Yankees finalize 2-year, $24 million deal with 2B DJ LeMahieu
Gold Glove-winning second baseman DJ LeMahieu and the New York Yankees finalized a $24 million, two-year contract, which would would appear to eliminate New York as a destination for Manny Machado. The 30-year-old LeMahieu spent the previous eight seasons with Colorado at hitter-friendly Coors Field and won the NL batting title in 2016 with a .348 average. He hit .276 last year with 15 homers and 62 RBIs, and he won his second straight Gold Glove and third overall. New York was seeking infielders in the absence of shortstop Didi Gregorius, who is recovering from Tommy John surgery and is not expected back until summer.
The Yankees signed former Colorado shortstop Troy Tulowitzki last week and said he will be their starting shortstop. LeMahieu likely will see time at second, third and possibly even first.
Grandal, Brewers finalize deal
Catcher Yasmani Grandal and the Milwaukee Brewers finalized an $18.25 million, one-year contract, which includes a $16 million option for 2020 with a $2.25 million buyout. Grandal, 30, was an All-Star in his first season with the Dodgers in 2015 and turned down a $17.9 million qualifying offer from the NL champions in November after hitting .241 this year with 24 homers and 68 RBIs . . . Lefthander Derek Holland, 32, agreed to a one-year guaranteed $7 million contract to stay with the San Francisco Giants with a $7 million option for 2020 and a $500,000 buyout . . . The Minnesota Twins completed a one-year contract with righthanded reliever Blake Parker, 33, the team’s first offseason addition to the bullpen after trading away closer Fernando Rodney on Aug. 9 . . . Mel Stottlemyre, the former ace pitcher who later won five World Series rings as the longtime pitching coach for both the New York Yankees and Mets, died. He was 77.
UMass hockey back at No. 1
After sweeping Vermont over the weekend, the University of Massachusetts men’s hockey team (17-3-0) reclaimed the No. 1 spot in the USCHO.com Division 1 poll, up one spot from the Jan. 7 rankings. Former No. 1 St. Cloud State (15-3-2) split with No. 5 Minnesota Duluth (12-6-2) and fell to No. 2. Northeastern (14-4-1) climbed to No. 8 from 12 while Providence (12-6-4) dropped four spots to No. 11.
Whipple hired as Pitt’s OC
Former University of Massachusetts head coach Mark Whipple, 61, was hired as the University of Pittsburgh’s offensive coordinator, replacing Shawn Watson, who was fired earlier this month after the Panthers finished 97th in the country in total offense, 93rd in scoring offense and 120th in passing offense . . . President Donald Trump paid tribute to the Clemson football team for winning the national championship with a White House ceremony Monday evening, serving a feast of fast food for the Tigers that included McDonalds, Wendy’s, Burger King as well as pizza on silver platters. “I would think that’s their favorite food,” Trump said.
. . . Autry Denson Jr., Notre Dame’s all-time leading rusher, was named Charleston Southern’s head football coach. Denson, who spent the past four seasons as Notre Dame’s running backs coach, gained 4,318 yards and scored 43 touchdowns for the Fighting Irish from 1995-98.
. . . New West Virginia coach Neal Brown added defensive assistant Jordan Lesley , previously the defensive line coach at Troy with Brown, and offensive assistant Chad Scott, the tight ends and hybrids coach at North Carolina since 2016, to his coaching staff.
Junior guard Tyus Battle scored a game-high 32 points to lead Syracuse to a 95-91 overtime upset over top-ranked Duke on Monday at Cameron Indoor Stadium in Durham, N.C. The Blue Devils were likely to tumble from their exalted No. 1 spot in the Associated Press men’s college basketball poll. Hall of Fame coach Mike Krzyzewski broke a tie with late UCLA legendary coach John Wooden with his record 122d week at No. 1 in the AP poll. . . . In the women’s poll, Notre Dame remained No. 1 after beating then-No. 2 Louisville last week. The Fighting Irish received 23 first-place votes while Louisville fell to fourth, swapping places with Baylor, which received six first-place votes. UConn moved into a tie with the Lady Bears for the No. 2 slot. Oregon rounded out the top five
. . . Tennessee coach Rick Barnes said he did not approve of how his players celebrated their 78-67 victory at Florida on Saturday. All five Volunteers on the floor performed a “Gator chomp’’ at the final horn, mocking Florida’s cheer. ‘‘I don’t like it simply because I want total focus on the main thing. I think when those things happen, it’s going to be talked about,’’ Barnes said.
Stars, Ducks swap forwards
The Dallas Stars acquired Andrew Cogliano from the Anaheim Ducks for Devin Shore in a trade that gives Dallas more experience at forward. Cogliano, 31, has three goals and eight assists in 46 games this season. He has missed just two of 914 games in his career. Shore, 24, has 17 points in 42 games for the Stars . . . The San Jose Sharks re-signed 26-year-old forward Marcus Sorensen to a two-year contract extension through the 2020-21 season . . . Josh Gorges, 34, who had been out of hockey since his contract expired with the Buffalo Sabres last season, announced his retirement after a 13-year NHL career.
. . . New Jersey gambling regulators are looking into a sports betting tournament held by DraftKings over the weekend in which some competitors were unable to make bets on the Saints-Eagles NFC playoff game after the conclusion of the Patriots-Chargers AFC divisional playoff game, costing them a shot at a $1 million top prize. Some bettors did not having their winnings from the early AFC game processed in time to wager on the second NFC contest.
. . . David Wagner left his position as manager of Huddersfield, with the team in last place in the English Premier League and eight points from safety. Huddersfield says the decision was by mutual consent after Wagner held talks with the club’s board on Monday . . . Shawny Hill, a public address announcer for the Philadelphia Wings lacrosse team, lost his job over an insensitve remark about Lyle Thompson, a Native American player with the Georgia Swarm. During Saturday’s game, Hill said, “Let’s snip the pony tail” on Thompson, of the Onondaga Reservation in central New York, which incited fans to shout calls to “scalp” him. The team “permanently removed” Hill from his job and vowed diversity training for all employees to include a focus on ‘‘the Native North American roots and traditions of the sport.’’