NEW YORK (AP) - Carlos Beltran is heading to the Bronx. Two people familiar with the negotiations say the free agent outfielder and the New York Yankees have agreed to a $45 million, three-year contract. The 36-year-old Beltran is an eight-time All-Star. He played for the Mets from 2005-11 and reached the World Series for the first time this year with St. Louis. He hit .296 with 24 home runs and 84 RBIs last season with the Cardinals.
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - Johan Franzen and Tomas Tatar scored third-period goals and the Red Wings beat the Devils 3-1 yesterday. Cory Schneider made 18 saves for New Jersey, which has lost three in a row. Andy Greene scored for the Devils.
NEW YORK (AP) - The Knicks snapped a seven-game home losing streak with a 121-83 rout of the Orlando Magic last night. Carmelo Anthony had 20 points and 11 rebounds as the Knicks' recorded their first win at Madison Square Garden since their Oct. 30 season opener. Andrea Bargnani and J.R. Smith each added 17 points for the Knicks.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -The Bobcats beat the Philadelphia 76ers 105-88 last night. Jeffrey Taylor scored nine of Charlotte's first 22 points. Gerald Henderson and Kemba Walker added 18 apiece, and Walker also dished out a season-high 10 assists. Philadelphia was led by Tony Wroten's 21 points. Evan Turner added 16, Hollis Thompson scored 12 and Spencer Hawes had 10 points and 13 rebounds.
NEW YORK (AP) - Free-agent outfielder Curtis Granderson and the Mets have agreed to a $60 million, four-year contract. The 32-year-old Granderson comes over from the crosstown Yankees, giving the Mets much-needed power in their punchless outfield. He batted .229 with seven homers and 15 RBIs this year, when injuries limited him to 61 games. But he surpassed 40 homers in each of the previous two seasons.
NEW YORK (AP) - As Robinson Cano left the New York Yankees, Hiroki Kuroda agreed to stay. Yankees managing general partner Hal Steinbrenner says the pitcher is returning for a third season in the Bronx. Kuroda's return fills one of three holes in the rotation behind CC Sabathia and Ivan Nova. The right-hander, who turns 39 in February, got off to a strong start last season before fading down the stretch. He finished 11-13 with a 3.31 ERA in 32 starts covering 201 1-3 innings.
PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) - Rutgers' once promising season has come down to this: win against South Florida or stay home and skip the bowl circuit. Consecutive losses to Cincinnati, Number 15 Central Florida and Connecticut have put Rutgers into a must-win scenario against South Florida heading into tonight's game. The slide has second-year coach Kyle Flood feeling some heat in what might be the university's last football game before entering the Big Ten Conference next season.
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