Dodgers sign Cuban outfielders Puig
The Los Angeles Dodgers signed Cuban outfielder Yasiel Puig to a seven-year contract Friday. Numerous media reports pegged the contract at $42 million, a record for a Cuban defector. Puig, 21, has rarely played outside Cuba, but excelled with Cienfuegos in 2010-11 before sitting out last season. Puig will report to the Dodgers’ spring training complex in Arizona when he enters the country . . . Texas Rangers prospect Jake Skole, a former first-round draft pick, was suspended for 50 games for testing positive for a performance-enhancing substance under baseball’s minor league drug program. The 20-year-old outfielder, who plays for Single A Myrtle Beach, tested positive for an amphetamine . . . The Minnesota Twins and catcher Ryan Doumit, 32, agreed to a $7 million, two-year contract.
The NHL and the players’ union kicked off negotiations on a new labor deal with a 2½-hour meeting at the league’s Manhattan offices. A league spokesman said commissioner Gary Bettman and deputy commissioner Bill Daly met with NHLPA executive director Donald Fehr, special counsel Steve Fehr, and several player representatives. The collective bargaining agreement expires Sept. 15 . . . New Jersey Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur, 40, hired agent Pat Brisson days before the four-time Vezina Trophy-winner is set to become a free agent. Though Brodeur has indicated he'd prefer re-signing with the Devils, Brisson told AP, ‘‘We will see,’’ if Brodeur will test free agency . . . The Flyers named Terry Murray coach of the AHL’s Adirondack Phantoms.
Chris Bosh of the Miami Heat announced through his agent Henry Thomas that will not compete in the London Olympics because of injury. Bosh is still recovering after straining an abdominal muscle during the second round of the playoffs . . . Mark Bartelstein, the agent for Mo Williams, said his client will go back to the Utah Jazz as part of a four-team deal that will send Lamar Odom back to the Clippers. The deal initially was believed to involve only three teams, but a fourth, the Houston Rockets, got involved after Thursday’s draft. The Rockets received the rights to the Clippers’ 53d overall pick, Furkan Aldemir, and the Jazz sent the team’s trade exception to Dallas. The Mavericks also received cash considerations from Houston ... Boston College coach Steve Donahue said graduate student forward Andrew Van Nest will join the Eagles after graduating from Harvard University. The 6-foot-10-inch, 235-pound forward, whose only appearance last season came against the Eagles, will be available for the 2012-13 season.
Tailback Isaiah Crowell was dismissed from the University of Georgia team by coach Mark Richt following his arrest on felony weapons charges. Among the charges he faces are carrying a concealed weapon and possession of a weapon on school property . . . South Carolina athletic director Eric Hyman left after seven years to guide Texas A&M’s transition into the Southeastern Conference as the Aggies’ new AD . . . Five-time NASCAR Sprint Cup champ Jimmie Johnson overcame blustery wind to capture his first pole in more than a year when he edged Kyle Busch for the top spot Saturday at Kentucky Speedway. Johnson had a top speed of 181.818 miles per hour . . . South African double-amputee Oscar Pistorius failed to qualify for the 400 meters at the London Olympics, finishing second in 45.52 seconds in Friday’s final, outside the 45.30 he needed . . . Three Harvard and Radcliffe varsity eights won Friday, advancing to Saturday’s semifinals of the Henley Regatta along with the Crimson’s heavyweight four. Harvard’s Andrew Campbell moved into the semifinals of the Diamond Challenge Sculls.