The Red Sox will pay a team-record $13.4 million luxury tax after failing to make the playoffs and the New York Yankees finished with a $6.7 million bill, likely a fraction of what they will pay next year. Three teams owe tax, according to end of year figures sent to clubs on Wednesday and obtained by the Associated Press. The Chicago Cubs must pay $7.6 million following a season that ended with a September fade and no postseason berth.
Francona’s world series rings back
A man was arrested in Arizona Tuesday for allegedly stealing two World Series rings belonging to former Red Sox manager Terry Francona, officials said. Jamey Estep, 33, allegedly stole Francona’s 2004 and 2007 World Series rings he won with the Red Sox from a Tucson, Ariz., home on Nov. 7, the Pima County Sheriff’s Department said in a Facebook post. Detectives recovered the rings after Estep allegedly sold them to a sports memorabilia store in Phoenix. They also discovered that a check for $245,830 that belonged to Francona was fraudulently deposited earlier this year, the sheriff’s department said. Estep was arrested Tuesday and charged with second-degree burglary, theft, and trafficking in stolen property.
Lucchino has surgery for cancer
The Pawtucket Red Sox announced that Larry Lucchino underwent successful surgery last week to remove a contained cancerous blockage in the kidney area, and is now recuperating at home . . . Gerrit Cole and the Yankees finalized a record $324 million, nine-year contract. The righthander was introduced during a news conference at Yankee Stadium, where his face appeared on the large video boards outside the ballpark . . . The Cincinnati Reds finalized a $15 million, two-year contract with Wade Miley that adds a lefthander to their rotation . . . Three-time All-Star outfielder Matt Kemp agreed to terms on a minor league contract with the Miami Marlins and is expected to take part in spring training.
Liverpool makes Club World Cup final
Roberto Firmino’s stoppage-time minute winner sealed a 2-1 victory over Monterrey and sent Liverpool into the Club World Cup championship match against Flamengo in Doha, Qatar . . . Host Barcelona was held to a scoreless draw at home by Real Madrid in a politically supercharged “clásico” match that was played amid a large separatist protest that turned violent outside Camp Nou stadium.
‘Remember the Titans’ coach dead
Herman Boone, the Virginia high school football coach who inspired the movie “Remember the Titans,” died after battling cancer. He was 84. Boone guided T.C. Williams High School to a state championship while navigating the early days of desegregation . . . Hayden Fry, the Texan who revived Iowa football and became an institution over two decades as a Big Ten football coach, died after a long battle with cancer. He was 90 . . . The New York Knicks hired Framingham native David Blatt, a former coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers, as a basketball operations consultant . . . Federal investigators have concluded that a blocked fuel line most likely caused a 2017 plane crash in North Branford, Conn., that killed NASCAR driver Ted Christopher and an 81-year-old pilot.