MLB OWN­ERS RAT­IFY FIVE-YEAR CON­TRACT WITH BALLPLAY­ERS

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new york» Base­ball own­ers and play­ers have rat­i­fied the sport’s new five-year col­lec­tive bar­gain­ing agree­ment, ex­tend­ing their la­bor peace to 26 years through 2021.

The sides an­nounced their ap­provals Wed­nes­day, a day af­ter hold­ing votes in sep­a­rate tele­phone meet­ings.

“This agree­ment al­lows us to build on the pos­i­tive mo­men­tum from last sea­son and pro­mote a gen­er­a­tion of young play­ers,” base­ball Com­mis­sioner Rob Man­fred said in a state­ment.

Af­ter eight work stop­pages from 1972-95, the sides have ne­go­ti­ated deals with­out a strike or lock­out in 2002, 2006, 2011 and this year. The new deal ex­pires Dec. 1, 2021.

Teams voted 29-1 to ap­prove, and Tampa Bay man­ag­ing gen­eral part­ner Stu­art Stern­berg was the lone dis­sent­ing vote, a per­son fa­mil­iar with that meet­ing told The As­so­ci­ated Press.

The deal raises the lux­ury tax thresh­olds, in­creases some of the tax rates, im­poses a hard cap on sign­ing bonuses for in­ter­na­tional am­a­teurs and bans smoke­less to­bacco for play­ers who do not al­ready have ma­jor­league ser­vice.

It also elim­i­nates the pro­vi­sion that gave World Se­ries home-field ad­van­tage to the all-star win­ner and bans rookie haz­ing that in­cludes cos­tumes as women.

No. 4 Bay­lor cruises.

Johnathan Mot­ley had 20 points and 10 re­bounds and No. 4 Bay­lor showed no signs of rust in a 89-59 vic­tory over South­ern.

The Bears hadn’t played since a 76-61 win over then-No. 7 Xavier on Dec. 3, but scored 15 of the game’s first 18 points and shot 64 per­cent in the first half to put it away early.

Jared Sam and Shawn Prud­homme scored 24 points each to lead South­ern.

• Jock Lan­dale had 15 points and 13 re­bounds and No. 20 Saint Mary’s jumped to a quick lead it never re­lin­quished to beat West­ern Ken­tucky 73-51.

• Nigel Hayes scored 24 points and No. 14 Wis­con­sin beat Green Bay 73-59. Zak Showal­ter added 16 points, in­clud­ing a ca­reer-high four 3-point­ers, and Ethan Happ had 14 points and 10 re­bounds for the Badgers. The Badgers were a lit­tle lethar­gic to start and trailed Green Bay 12-11 al­most 9 min­utes into the game. But they reeled off a 20-4 run.

White Sox add lefty Hol­land.

Chicago agreed with left-handed starter Derek Hol­land on a $6 mil­lion, oneyear con­tract.

The 30-year-old played on World Se­ries teams with Texas in 2010 and 2011 but missed sig­nif­i­cant time the past three sea­sons be­cause of in­juries.

• Bal­ti­more reached a con­tract agree­ment with free-agent catcher Wel­ing­ton Castillo, pend­ing a med­i­cal re­view. Castillo hit .264 with 14 homers and 68 RBIs in 111 games with Ari­zona last sea­son. The 29-year-old is ex­pected to take over from four­time all-star Matt Wi­eters, who be­came a free agent.

• A per­son fa­mil­iar with the sit­u­a­tion said the Chicago Cubs and re­liever Koji Ue­hara have agreed to a $6 mil­lion, one-year con­tract. The per­son spoke Wed­nes­day on the con­di­tion of anonymity be­cause the deal has not been an­nounced. Ue­hara spent the past four years in Bos­ton.

Ir­ish co­or­di­na­tor gets new job.

West­ern Ken­tucky ath­letic di­rec­tor Todd Ste­wart hired Mike San­ford as foot­ball coach. San­ford, 34, has been Notre Dame’s of­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor and quar­ter­backs coach the last two years.

• Ten Min­nesota foot­ball play­ers were sus­pended this week af­ter a fresh in­ves­ti­ga­tion into an al­leged sex­ual as­sault at an off-cam­pus apart­ment in Septem­ber, the fa­ther of a player and an at­tor­ney for sev­eral play­ers said. The same in­ci­dent led to three-game sus­pen­sions of four of the play­ers ear­lier this sea­son and now they are benched again along with six of their team­mates.

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