Originally created 12/11/97

Overtime: Yankees sign Davis away from Royals



The New York Yankees filled their void at designated hitter, agreeing Wednesday to a $9.8 million, two-year contract with Chili Davis.

Davis, a 37-year-old switch-hitter, batted .279 for the Kansas City Royals last season with 30 homers and 90 RBI on a team that finished last in the AL Central at 67-94.

  • The Montreal Expos traded relief pitcher Dave Veres to the Colorado Rockies on Wednesday for switch-hitting minor league outfielder Terry Jones.
  • The teams also will exchange players-to-be-named-later.

  • Pittsburgh on Wednesday agreed to terms on a one-year contract with free agent left-hander Jeff Tabaka.
  • Charlie O'Brien and Chad Kreuter signed with the Chicago White Sox on Wednesday, filling a catching void created by the departure of Ron Karkovice and Jorge Fabregas.
  • Former Minnesota star Kirby Puckett said he is willing to invest up to $10 million in the team if a deal can be worked out to keep it in Minnesota.
  • Outfielder Curtis Goodwin, who demanded that Cincinnati trade him following an Aug. 7 shouting match with manager Jack McKeon, was dealt to the Colorado Rockies for reliever Mark Hutton on Wednesday.
  • The South Carolina Baseball Coaches Association will hold its sixth annual baseball/softball clinic Jan. 23-24, 1998 at the Adam's Mark Hotel in Columbia.
  • The Clinic is open to all baseball and softball coaches from the youth divisions to high school. The clinic will begin at 4:30 p.m. Friday and conclude at 5 p.m. Saturday. University of South Carolina coach Ray Tanner, Clemson coach Jack Leggett and former New York Mets' star Mookie Wilson will be the featured guests. Pre-registration is $30 and $40 at the door.

    For more information, contact Airport High coach Mike Morris at (803) 822-5600 or Rock Hill coach Eddie Hill at (803) 981-1300.

    BOXING: Negotiations for a heavyweight unification bout between Lennox Lewis and Evander Holyfield will be called off unless a contract is signed by Friday, Lewis' promoter said Wednesday.

    Promoter Panos Eliades said Lewis, the WBC champion, will fight either James "Buster" Douglas or Shannon Briggs in March if no deal is reached with Don King by 5 p.m. EST Friday for a match with Holyfield, the Atlanta fighter who holds the IBF and WBA titles.

    BASKETBALL: Saturday's Burke County-Glenn Hills game has been postponed.

    Glenn Hills will be at Burke County on Jan. 3 at 6 p.m. The two teams will play at Glenn Hills on Jan. 30 at 7 p.m.

  • A girls community three-point contest and hot-shot contest will be held from 2-4 p.m. at Richmond Academy on Saturday.
  • All ages can participate. Finalists will compete at halftime in the inaugural Ladies Night Out Tournament Dec. 26-27 at Richmond Academy.

    For more information, contact De Pierce at 738-8593.

  • Anthony Brockington of Coppin State and Twana Wright of South Carolina State have been named Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference players of the week.
  • Brockington averaged 24 points in three games last week, including 31 in a 78-70 win over Missouri.

    Wright averaged 19 points in two games to take the weekly honors among women.

    James Jones of South Carolina State and Chanell Washington of Howard were named rookies of the week. Jones scored 21 points in two games, while Washington scored 13 points and tallied four assists and three steals against Marshall.

    FOOTBALL: Two area players were honored by Presbyterian College this week at the school's annual banquet. Tony Davis of McCormick, S.C., was named best defensive player and Chad Gleaton of Williston, S.C., won the Bob Perren Memorial Ward. Davis, a junior defensive end, led the Blue Hose in tackles with 104, including 19 for losses. He tied the South Atlantic Conference record for single-game tackles with 19 against Elon. Gleaton won the Perren Award, which goes to the team's unsung hero, for playing in all 11 games and finishing fifth in tackles with 69.

    GOLF: Ralph Moore, a Denver Post sports writer for 35 years, died of a stroke Monday. He was 72.

    Moore started working for The Post as a copy boy in 1948 and was appointed golf writer six years later, beginning a career that lasted until his retirement in 1983.

    In that time Moore covered 23 U.S. Opens, 21 Masters championships, 10 PGA Championships, three U.S. Senior Opens and four U.S. Amateur championships, including the 1959 amateur won by Jack Nicklaus.

    WRESTLING: An autopsy should pinpoint why a University of Michigan wrestler collapsed and died during a workout, officials said.

    Jeff Reese, a junior from Wellsburg, N.Y., collapsed about 8 p.m. Tuesday while practicing at Crisler Arena and died on arrival at University of Michigan Medical Center, officials said.