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MLB

Cabrera's Staggering New Deal: $45,858 Per At-bat

DETROIT -- Triple Crown winner Miguel Cabrera will earn a baseball-record $292 million over the next decade under a $248 million, eight-year deal with the Detroit Tigers through 2023.

Cabrera is due $44 million over the final two years of his $152.3 million, eight-year contract that runs through 2015. The new deal was announced Friday at a news conference in Lakeland, Fla.

The contract's average of $31 million tops the previous mark of $30,714,286 set by Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw in his $215 million, seven-year deal in January. The total commitment tops the record set by New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez with a $275 million, 10-year agreement in 2007.

Cabrera will make $45,858 per plate appearance under the new deal's $31 million average annual value, based on his yearly average of 676 plate appearances during six seasons with the Tigers. That's higher than the average U.S. yearly wage of $42,498 in 2012, according to the Social Security Administration.

NFL



Go Green

Eagles Release Wide Receiver DeSean Jackson

PHILADELPHIA -- The Philadelphia Eagles have released wide receiver DeSean Jackson.

The team cut Jackson on Friday. He was coming off a career-best season in Philadelphia, leading the team with 82 catches for 1,332 yards and nine touchdowns.

Jackson had a $10.25 million contract for the 2014 season, a stiff price the Eagles were not willing to pay. He was signed through 2016.

He has 356 career receptions for 6,117 yards and 32 touchdowns. The 27-year-old Jackson is entering his seventh season.

MJD: Free agent running back Maurice Jones-Drew has agreed to a three-year contract with the Oakland Raiders.

The team announced the deal on Friday to bring Jones-Drew back to his native Oakland.

Jones-Drew was hampered by injuries and poor play his final two seasons in Jacksonville and was allowed to leave as a free agent. He had 8,071 yards rushing and 68 touchdowns in eight seasons with the Jaguars.

Jones-Drew will join recently resigned Darren McFadden in the backfield this season for Oakland.

GOLF

Phil Mickelson Makes Cut In Texas Open

SAN ANTONIO -- Phil Mickelson made the cut on the number in the Texas Open on Friday, blasting out of a greenside water hazard to 5 feet to set up a birdie on the final hole.

Mickelson shot a 2-under 70 after opening with a 77 at TPC San Antonio's AT&T Oaks Course. Lefty was 11 strokes behind leader Steven Bowditch, the Australian who had a 67 to reach 8-under 136.

Mickelson was in the stream that runs in front of the 18th green after attempting to reach the par 5 in two from 288 yards with a 3-wood.

Bowditch holed out from 83 yards for an eagle on the par-4. The 30-year-old topped the leaderboard at the end of a round for the first time in his PGA Tour career.

Chad Collins and rookie Andrew Loupe were a stroke back. Collins shot 66, and Loupe had a 70.

NASCAR

Kyle Busch Wins Pole at Martinsville

MARTINSVILLE, Va. -- Kyle Busch became the sixth driver to win a pole in the first six races this season in NASCAR's top series.

Busch turned a fast lap at 99.674 mph Friday in qualifying at Martinsville Speedway. It's his 14th career Sprint Cup pole, and first in 19 tries at Martinsville.

In an interesting twist under NASCAR's new knockout qualifying system, Busch won the pole while Joey Logano broke the track record. That came at 100.201 mph during the first phase of qualifying.

Denny Hamlin earned the No. 2 starting spot with a lap at 99.548 mph, and will be followed on the starting grid by Logano and Hendrick Motorsports' Jimmie Johnson and Jeff Gordon.

Danica Patrick qualified 10th, her best starting spot in a race not held at Daytona.

OLYMPICS

French Ski Great Killy Resigns as IOC Member

French ski great Jean-Claude Killy resigned as a member of the International Olympic Committee.

The three-time Olympic gold medalist submitted his resignation in a letter to IOC President Thomas Bach.

The decision was expected. Killy said several months ago he would step down after the Winter Olympics in Sochi.

The 70-year-old Killy headed the IOC coordination for Sochi, overseeing the games' preparations and building a strong relationship with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Killy steps down after 19 years as an IOC member.

As a skier, he was best known for sweeping all three Alpine events at the Grenoble Olympics in 1968. He also won the first two World Cup titles, in 1967 and 1968, and competed at Cannon Mountain in Franconia, N.H. on the World Cup tour in March 1967.

TENNIS

Djokovic, Nadal Walk Through to Sony Final

KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. -- Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic advanced to the Sony Open final without playing a point Friday.

Both advanced when their semifinal opponents withdrew for health reasons. They'll play for the title Sunday in their 40th career meeting and their first of 2014.

Djokovic received walkover for the second time in the tournament when Kei Nishikori withdrew because of a left groin injury. Four hours later, Tomas Berdych withdrew before his match against Nadal because of gastroenteritis.

That left the tournament with only two women's doubles matches for disappointed spectators. Former No. 1 Martina Hingis advanced to her first doubles final since 2007 when she and Sabine Lisicki beat Cara Black and Sania Mirza 6-3, 6-4.







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