The Milwaukee Brewers reached a preliminary agreement last night on a $10 million, one-year contract with free-agent reliever
, giving the team another option at closer after losing
to free agency.
Gagne's deal is subject to his passing a physical, the Associate Press said. The agreement was first reported by the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel on its Web site.
Japanese free agent
has decided to sign with a major-league team instead, the Nikkansports newspaper in Nagoya, Japan, reported today.
Fukudome has drawn interest from the Chicago Cubs, San Diego Padres and Chicago White Sox. The 30-year-old is regarded as one of the best outfielders in Japanese professional baseball. He was a key member of the Japan team that won the inaugural World Baseball Classic in March 2006.
As expected, free-agent centerfielder
declined salary arbitration with the Phillies. The team can continue to talk with Rowand's agent,
, but general manager
and Landis have said that Rowand's return is a "long shot" because they are too far apart in contract terms.
The New York Yankees designated outfielder
for assignment, clearing room on the 40-man roster for lefthander
. . . . The Colorado Rockies traded infielder
to the Cleveland Indians for a player to be named.
was promoted to the head coaching job at Navy, replacing
, who left for Georgia Tech.
Niumatalolo, 42, played a major role in installing the triple-option attack, which enabled Navy to set the school's single-season scoring record this year. He will coach the Midshipmen against Utah in the Poinsettia Bowl on Dec. 20.
A 1989 graduate of Hawaii, where he lettered for three seasons at quarterback, Niumatalolo is believed to be the first coach of Samoan descent in NCAA history.
While four Baltimore Ravens were fined a total of $70,000 for their actions and comments during and after Monday night's loss to New England, the Patriots'
was fined $5,000, ESPN.com noted.
The 14-year veteran was cited by the NFL for taunting the Ravens after a fourth-quarter interception by Patriots free safety
on a deep pass by
When the play ended, Harrison was near the Ravens' sideline. Television cameras did not show him saying anything, but they did catch Ravens coach
sarcastically blowing three kisses in Harrison's direction.
"He said a few things about me, Kyle and my team, and I just want him to know first, we love you Rodney, and secondly, you can kiss my backside," Billick said. "But I don't take offense to what Rodney did, and I hope he doesn't misinterpret my gestures, because he's not that good-looking a guy."
will not play for New Orleans tomorrow night in Atlanta because of a knee injury.
An MRI exam last week indicated a partially torn left knee ligament. The Saints did not comment about Bush's prospects for the rest of the season.
will be out for the eighth time in nine games when Indianapolis plays at Baltimore today. . . . The Denver Broncos signed wide receiver
to a three-year contract extension.
shot a 12-under-par 60 in best-ball play to take a 2-stroke lead over
after the second round of the Merrill Lynch Shootout at Tiburon Golf Club in Naples, Fla.
moved into position for his fourth victory in the Alfred Dunhill Championship in Malelane, South Africa, shooting a bogey-free, 8-under 64 to take a 2-stroke lead at 13-under 203 on the Leopard Creek course.
Munich received unanimous support from Germany's Olympics Sports Federation for a 2018 Olympic bid. Munich could become the first city to hold both the Winter and Summer Games. It hosted the 1972 Summer Olympics, which were scarred by the attack on Israeli athletes.
raced to her first World Cup victory, winning a downhill in Aspen, Colo.
of the United States was fourth. . . .
led Italy's 1-2 finish in a World Cup giant slalom in Bad Kleinkirchheim, Austria, while
of the United States finished third. . . .