Yankees sign Matt Holliday for $13 million
A person familiar with the negotiations said outfielder Matt Holliday and the New York Yankees have agreed to a $13 million, one-year contract. The person spoke on condition of anonymity Sunday night because the agreement had not yet been announced. Holliday, who turns 37 next month, fits into the Yankees’ strategy of signing veterans to short-term deals while pivoting toward a youth movement. Holliday, a seven-time All-Star, was drafted by Colorado in 1998, traded to Oakland after the 2008 season, and then dealt to St. Louis the following July. He hit .246 with 20 homers and 62 RBIs in 110 games in 2016, missing substantial time after his left thumb was broken when he was hit by a pitch on Aug. 11. Holliday, who became a free agent when St. Louis declined his $17 million option, was an attractive DH option for many teams, including the Red Sox . . . The Braves agreed to a one-year deal with lefthander Jacob Lindgren, who is making a comeback from Tommy John surgery. Lindgren, 23, made his major league debut with the Yankees in 2015, when he had a 5.14 ERA in seven games in relief before having season-ending surgery to remove bone spurs from his left elbow. The Yankees selected Lindgren out of Mississippi State in the second round of the 2014 amateur draft. Lindgren had elbow ligament-replacement surgery in August after appearing in six games with Single A Tampa. He was released Friday . . . Former Tigers infielder Casey McGehee, 34, agreed to a one-year deal with the Yomiuri Giants of Japan’s Central League worth $1.7 million. McGehee played in 30 games for the Tigers in 2016 posting a .228 batting average. This will be McGehee’s second stint in Japan. In 2013, he batted .292 with 28 home runs and 93s RBI while helping the Rakuten Eagles of the Pacific League win the Japan Series.
UConn women’s streak at 82
Napheesa Collier scored 24 points and No. 2 UConn won its 82nd consecutive game with a 72-54 victory over No. 14 Texas on Sunday in the annual Jimmy V Classic in Uncasville, Conn. Kia Nurse added 15 points for the Huskies (7-0), who are in the midst of the second-longest winning streak in women’s basketball history, trailing only their 90-game run from 2008-10. A showdown awaits with top-ranked Notre Dame on Wednesday in South Bend, Ind. It will be the third straight ranked opponent the Huskies have faced. UConn led by 9 at the half before Texas (2-4) closed to 51-49 with 3:18 left in the third quarter on a 3-pointer by Brooke McCarty. The Huskies then scored the next 12 points, including the final 6 of the period to get some breathing room. Collier capped the burst with a nifty reverse layup off a rebound that made it 63-49. Texas couldn’t get within single digits the rest of the way. McCarty led the Longhorns with 15 points. Texas lost second-leading scorer Ariel Atkins in the first quarter when she was hit in the head inadvertently. She came in averaging 13.6 points and had just four in six minutes . . . Rebecca Greenwell scored 7 of her 29 points in the final 5½ minutes, leading host Duke (9-1) past No. 3 South Carolina (6-1), 74-63 . . . Alexis Jones had a career-high 30 points to go along with 10 assists and nine rebounds while helping No. 4 Baylor (9-1) win, 88-66, handing No. 22 Tennessee (4-3) one of the most thorough defeats ever suffered on its home floor . . . Junior forward G’mrice Davis scored Fordham’s first 10 points on her way to a career-high 22 as the Rams (6-2) never trailed in a 56-49 victory over Boston College (2-6). Sophomore Mariella Fasoula led the Eagles with 20 points, as the 6-foot-4-inch sophomore shot 10-for-15 from the floor.
UNC loses Berry in win
Sophomore Kenny Williams III had 14 of his career-high 19 points in the opening five minutes as No. 3 North Carolina routed visiting Radford, 95-50. The Tar Heels (8-1) were coming off a loss at No. 13 Indiana in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge. They had no trouble with the Highlanders (3-5), though they lost point guard Joel Berry II to a sprained left ankle early in the second half. Meanwhile, North Carolina junior swingman Theo Pinson said he will get another X-ray and evaluation Monday on the foot injury that has sidelined him through the first nine games. Pinson fractured a bone in his right foot during an October practice. He had surgery and has been on the sideline in a protective boot for much of the first month . . . Katie Johnson broke a tie in the 75th minute and Southern California won the NCAA women’s soccer title, beating top-ranked West Virginia, 3-1, in San Jose, Calif. Johnson scored again in the 87th minute for the Trojans (19-4-2), who also won the College Cup in 2007. The Mountaineers (23-2-2) had a 17-game unbeaten streak snapped. West Virginia was hoping to claim its first NCAA title in any sport besides co-ed riflery, which has won 18 national titles . . . In women’s hockey, Eve-Audrey Picard scored in overtime as Vermont (6-6-4, 4-2-3 WHE) upset No. 10 Northeastern (11-6-3, 7-4-2), 3-2, at Mathews Arena.
