Former USC standout shortstop Grant Green is moving on to the next stage in his career after signing a contract with the Oakland Athletics.The 21-year-old, selected 13th overall by the A’s in June, agreed to a deal that includes a $2.75 million signing bonus. Green reported for Arizona Fall League play Tuesday.Big bucks · Former shortstop Grant Green’s three years with USC earned him a big signing day with Oakland. – Amaresh Sundaram Kuppuswamy | Daily Trojan“It’s a good fit through and through,” Green said by phone Wednesday. “Me and my family, Scott Boras, my agent, we’re all extremely stoked about it and glad that it’s all over.”Green hit a team-leading .374 last season for the Trojans. In his three-year career at USC, he hit .359 with 15 homers, 102 RBI and a school record-setting 20 triples.At one point in February, he was projected by Baseball America to be picked as high as second overall after a summer at the Cape Cod Baseball League, in which he was named the most outstanding pro prospect. When his numbers slipped to start off the season, Green’s stock declined, but the A’s told him he was their top choice at shortstop all along.The A’s are reputed around the league to have a keen eye when it comes to the draft. Billy Beane, Oakland’s general manager, was the primary subject of a New York Times best-seller, Moneyball, that took a behind-the-scenes look at the team’s 2002 draft.“It was an honor to be picked by them,” Green said. “A lot of the guys that they’ve drafted throughout the years have gone on to be real good major leaguers, and it’s just an honor to be seen by the A’s organization as the top guy at that spot.”Green said he and Boras agreed to terms with the Athletics’ brass “about 30 seconds” before the 9 p.m. deadline on Aug. 17.Major League Baseball recommends that the 13th overall selection get $1.66 million. Brett Wallace, the 13th pick in 2008, signed for $1.84 million.“It’s a fair deal,” Green said. “We were still over slot, which is what we wanted, and they knew that.”Another former USC standout, right-handed pitcher Brad Boxberger, signed on deadline day with the Cincinnati Reds for $857,000. Boxberger had been drafted 43rd overall.Catcher/pitcher Robert Stock, who shined in the second half of last season as a starting pitcher for the Trojans, has been playing catcher in the St. Louis Cardinals organization since agreeing to a deal in June.Three other players from last year’s roster signed with MLB organizations: second baseman/catcher Hector Rabago, left-hander Anthony Vasquez and right-hander Daniel Cooper. Rabago went to the New York Yankees while Vasquez and Cooper both signed with the Seattle Mariners.
Executive committee member of the Ghana Football Association George Afriyie has described the Local Black Stars failure to qualify for the 2016 CHAN tournament as unfortunate.The Home-Based Stars lost 1-0 to Ivory Coast in the final round second leg qualifier on Friday in Abidjan.Ghana went into the game with a 2-1 first leg win but Davy Koffi Boua’s 35th minute goal saw the Ivorians sail through on the away goal rule.This is the first time Ghana will miss out of the tournament since its inception in 2009 when the team won silver.Afriyie who doubles as an emergency committee member of the GFA says not being at the tournament for a 4th time is regrettable.“It is just unfortunate but in the game of football sometimes you win some and lose some and this is one of the games you don’t expect to lose,” he told Joy Sports “I think it is a wakeup call for us, we need to look at how we prepare and plan but in the game of football it is not every time you can win.“We just have to reorganise ourselves and see the way forward because there are other competitions ahead of us.”Ghana placed second to Libya and won silver at the last edition of the tournament in South Africa 2014.–Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @Joy997FM. Our hashtag is #JoySports
NFL free agent wide receiver Terrelle Pryor was arrested Saturday afternoon and charged with assault after an incident at his apartment Friday night, according to Pittsburgh’s KDKA News.ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported earlier Saturday that Pryor was in critical condition after being stabbed at his home in the Heinz Lofts apartment complex in Pittsburgh. According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, Pryor has since been upgraded to stable condition. MORE: Terrelle Pryor in stable condition after stabbingThe initial report by Pittsburgh’s WTAE-TV said that a woman was in police custody after the incident and had also sustained injuries. Pryor was reportedly stabbed in the chest and shoulder. KDKA reported that Pryor received a simple assault charge, while Shalaya Briston was charged with criminal attempt homicide and aggravated assault. Pryor was drafted by the Raiders in the third round of the 2011 NFL Supplemental Draft following a successful collegiate career at Ohio State. He spent three seasons with the Buckeyes, throwing for 57 touchdowns and 6,177 yards. Pryor has since bounced around the NFL, appearing in games with the Raiders, Browns, Redskins, Bills and Jets. He hasn’t played this season after being released by the Jaguars in September.