Sports Briefs

Posted: Tuesday, December 02, 2003

KPHA Squirt B takes third

The Kenai Peninsula Hockey Association Squirt B team traveled to Anchorage for the fifth annual Thanksgiving Tournament in Anchorage where they placed third with an overtime loss to the Anchorage All-Star team in the final game.

Goalie William Granger notched two shutouts during the tournament.

Yankees reach deal with reliever Gordon

NEW YORK Free agent reliever Tom Gordon and the New York Yankees reached agreement Monday night on a two-year, $7.25 million contract, The Associated Press learned.

The deal was finalized after Gordon passed a physical earlier in the day, a baseball source familiar with the negotiations said on the condition of anonymity.

The Yankees scoured the majors last season, trying to find a dependable right-hander to set up for closer Mariano Rivera. Steve Karsay held that spot in 2002, but missed the entire year because of an injured right shoulder and his return is not 100 percent certain.

Jeff Nelson, Armando Benitez, Dan Miceli, Antonio Osuna and Juan Acevedo were among the righty relievers the Yankees brought into New York for last season in an attempt to fill the role.

General manager Brian Cashman was busy all year shuffling his bullpen. Lefties Gabe White, Felix Heredia and Jesse Orosco also were acquired in midseason.

After losing to the Florida Marlins in six games in the World Series, the Yankees again turned their attention to the bullpen. Gordon, 36, and fellow right-handed free agents Paul Quantrill and Shigetoshi Hasegawa had attracted their interest.

Gordon was 7-6 with a team-high 12 saves and a 3.16 ERA for the Chicago White Sox last season. He pitched in 66 games, striking out 91 in 74 innings.

Two days after deal, Raptors-Bulls trade official

CHICAGO A six-player trade that sends Chicago Bulls forward Jalen Rose to the Toronto Raptors for Antonio Davis was finalized Monday, two days after it was announced.

Besides Rose, the Bulls are sending forwards Donyell Marshall and Lonny Baxter to the Raptors. In return, Chicago gets Davis and forwards Jerome Williams and Chris Jefferies.

Marlins re-sign 2B Castillo

Luis Castillo liked the ring of the Florida Marlins.

The free agent second baseman decided to stay with the World Series champions, reaching agreement Monday night on a three-year deal worth $16 million.

''In the end, Luis chose to stay with the organization he has known since he was 16,'' agent Sam Levinson said.

The New York Mets made a strong push for Castillo, with general manager Jim Duquette aggressively pursuing the two-time All-Star. The Chicago Cubs also were in the mix and so, to a lesser extent, was Boston.

But Castillo decided to take less money to stay with the Marlins, the team that signed him as a teenager in 1992.

His contract includes an option for 2007 that would push the value over $21 million. The option can become guaranteed in a number of ways if he stays healthy and plays regularly next year, he would reach it.

Castillo hit a team-high .314 with six home runs and 39 RBIs last season. He also stole 21 bases. His 214 steals over the last five years are the most in the majors.

Castillo drew raves for his defensive skills and earned his first Gold Glove award.

Hudson dismissed as United coach

WASHINGTON D.C. United has landed Freddy Adu. Now they just need someone to coach him.

United announced Monday they will not pick up the option on coach Ray Hudson's contract, dismissing the colorful Englishman after two seasons and a 19-25-14 record.

''While the team did achieve moderate success under his guidance, we felt that a change was necessary to move the team forward,'' general manager Stephen Zack said.

Hudson had said he wanted to return after leading United to the playoffs for the first time in four years. But the team barely qualified and was eliminated by a pair of 2-0 shutouts against Chicago in the first round.

Whoever replaces Hudson will have the task of nurturing the talent of Adu, the 14-year-old prodigy who will join United next season as the No. 1 overall pick in the draft. Adu recently announced his intentions to join MLS, provided he could play for United and live with his family in Maryland.

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