Free-agent outfielder Shin-Soo Choo has agreed to a $130 million, seven-year contract with the Texas Rangers, a person familiar with the deal told the Associated Press on Saturday.
The source said any formal introduction in Texas likely wouldn't come until after Christmas Day.
Choo was the Cincinnati Reds' leadoff hitter for 143 games last season, when he had a .423 on-base percentage with 20 stolen bases and 21 home runs. The 31-year-old South Korean has a .288 career batting average and .389 OBP with 104 home runs and 427 RBIs in 853 major-league games for Seattle, Cleveland, and the Reds.
VOLLEYBALL In Seattle, Ariel Scott had 21 kills as the Penn State women beat Wisconsin, 3-1, to win the NCAA title. It's the Nittany Lions' sixth championship and their fifth title in seven seasons. The win was the Lions' 25th straight. They haven't lost since Sept. 27.
SOCCER In Marrakech, Morocco, Bayern Munich got goals from Dante and Thiago Alcantara as the German team capped the greatest year in club history by beating Raja Casablanca, 2-0, to win its third Club World Cup. In the third-place game, Ronaldinho scored from a superb free kick to help rally Brazil's Atletico Mineiro to a 3-2 win over China's Guangzhou Evergrande. . . . In the English Premier League, Luis Suarez scored twice to lift host Liverpool to a 3-1 win over Cardiff City. . . . Diego Costa had two goals to take over the Spanish league scoring lead with 19 and help Atletico Madrid get by Levante, 3-2.
DIVING At the Winter Nationals in Austin, Texas, David Boudia took the 3-meter title, while Samantha Bromberg won the 10-meter crown. Both qualified to represent the United States at next year's FINA World Cup.
SWIMMING With the United States and the European All-Stars tied after two days of events at the Duel in the Pool in Glasgow, Scotland, and a 200-meter mixed medley relay added as a tiebreaker, Simone Manuel anchored the Americans to victory, finishing 0.2 seconds ahead of British swimmer Francesca Halsall. Eugene Godsoe, Kevin Cordes, and Claire Donahue joined Manuel in a short-course world record 1 minute, 31.17 seconds.
WINTER SPORTS In Alberta, Canada, Lindsey Jacobellis qualified for the U.S. Olympic team by winning the Lake Louise World Cup women's snowboard cross. Australia's Jarryd Hughes won the men's event. . . . At the U.S. Grand Prix in Copper Mountain, Colo., Norway's Andreas Haatveit edged out American Nick Goepper -
a result that guaranteed a trip to the Sochi Olympics for both freestyle skiers. On the women's side, Canada's Dara Howell was the winner, ahead of two Americans: 16-year-old Darian Stevens and six-time X Games medalist Grete Eliassen.
- Staff and wire reports