Padres sign Larry Anderson
Moving to fill a void in right-handed relief, the San Diego Padres signed free agent pitcher Larry Andersen to a two-year contract.
The deal includes a club option for the 1993 season. Andersen will earn $4.4 million for the next two seasons, and the deal will be worth $6 million if the Padres pick up the option year. Last season, Andersen made $1.06 million.
Andersen, 37, spent most of the 1990 season with Houston, where he was 5-2 with six saves and a 1.95 ERA in 50 relief appearances. The nine-year veteran was traded to the Boston Red Sox in August and appeared in 15 games for the American League East champions, posting one save and a 1.23 ERA.
His combined ERA for the year was 1.79 with 93 strikeouts in 95 2/3 innings.
The Padres had been seeking right-handed help in the bullpen because they plan to move Greg Harris, who teamed with Lefferts last season, into the starting rotation.
Elsewhere, three players who were with the Buffalo Bisons last season became free agents when the Pittsburgh Pirates failed to offer them 1991 contracts. Catcher Dann Bilardello, outfielder John Cangelosi and first baseman Scott Little were set free by Pittsburgh.
In New York, baseball players and owners formally ended their five-year collusion battle when they signed a 39-page agreement.
The deal calls for the 26 clubs to give the Major League Baseball Players Association $280 million -- $120 million on Jan. 2, 1991, and four payments of $40 millon plus interest on July 15, 1991, Sept 15, 1991, Nov. 15, 1991 and April 15, 1992. It also formalizes the new-look free agency granted to 15 players on Dec. 7.
Outgoing Miami AD blasts NCAA
MIAMI -- Outgoing University of Miami athletic director Sam Jankovich took some parting shots at the NCAA in a meeting with reporters a day after he accepted the job as the New England Patriots' chief executive officer.
Jankovich ripped the NCAA for cutting athletic scholarships, penalizing current students for infractions committed in the past, and for enacting too much legislation.
"The NCAA is hypocritical when they say that intercollegiate athletics is not big business and programs don't have to win," Jankovich said. "It is big business here and we do have to win."
Top U.S. skier injured
American skiing hopes were dealt a severe blow when it was determined that Diann Roffe, the leading U.S. racer on the World Cup circuit, will be sidelined for the rest of the season.
Roffe, 23, who fell during downhill training Wednesday at Morzine, France, underwent surgery on her left knee at the Steadman-Hawkins Clinic in Vail, Colo. She should recover completely in time for the 1992 Olympics, a ski team spokesman said.
West Texas State drops football
CANYON, Texas -- A money shortage forced West Texas State University to drop intercollegiate football, the school's new president said.
President Barry B. Thompson said it may be revived later though.
Football is the main casualty of the Division II athletic department's problems, which were detailed in an October audit that found the school athletic fund losing $1.2 million a year.
The audit found the athletic fund losing $1.2 million a year. Funds from auxiliary enterprises such as the bookstore, housing system and food service were being used to cover the losses.