Gut storms field in super-G
Lara Gut won what the weather turned into a World Cup super-G sprint at Lake Louise. The Swiss ski star claimed a third career super-G victory at the Alberta resort after previous wins in 2013 and 2014. The start was lowered due to weather a second straight day. Sunday’s snow-globe conditions turned the super-G — already a shorter distance than downhill with more turns — into a dash of just over a minute . . . Mathieu Faivre led a fierce French challenge on first-run leader Marcel Hirscher of Austria to win a giant slalom in Val D’Isere, France, for his first World Cup victory. Faivre secured the fastest second run to beat Hirscher, the five-time defending World Cup overall winner and a Val d'Isere specialist, by 0.49 seconds. France placed four racers in the top five, roared on by a noisy crowd that sang the French anthem — “La Marseillaise” — when an emotional Faivre stood on the top step of the podium. Faivre had 0.01 to make up from the first leg, and the 24-year-old racer’s debut victory denied Hirscher a fifth GS win on this course since 2009. France team leader Alexis Pinturault was third, trailing 1.11 behind the winner. Teammates Thomas Fanara and Victor Muffat-Jeandet placed fourth and fifth. Ted Ligety led a five-strong United States challenge in 11th, 2.63 back. He had been the only racer other than Hirscher to win a Val d'Isere GS in recent years . . . Domen Prevc of Slovenia took the lead in the ski jumping World Cup standings with his second victory of the season after a disappointing performance by Germany’s Severin Freund in Klingenthal, Germany. Prevc jumped 140.0 meters with his first jump and 141.0 with his second for 286.9 points, pipping Daniel Andre Tande of Norway by just 0.2. Tande had the day’s longest jump at 143.0 meters to add to his first effort of 136.5.
Varner soaks in feeling
Harold Varner III didn’t really know the protocol, so he filled the Australian PGA Championship trophy with champagne, took a sip, and then shared it around. The 26-year-old American won a title for the first time outside the US mini tours when he fired nine birdies in a closing 65 to finish at 19 under, two clear of Australian journeyman Andrew Dodt and four ahead of 2013 Masters champion Adam Scott in Gold Coast, Australia. Varner’s spare time included blackjack at the casino where he’s staying, and where he was headed Sunday night. This being his first win abroad, ‘‘I’m ready to get to the casino but no one told me about the other stuff that goes along with winning — which I’m totally cool with — I just didn’t know there was so much stuff.” “There might have been 1,000 pictures out there,’’ he told the news conference where he filled the trophy with champagne and shared it around. ‘‘Winning is cool.’’ Varner finished runner-up after a playoff here last year, then had four top-10 finishes in his rookie season on the PGA Tour. He was the first American to win the Australian PGA title since Hale Irwin in 1978 at Royal Melbourne, and the first non-Australian to claim the title since 1999. Varner started the last round two shots behind Dodt. He surged into the lead with a run of four birdies at the start of an entertaining span of nine holes that contained seven birdies and two bogeys. He took a two-shot lead into the last hole and tapped in for par. Dodt held a two-shot lead before the final round but couldn’t match it with Varner’s nine birdies and closed with a 69. Scott closed with a 67, his best round of the tournament to finish in outright third at 15 under . . . Brandon Stone ran away from his challengers to win the Alfred Dunhill Championship by seven shots in Malelane, South Africa, for his second European Tour title. Stone, 23, finished with a 5-under-par 67 for 22 under overall. Stone made seven birdies and two bogeys and it was a comfortable victory in the end. Stone was put under early pressure by playing partner and defending champion Charl Schwartzel, who made three birdies in the first six holes to draw level with the overnight leader. The tide turned at No. 7 when Stone made birdie and Schwartzel a bogey. Four-time winner Schwartzel later slipped up with a triple-bogey and a double-bogey on Nos. 15 and 16 to finish tied for fourth . . . Jaye Marie Green won the LPGA Tour qualifying tournament in Daytona Beach, Fla., to top the 20 card-earners, making a 20-foot birdie putt on the final hole for a one-stroke victory. Green closed with a 2-over 74 to finish at 13-under 347 at LPGA International. Olafia Kristinsdottir (73) finished second to become the first player from Iceland to earn a card. The top 20 earned full cards and the next 25 and ties got conditional status. Angel Yin (71) and Sadena Parks (73) tied for third at 11 under.