Digest for 09-29-13


LOCAL

UAM defeats CBC, Lyon at tri-match

BATESVILLE — The Arkansas-Monticello volleyball team got back on the winning track by recording victories in both of its matches on Saturday at the Lyon College Tri-Match. The Blossoms started the day with a 3-0 sweep over Central Baptist College and followed with a 3-2 win over host Lyon College later in the day.

Final game scores of the sweep over CBC were 25-12, 25-11 and 25-18. Final game scores of the five-set win over Lyon were 25-22, 17-25, 14-25, 25-17 and 15-12.

NATIONAL

Report: Giants sign Pence for $90 million

SAN FRANCISCO — The San Francisco Giants and outfielder Hunter Pence have agreed to a five-year contract, the team announced.

The deal is worth $90 million, according to reports Saturday by CBSSports.com and the San Francisco Chronicle. It is pending a physical.

Pence, 30, hit his 26th home run of the season on Friday, a career-high, and was in the lineup for his 161st game of the season on Saturday.

The two-time All-Star won a World Series with the Giants last year after being acquired from the Phillies at the trade deadline and signed a one-year, $13.8 million for this season.

Pence’s new deal is second on the team in terms of average annual value among Giants position players and is the second-biggest contract, both behind Buster Posey, the Chronicle pointed out.

Mets closing in on extension with Collins

FLUSHING, N.Y. — The New York Mets plan to announce a two-year contract extension for manager Terry Collins on Monday, multiple sources have told MLB.com.

The deal, which will also reportedly include an option for a third season, had yet to be finalized as of Saturday.

Collins’ current contract is set to expire at the conclusion of this season. The 64-year-old has amassed a 224-260 record over his three years with the Mets, including a 73-87 mark entering the final two games of the current campaign.

The Mets finished fourth in the NL East in each of Collins’ first two seasons and presently own a one-game edge on Philadelphia for third place.

Collins, who had previously served as a manager for the Houston Astros and Anaheim Angels, owns a career 668-694 record over nine seasons.