MIAMI (AP) The NBA and its players agreed to keep the most lucrative era in league history rolling.
The sides agreed in principle on a new collective bargaining agreement, one that could last up to seven years and needs now only to be ratified by players and owners in the coming weeks. The deal was struck a day before the sides faced a deadline for opting out of the current deal.
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If approved by votes of players and owners – likely to be formalities – there will be no lockout next summer and no labor issues for years to come.
If the deal is ratified, the season will start a week earlier, preseason games would be capped at six and one of the most dreaded elements of the schedule – the four-games-in-five-days stretches – may be eliminated.
Other details of the new proposed CBA include increases in values of rookie-scale contracts, minimum salaries and exceptions, with a 45 percent increase in minimum salaries across the board in the first year of the new agreement. The rookie deals will be proportionate to the salary cap, either rising or falling as that does. The average player salary is expected to hit $8.5 million next season and rise to $10 million by 2020-21 under the new terms.
NEW YORK (AP) – Los Angeles Lakers coach Luke Walton was fined $15,000 by the NBA for verbally abusing a game official and not leaving the court in a timely manner after an ejection.
Upset after Sacramento’s DeMarcus Cousins wasn’t called for a foul against Julius Randle, Walton was called for two technical fouls and tossed with 4:14 remaining in the first quarter of the Lakers’ 116-92 road loss Monday night.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston and the woman who accused him of rape while both attended Florida State University have settled the civil lawsuit she brought against him.
Federal court records show that the 2013 Heisman Trophy winner and his accuser, Erica Kinsman, ”reached a compromise with contingencies” with joint motions for dismissal anticipated within 20 days.
Terms of the settlement are confidential. Blaine Kerr, one of the attorneys representing Kinsman, said ”the case has been resolved to the satisfaction of the parties.”
The trial had been scheduled to begin April 3 in U.S. District Court in Orlando.
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) – The Arizona Cardinals released wide receiver Michael Floyd, two days after his early morning arrest on charges of driving under the influence and failure to obey a police officer.
Coach Bruce Arians declined to comment on the move other than to say it was a ”totally” unanimous decision by him, team President Michael Bidwill and general manager Steve Keim.
Floyd, who was set to become a free agent after this season, was taken into custody early Monday after being found unconscious behind the wheel of his running vehicle at an intersection in suburban Scottsdale.
He was booked and released from the Scottsdale jail later that morning.
NEW YORK (AP) – Baseball owners and players ratified the sport’s new five-year collective bargaining agreement, extending their labor peace to 26 years through 2021.
The sides announced their approvals a day after holding votes in separate telephone meetings.
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.
CHICAGO (AP) – The Chicago Cubs made another addition to their bullpen following the departure of closer Aroldis Chapman, agreeing to a $6 million, one-year contract with reliever Koji Uehara.
Chicago now has the pitchers who got the final out of three of the last four World Series – Mike Montgomery (this year), Wade Davis (2015) and Uehara (2013). Davis, who figures to take over as closer, was acquired from Kansas City last week for outfielder Jorge Soler.
Uehara spent the past four years in Boston, and the 41-year-old right-hander went 2-3 with a 3.45 ERA and seven saves in 50 appearances last season. He missed about seven weeks because of a strained right pectoral muscle.
CHICAGO (AP) – The White Sox added to their starting rotation, agreeing to a $6 million, one-year contract with left-hander Derek Holland.
Holland can make $2 million in performance bonuses: $1 million each for 150 and 200 innings.
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. He became a free agent when the Rangers declined their $11 million option and chose to pay the left-hander a $1.5 million buyout.
Holland, who had a $10 million salary this year, missed two months because of inflammation in his left shoulder and finished 7-9 with a 4.95 ERA in 22 games. He won 16 games in 2011 and was 62-50 with a 4.35 ERA in eight seasons with the Rangers.
BALTIMORE (AP) – Free agent catcher Welington Castillo has agreed to a $6 million, one-year contract with the Baltimore Orioles, pending a medical review.
The agreement includes a $7 million player option for 2018.
Castillo hit .264 with 14 homers and 68 RBIs in 111 games with Arizona last season, when he made $3.7 million. The 29-year-old, who became a free agent when the Diamondbacks declined to offer a 2017 contract, is expected to take over from four-time All Star Matt Wieters, who became a free agent.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) – Infielder Andres Blanco is staying with the Philadelphia Phillies, agreeing to a $3 million, one-year contract.
Blanco appeared in 90 games for the Phillies this year and hit .253 with 15 doubles, four home runs and 21 RBIs. He made $1.45 million.