Sports briefs | Miami Marlins agree to deal with Jose Reyes, AP source says

December 5, 2011 

Baseball: Source says Reyes, Marlins agree to deal

DALLAS -- The suddenly splurging Miami Marlins landed their second big free agent in a matter of days, agreeing Sunday night to a $106 million, six-year contract with All-Star shortstop Jose Reyes, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press.

After adding All-Star closer Heath Bell for $27 million over three years, the Marlins gave the NL batting champion a deal that includes a club option for 2018 that would make the contract worth $120 million, the person said, speaking on condition of anonymity because the agreement had not yet been announced.

Preparing to move into a $515 million retractable-roof ballpark, the Marlins have become a driving force in the market ahead of the winter meetings, which start Monday. They’ve also shown interest in acquiring one of the high-profile free-agent first basemen: Prince Fielder or Albert Pujols..

ELSEWHERE -- The Baltimore Orioles have hired former Philadelphia Phillies general manager Lee Thomas as a special assistant to new front office head Dan Duquette.

Eddie Herr Invitational: Winners crowned at IMG

MANATEE -- Canadian wild card Tommy Mylnikov completed his surprising run through the Eddie Herr Invitational Junior Tennis Championships on Sunday by defeating American Andrew Schafer 7-5, 6-2 for the boys 16-and-under division championship as the tournament wrapped up at IMG Academies.

Another wild card, American Tornado Black, won the girls 16-and-under division title, defeating American Alyssa Smith 6-1, 6-2 in the final. Black also received the 2011 Eddie Herr Rising Star award.

Other winners Sunday included Russia’s Yulia Putintseva in the girls 18-and-under division, Austria’s Dominic Thiem in the boys 18-and-under division, American Mariya Shishkina in the girls 14-and-under division and Canadian Alejandro Tabilo in the boys 14-and-under division.

Tennis: Nadal rallies, gives Spain Davis Cup

SEVILLE, Spain -- Rafael Nadal is a winner once again.

The second-ranked Nadal overcame a terrible start to beat Argentina’s Juan Martin del Potro 1-6, 6-4, 6-1, 7-6 (0) to clinch Spain’s third David Cup title in four years.

Nadal’s first title since winning his sixth French Open in June followed a run of below-par performances in which he acknowledged feeling less passionate about the sport as another long season took its toll. This victory gave Spain a 3-1 series lead, good enough for the country’s fifth Davis Cup title overall.

Also Sunday, Nadal said he will skip the Davis Cup next year and focus on defending his gold medal at the London Olympics.

Women’s college soccer: Stanford takes Cup

KENNESAW, Ga. -- Teresa Noyola scored from point-blank range Sunday to help top-ranked Stanford beat No. 3 Duke 1-0 and finally give the Cardinal their first NCAA women’s soccer title.

Stanford seniors Noyola, Camille Levin, Kristy Zuhmehlen and Lindsay Taylor finished their college careers with a record of 95-4-4. Their last three losses came in a 2008 national semifinal to Notre Dame, to North Carolina in the ’09 championship match and to Notre Dame in last year’s final.

Noyola scored in the 53rd minute after Levin won a ball at the goal line about eight yards right of the goal. She crossed to the far post, where Noyola headed it from one yard.

Duke (22-4-1) had several scoring opportunities after that.

Stanford (25-0-1) carried action in the first half with seven shots, three on goal, while Stanford goalkeeper Emily Oliver did not have to make a save on the Blue Devils’ five wild shots.

-- Herald staff, wire reports

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