Mike Cameron told the Nationals yesterday he is retiring after a 17-season career in which the outfielder won three Gold Gloves. Cameron, 39, signed a minor league contract with Washington in December and was expected to make the roster with the Nationals unsettled at center field. Last year Cameron hit .203 in 78 games for the Red Sox and Marlins . . . The Yankees and Pirates completed a trade that sent righthander A.J. Burnett to Pittsburgh for a pair of minor leaguers. The teams agreed to the deal Friday, but it was subject to Burnett passing a physical. He was at Pirates camp in Bradenton, Fla., to take his exam. Commissioner Bud Selig also had to approve the deal because of the money involved. Pittsburgh will pay $13 million of the $33 million due Burnett for 2012 and 2013 . . . Phillies righthander Kyle Kendrick agreed to a two-year, $7.5 million contract. Kendrick, 27, went 8-6 with a 3.22 ERA in 34 games for Philadelphia last year . . . Righthander Brett Tomko signed a minor league deal with the Reds - the team that launched his 14-year career - and was invited to join them as they opened camp. Tomko was 0-1 with a 4.58 ERA in eight games with Texas last season . . . Giants righthander Ryan Vogelsong strained his back earlier this month while lifting weights and will miss at least the first 10 days of spring training. Vogelsong, 34, an All-Star last year, received an $8.3 million, two-year contract last month after going 13-7 with a 2.71 ERA in 30 games . . . Angels first baseman Kendrys Morales was cleared to run outdoors, the next step in his recovery from a broken ankle that sidelined him last season.
Holcomb pilots US to world team crown
Steven Holcomb piloted the United States to its first two-man team championship at the Bobsled World Championships in Lake Placid, N.Y. Holcomb and brakeman Steve Langton of Melrose had a four-run time over two days of 3 minutes, 42.88 seconds, putting them 0.46 seconds ahead of Canada’s Lyndon Rush and brakeman Jesse Lumsden for the gold medal. In completing the team event, Holcomb switched sleds and his brakeman (Justin Olsen) and anchored the US to victory . . . American Hannah Kearney’s all-discipline record for consecutive FIS World Cup victories ended at 16 with a semifinal loss in a dual moguls event in Naeba, Japan. Canada’s Audrey Robichaud beat Kearney in the semifinals, then topped Japan’s Aiko Uemura in the final. Kearney, from Norwich, Vt., finished fourth . . . Overall World Cup leader Christine Nesbitt won the women’s 1,500-meter race, reclaiming the lead after three races at the World Allround Speedskating Championships in Moscow.
Lindsey Vonn clinched her third straight super-combined title after the final race in the discipline this season was canceled due to heavy snowfall on the Sochi 2014 Olympics course in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia. A day earlier the American clinched her fifth straight World Cup downhill title . . . Austria’s Marcel Hirscher won his second race in two days, capturing a slalom in Bansko, Bulgaria. Sweden’s Andre Myhrer finished second, Italy’s Stefano Gross third . . . Jason Lamy Chappuis of France won a Nordic combined event in Klingenthal, Germany, to extend his overall World Cup lead.
Federer defeats del Potro to take title
Top-seeded Roger Federer defeated third-seeded Juan Martin del Potro, 6-1, 6-4, to win the ABN Amro World Tennis tournament in Rotterdam for his first title of the year . . . Milos Raonic captured a second straight SAP Open championship in San Jose, Calif., rolling past Denin Istomin, 7-6 (7-3), 6-2 . . . Nicolas Almagro won the Brazil Open in Sao Paulo for the third time, defeating Filippo Volandri, 6-3, 4-6, 6-4 . . . Top-ranked Victoria Azarenka shook off a lingering ankle injury to win the Qatar Open in Doha, routing fifth-ranked Sam Stosur, 6-1, 6-2 . . . Lara Arruabarrena-Vecino won her first WTA title, defeating Alexandra Panova, 6-2, 7-5, in the final of the Copa BBVA Colsanitas in Bogota.
Chisora faces charges following brawl
British heavyweight Dereck Chisora was released after nearly seven hours of questioning by Munich police but still faces charges following his brawl with former WBA champion David Haye at a post-fight news conference. Chisora and Haye came to blows after Chisora’s defeat by unanimous decision to Vitali Klitschko Saturday in their WBC title fight. Chisora’s coach, Don Charles, also faces a charge of assault for his involvement in the melee . . . ESPN fired an employee responsible for an offensive headline about Knicks sensation Jeremy Lin. The headline Friday on ESPN’s mobile website was used for a story about a New York loss in which the former Harvard star had nine turnovers. The headline was an idiom that contains a word that also can be used as a slur against Chinese. ESPN apologized for that headline and also suspended an ESPNEWS anchor for 30 days for using the same phrase . . . The Penguins signed forward James Neal to a six-year $30 million contract extension nearly one year to the day he was acquired from Dallas for defenseman Alex Goligoski. Neal, 24, has scored a career-best 30 goals, second on the Penguins behind Evgeni Malkin’s 32, and also has a career-best 56 points and 13 power-play goals, tied for the league lead . . . The Minnesota Wild re-signed center Kyle Brodziak to a three-year deal . . . Western Kentucky will keep Ray Harper as basketball coach. He was named interim coach following the firing of Ken McDonald Jan. 5 . . . Cal Murphy, 79, a nine-time Grey Cup champion and member of the Canadian Football Hall of Fame, died Saturday in Regina, Saskatchewan.