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MLB

NEW YORK (AP) – Major League Baseball plunged into its first work stoppage in a quarter of a century when the sport’s collective agreement expired Wednesday night and owners immediately locked players out, threatening spring training and opening day.

The strategy, the leadership’s equivalent of a strike under federal labor law, ended the social peace of sport after 9,740 days over 26 and a half years.

The teams decided to force the long-awaited showdown during an offseason rather than risk the players pulling out over the summer, as they did in 1994. The players and owners had successfully struck four back-to-back deals without stopping of work, but they accelerated towards a confrontation. for over two years.

NEW YORK (AP) – The New York Mets and Max Scherzer have finalized a three-year, $ 130 million deal, a contract that broke baseball’s record for highest average salary and forms a historically 1-2 awesome atop the New York rotation with Jacob deGrom.

Scherzer, 37, will make $ 43.33 million a year, 20% more than the previous mark, the $ 36 million Yankees pitcher Gerrit Cole averaged in his nine-year, $ 324 million contract signed before the 2020 season.

Scherzer has the right to retire after the 2023 season and become a free agent again.

COLLECTIVE FOOTBALL

Notre Dame is working on a deal to promote defensive coordinator Marcus Freeman to head coach to replace Brian Kelly, a person with knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press on Wednesday evening.

The person spoke on condition of anonymity as nothing had been finalized, although the first element of Notre Dame’s plan to regroup after Kelly left for LSU earlier this week is already in place.

Offensive coordinator Tommy Rees informed Notre Dame that he would stay with the Fighting Irish instead of joining Kelly in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Notre Dame posted a video on Twitter of Rees telling the team he was staying put.

– By college football writer Ralph D. Russo.

DALLAS (AP) – The latest college football qualifying enlargement meeting ended without an announcement on Wednesday as those involved agreed to continue speaking.

CFP executive director Bill Hancock said there remained strong consensus to expand the scope of four teams on the management committee, which is made up of the top 10 college football conference commissioners and Notre Dame’s athletic director. Lady.

A draft 12-team model remains at the heart of discussions and there is still hope that it can be implemented for the 2024 season. How the teams would qualify and be selected are matters still under discussion. .

TENNIS

The women’s professional tennis tour manager announced on Wednesday that all WTA tournaments will be suspended in China over concerns over the safety of Peng Shuai, a Grand Slam doubles champion who accused a former senior government official of this country of sexual assault.

Peng withdrew from the public after raising the allegations about former Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli in a November 2 social media post that was quickly suppressed by Chinese authorities.

WTA CEO Steve Simon reiterated his call for a “full and transparent investigation – without censorship” into Peng’s accusations and took an unusually strong stance against China, which was believed to be the site of several tennis tournaments next year, including the prestigious season. -End of the WTA Finals.

WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL

STORRS, Connecticut (AP) – UConn’s star rookie Azzi Fudd will be out for at least the next two weeks with a right foot injury, coach Geno Auriemma said Wednesday.

Auriemma, speaking after training, said Fudd has suffered from an apparent stress injury since the summer and recent medical scans have shown it is time to shut her down for a while.

Fudd, a former National Player of the Year, was the nation’s top rookie out of high school in Washington. She averaged 7.5 points and 2.3 rebounds in her first four games with the Huskies.

TO SWIM

LONDON (AP) – Three-time Olympian Hannah Miley of Great Britain retired from competitive swimming on Wednesday.

The 32-year-old Scottish individual medley specialist is a former World, European and Commonwealth Games champion.

Miley was a finalist for Great Britain at three consecutive Olympics, most recently at the Rio de Janeiro Games in 2016, where she finished fourth in the 400-meter individual medley.

FIGURE SKATING

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) – Two-time world bronze medalist Tiffany Chin, University of Miami (Ohio) synchronized skating coach Vicki Korn and two-time Olympic judge Lucy Joyce Brennan have been named Hall of Fame of American figure skating.

Their inductions will take place Jan. 9 at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee, during the US Figure Skating Championships, which serve as the events for the Beijing Olympics. Additionally, 2021 class members Johnny Weir, Sandy Lamb and Gale Tanger will be inducted after COVID-19 restrictions at the 2021 Nationals in Las Vegas banned their official dedication.

SOCCER

CARY, NC (AP) – Interim coach Sean Nahas has been named the North Carolina Courage’s permanent head coach.

Nahas replaced Paul Riley, who was sacked in September after two former players accused him of sexual harassment and coercion. Riley has denied the allegations.

The revelations of Mana Shim and Sinead Farrelly led to the resignation of National Women’s Football League commissioner Lisa Baird. It also prompted the NWSL and US Soccer to conduct independent investigations.

OBITUARY

CHICAGO (AP) – LaMarr Hoyt, who won the AL Cy Young Award in 1983 with the Chicago White Sox, has passed away. He was 66 years old.

The White Sox announced his death on Wednesday. The team said he died on Monday in his hometown of Columbia, South Carolina, from a long illness.

Hoyt went 98-68 with a 3.99 ERA in eight years in the majors. He has also had 48 career full games, including eight shutouts and 10 saves.

The 6-foot-3 right-hander was the All-Star Game MVP of 1985, pitching three one-run innings in the National League’s 6-1 win over LA. That year with San Diego was the only All-Star selection of his career.

COURTS

NOVI, Mich. (AP) – No criminal charges will be laid for the fireworks-related death of Columbus Blue Jackets goalie Matiss Kivlenieks at a Detroit-area home during a celebration on July 4, the Oakland County District Attorney’s Office said on Wednesday.

The death has been officially declared accidental and the case is now closed, the office said.

The accident happened on Sunday July 4th at the home of Manny Legace in Novi, who was the coach of the Kivlenieks goalkeepers with Columbus.

Kivlenieks, 24, died of chest trauma caused by the explosion of a firework mortar.

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