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Yankees sign reliever Soriano

A person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press that the New York Yankees have reached a three-year agreement with AL saves leader Rafael Soriano that could be worth $35 million.

Soriano led the AL with 45 saves last season for Tampa Bay and then became a free agent. The 31-year-old righty was 3-2 with a 1.73 ERA in his only year with the Rays.


Newton declares for draft

Heisman Trophy winner Cam Newton will skip his senior season and enter the NFL draft.

Auburn released a statement Thursday night announcing the quarterback's decision. Newton led the Tigers to their first national title since 1957 and a 14-0 season with a 22-19 victory over Oregon on Monday night.

In other college football news:

*Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson has decided to stay and play for coach Brady Hoke. Robinson came to Michigan because of ex-coach Rich Rodriguez's spread offense.

*Former Syracuse coach Paul Pasqualoni is heading back to the Big East as football coach at Connecticut, replacing Randy Edsall. Pasqualoni had been an assistant with the Dallas Cowboys.

*Stanford has hired offensive coordinator David Shaw to replace Jim Harbaugh as football coach.



*The opening round of the Sony Open in Honolulu, the first full-field PGA event of the season, was rained out Thursday. The plan is to play the opening two rounds today and Saturday, with 36 holes on Sunday.

*Blake Hoffarber's 26 points and Minnesota's improved perimeter defense helped the Gophers (13-4, 2-3 Big Ten) outlast eighth-ranked Purdue (15-2, 4-1), 70-67.

From News and wire service reports.

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