Mariners close in on Nelson Cruz
— The Mariners are on the verge of landing right-handed slugger Nelson Cruz on a free-agent deal worth $57 million over four years. Cruz led the major leagues with 40 home runs last season and had 108 RBIs for Baltimore.
Galaxy advances to MLS Cup
— Late Sunday in Seattle, Clint Dempsey (Furman) had a goal and assist to lead Seattle to a 2-1 victory over the Los Angeles Galaxy in the second leg of the MLS Western Conference final, but the Galaxy advanced to the MLS Cup on road goals after a 2-2 aggregate. The first leg was 1-0 Galaxy and road goals are a tiebreaker. The Galaxy will play New England at 3 p.m. Sunday in the MLS Cup. ... Manchester United’s 2-1 win over Arsenal on Nov. 22 was the most-watched Premier League game in U.S. history at 1.41 million viewers. ... Thierry Henry, 37, is leaving the N.Y. Red Bulls after more than four seasons with the MLS. The French forward said he doesn’t know what he’s going to do next.
Blue Jackets edge Panthers
— At Columbus, Ohio, Boone Jenner scored at 10:05 of the third period to lift Columbus past the Florida Panthers 2-1. ... At New York, Brett Connolly’s second goal of the game during a third-period power play lifted the Tampa Bay Lightning to their third straight win over the New York Rangers, 6-3.
Silver Charm retires
— Former Kentucky Derby winner Silver Charm has returned to Georgetown, Ky., to live out his days as a celebrity at the Old Friends horse retirement farm. The 1997 Derby and Preakness winner has spent about a decade in Japan, where he continued his stud career.
Gold medalist ready to defend title
— At Nassau, Bahamas, two-time Olympic gold medalist Robert Scheidt of Brazil returns to defend his title in the Star Sailors League Finals, which will be sailed this week at the Nassau Yacht Club.
Southern Wesleyan hires coach
— At Central, Southern Wesleyan hired Joey Maxon as men’s and women’s coach. He spent the past three years as an assistant at UNC-Charlotte.
Tobiasz Hose, Lander men’s basketball, Peach Belt player of the week
Aliyah Kilpatrick, Winthrop women’s basketball, Big South player of the week
Mike Warn, Francis Marion soccer, all-Southeast region
From Staff and Wire Reports