Mets, Santana complete deal

NEW YORK -- Johan Santana and the New York Mets completed contract negotiations Friday, the last major step needed to finalize the team's blockbuster trade with Minnesota.

After the sides were granted an extra two hours to work on a deal, they finished talks before the new 7 p.m. deadline. The pitcher is scheduled to take a physical, the Mets said.

The Twins agreed Tuesday to swap Santana for four prospects: outfielder Carlos Gomez and right-handers Philip Humber, Kevin Mulvey and Deolis Guerra.

Santana and the Mets were then given until 5 p.m. Friday to negotiate a contract. For the deal to become official, the left-hander must formally waive the no-trade provision in his current contract.

• COLLEGE BASKETBALL -- South Carolina sophomore point guard Devan Downey was named a finalist for the Cousy Award on Friday. He is one of 12 Division I players on the list and one of two from the SEC.

Beginning today, college basketball fans nationwide will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite candidate at The top vote-getter from the online poll will receive the Fan Vote, representing one vote to be cast by the Blue Ribbon committee selecting the winner. The award will be announced at the Final Four.

Downey, a redshirt sophomore from Chester, leads the country with 3.4 steals per game. He leads the Gamecocks with 19.6 points per game, 21.8 in SEC games. He is second in both categories in the SEC, as well as second in minutes played in the SEC and third in assists.

• COLLEGE TENNIS -- The Winthrop men's tennis team dropped its season-opening match to NAIA No. 1 Auburn-Montgomery 6-1.

The Eagles were led in the doubles matches by seniors Rodrigo Santos and Alejandro Portugal as they defeated the duo of Daniel Plasa and Tim Mudrick 8-3. Auburn-Montgomery would later capture the doubles point by winning the remaining two matches.

Santos also led the Eagles in the singles matches, as he defeated Victor Sanakaipapi 6-2, 5-7, 1-0 (5).

Arthur Takahashi and Marcin Majchrzak both competed well for the Eagles in their singles matches.

Takahashi took his opponent, Alberto Romea, to a third set, but was defeated 6-1, 5-7, 1-0 (7). Majchrzak also went into the third set of his match against Fransisco Redondo, but was defeated 6-1, 6-7, 1-0 (5).

The Eagles will be back in action again at 1 p.m. today as they take on College of Charleston.