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Cashman overruled on getting Soriano

In a move mirroring those of his famous father, Yankees owner Hal Steinbrenner overruled General Manager Brian Cashman in giving a $35 million, three-year contract to Rafael Soriano.

Distancing himself from the decision after a news conference Wednesday to introduce Mariano Rivera's new setup man, Cashman said he didn't think it was worth playing closer money for a pitcher the team plans to use in the eighth inning.

And the general manager didn't want to lose his first-round pick in June's amateur draft, which will now go to Tampa Bay as compensation.

"I think it's certainly a sign that at times if Hal feels that he wants to go in a different direction, that could happen," Cashman said. "I think that's certainly the case. This is their team."

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Derek Lamely shot a 9-under 63 in the first round of the Bob Hope Classic in La Quinta, Calif., playing the final 10 holes in 8 under to take a one-stroke lead over J.J. Henry and Jhonattan Vegas. Lamely had an eagle and six birdies in that 10-hole stretch on the Palmer Private course.

The University of Texas and ESPN announced a 20-year, $300 million deal for a 24-hour television network beginning in September that will broadcast Longhorn sports, including at least one football game and eight basketball games per season, and other sports and academic content.

Lackawanna's Jack Jurek (tied for 26th), Cheektowaga's Liz Johnson (30th) and Cheektowaga's Ryan Ciminelli (32nd) were the area bowlers to move on after the fourth round of PBA Tournament of Champions in Las Vegas.

From News and wire service reports.

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