WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — AL MVP Jose Altuve and the World Series champion Houston Astros have finalized a $163.5 million, seven-year contract. The 27-year-old second baseman had been among baseball’s best bargains. He agreed in 2013 to a deal that originally guaranteed $12.5 million from 2014-17 and included club options for 2018 at $6 million and 2019 at $6.5 million. His new deal keeps those salaries and adds a $21 million signing bonus
CLEVELAND (AP) — Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue is taking a leave of absence from the team to address health issues that have included chest pains and loss of sleep. Lue says tests have offered no conclusion about what the issue is, but he feels he needs to step away “and focus on trying to establish a stronger and healthier foundation.”
OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) — Now that Baltimore Ravens defensive tackle Brandon Williams can see clearly again, he’s ready to resume his lucrative NFL career. Williams has a degenerative eye disease that warps the corneas and can potentially cause blindness if left untreated. Williams has the situation under control after having corrective surgery on both eyes.
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — The ex-wife of former NBA player Lorenzen Wright will not face the death penalty if convicted of killing him more than seven years ago in Tennessee. Shelby County prosecutor Paul Hagerman told a judge during a hearing today that Sherra Wright will not face death if found guilty of first degree murder in her ex-husband’s shooting death.
LONDON (AP) — Martina Navratilova says she is “angry” and feels let down by the BBC after learning that John McEnroe gets paid at least 10 times what she is paid for their broadcasting roles at Wimbledon. In a list of the BBC’s highest-paid workers published last year, it was revealed that McEnroe earned between $210,000 and $280,000 for working at Wimbledon. Navratilova says she gets paid $21,000.