Reports from Japan suggest that the Red Sox are the leading candidate to land hyped amateur right-handed pitcher Junichi Tazawa. Sankei Sports reported Thursday that Tazawa, 22, told a friend he has agreed to a three-year major-league deal with the Red Sox worth nearly $6 million. An official announcement is reportedly expected by Dec. 1.
MORE MLB: San Diego Padres General Manager Kevin Towers suggested to Yahoo.com this week that he may have found an elusive third team to complete a trade with the Chicago Cubs for starting pitcher Jake Peavy. . . . Washington Nationals right-hander Tim Redding had surgery to repair a bone in a joint on his left foot and is expected to be ready for the start of spring training. . . . The Texas Rangers have traded pitcher Wes Littleton to the Boston Red Sox for a player to be named later or cash. Littleton spent most of the season with Class AAA Oklahoma, where he was 7-1 with six saves and a 4.01 ERA.
Golf Clark leads, Daly gets cut
Tim Clark shot a 2-under 70 to take a one-stroke lead after two rounds of the Australian Masters. Clark had a two-round total of 7-under 137, a stroke ahead of Anthony Summers, who shot a 68, and Michael Sim, who had a 66. Seven players were one stroke further back at 5 under, including former winner Robert Allenby, who shot a second-round 66. John Daly shot a 73 and missed the cut at 5 over.
MORE GOLF: Jeong Jang and Candie Kung beat Annika Sorenstam and Angela Stanford 3 and 2 to help Asia split the six opening alternate-shot matches with the International team in the Lexus Cup, Sorenstam's final LPGA Tour-sanctioned event before she retires.. . . . Miguel Angel Jimenez and Pablo Larrazabal lifted Spain into a four-shot lead at the World Cup of Golf, shooting a surprising 9-under 63 in the difficult foursomes (alternate-shot) format. Spain has shot a 17-under 127 through 36 holes. Australia (68) and Germany (69) were in second place behind Spain, which opened on Thursday with a 64 playing the easier fourball (best-ball) format. The United States (69) is six off the pace.
Cricket Sport crippled by terrorism
The attacks in India are the latest challenge to the future of international cricket in Asia. Pakistan, hit by a spate of bombings, will finish 2008 without playing a single cricket test. Sri Lanka's civil war has been going for more than 25 years. Now more than 150 people in Mumbai are dead. The England cricket team's India tour has been suspended as the sport finds itself threatened in a region containing four of the nine test-playing nations.
Horse racing Einstein wins $400,000
Einstein has won the $400,000 Clark Handicap at Churchill Downs. The 6-year-old horse stormed past heavy favorite Commentator at the top of the stretch Friday, then held off Delightful Kiss and won by 1 1/2 lengths. Einstein was ridden by Julien Leparoux completed the 1 1/8 miles in 1:49.79. The winner paid $11.80, $5.20 and $2.60. The field of seven was for horses 3 years old and up.
Olympics English complete marina
Sailing facilities for the 2012 London Olympics were officially unveiled Friday, making it the first new venue to be completed for the games. The $10 million marina is located at the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy in Dorset on the south coast of England, which boasts some of the best small boat sailing conditions in the world.