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Yankees make offer to keep Sabathia

October 31, 2011

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A person familiar with the negotiations said yesterday the Yankees have made a contract offer to ace CC Sabathia, who has until today to decide whether to opt out of the $92 million and four years remaining on his current deal. The offer was made over the weekend, the person said, speaking on condition of anonymity. Sabathia agreed to a $161 million, seven-year contract before the 2009 season. If he opts out, the lefthander would become the top pitcher on the free agent market . . . Francisco Rodriguez’s $17.5 million option was declined, and the Brewers reliever was among 148 players who became free agents. Rodriguez gets a $4 million buyout. The Brewers also declined a $6 million option on shortstop Yuniesky Betancourt, who gets a $2 million buyout. Others whose options were declined included Braves outfielder Nate McLouth; Rockies righthander Aaron Cook; and Padres righthanders Aaron Harang and Chad Qualls, and outfielder Brad Hawpe. Clubs have until the end of today to decide single options, and free agents can start signing Thursday . . . Lefthander Javier Lopez agreed to an $8.5 million, two-year contract to stay with the Giants.

Galaxy take opener against Red Bulls

Mike Magee scored off a long cross from David Beckham in the 15th minute, giving the Los Angeles Galaxy a 1-0 win against the New York Red Bulls in the opener of their Western Conference semifinal series in Harrison, N.J. The Galaxy head home needing a tie or a win Thursday to advance to the conference finals. The two-game series is based on aggregate goals . . . Andre Hainault and Calen Carr scored to lift the Houston Dynamo past the host Philadelphia Union, 2-1, in their Eastern Conference semifinal opener. Sebastien Le Toux scored for the Union . . . Teal Bunbury scored twice, leading Sporting Kansas City to a 2-0 win over the host Colorado Rapids in their Eastern Conference semifinal opener.

McIlroy captures Shanghai in playoff

US Open champion Rory McIlroy won $2 million in the Shanghai Masters, beating Anthony Kim with a par on the first hole of a playoff. McIlroy holed a 2-foot putt for the victory after Kim missed a 3-footer . . . Sergio Garcia held off Miguel Angel Jimenez by one shot to win the Andalucia Masters in Sotogrande, Spain, earning his second straight European Tour victory. Garcia carded an even-par 71 for a 6-under total of 278 . . . Bo Van Pelt won the Asia Pacific Classic in Selangor, Malaysia, closing with a 7-under 64 for a six-stroke victory. Van Pelt finished at 23 under. Jeff Overton was second after a 69 . . . Two-time heart transplant recipient Erik Compton earned a PGA Tour card when he finished in the top 25 on the Nationwide Tour money list, while Ken Duke won the season-ending Nationwide Tour Championship in Charleston, S.C., to also secure a spot on the big tour. Duke closed with a 4-under 68 to finish 10 under, two better than Scott Brown . . . Yani Tseng won the Suzhou Taihu Ladies Open in Suzhou, China, closing with a 6-under 66 to beat Pernilla Lindberg by seven strokes for her 11th victory this year.

Tsonga defeats del Potro to take crown

Top-seeded Jo-Wilfried Tsonga rallied to beat Juan Martin del Potro, 6-7 (5-7), 6-3, 6-4, in the final of the Erste Bank Open in Vienna, claiming his second title of the season and seventh overall . . . Marin Cilic won his first title of the season and sixth of his career, beating Janko Tipsarevic, 6-3, 3-6, 6-2, in the final of the St. Petersburg Open in Russia . . . Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova won the WTA Championships title in Istanbul, beating Victoria Azarenka, 7-5, 4-6, 6-3, for a victory that will put her at No. 2 in the world rankings behind Caroline Wozniacki.

US returns home with top medal haul

The United States finished first in the medals table at the Pan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico, taking home 92 gold medals and 236 overall. Cuba was second with 58 gold and 136 overall, while Brazil was third with 48 gold and 141 overall. Brazil’s final gold came when Solonei Silva won the men’s marathon. Puerto Rico won gold in basketball, beating Mexico, 74-72, while the United States won bronze . . . University of Kansas guards Tyshawn Taylor and Elijah Johnson were suspended for violating team rules and will miss the Jayhawks’ exhibition games . . . USA Luge standout Erin Hamlin escaped serious injury after crashing during a World Cup team selection race in Lake Placid, N.Y. The former world champion was prequalified for this year’s team. Hamlin will be joined on the squad by Framingham’s Ashley Walden. Olympian and Pittsfield native Chris Mazdzer won the men’s selection races . . . Wilson Kipsang of Kenya ran the second-fastest marathon in winning the Frankfurt race in 2 hours, 3 minutes, and 42 seconds, missing the world record by 4 seconds. Kenya’s Patrick Makau won the Berlin Marathon last month in 2:03:38 . . . Nick Diaz moved back into title contention with a unanimous decision over BJ Penn at UFC 137 Saturday night in Las Vegas. In the co-main event, Cheick Kongo beat Matt Mitrione by unanimous decision . . . Former heavyweight boxer and Arlington native Tom McNeeley Jr., 74, died last week of complications from a seizure at South Shore Hospital in Weymouth.

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