Sports Digest: White Sox sign Andruw Jones to one-year deal

2009-11-26T00:00:00Z Sports Digest: White Sox sign Andruw Jones to one-year dealBy Times Staff nwitimes.com
November 26, 2009 12:00 am  • 

Major League Baseball

SOX SIGN ANDRUW JONES TO DEAL: The White Sox have agreed to terms on a one-year contract with outfielder Andruw Jones, a 10-time Gold Glove Award winner and five-time All-Star. Under terms of the deal, Jones will receive a base salary of $500,000 in 2010 and up to an additional $1 million in performance bonuses.

Jones, 32, batted .214 (60-281) with 17 home runs and 43 RBIs in 82 games with Texas in 2009 while making 53 starts.

The 6-foot-1, 240-pounder averaged one home run every 16.5 at-bats, which would have ranked eighth in the American League with the required plate appearances, and he led the team with an average of one walk every 7.36 plate appearances. Jones hit three home runs on July 8 at the Los Angeles Angels.

"This is an opportunity to add a power bat to the roster while improving our outfield depth," Sox general manager Ken Williams said in a news release.

Jones owns a lifetime .257 average with 388 home runs, 1,174 RBIs and 1,109 runs scored in 1,918 games.

In other news, Chicago's Gordon Beckham has been named the third baseman on the Topps Major League Rookie All-Star Team.

Beckham batted .270 (102-378) with 28 doubles, 14 home runs and 63 RBIs in 103 games with the White Sox in 2009.

College football

QUINN BACKS ND'S WEIS: Cleveland Browns quarterback Brady Quinn said Notre Dame would be making a mistake if it fires coach Charlie Weis.

Quinn, who played two seasons for Weis with the Fighting Irish, would like to see the embattled coach back for a sixth season.

"I hope not," Quinn said when asked if he expected a coaching change at his alma mater. "Personally I think it would be a horrible decision if they did make that change."

Notre Dame is 6-5 heading into its regular-season finale at Stanford. Weis is 35-26 in five seasons at the school. He was 19-6 and made trips to the Fiesta and Sugar Bowls with Quinn as his quarterback.

College basketball

IUN PLAYERS EARN HONORS: Two Indiana University Northwest basketball players have earned Player of the Week accolades from the United States Collegiate Athletic Association (USCAA) for the week of Nov. 16-22.

Senior Jesse Howell was awarded Player of the Week honorable mention in USCAA Division I for his record-setting performance in a 110-103 win over the Judson University Eagles on Nov. 17. Howell scored 44 points in that game, eclipsing the previous IU Northwest record set by teammate Pete Trgovich III (Munster).

For the Lady RedHawks, sophomore forward Sharon Houston (Merrillville) was named USCAA Co-Player of the Week. Houston averaged 27 points, 16.6 rebounds, 5.3 blocks, and 1.3 steals in three games for IU Northwest last week. She notched a triple-double in a Nov. 20 win against Goshen College, with 21 points, 16 rebounds, and 12 blocks.

L.C.'S HOBBS SIGNS WITH OUACHITA BAPTIST: Lake Central senior Leith Hobbs signed with Division II Ouachita Baptist in Arkansas.

"We are excited to have a young player of Leith's potential and character," Ouachita Baptist coach Mark Price said of Hobbs, a 6-foot-9 center.

Prep sports

JUDGE RULES AGAINST YERGLER: Special Judge Chris Lee ruled Wednesday against a temporary restraining order that would have immediately allowed Winston Yergler to play basketball for North Judson.

A hearing date for the case has been set for Dec. 8 in Fulton County.

Yergler was a freshman on the Kouts varsity team last season before his family moved to North Judson over the summer. Kouts signed off on the transfer order with the IHSAA but North Judson has not. The IHSAA ruled Yergler, a point guard, ineligible for the season and his family is contesting the ruling.

If the TRO had been granted, Yergler could have played in the first two games on the Bluejays' schedule, Yergler's lawyer Nick Otis said, beginning Wednesday against Knox and Dec. 4 against Morgan Twp.

"The judge did not feel like Winston would suffer any long-term, irreparable harm in not playing the next two games," Otis said. "I wish the ruling had been different. As a former athlete, I think every game is important. Obviously, we'd love to see him play, but we're happy to be able to have a hearing in two weeks, and we hope we'll be able to get the decision overturned."

OSBORN TO COMPETE IN FOOT LOCKER REGIONAL: Chesterton senior David Osborn will compete at the Foot Locker Cross Country Championships Midwest Regional race on Saturday at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside in Kenosha. A national finalist in 2008, Osborn returns to compete against some of the best runners in the region for a coveted spot on the national team. Osborn placed 23rd in last year’s regional race.

The 5,000-meter seeded race begins at 10:40 a.m. for the girls and at 11:25 a.m. for the boys. The top 10 boys and the top 10 girls in the seeded races qualify for the Foot Locker Cross Country Championships National Finals on Saturday, Dec. 12 at Morley Field, Balboa Park in San Diego.

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