Digest for 7-14-12


Oakland agrees to terms with Sanburn

OAKLAND, Calif. — The Oakland Athletics have agreed to terms with former Arkansas Razorback Nolan Sanburn. The right-hander was the 74th overall pick and received $710,000 under the deal announced Friday.

Sanburn went 4-1 with a 2.43 ERA in 22 games for the Razorbacks. He struck out 49, walked 22 and didn’t allow a home run in 40 2-3 innings coming mostly in relief. He had a team-leading eight saves.

Saints reach long-term deal with Brees

NEW ORLEANS — The New Orleans Saints have reached a long-term agreement with star quarterback Drew Brees, who had remained unsigned for the past few months.

The sides agreed on Friday to a $100-million deal that will compensate Brees $40 million in the deal’s initial season.

Brees has averaged 4,732 yards and nearly 34 touchdown passes a season during that time. He is coming off perhaps his best season; he threw for an N.F.L.-record 5,476 yards and 46 touchdowns. New Orleans is also hosting the Super Bowl this season.

Matteson retains lead at John Deere

SILVIS, Ill. — First-round leader Troy Matteson cooled off from his 10-under opening round but still leads the John Deere Classic after a 3-under 68 on Friday.

Jeff Maggert closed to within a stroke after carding a 9-under 62 and trails Matteson by one stroke, tied with Brian Harman at 12 under for the tournament.

J.J. Henry, Gary Christian, Robert Garrigus and Ricky Barnes are tied for fourth at 11-under 131.

A trio of players are at 10-under 132, including three-time defending champion Steve Stricker, whose 4-under 67 placed him within striking distance with 36 holes to play. Tommy Biershenk and two-time U.S. Open champion Lee Janzen are also at 132.

Brand claimed of waivers by Dallas

DALLAS – Elton Brand has been claimed off amnesty waivers by the Dallas Mavericks with a winning bid of $2.1 million.

The league’s 30 teams were notified Friday afternoon that the Mavericks had lodged the winning waiver bid for Brand, who was released Wednesday by the Philadelphia 76ers through the amnesty clause in the NBA’s new labor agreement.

The league’s 30 teams were notified shortly after 5 p.m. ET Friday that the Mavericks had lodged the winning waiver bid for Brand, who was released Wednesday by the Philadelphia 76ers through the amnesty clause in the NBA’s new labor agreement.