Ex-Yanks closer signs 28M deal with the...

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Ex-Yanks closer signs 28M deal with the...

From Comcast SportsNetWASHINGTON (AP) -- Reliever Rafael Soriano and the Washington Nationals reached agreement pending a physical on a 28 million, two-year contract that includes 14 million in deferred money, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press on Tuesday.Speaking to the AP on condition of anonymity because the deal was not yet official, the person said Soriano's contract contains a 14 million option for 2015 that would become guaranteed if he reaches 120 games finished over 2013 and 2014 combined.Soriano, who turned 33 in December, would join a Nationals bullpen that already includes Drew Storen and Tyler Clippard. Both of those right-handers closed games for the NL East champions last season.The Soriano-Nationals negotiations were first reported by Yahoo Sports.A one-time All-Star, Soriano had 42 saves and a 2.26 ERA for the AL East champion New York Yankees last year while filling in for injured closer Mariano Rivera, who plans to return from a knee injury in 2013.Soriano decided in October to decline a 14 million option for 2013, taking a 1.5 million buyout from the Yankees and entering free agency instead.Washington will lose its first-round draft pick in this year's amateur draft, while the Yankees will gain an extra pick after the first round as compensation for losing Soriano.The righty signed his old contract with the Yankees after saving a career-high 45 games for Tampa Bay in 2010. Soriano began his tenure in New York as a setup man, and ended up getting the bulk of his work in the seventh inning in 2011. But he wound up taking over as the closer after Rivera was hurt.In 11 major league seasons, Soriano is 15-24 with 132 saves and a 2.78 ERA with four teams, including the Seattle Mariners and Atlanta Braves.Notes: The Nationals announced they agreed to terms with LHPs Fernando Abad, Bill Bray and Brandon Mann, RHP Ross Ohlendorf and INF Will Rhymes on minor league contracts with invitations to spring training. ... Pitchers and catchers are scheduled to report to spring training in Viera, Fla., by Feb. 12. Position players report Feb. 15. The first full-squad workout is Feb. 17.

Lynx beat Sun for 2nd time in 3 days, 82-68

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Lynx beat Sun for 2nd time in 3 days, 82-68

Sylvia Fowles had 20 points and nine rebounds to help the Minnesota Lynx beat the Connecticut Sun for the second time in three days, 82-68 on Friday night.

Minnesota has won 22 straight games in the month of May since 2012. The Lynx beat the Sun 80-78 on Tuesday night in Minnesota.

Rebekkah Brunson and Renee Montgomery each scored 11 points for Minnesota (5-0), ranked second in the AP power poll. Fowles entered with double-doubles in three of her first four games.

Maya Moore missed her first seven field goals and finally got a baseline jumper to fall with 8:40 left in the fourth quarter. She finished with seven points and 11 rebounds to help the Lynx control the glass by a 43-27 margin.

The Lynx led 42-26 at halftime after holding the Sun to 25.7 percent shooting. Minnesota made 13 of 14 free throws in the first half and finished 22 of 25.

Lynetta Kizer scored 12 points for 11th-ranked Connecticut (0-4).