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Kyle Seager stays humble

The size of Seattle third baseman Kyle Seager’s paychecks will change dramatically this year, but there’s little chance success will spoil him. He signed a $100 million contract with the Mariners shortly after Thanksgiving. It’s a seven-year deal with the heavier dollars scheduled for later in his career. (Salisbury Post)

Rockies manager Walt Weiss assumes more say in team's operations

Walt Weiss is going to get away for Christmas. Far away. As in Australia far away. The Rockies' manager could use a break. After an injury-riddled, 96-loss season, he's now more extensively involved in the Rockies' offseason decisions, spending much of his time in the third-floor offices at Coors Field, working side by side with new general manager Jeff Bridich. (Denver Post)

Top Tar Heel Moments of 2014

Court Storm: There's always a special energy level at the Smith Center for UNC-Duke games. But this one was different. That's because the game had been postponed after a snowstorm buried the Triangle. Students that had waited hours in the snow on the initial game day had to wait an additional eight days for the rescheduled date. The result was a Smith Center bursting with anticipation. (Inside Carolina)

Hovis, Thornton Earn Preseason Baseball All-America Honors

UNC junior right-handers Reilly Hovis and Trent Thornton were named to the 2015 Louisville Slugger Preseason All-America third team as selected by Collegiate Baseball, announced Friday. A first-team All-ACC selection in 2014, Hovis was one of the nation's top relievers as a sophomore. Thornton was outstanding in his first season as a weekend starter. (

Carolina Rundown: December 15

Bruce Carter played well on Sunday Night Football, making six tackles and grabbing a game-sealing interception. Giovani Bernard had 79 yards on the ground and 24 yards receiving. All-America honors for two UNC men's soccer players. The volleyball team defeated Oregon to advance to the NCAA regional final for the first time in school history, but fell to Texas in the round of eight. (

Why Andrew Miller sacrificed $4 million to sign with Yankees

The Yankees gave Andrew Miller a four-year, $36-million contract to wear pinstripes. That’s a lot of money. But he could have gotten more. Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said Miller’s agent told him he had been offered a four-year deal at $40-million. That caused the Yankees to up their proposal from $32 million to the pact Miller eventually accepted. But why did Miller leave an extra $4 million on the table? (

Carolina Rundown: December 12

It appears Kentucky has lost a starter to a torn ACL. Jonathan Cooper got his second career start in the Thursday night game as Arizona beat St. Louis, 12-6. Ed Davis is adjusting to a starting role with the Lakers. Three Tar Heels were invited to the MLS combine. (

Former UNC pitcher Kyle Snyder named pitching coach for Durham Bulls

Former UNC pitcher Kyle Snyder will serve as pitching coach for the Durham Bulls in 2015, the team announced Thursday. Snyder, 37, replaces Neil Allen, who was recently hired as the pitching coach for the Minnesota Twins. In his fourth season with the Tampa Bay Rays organization, Snyder previously served as a Minor League pitching coordinator. (WRAL Sports Fan)

Carolina Rundown: December 11

The Zellers started against each other last night. Tyler finished with 13 points and eight rebounds. The Warriors won their 14th in a row, and Harrison Barnes had 20 points and seven rebounds. Ty Lawson had 10 points and nine assists. Danny Green had 13 points. Marvin Williams had eight points and five rebounds. Brandan Wright scored five. (

Kyle Seager is a $100-million role model for how to succeed

Kyle Seager got the royal treatment on Wednesday, befitting a player who had just signed a $100 million contract. A crowd of Mariners employees crowded around the elevator, cheering when Seager, his wife Julie and 1-year-old son Crue emerged. (Seattle Times)

Yankees land lefty reliever and 2014 phenom Andrew Miller

The New York Yankees have won the Andrew Miller Sweepstakes. The YES Network originally reported that the team has signed the free agent left-handed reliever to a four-year deal totaling $36 million. Miller was lights-out for Boston and the playoff-bound Orioles in 2014. He yielded just 33 hits in 62 1/3 innings with 17 walks and 103 strikeouts. (CBS Sports)

Carolina Rundown: December 5

ACC bowls will be announced live on Sunday evening. 17 points and 10 rebounds for Harrison Barnes Thursday night. Bruce Carter blocked a punt for the Cowboys that led to a touchdown in Chicago last night. Ty Lawson could make the All-Star team for the first time, and he has a key three-game stretch coming up. Great double overtime road win for women's basketball at No. 18 Rutgers. (

After a Season of Pushing to Return, Mets’ Matt Harvey Details a Patient Plan for 2015

In what has become an almost biweekly occurrence since the fall of 2013, Matt Harvey updated reporters Wednesday about the progress of his recovery from Tommy John surgery and his expectations for a successful comeback in 2015. (New York Times)

Carolina Rundown: December 4

The Independence is becoming a popular forecast for the Tar Heels. Andrew Miller is poised to become the highest paid non-closer reliever in baseball history. Danny Green had 20 points and 10 rebounds Wednesday night. Kyle Seager is a $100 million role model for how to succeed. UNC women's basketball travels to Rutgers at 7 p.m. (

Mariners announce seven-year extension for Kyle Seager

The Seattle Mariners made it official Tuesday, announcing that third baseman Kyle Seager had signed a seven-year contract with an option for an eighth year. The sides reached an agreement early last week. The team does not give out monetary details of contracts. But a source confirmed that the total contract is worth $100 million with the potential to reach $120 million based on the option year. (Seattle Times)

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