Cole to Yanks for record $324M, 9 years

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SAN DIEGO (AP) The New York Yankees landed the biggest prize of the free agent market, adding Gerrit Cole to their rotation with a record $324 million, nine-year contract on Tuesday night, a person familiar with the deal told The Associated Press.

The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the agreement had not been announced.

Cole's deal established marks for pitchers in total dollars, topping the $245 million, seven-year contract Stephen Strasburg finalized a day earlier to remain with the World Series champion Washington Nationals.

Belichick unaware of Cincy sideline tape

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick says neither he nor his coaching staff has watched any video footage shot by an in-house production team now at the center of an NFL investigation for inappropriately filming the Cincinnati Bengals’ sideline at a recent game.

Belichick said during a conference call Tuesday he was not involved and had no knowledge of what took place during Sunday's Bengals-Browns game in Cleveland. Belichick said he wasn’t informed of it until Monday afternoon. (MORE)

Stars fire Montgomery for misconduct

DALLAS (AP) The Dallas Stars fired second-year coach Jim Montgomery on Tuesday, citing unspecified unprofessional conduct in a surprising blow to one of the preseason favorites in the NHL's Western Conference.

General manager Jim Nill said Montgomery had acted inconsistently with "core values and beliefs of the Dallas Stars and the National Hockey League." He did not elaborate. (MORE)

Texas Tech upsets No. 1 Louisville

NEW YORK (AP) Texas Tech's scruffy walk-on Avery Benson tried to crowd surf at Madison Square Garden and coach Chris Beard thrust his fist in the air at many of the same rabid fans who had told security they were going to rush the court.

The fans were held at bay after No. 1 Louisville went down -- but the dancing and water-spraying was on full blast in the Red Raiders' locker room. (MORE)

SS Gregorius to Phils for 1 year, $14M

SAN DIEGO (AP) Shortstop Didi Gregorius is reuniting with manager Joe Girardi in Philadelphia, agreeing with the Phillies on a $14 million, one-year contract, a person familiar with the deal told The Associated Press.

The person spoke on condition of anonymity Tuesday because the agreement, first reported by the New York Post, had not been announced. (MORE)

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