LYLES, ROCKIES AGREE TO ONE-YEAR DEAL WORTH $3.18 MILLION
Facing the possibility of getting cut by the Rockies later this week, righthander Jordan Lyles agreed Wednesday to a one-year contract worth $3,175,000 — a $200,000 raise.
Lyles was mostly used out of the bullpen by the Rockies last season. He made the first of his 35 relief appearances June 22 after being recalled from Triple-A Albuquerque and went 4-5 with a 5.83 ERA in 40 games.
The 26-year-old was acquired by Colorado from Houston on Dec. 3, 2013, and is 27-43 in his major-league career with a 5.17 ERA.
Teams have until Friday to offer 2017 contracts to unsigned players on their 40-man roster. If offered a contract, Lyles would have been eligible for salary arbitration.
Toronto advances to MLS Cup
B toronto » Benoit Cheyrou and Tosaint Ricketts scored 2 minutes apart in extra time and Toronto FC advanced to the MLS Cup final, outlasting the Montreal Impact 5-2 in the rain Wednesday night for a 7-5 aggregate victory.
It took extra time and 12 goals to decide the two-leg Eastern Conference final. Toronto will host the Seattle Sounders on Dec. 10 in the MLS championship game, becoming the first Canadian team to play for the title.
Judge gives McQueary additional money B A former
harrisburg, pa.» Penn State assistant football coach is getting an additional $5 million over his treatment by the university following Jerry Sandusky’s arrest on child molestation charges five years ago.
Judge Thomas Gavin ruled in favor of Mike McQueary’s whistleblower claim against the university, adding to a jury’s $7.3 million verdict issued last month for defamation and misrepresentation.
McQueary had told investigators he saw Sandusky sexually abuse a boy in a team shower in 2001. After Sandusky’s arrest, McQueary was put on leave with pay and hasn’t returned to coaching.
Gavin is concluding that Penn State retaliated against McQueary.
The judge is awarding McQueary legal fees, nearly $4 million in lost wages and $1 million for humiliation and harm to his reputation.
Five in running for Walter Camp award. Quarterbacks Lamar Jackson
from Louisville, Deshaun Watson from Clemson and Jake Browning from Washington are among the five finalists for the Walter Camp player of the year award, which will be announced next Thursday.
They’re joined by defensive stars Jonathan Allen of Alabama and Jabriill Peppers of Michigan.
• Texas running back D’Onta Foreman is skipping his senior season to enter the NFL draft after rushing for 2,028 yards and 15 touchdowns this season.
• Malik Zaire, the quarterback who won the starting job at Notre Dame last year before a broken ankle ended his season, plans to graduate in December and use his final year of eligibility elsewhere next season.
LPGA gets more. The LPGA Tour will have four new tournaments next year with an increase of $4.35 million in total prize money.
Commissioner Mike Whan announced the 2017 schedule features 34 official tournaments, 21 of them in North America and 16 with prize money of $2 million or more. Whan said the U.S. Women’s Open would have a $5 million purse, the largest ever in women’s golf.
Three to receive Ali award B new york» Sports Illustrated magazine has chosen Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Jim Brown and Bill Russell to receive its Muhammad Ali Legacy Award for their athletic careers and social activism. Footnote. Magnus Carlsen won his third title, defeating Russian challenger Sergey Karjakin after three weeks of grueling play in the World Chess Championship in New York.