million, three-year deal, a person with knowledge of the agreement told the Associated Press. Hughes still has to pass a physical before the contract can become official. The 27-year-old went 4-14 with a 5.19 ERA last season for the Yankees. He was 1-10 with a 6.32 ERA at Yankee Stadium, so a move to pitcher-friendly Target Field could be exactly what Hughes needs to jumpstart his career. He was an All-Star in 2010 when he went 18-8 with a 4.19 ERA, but Hughes developed shoulder problems in 2011 that limited him to 17 starts and has been underwhelming the past two seasons while also dealing with back problems. Last week, Minnesota agreed to terms with righthander Ricky Nolasco on a $49 million, four-year contract . . . The Yankees and second baseman Robinson Cano remain between $80 million-$100 million apart on a deal, according to media reports. Sources told ESPN.com that Cano was looking for a nine-year deal at about $28 million per year, with a vesting option for a 10th year at $29 million. The Yankees were only willing to offer a seven-year deal worth $170 million.
McIlroy tops Scott for 1st win of 2013
Rory McIlroy birdied the 18th hole to beat Adam Scott at the Australian Open late Saturday night in Sydney, winning for the first time in 2013 and denying Scott the Triple Crown of Australian golf. McIlroy started the last round four shots behind Scott, but drew even when he eagled the seventh and birdied the eighth. Scott went a shot ahead with a birdie at the ninth. The pair then went shot for shot over the back nine before the dramatic finish. Scott’s approach shot went over the back of the green and his chip went well past the hole, with two putts bringing a bogey. McIlroy hit his approach to 10 feet and sank the putt to win by a shot. Scott was attempting to become only the second player after compatriot Robert Allenby in 2005 to win his country’s Triple Crown by taking the Australian Open, Australian Masters, and Australian PGA titles in the same season. McIlroy finished with an 18-under 270 . . . Charl Schwartzel defended his title at the Alfred Dunhill Championship, shooting a 4-under 68 in Malelane, South Africa for a four-shot victory and his first European Tour victory in a year. Schwartzel finished with a 17-under total of 271 to secure his third Alfred Dunhill title. Richard Finch was second, while Simon Dyson, Ross Fisher, and Romain Wattel tied for third. Schwartzel held the overnight lead and made four birdies in a bogey-free final round . . . In Kochi, Japan, Hideki Matsuyama became the first rookie to claim the Japanese tour’s money title with a win at the Casio World Open. The 21-year-old, who turned pro in April, shot a 70 in the final round to finish at 12-under 276.
Clippers’ Redick could miss 2 months
J.J. Redick is expected to be out 6-8 weeks after breaking a bone in his right hand and tearing his right UCL, the Clippers announced. Redick, who hurt himself in Friday night’s victory over Sacramento, will be re-evaluated Monday by a hand specialist. The sharpshooting guard is averaging 15.8 points per game on 46 percent shooting from the field, 36 percent from deep. Los Angeles coach Doc Rivers said he expects Willie Green to start in Redick’s place until the injured Matt Barnes returns . . . The state attorney general’s office filed papers that detail the lies it said former Penn State president Graham Spanier told during his grand jury testimony over the Jerry Sandusky case. Prosecutors listed portions of Spanier’s April 2011 testimony before a grand jury. In one section, Spanier was asked whether university officials discussed filing a police report over a 2001 shower encounter witnessed by former assistant coach Mike McQueary, and Spanier said no, The Centre Daily Times of State College reported. But e-mails discovered later appear to show a discussion about whether to report that incident . . . Barcelona lost without injured star Lionel Messi when Athletic Bilbao handed the defending Spanish champions a 1-0 loss. That left Barcelona even with Atletico Madrid and three points ahead of Real Madrid after both won on Saturday; Chelsea advanced to second place in the Premier League, beating Southampton, 3-1, after giving up a goal 13 seconds into the game. Defending champion Manchester United (2-2 draw at Tottenham) and Liverpool (3-1 loss to Hull) lost ground in the title race.