TORONTO (AP) — A person familiar with the negotiations tells The Associated Press that the Toronto Blue Jays have worked out a one-year, $18 million package with 36-year-old slugger Jose Bautista. It’s a deal that includes a mutual second-year option. Bautista took the contract after turning down Toronto’s one-year, $17.2 qualifying offer. The outfielder comes off an injury-plagued season in which he batted just .234 with 22 home runs and 69 RBIs, far below his average numbers over the previous five years.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles Clippers point guard Chris Paul is expected to miss six to eight weeks because of a torn ligament in his left thumb. Paul is slated for surgery today, about a week before fellow All-Star Blake Griffin is expected to return from right knee surgery. Paul is averaging an NBA-high 2.25 steals this season while contributing 17.5 points, 9.7 assists and 5.3 rebounds a game.
UNDATED (AP) — New York Islanders general manager Garth Snow has fired head coach Jack Capuano and replaced him with assistant Doug Weight on an interim basis. Capuano is the second-winningest coach in club history, going 227-194-64 with three playoff appearances in seven seasons. The Islanders are last in the Metropolitan Division at 17-17-8, eight points out of a playoff berth.
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Seventh-ranked Creighton will spend the rest of the season without national assists leader Maurice Watson Jr. because of a torn ACL in his left knee. The injury occurred in last night’s win over Xavier, which gave the Bluejays an 18-1 record. Watson is averaging 12.9 points, 8.4 assists and 1.5 steals this season.
FRISCO, Texas (AP) — Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones says only he will decide quarterback Tony Romo’s future with the franchise. Romo started for Dallas for 10 years before losing his job to rookie Dak Prescott after a preseason back injury. The Cowboys are most likely to trade or release the franchise leader in passing yards and touchdowns.