Just three months after becoming the first Venezuelan to win the World Series MVP award, the Giants' Pablo Sandoval is celebrating a new feat -- a championship win of his team in his homeland.
The 26-year-old slugger helped lead Navegantes del Magallanes to an 11-9 win on Wednesday night in the seventh and final game of the championship series over the Cardenales in Caracas.
Sandoval had a home run, two doubles and two RBIs. He was selected MVP for the series, and his team won its first title since 2002 in the Venezuelan Professional Baseball League.
"There's nothing like being champion here in Venezuela. Although it can't be compared with winning the World Series, because they're different things, said Sandoval, who hit .300 with three homers and nine RBIs in the series. Arizona agreed to a $40 million, four-year contract with Martin Prado, just a week after acquiring the former All-Star infielder in a trade that sent Justin Upton to Atlanta. Prado had been headed to arbitration and could have become a free agent after this season. The New York Yankees signed former A's infielder Dan Johnson to a minor-league deal with an invite to spring training. Omar Vizquel was hired by the Los Angeles Angels as a roving infield instructor. Vizquel, 45, played for Toronto as a reserve infielder last season. Earl Williams, the N.L.'s Rookie of the Year in 1971 with Atlanta, died Monday at age 64 in Somerset, N.J. He had been diagnosed with leukemia.
Ronaiah Tuiasosopo fell in love with Manti Te'o and said all his energy went into pretending to be the woman the Notre Dame linebacker came to know as Lennay Kekua. Tuiasosopo, the mastermind of the hoax, spoke publicly for the first time in an interview with Dr. Phil McGraw for the "Dr. Phil Show." The second part will air Friday. Tuiasosopo said Te'o knew nothing of the scam. He said he built the online persona of Kekua, a nonexistent woman who Te'o said he fell in love with despite never meeting in person. Tuiasosopo killed off the character in September. Kansas State coach Bill Snyder signed a new five-year deal that includes an increase in base compensation to $14.75 million over the contract's life. Oregon promoted wide receivers coach Scott Frost to offensive coordinator. The move had been expected since Mark Helfrich, the former offensive coordinator, was made the Ducks coach Jan. 20.
Caleb Moore, a freestyle snowmobile rider who was hurt in a crash at the Winter X Games in Aspen, Colo., died. He was 25. On Jan. 24, Moore attempted a backflip when the skis on his 450-pound snowmobile caught the lip of the landing area, sending him over the handlebars. He went to a hospital for a concussion. But Moore developed bleeding around his heart and was flown to a Grand Junction, Colo., hospital for surgery. The family said Moore also had a complication involving his brain. Moore's brother Colten suffered a separated pelvis in a crash that same night. In a soccer career that has seen him earn millions of dollars, David Beckham, 37, joined Paris Saint-Germain and pledged to donate his salary to charity. The former England captain signed a five-month deal with the French club, which is the co-leader in Ligue 1. No details were given on how much Beckham will be paid. "I thought what a great idea it would be, that the salary would go to a children's charity in Paris," said Beckham, who has won titles with Manchester United and Real Madrid. He recently finished a six-year stint with the Los Angeles Galaxy, where he won the past two MLS titles. Sam Querrey will play Thomaz Bellucci and John Isner will face Thiago Alves on Friday when the United States faces Brazil in the first round of the Davis Cup in Jacksonville, Fla. Michael Rasmussen admitted to taking performance-enhancing drugs from 1998-2010. The Danish cyclist says he took testosterone and growth hormones and had blood transfusions. He says he'll quit the sport immediately and cooperate with anti-doping agencies.