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Messenger Sports Briefs for January 7

Messenger Sports Briefs for January 7

Cards to pay Holliday
for the next 19 years

The St. Louis Cardinals will be paying Matt Holliday through 2029 under the $120 million, seven-year contract that is likely to be finalized today.
Holliday will get $17 million a season in salary, but $2 million a year will be deferred without interest, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press on Wednesday.
Holliday’s contract includes a $17 million team option for 2017 with a $1 million buyout, and the Cardinals must decide whether to exercise it within five days of the end of the 2016 World Series.
Depending on whether the option is exercised, Holliday will receive $1.4 million or $1.6 million each July 15 from 2020 until 2029.

Syracuse has enough
to get past Memphis

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — Andy Rautins had just committed another turnover in a tight game against Memphis, and Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim had seen enough.
Just as he once did with regularity, Boeheim whirled around and ripped off his sports jacket, irate as Memphis star Elliot Williams streaked alone down the court, ready to energize the Tigers with a vicious slam dunk.
Boeheim should have kept watching.
Instead of moving Memphis within a point of the lead, Williams hit the back of the rim and his attempt failed.
No. 7 Syracuse responded by scoring nine of the next 10 points to take a 51-40 lead and won 74-57 on Wednesday night despite 17 turnovers and some weak defense early.

Ex-UT gridiron aide
added to Ark. staff

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — After a season off, Steve Caldwell is returning to the Southeastern Conference to join the staff at Arkansas.
Caldwell, who spent 14 seasons at Tennessee, was introduced Wednesday as the defensive ends coach for the Razorbacks. Arkansas also hired Kris Cinkovich as wide receivers coach.
Caldwell, a former Arkansas State player, departed Tennessee when coach Phillip Fulmer was forced out in 2008.
“Not being on the field this fall was really tough,” Caldwell said. “Those first two games this year, when I wasn’t a part of it, really drove me crazy.”

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