A-Rod sells Miami Beach home for $30M
MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (AP) - New York Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez has sold his Miami Beach home for $30 million.
A-Rod's business partner, Jose More, confirmed that the sale closed Friday.
Rodriguez bought the 54,000-square-foot piece of waterfront land for $7.4 million in 2010. Using his own construction company, Newport Property Construction, he spent another $7.6 million building a nearly-20,000-square-foot mansion.
The sale - 1 of the highest ever in Miami-Dade County - will earn Rodriguez a $15 million profit.
More says Rodriguez decided to sell because the buyer, who More wouldn't name, made A-Rod an offer he simply could not refuse. More says Rodriguez also loves the design process and is already planning to buy another home in South Florida with a little more privacy.
A-Rod is recovering from surgery on his left hip.
ACC-FLORIDA ST-VIRGINIA TECH
Zagunis HR in 9th leads Hokies past Seminoles
DURHAM, N.C. (AP) - Mark Zagunis homered with one out in the bottom of the ninth inning to give Virginia Tech a 3-2 victory over Florida State in the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament Thursday.
Zagunis' shot over the left field wall against reliever Gage Smith improved the sixth-seeded Hokies (37-19) to 2-0 in Pool B while dropping the second-seeded Seminoles (44-15) to 0-2 in Durham.
The Hokies took a 2-0 lead in the seventh on an RBI-triple by Zagunis, who scored on Andrew Rash's sacrifice fly.
Stephen McGee's leadoff double in the ninth sparked a comeback for the Seminoles. Casey Smit's ground-rule double scored McGee from third. Pinch-hitter Josh Delph singled to right and pinch-runner Brett Knief beat the throw home.
Reliever Clark Labitan (2-5) earned the win. Smith (4-1) took the loss, allowing three hits, including Zagunis' blast.
The Hokies play seventh-seeded Georgia Tech on Friday. Florida State plays third-seeded Virginia on Saturday.
Arkansas rallies past LSU 4-1 at SEC tournament
HOOVER, Ala. (AP) - Arkansas scored the go-ahead run on a squeeze bunt by Tyler Spoon in the eighth inning and tacked on two more insurance runs in the ninth to beat LSU 4-1 at the Southeastern Conference tournament on Thursday.
Arkansas right-hander Ryne Stanek (9-2) earned the win, giving up just one unearned run on six hits over eight innings. LSU's Aaron Nola was nearly as good, giving up one run in seven innings.
Colby Suggs threw a scoreless ninth inning for his 12th save of the season.
Arkansas (37-19) outhit LSU (49-9) 12-6. The Razorbacks were led by Matt Vinson and Spoon, who each had three hits.
LSU reliever Joey Bourgeois (3-2) took the loss. The Tigers didn't have any extra-base hits off the Razorbacks' pitching staff, which came into the game with the lowest ERA in the country.
Tar Heels beat Hurricanes 10-0 in ACC tournament
DURHAM, N.C. (AP) - Kent Emanuel threw eight scoreless innings, while Cody Stubbs and Brian Holberton each drove in three runs to help North Carolina beat Miami 10-0 on Thursday in pool play of the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament.
Emanuel (10-3) allowed four hits for the top-seeded Tar Heels (49-8) in a game called in the eighth inning due to a 10-run mercy rule. UNC got a fast start with Colin Moran getting an RBI single and Holberton adding a two-run single in the third inning. Stubbs finished with four hits.
Moran's RBI was his 84th of the year, setting a school single-season record.
Andrew Suarez (3-5) took the loss for the eighth-seeded Hurricanes (35-22), allowing 11 hits and seven runs in 5 1/3 innings. Miami managed only four singles.
Both teams play again Friday. North Carolina plays fifth-seeded Clemson in Pool A, while Miami faces No. 4 seed North Carolina State.
SEC-MISSISSIPPI ST-TEXAS A&M
Frazier leads Mississippi State past Texas A&M 6-4
HOOVER, Ala. (AP) - Adam Frazier went 4 for 5 with an RBI and Mississippi State beat Texas A&M 6-4 Thursday night in the Southeastern Conference tournament.
The Bulldogs (43-16) advanced to Saturday's single-elimination semifinals while Texas A&M (32-26) plays an elimination game against Vanderbilt on Friday night.
Ross Mitchell (11-0) didn't allow a hit in 3-1/3 innings of relief and Jonathan Holder pitched a perfect ninth for his 16th save.
The Bulldogs scored three runs in the fifth, 2 of them unearned.
Brett Pirtle went 2 for 4 with two RBIs and two runs scored.
The Aggies' Blake Allemand had a two-run single in the fifth. Hunter Melton was 2 for 4 with an RBI single in the first.
Starter Rafael Pineda (5-5) allowed five runs but only two were earned in 4-2/3 innings.
Ryan: Hurt feelings bringing him, Saints together
METAIRIE, La. (AP) - Rob Ryan figures his firing in Dallas will help him relate to a Saints defense humbled by a historically bad season.
Ryan, who spoke to reporters on Thursday for the first time since being hired by Saints coach Sean Payton in February, says he got his feelings hurt last season, and so did Saints defensive players, so they're all "looking to do something about it."
The Saints gave up 7,042 yards in 2012, the most ever in a single NFL season, after which Payton replaced defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo with Ryan.
Ryan is changing the scheme to a 3-4 and bringing back some blitzes that worked well for the Saints between 2009 and 2011 under then-coordinator Gregg Williams.
Saints players say Ryan's approach is a better match for their strengths.
Gregor single lifts Vandy past South Carolina, 4-3
HOOVER, Ala. (AP) - Conrad Gregor singled home the winning run in the bottom of the 10th inning to give Vanderbilt a 4-3 win over South Carolina Thursday in an elimination game of the Southeastern Conference tournament.
Tony Kemp led off with a single and the top-seeded Commodores (49-8) eventually loaded the bases with one out against three relievers.
The Gamecocks (39-18) had intentionally walked Connor Harrell, who had two hits. Gregor delivered his second single of the game to score Kemp.
Carson Fulmer (2-0) gave up three hits and one run in the final 4-1/3 innings for Vandy. Vince Conde added two doubles.
South Carolina starter Jordan Montgomery allowed just three unearned runs and stuck out eight in 7-2/3 innings. LB Dantzler had tied the game at 3-3 with a solo homer in the seventh after the Commodores opened a 3-0 lead.
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