Friday, November 1, 2002
Hideki Matsui, intent on wearing the famous Yankees' pinstripes, became the biggest Japanese baseball star yet to join the major leagues, reaching a preliminary agreement on a $21 million, three-year contract with New York. A three-time Most Valuable Player of Japan's Central League, the 28-year-old power-hitting outfielder seemed set on joining the Yankees since August, when New York sent its assistant general manager to Tokyo to scout him.
Reliever Antonio Alfonseca and the Chicago Cubs agreed to a $4 million, one-year contract, avoiding salary arbitration.
Indiana forward Ron Artest was fined $10,000 by the NBA for shoving Dallas' Raja Bell and failing to leave the court quickly after being ejected.
East Carolina's new football coach will be Florida defensive coordinator John Thompson, sources at both schools told The Associated Press on condition of anonymity. East Carolina will announce the move at a news conference today.
Gregg Brandon was hired as football head coach at Bowling Green State. Brandon was promoted from assistant head coach and offensive coordinator just more than a week after Urban Meyer resigned to become coach at Utah.
Marshall's former athletic compliance director filed a $1 million lawsuit against the school and coach Bob Pruett, charging the coach with making false statements to NCAA investigators. Dave Ridpath, who filed the lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Huntington, claims that Pruett falsely said that the school's compliance office was monitoring the athletes' employment by booster Marshall Reynolds.
A gambling investigation at Florida State centers on former Seminoles quarterback Adrian McPherson, who was kicked off the team last month after he was accused of stealing a check. University vice president John Carnaghi said that police are not investigating other Florida State athletes.
-- From wire reports