The Yankees said Jorge Posada
is set to announce his retirement today at Yankee Stadium. The 40-year-old five-time All-Star catcher will end his 17-year career with the team that drafted him rather than pursue another team. Posada became a free agent after a trying season in New York, the final year of a four-year, $52 million contract. A clubhouse leader, he helped the Yankees win five World Series. Posada hit .273 with 275 home runs, and 1,065 RBIs for his career. He lost his catching job last season and his playing time had diminished . . . Omar Vizquel
and the Blue Jays agreed to a one-year, minor league contract. The 44-year old infielder would be headed into his 24th major league season if he makes the team out of spring training . . . New Houston Astros owner Jim Crane
is considering changing the name of the franchise as well as its uniforms. Crane said the team will conduct a study to decide whether to change the name, and that switching uniforms is something they are “highly considering.’’ Any changes wouldn’t happen until 2013, when Houston moves from the National League to the American League . . . Some bidders for the Dodgers started talking about combining groups even before initial offers for the bankrupt team were submitted yesterday . . . The trade that sent Yankees Jesus Montero
and Hector Noesi
to the Mariners in exchange for Michael Pineda
and Jose Campos
was finalized after all passed physicals . . . Bud Selig’s
two-year extension as commissioner was finalized after San Diego owner John Moores
voted in favor of the deal, making the decision unanimous among the 30 owners. Because it was not on the agenda when owners met Jan. 12 in Arizona, unanimous consent was needed for approval. Moores, upset that the Padres’ sale to Jeff Moorad’s
group was not approved, had voted no . . . Righthander Kevin Millwood
and Seattle agreed to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.
Son: Paterno ‘calm’ before his death
, said his father was “serenely calm’’ before his death at 85 from lung cancer Sunday. “Even at the end when it was clear that he passed a line of no return, it was never a moment of bitterness. It was never a moment of fear.’’ The legendary football coach will get a two-day viewing and a public memorial this week on the Penn State campus, his family said.
Navy will join the Big East in football
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Navy will announce today it is joining the Big East in football in 2015, a person with knowledge of the decision said. The announcement would follow months of courtship from the Big East toward Navy, a football independent . . . Kentucky is back on top of the AP men’s basketball poll. Missouri jumped from fifth to second, while Syracuse, which was No. 1 for six weeks, dropped to third after losing its first game of the season at Notre Dame. Murray State, the lone remaining unbeaten team in Division 1 at 20-0, is 11th. Baylor remained the unanimous No. 1 choice in the women’s poll . . . Murray State starting forward Ivan Aska was cleared to return after missing six games with a broken hand . . . USCHO.com’s Division 1 men’s hockey poll has Boston University at No. 2, Merrimack at No. 5, and Boston College at No. 7. For the women, BC, Northeastern, and Harvard placed fourth, sixth, and ninth, respectively.
Koivu, Byfuglien out of All-Star Game
Wild center Mikko Koivu
will miss the All-Star Game after his first career selection. Koivu hurt his left shoulder nine days ago after taking a hit during a game. The Wild captain was replaced by Oilers winger Jordan Eberle
. Penguins defenseman Kris Letang
replaced the Jets’ Dustin Byfuglien
, who has been out since suffering a knee injury Dec. 23. Wild right wing Nick Johnson
was chosen as a replacement in the rookie group taking part in the skills competition, filling in for Oilers center Ryan Nugent-Hopkins
, who has been out with a left shoulder injury . . . Chicago captain Jonathan Toews
will miss tonight’s game against Nashville with an upper-body injury. Coach Joel Quenneville
said that Toews might also miss the All-Star Game . . . The Stars reached a four-year, $18.4 million extension with defenseman Alex Goligoski
Rose injury may linger through season
Bulls star Derrick Rose
said his sprained left big toe might bother him the rest of the season. The league’s reigning MVP, who returned last night after missing four games, said the toe “is never going to be right this year.’’ . . . Point guard Baron Davis
practiced with the Knicks for the first time. The 32-year-old is a two-time All-Star, but a herniated disk in his back has kept him out all season.
Ex-Patriot Naposki’s cohort is guilty
Nanette Ann Packard
, accused of arranging to have Eric Naposki
, a former linebacker for the Patriots, kill her millionaire boyfriend in 1994, was found guilty of first-degree murder in Santa Ana, Calif. Prosecutors said Packard gave keys to Naposki so he could enter the Newport Beach home of William McLaughlin
and shoot him six times. Naposki was convicted of the murder last year . . . Ethiopia’s track federation plans to lift the suspension placed on Olympic distance running champion Kenenisa Bekele
, clearing the way for him to compete at the London Games. Bekele won the 5,000 and 10,000 meters at the Beijing Olympics and holds the world record in both events. He was suspended last week along with 34 other Ethiopian athletes for not reporting to a training camp.