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Talks progress between Jeter, Yankees

NEW YORK -- Derek Jeter's agent and the Yankees made more progress Saturday on what will likely be a $189 million, 10-year contract, then recessed talks until next week.

Casey Close, the agent for the All-Star shortstop, was in Phoenix and spoke by telephone with Yankees president Randy Levine, according to a baseball official familiar with the talks who spoke on the condition he not be identified.

The sides had agreed to salaries in the early years of the contract and were working on the breakdown for the latter seasons, the official said.

In addition, the sides agreed the deal will include a no-trade clause, and there will not be any award or performance bonuses. The contract also will not contain any deferred salaries.

Still, contract language remained to be finalized.

Jeter's deal contract would become the second-largest in sports history, behind only the $252 million, 10-year agreement reached in December between Texas and free agent shortstop Alex Rodriguez, Jeter's good friend.

Williams rolls into PBA Championship lead

TOLEDO, Ohio -- Walter Ray Williams Jr. advanced to the title game of the PBA National Championship, finishing match play with a 50-pin lead.

Williams, the five-time PBA player of the year seeking his 33rd career title, had a 56-game pinfall total of 12,653 and led the field with an 18-6 match-play record. He made the biggest move of the previous round, from 14th to second place.

Tommy Delutz Jr. earned the second position for today's stepladder final (12:30 p.m., ESPN). Jeff Lizzi qualified third, Dave Arnold was fourth, and Chris Hayden grabbed the final spot.

Former Niagara Falls resident Patrick Healey Jr. held the lead at the end of the afternoon's second round of match play, but won just two of eight matches at night and finished 12th to earn $2,200.

The winner will receive $25,000.

Briefly. . .

Captain Steve gave trainer Bob Baffert his first victory at Gulfstream Park, holding off Albert The Great by 1 1/4 lengths in the $500,000 Donn Handicap. Captain Steve, the 4-year-old son of Fly So Free, pushed his earnings to $2,927,156 for owner Mike Pegram. In 18 stakes races, Captain Steve has seven victories, two seconds and six thirds.

Early Flyer overtook Lasersport in deep stretch to win by a neck in the $150,000 San Vicente Stakes for 3-year-olds at Santa Anita.

Wooden Phone led most of the way in upsetting Eclipse Award winner Tiznow by two lengths in the Strub Stakes at Santa Anita for trainer Bob Baffert.

Miami stayed home to find its new football coach, hiring Larry Coker on a permanent basis Saturday to run one of the country's top programs. The 52-year-old Coker signed a three-year contract to replace Butch Davis, who resigned Monday to take the head coaching job with the Cleveland Browns.

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