Around the Nation (Dec. 15): Hamilton, Angels finalize $125M deal

BETH HARRIS AP Sports Writer Published:

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BASEBALL

Hamilton finalizes $125M deal with L.A. Angels

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Outfielder Josh Hamilton and the Los Angeles Angels have finalized their $125 million, five-year contract.

The five-time All-Star appeared at a news conference Saturday, two days after agreeing to a deal.

Hamilton, the 2010 AL MVP, joins a batting order that already includes Albert Pujols and Mike Trout. The 31-year-old Hamilton hit a career-high 43 home runs last season and batted .285 with 128 RBI in 148 games.

Source: Phillies add pitchers Adams, Lanan

The Philadelphia Phillies added a pair of pitchers, agreeing to a $12 million, two-year contract with reliever Mike Adams and a one-year deal with starter John Lannan.

A person familiar with each deal said Saturday the contract was subject to a physical. They spoke on condition of anonymity because the agreements were not yet final.

Adams' deal includes an option for 2015 that would become guaranteed at $6 million if he has 65 games pitched in 2014. His 2015 salary would become guaranteed at $6.5 million if he has 120 games pitched in 2013 and 2014 combined, with at least 60 in 2014.

FOOTBALL

Valdosta State tops Winston-Salem 35-7 for Division II title

FLORENCE, Ala. -- Matt Pierce returned the opening kickoff 96 yards for a touchdown and freshman Cedric O'Neal ran for 140 yards and a score to lead Valdosta State to a 35-7 victory over Winston-Salem State on Saturday in the Division II championship game.

The Blazers (12-2) took a 21-0 halftime lead en route to their 10th straight win and first national title since 2007, coach David Dean's debut season. The Rams (14-1) were trying to become the first historically black school to win the Division II title after losing in the semifinals last season. But they couldn't overcome six turnovers, including several that hurt promising drives.

The Blazers needed 12 seconds to score and five minutes to build a 14-0 lead against a team that hadn't trailed by more than a touchdown all season.

Cayden Cochran was 18-of-26 passing while throwing for a touchdown and running for a pair. O'Neal carried 24 times.

BASKETBALL

Bonnies overpower Cleveland State, 87-53

OLEAN, N.Y. -- Demitrius Conger scored 15 points and pulled down a team-high 11 rebounds to lead St. Bonaventure over Cleveland State 87-53 Saturday in a nonconference matchup.

Charlon Kloof added 14, Youssou Ndoye had 12 and Eric Mosley came off the bench for 10 points for the Bonnies, who took a 22-point lead, 48-26, into halftime.

St. Bonaventure (6-3) pushed its lead to 40, 77-37, behind a Dion Wright jumper.

The Bonnies tallied their best shooting performance of the season, hitting 30-of-56 shots, including 8 of 16 from 3-point range. They converted 19-of-22 shots from the stripe.

Both St. Bonaventure and Cleveland State (6-4) committed 20 turnovers, but the Bonnies scored 26 points off those errors, compared to 13 for the Vikings.

Cleveland State was without its second leading scorer Anton Grady (13.7). His replacement, freshman Bryn Forbes, finished with a team-high 12 points.

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