- Associated Press - Friday, March 28, 2014

BASEBALL

DETROIT (AP) - The Detroit Tigers have agreed to pay Triple Crown winner Miguel Cabrera a baseball-record $292 million over the next 10 years, according to a person with knowledge of the deal.

The person, who said the contract is subject to a physical, spoke Thursday night to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the agreement had not been announced.

Cabrera is due $44 million over the final two years of his $152.3 million, eight-year contract that runs through 2015, and the person says the slugger will make $248 million over eight seasons in the new deal.

Depending on whether Cabrera’s deal is structured as one 10-year contract or an eight-year deal starting in 2016, it will either surpass Alex Rodriguez’s $275 million, 10-year agreement with the New York Yankees for the richest contract, or Clayton Kershaw’s record for average annual value of $30,714,286 in the $215 million, seven-year deal he signed with the Los Angeles Dodgers in January.

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Los Angeles Dodgers held a team meeting to address young star Yasiel Puig’s baserunning blunders.

Manager Don Mattingly called the meeting Tuesday after the 23-year-old Cuban defector made two mistakes on the basepaths during the Dodgers‘ season-opening, two-game trip to Australia last weekend - mistakes that made headlines in the media.

“I thought it was a really good meeting, actually,” Mattingly said. “But again, it’s one of those things that if guys want to talk about it, they can. I don’t think it’s something we need to talk about. … We’re just looking to get better all the time.”

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PRO BASKETBALL

HOUSTON (AP) - The Philadelphia 76ers tied the NBA record for futility with their 26th straight loss, falling 120-98 to a Houston Rockets team led by James Harden’s triple-double.

Philadelphia matched the 2010-11 Cleveland Cavaliers for the NBA’s worst skid and can set the record at home against Detroit on Saturday.

The Sixers haven’t won since Jan. 29 and are two games from going winless in two straight months. There was very little visible emotion as the final seconds ticked away and the players slowly made their way off the court.

Harden had 26 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists in three quarters for his second career triple-double as Houston picked up its fifth straight victory.

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