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Mets: Santana to have more surgery

NEW YORK, March 30 (UPI) -- The New York Mets confirmed Saturday pitcher Johan Santana will again have surgery to repair a torn anterior capsule in his left pitching shoulder.

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The two-time Cy Young Award winner's season will effectively be ended by the second surgery on his shoulder in less than three years while playing under a six-year, $137.5 million contract.

The deal is set to expire at the end of the campaign, likely meaning his career with the Mets is over.

The pitcher missed all of the 2011 season after suffering a similar injury in September 2010.

After reporting to spring training this year, Santana was diagnosed with weakness in his left shoulder. He has not appeared in a spring training game.

Santana was the Mets' opening day starter last year and on June 1 threw the first no-hitter in the history of the franchise. He did so while throwing a career-high 134 pitches.

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In his next 10 starts Santana went 3-7 with an ERA of 8.27. The Mets eventually shut him down for the season in August.


President Obama attends NCAA game

WASHINGTON, March 30 (UPI) -- President Obama took in the NCAA Tournament game between Syracuse and Marquette Saturday afternoon at the Verizon Center in Washington.

Obama drew loud applause from the crowd when his image was flashed on the arena's big screen about 4:50 p.m. EDT. The president, dressed casually, smiled and waved.

Obama sat between friends Marty Nesbitt and Reggie Love during the game, which Syracuse won 55-39 to reach the Final Four.

Earlier in the day, Obama golfed at the Joint Base Andrews course with Nesbitt, Love and Michael Brush.


Blues obtain Leopold from Sabres

ST. LOUIS, March 30 (UPI) -- Veteran defenseman Jordan Leopold is heading to the playoff hopeful St. Louis Blues from Buffalo for a pair draft picks in a trade announced Saturday.

Leopold, 30, will move from the Sabres -- currently out of the Eastern Conference playoff picture -- to the Blues, who are clinging to the eighth and final playoff spot in the West.

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In exchange, the Sabres will receive conditional second-round and fifth-round selections in the upcoming draft.

Leopold has picked up two goals and six assists in 24 games for the Sabres this season -- slowing down from his previous pace of 23 goals and 59 points in 150 earlier appearances for Buffalo.

The former Anaheim second-round choice has 65 goals, 202 points and 268 penalty minutes over 610 career games for Calgary, Pittsburgh, Florida and the Sabres across 10 seasons.

To make room, the Blues assigned goaltender Jake Allen to Peoria of the American Hockey League after he had racked up an 8-3-0 record in 12 rookie appearances with the NHL club.


Goldschmidt inks 5-year D-backs deal

PHOENIX, March 30 (UPI) -- Slugging first baseman Paul Goldschmidt and the Arizona Diamondbacks have agreed on a five-year contract extension, the team said Saturday.

Terms of the deal weren't announced, but The Arizona Republic reported Goldschmidt will get $32 million and the deal includes a club option of $14.5 million for 2019.

The 25-year-old had a breakout season in 2012, when he emerged as the club's everyday first baseman. He compiled a .286 average with 20 home runs, 43 doubles and 82 RBI over 145 games.

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He followed that up with a torrid Cactus League spring training season, hitting .410 in 28 games.

"This is the only place I wanted to be so I'm thrilled to know that I will be here long-term," Goldschmidt said in a statement. "I can't wait for the season to start, and I hope that we can bring another World Championship to the fans of Arizona."

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