Yankees set record payroll at $230 mil; Astros $27 mil
NEW YORK — The New York Yankees set a record for baseball's highest opening-day payroll at $230.4 million, almost 10 times what the Houston Astros are paying their players.
After all the talk of spending restraint during the offseason, the Yankees began the season Monday well ahead of the Los Angeles Dodgers, according to a study of big league contracts by The Associated Press.
The Dodgers at $214.8 million became only the second franchise to break the $200 million barrier. The Yankees have topped it six years in a row.
At the other end, Houston was last at $27.3 million, down from about $61 million opening day last year and less than the major league-leading $29 million for the Yankees' Alex Rodriguez. Houston's payroll is the lowest since the 2008 Florida Marlins were at $22 million.
After an unsuccessful first season in their new ballpark and an offseason spent shedding stars, the Miami Marlins dropped from about $90 million to 29th at $44.7 million.
Fourteen teams topped $100 million, up from eight at the start of last season. Philadelphia was third at $160 million, followed by Boston ($157.6 million), AL champion Detroit ($150.5 million), the Los Angeles Angels ($141.9 million) and World Series champion San Francisco ($138 million).
McDermott repeats on AP All-America hoops team
Creighton's Doug McDermott is an All-America for the second straight year while Trey Burke of Michigan and Otto Porter Jr. of Georgetown tied as the leading vote-getters for The Associated Press' first team.
Victor Oladipo of Indiana and Kelly Olynyk of Gonzaga are the other players on the team announced Monday.
Burke, the dynamic point guard, and Porter, the smooth, solid forward, both received 62 first-team votes and 319 points from the same 65-member national media panel that selects the weekly Top 25.
Oladipo, whose all-around play kept the Hoosiers in the No. 1 ranking longer than any other team this season, was third in the voting. McDermott, the efficient scorer, is the 51st repeat selection and the second in as many years following Jared Sullinger of Ohio State. Olynyk, who became the country's best center, rounds out the first team.
LUBBOCK, Texas — Tubby Smith is headed to Texas Tech to try to turn around another wayward program.
Smith agreed to terms Monday with Texas Tech to be its next coach, a person with knowledge of the deal told The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because an official announcement has not been made. Athletic department spokesman Blayne Beal said there was no agreement in place.
Interim coach Chris Walker went 11-20 this season and 3-15 in Big 12 play as the program tried to recover from Billy Gillispie's volatile one-year tenure, which ended when he resigned in September.
Smith was fired by Minnesota last week after six seasons. He led them to three NCAA tournaments and this year delivered the program's first tourney win — over sixth-seeded UCLA — since 1997. He went 124-81 (.610), winning 20 games five times.
LEXINGTON, Ky. — Archie Goodwin is leaving Kentucky early for the NBA while Willie Cauley-Stein and Kyle Wiltjer will be back next season, coach John Calipari said Monday.
In a statement issued by the school, Calipari said he wanted Goodwin to return for his sophomore season but "I fully support him choosing to pursue his dreams."
Goodwin averaged a team-best 14 points for the Wildcats. They followed up their 2012 national championship by losing to Robert Morris in the first round of the NIT to cap a 21-12 finish.
SAN ANTONIO — Spurs guard Manu Ginobili could miss the start of the playoffs because of a strained hamstring that is expected to sideline him three to four weeks.
The timetable released by the Spurs on Monday comes a day after Ginobili did not play in an 88-86 loss to the Miami Heat. The 35-year-old Ginobili injured his right hamstring in a victory over the Los Angeles Clippers last week.
The regular season ends April 17. San Antonio is 1 1/2; games ahead of Oklahoma City for the top seed in the Western Conference and may now have to protect that lead without their third-leading scorer. Ginobili is averaging 11.9 points and 4.6 assists. The Spurs recently went 6-2 without All-Star Tony Parker before the point guard returned from an ankle sprain.
Orb takes over favorite's role for Kentucky Derby
Orb has moved to the head of the 3-year-old class after winning the Florida Derby over the weekend.
The colt has won four in a row, and replaces Verrazano in the AP's latest Run to the Roses' Top 10 list of Kentucky Derby contenders. Orb was fourth last week.
Trained by Shug McGaughey, Orb defeated Itsmyluckyday by 23/4 lengths in his final prep before the Derby on May 4.
Revolutionary moved up three spots to No. 3 after his win in the Louisiana Derby on Saturday.
Verrazano will have a chance to reclaim the top spot with a strong effort in the Wood Memorial this weekend.
Compiled from wire reports