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Wright gets long-term deal
NEW YORK (AP) — David Wright and the New York Mets have agreed to a $138 million, eight-year contract, a person familiar with the negotiations tells The Associated Press. He'll be 37 years old when it expires.
The richest deal in franchise history replaces Wright's $16 million salary for next season and includes $122 million in new money.
Wright is a homegrown fan favorite and is the club's career leader in several major offensive categories including hits, RBIs, runs and walks.
Wright will travel to New York for a physical after attending teammate Daniel Murphy's wedding in Jacksonville, Fla., this weekend.
The contract with the All-Star third baseman probably will be announced at next week's winter meetings in Nashville, Tenn.
In other news from around the major leagues:
—The Braves have traded Tommy Hanson to the Los Angeles Angels for former closer Jordan Walden. The 26-year-old Hanson set a career high with 13 wins this year but his 4.48 ERA also was a career worst. The right-hander was 45-32 in four seasons with the Braves. Walden had 32 saves in 2011, then lost his closer's role to Ernesto Frieri and was 3-2 with a 3.46 ERA and one save this year.
— A day after agreeing to the deal in principle, the Pirates signed free-agent Russell Martin to a $17 million, two-year contract. The 29-year-old catcher is a three-time All-Star who hit a career-low .211 with 21 homers and 53 RBIs in 133 games last year with the New York Yankees.
— The Royals and second baseman Chris Getz avoided arbitration by agreeing a $1.05 million, one-year contract that includes up to $150,000 in performance bonuses. Getz made $967,500 last season. He batted .275 with 17 RBIs and nine stolen bases in 64 games. He spent three stretches on the disabled list, including for a fractured left thumb that ended his season on Aug. 17.
— The Indians avoided arbitration by signing pitcher Blake Wood to a one-year contract for next season. Cleveland claimed the right-hander off waivers from Kansas City on Nov. 2. The 27-year-old had Tommy John surgery in May.
Park has had enough
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The first South Korean-born player in Major League Baseball is retiring. Thirty-nine-year-old Chan Ho Park spent 17 years in the big leagues, beginning with the Dodgers in 1994.
Park was an All-Star in 2001 with Los Angeles and he holds the MLB record for most wins by an Asian pitcher, going 124-98 with a 4.36 ERA.
Park played in Japan and Korea the last two years. He plans to study baseball administration in the U.S.
NFL announces fines
NEW YORK (AP) — Four Raiders and one Bengal have been fined $26,250 each for fighting in last Sunday's game.
Cincinnati tackle Andrew Whitworth and Oakland defensive linemen Desmond Bryant, Lamarr Houston, Tommy Kelly and Matt Shaughnessy drew the fines.
Texans defensive end J.J. Watt was fined $15,750 for roughing the passer after he struck Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford in the head and neck area on Thanksgiving Day; Chiefs offensive lineman Donald Stephenson has been hit with a $15,750 fine for unnecessary roughness against Denver; and Ravens receiver Anquan Boldin has been docked $7,875 for a late hit against San Diego.
No Big Ben again this week
UNDATED (AP) — The Steelers say quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (RAWTH'-lihs-bur-gur) will not play Sunday at Baltimore. That means veteran Charlie Batch will make another start for Pittsburgh.
Roethlisberger will miss a third consecutive game since sustaining a sprained right shoulder and a dislocated rib. The club is 0-2 in his absence and at 6-5 is scrambling for a playoff berth.
— The Raiders have suspended linebacker Rolando McClain for two games for conduct detrimental to the team. McClain was the eighth overall pick in the 2010 draft but has struggled so far in his career and has had his playing time sharply reduced in recent weeks.
— Cowboys owner Jerry Jones says it "looks like" injured running back DeMarco Murray will end a six-game absence Sunday against Philadelphia. Coach Jason Garrett won't say whether Murray will play. The Cowboys have rushed for more than 100 yards just once since Murray was injured and are last in the league in rushing offense.
— Vikings wide receiver Percy Harvin has been listed as doubtful to play the rival Packers on Sunday because of a sprained left ankle. He hasn't played since Nov. 4.
Saints bounties hearings continue
WASHINGTON (AP) — Saints defensive end Will Smith says he's glad he got a chance to hear former defensive coordinator Gregg Williams testify at an appeals hearing in the bounties case.
Smith and New Orleans linebacker Jonathan Vilma attended Friday's session in Washington, where Williams was cross-examined by the players' lawyers for about four hours.
Smith says the hearing were "peaceful" and "not awkward."
Smith, Vilma and two former Saints were suspended by the NFL for the team's cash-for-hits program that the league says Williams ran from 2009 to 2011.
Two conference titles to be decided this evening
UNDATED (AP) — Eighth-ranked Stanford will host No. 17 UCLA for the Pac-12 championship game this evening.
The favored Cardinal went 8-1 in league play and are 10-2 overall. The Bruins are 9-3 with a 6-3 conference mark.
The winner will play in the Rose Bowl. The loser probably ends up in the Alamo Bowl. That's because sixth-ranked Oregon's only loss was to North Division rival Stanford, meaning the Ducks are likely to get the conference's other BCS spot.
The MAC championship game will be played in Detroit. Eighteenth-ranked Kent State brings a 10-game winning streak into its outing against a 19th-ranked Northern Illinois squad that's won 11 in a row. There is an outside chance the winner of tonight's game could claim a BCS berth.
Orange out to protect unblemished record
UNDATED (AP) — Three members of the AP Top 25 are preparing for action this evening, with two of them participating in the SEC-Big East Challenge. Sixth-ranked Syracuse is 4-0 headed into its game at 3-2 Arkansas while No. 20 Georgetown hosts Tennessee for a matchup of 4-1 teams.
Tenth-ranked Kansas and Oregon State will hook up in Kansas City. The host Wildcats have won four in a row to get to 5-1. The Beavers bring a 4-1 record into their first road game of the season.
Some top teams preparing for action
UNDATED (AP) — Tonight's 11-game NBA schedule begins with New York and city-rival Brooklyn tied for the Atlantic Division lead with identical 10-4 records. The Knicks will host a 1-12 Washington team that posted its first win in its last outing. The Nets bring a four-game winning streak into their road game against a 5-9 Orlando team out to avoid a third straight loss.
League leader Memphis will be aiming for a fourth straight victory when it hosts Detroit. The Grizzlies are 11-2 with a 7-1 record at home.
Elsewhere, Boston's Rajon Rondo (RAH'-zhahn RAHN'-doh) will sit out the first game of his two-game suspension when the Celtics host Portland, Charlotte entertains Philadelphia, Cleveland plays the Hawks in Atlanta, Milwaukee is at Minnesota, Oklahoma City is home to Utah, Indiana is at Sacramento and the L.A. Lakers host Denver.