Sports Shorts

Off-the-court activity forces postponement of two women's hoops games

Only half the games slated for Monday were played, on what was supposed to be a festive opening day for the women's basketball Premier League. Elitzur Ramle's budget was not approved by the league control committee, forcing a postponement of its game against Elitzur Netanya. Meanwhile, an accident involving five players from Hapoel Petah Tikva forced the postponement of their team's game against Ramat Hasharon. None of the women were injured, a team official reported. Among the games that did take place last night, Maccabi Ashdod got off to a slow start but in the end easily defeated Hapoel Rishon Letzion 74-64, while Hapoel Galil Elyon beat Elitzur Holon on the road 68-66. (Haaretz Sports Staff )

Ortiz, Red Sox finalize $26 million deal

David Ortiz, the face of the Red Sox since helping Boston end an 86-year World Series drought in 2004, has finalized a $26 million, two-year contract. The soon-to-be 37-year-old Ortiz attended a Fenway Park news conference yesterday to announce the agreement, which includes bonuses that could raise the value to $30 million. Big Papi had consecutive game-ending hits in extra innings of games 4 and 5 of the 2004 AL championship series against the Yankees as the Red Sox became the first major league team to overcome a 0-3 deficit in a best-of-seven postseason series. (AP )