Former NL Cy Young winner Brandon Webb retired Monday, he announced in a statement through his agents. The 2006 winner was dominant in the middle of the decade with Arizona, but the 33-year-old righthander hadn’t appeared in the majors since 2009 because of chronic shoulder problems . . . Detroit agreed to a one-year, $6,725,000 contract with righthander Max Scherzer and avoided salary arbitration. Scherzer was 16-7 last season with a 3.74 and struck out 231. He was 1-0 with a 2.08 ERA in the postseason, helping the Tigers reach the World Series . . . Oakland acquired former Red Sox infielder Jed Lowrie and righthander Fernando Rodriguez from Houston for first baseman Chris Carter and minor leaguers Brad Peacock and Max Stassi . . . The Giants claimed infielder Tony Abreu off waivers from the Royals . . . Prosecutors in Las Vegas are letting San Francisco Giants pitcher Sergio Romo off the hook in a misdemeanor case stemming from a New Year’s Day tiff with Transportation Security Administration agents at McCarran International Airport . . . The Red Sox will send out the equipment truck destined for for the club’s spring training home in Fort Myers Tuesday at noon. Fans are welcome to attend when the truck leaves from Gate D on Van Ness Street.
Indiana returns to rotating No. 1 spot
For the fifth straight week there is a new No. 1 in The Associated Press men’s poll. This time it’s Indiana. The Hoosiers, the preseason No. 1 who held the top spot for the first five weeks of the regular season, moved up two spots following their weekend win over No. 1 Michigan, which dropped to No. 3. The Hoosiers got 58 first-place votes while Florida, which jumped two spots to second, got the other seven; Baylor remained No. 1 in the women’s poll for a fifth straight week after 37 first-place votes. No. 3 UConn got the other three first-place votes . . . UConn said guard Brianna Banks will miss the rest of the season with a torn ACL . . . UConn’s Shabazz Napier was named the Big East’s player of the week for the second time this season after leading the Huskies to consecutive overtime wins . . . Everett native and Tilton (N.H.) graduate Nerlens Noel earned his third straight SEC freshman of the week award for Kentucky.
Rams’ St. Louis future may get cloudy
An attorney for the agency that runs the home of the Rams said it is unlikely it will implement the team’s plan to upgrade the Edward Jones Dome, which could lead to an uncertain future for the team in St. Louis. Arbitrators ruled last week in favor of the team’s plan for upgrading the dome to ‘‘top-tier’’ status, which is required by the lease agreement between the Rams and the St. Louis Convention and Visitors Commission. The CVC had proposed $124 million in renovations. The Rams’ plan is estimated to cost about $750 million. CVC attorney Greg Smith says it is ‘‘unlikely’’ the CVC will try to implement the Rams’ plan. If not, the lease dome becomes year-to-year starting in March 2015, creating the possibility of the team leaving St. Louis . . . The Lions released troubled receiver Titus Young, the team announced. Young was banished from the team in November for what coach Jim Schwartz called unacceptable behavior and was later put on injured reserve, and was told to stay away from the team during its last offseason for punching a teammate . . . The Cowboys reassigned receivers coach Jimmy Robinson and hired former Tennessee head coach Derek Dooley as a senior coaching consultant . . . Walt Sweeney, a standout offensive lineman for the Chargers in the 1960s and 1970s, died Saturday of pancreatic cancer. He was 71.
Jockey Dominguez continues recovery
Jockey Ramon Dominguez was transferred to a rehabilitation center as he recovers from a skull fracture suffered in a spill at Aqueduct last month. His wife Sharon issued a statement saying Dominguez was transferred on Wednesday from the New York Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center in Manhattan to the Burke Rehabilitation Hospital in White Plains, N.Y. Dominguez, injured on Jan. 18, has won the last three Eclipse Awards as the nation’s leading rider . . . The New York Rangers traded rugged forward Mike Rupp to the Minnesota Wild for forwards Darroll Powe and Nick Palmieri . . . The Detroit Red Wings put rookie Brendan Smith on injured reserve. He will be out 2-4 weeks with a sprained right shoulder . . . The Blue Jackets placed defenseman Adrian Aucoin on injured reserve retroactive to Jan. 29 and recalled defenseman Cody Goloubef from the team’s AHL affiliate in Springfield . . . Former Ohio State football star and college Hall of Famer Jim Stillwagon pleaded not guilty to charges accusing him of firing shots at another driver last year . . . Scottsdale police said Suns forward Michael Beasley was cited last month on suspicion of speeding, driving on a suspended Arizona license, and driving without a vehicle license plate or registration.