Hendrick's jet forcedto crash land in Florida
A small jet carrying the owner of NASCAR's top team and his wife crash landed Monday in Key West, Fla.
Officials say the Gulfstream 150 aircraft carrying Rick and Linda Hendrick ran off the runway Monday at 7:45 p.m. The Hendricks, a pilot and co-pilot were taken to Lower Keys Medical Center. Two have minor injuries, though it was not clear who. The other two were taken to the hospital for precautionary reasons.
Authorities say the plane is registered to Jimmie Johnson Racing II Incorporated in Charlotte, N.C. Johnson is the five-time defending NASCAR champion and drives for Hendrick Motorsports.
Rick Hendrick is the owner of the race team.
Reds keep Phillips, buy out Cordero
The Reds have exercised second baseman Brandon Phillips' contract option for 2012, but declined a $12 million option to keep closer Francisco Cordero for one more season. The Reds also lost left-hander Matt Maloney, who was claimed off waivers by Minnesota on Monday. Phillips batted .300 with 18 homers, 82 RBIs and six errors last season, when he became an All-Star for the second time. Cincinnati picked up his $12 million option for 2012. They paid a $1 million buyout to Cordero, who was 37 of 43 in save chances. He ranks 12th with 327 career saves.
Indians pick up Lowe in trade
Derek Lowe's durability — and price tag — were too much for the Cleveland Indians to resist.
The club acquired the 15-year veteran pitcher from the Atlanta Braves on Monday for a minor leaguer, a low-risk move designed to bolster Cleveland's starting rotation.
The Indians got the 38-year-old Lowe, who has 166 career wins, in exchange for left-hander Chris Jones. As part of the deal, the Indians will have to pay Lowe only $5 million of the $15 million he's scheduled to make in 2012. Lowe signed a four-year $60 million deal as a free agent with Atlanta before the 2009 season.
By contrast, the Indians declined Grady Sizemore's $9 million contract option for 2012 on Monday, cutting ties with the popular but injury-plagued center fielder and making him eligible for free agency.
"This was an exceptionally difficult decision," general manager Chris Antonetti said.
Sabathia gets big payday from Yanks
For CC Sabathia, there's no better place to pitch than Yankee Stadium. The big left-hander decided to stay with New York rather than test the free-agent market, agreeing Monday to a new deal that adds $30 million and one season to his existing contract, giving him a package that pays $122 million over the next five years.
"My son loves it here. All my kids love it here. My wife loves it here, obviously, and I do, too. I love pitching for the Yankee fans and everything, so it was the easy choice," Sabathia said.
The 31-year-old had until midnight to opt out of his current agreement, which had $92 million remaining over the next four years in $23 million annual salaries.
New York added a $25 million salary for 2016 and gets a $25 million option for 2017 with a $5 million buyout.
■ The two-time American League champion Rangers have made their first off-season move, picking up the 2012 club option for right-hander Colby Lewis. Lewis will get $3.25 million next season, which will be his third back with the Rangers since returning from Japan. Lewis was 14-10 with a 4.40 ERA in the regular season and 1-1 with a 3.04 ERA in the post-season.
■ The Blue Jays on Monday picked up their $3.5 million contract option on infielder Edwin Encarnacion for next season and declined an option on reliever Jon Rauch, a former Oldham County star. The 28-year-old Encarnacion appeared in 134 games last season. He hit .272 with 36 doubles, 17 home runs and 55 RBIs.
■ The Royals picked up their club option on Joakim Soria Monday, keeping the two-time All-Star closing games for them next season. The option for 2012 is valued at $6 million.
■ The Rays exercised their $7.5 million contract option for 2012 on pitcher James Shields Monday. The club also picked up a $3.3 million option for next season for reliever Kyle Farnsworth and declined a $3.2 million option on catcher Kelly Shoppach.
■ The Chicago White Sox exercised their option for $3.75 million on the contract of right-handed reliever Jason Frasor Monday. Frasor combined to go 3-3 with a 3.60 ERA in 64 relief appearances with Toronto and the White Sox in 2011.
Tubby: Offense last season 'ridiculous'
Tubby Smith says one of the biggest focuses for Minnesota during the pre-season has been to work on getting its offense revved up to the up-tempo style the demanding coach prefers. The former Kentucky coach won't accept anything less after last season's sluggish performance on that end of the floor. Smith called last season's offensive performance "ridiculous." The Gophers averaged just 63.7 points in Big Ten play and shot 30 percent from three-point range. They lost 10 of their last 11 games to miss the NCAA Tournament.
Heat's owner fined after lockout tweet
Miami Heat owner Micky Arison was fined Monday by the NBA, three days after he made references to the locked-out league's ongoing collective bargaining process on his Twitter account. The NBA did not disclose the amount of the fine or say publicly why Arison was sanctioned. Arison posted several tweets Friday night, including a reply to someone who referred to those involved with the lockout as "greedy ... pigs." Arison replied by saying "Honestly u r barking at the wrong owner." That tweet was deleted a short time later. The NBA typically prohibits owners from speaking publicly about the labor situation.
Federer wins after a month off
Roger Federer made a winning return from a six-week break, beating Potito Starace of Italy 7-6 (3), 6-4 in the first round of his hometown Swiss Indoors event on Monday in Basel, Switzerland. The fourth-ranked Federer, 30, last played on Sept. 18 in a Davis Cup match on grass in Australia where he beat Bernard Tomic in four sets. After opting to rest and recharge, Federer played his first match ranked outside the top three since winning the 2003 Wimbledon title as the No. 5.
Two soccer women named All-SEC
Kentucky women's soccer senior captain Kelsey Hunyadi and freshman Arin Gilliland were both named second team All-Southeastern Conference by league coaches on Monday.
■ After breaking its NCAA record from last year's national championships with a 4,711 team score in a win over Memphis on Sunday, the Kentucky rifle team moved up to No. 1 in the latest Collegiate Rifle Coaches Association rankings, it was announced Monday. Kentucky is 3-0 and plays Murray State and Ohio State at Columbus on Nov. 12.
■ Paced by a fifth-place finish from Luis Orta in the Southeastern Conference Cross Country Championships, Kentucky finished fourth Monday, its best finish at the conference meet since coming in third in 1992. Orta ran the 8,000-meter race at Lambert Acres Golf Club in Maryville, Tenn., in 24:28.36.
The last word
The Clemson football team lost its bid for a perfect season Saturday, but Coach Dabo Swinney hasn't lost his sense of humor. He said he would wear a mask when trick-or-treating with his three young sons Monday night:
"If we were 9-0, I probably wouldn't have to wear a mask."