Clemens is among Sox Hall inductees
Roger Clemens, Nomar Garciaparra, and Pedro Martinez were selected as the 2014 Red Sox Hall of Fame inductees Wednesday. Radio broadcaster Joe Castiglione also was chosen as the non-uniformed inductee. Martinez’s 1999 one-hit, 17-strikeout complete game at Yankee Stadium was selected as a “Great Red Sox Moment.” The players were chosen by a 16-person panel, which includes club executives, media members, booster club representatives, and historians. Garciaparra was one of 15 position players under consideration. Clemens and Martinez were among 13 pitchers considered . . . The Texas Rangers reached a 10-year deal to immediately change the name of their 20-year-old stadium to Globe Life Park in Arlington . . . Righthander Chaz Roe rejected an outright assignment by the Rangers to the minor leagues and elected to become a free agent . . . Former Dodgers owner Frank McCourt wants a judge to order his ex-wife to pay him nearly $2 million in legal fees that he spent after she unsuccessfully contested their divorce settlement last year. Attorneys for the businessman filed a motion seeking reimbursement for the costs of fighting Jamie McCourt’s motion to overturn their 2010 settlement that ended an ownership dispute over the Dodgers.
Johnson group buys WNBA’s Sparks
Former Lakers great Magic Johnson is part of a group buying the WNBA’s Los Angeles Sparks and keeping league MVP Candace Parker and the team in LA. Johnson is joined in the ownership group by Mark Walter, the controlling owner of the Dodgers, and co-owners Todd L. Boehly, Robert L. Patton, and Stan Kasten. The WNBA and NBA Board of Governors unanimously approved the purchase of the Sparks by the ownership group. Previous Sparks owner Paula Madison informed the league in late December that she wouldn’t be able to run the team. She said her family had lost $12 million, including $1.4 million last season, operating the franchise since buying it from the Buss family in 2007 . . . Knicks forward Kenyon Martin will miss the rest of the week and probably more with an injured left ankle . . . The Pelicans reached a 10-year agreement to rename New Orleans Arena as the Smoothie King Center.
Richmond’s Lindsay is out for season
Richmond men’s basketball scoring leader Cedrick Lindsay will miss the rest of the season because of torn menisci in both knees. The senior guard averaged 18.3 points for the Spiders (14-8, 4-3 Atlantic 10). Lindsay finished his career 22d on the Spiders’ scoring list with 1,276 points . . . Florida State promoted linebackers coach Charles Kelly to defensive coordinator, coach Jimbo Fisher confirmed. Kelly gets the position after Jeremy Pruitt left to take the same job at Georgia . . . New Jersey lawmaker Joseph Cryan, a Union County Assemblyman, is criticizing Rutgers for not making public the terms of an agreement it struck over the fees it must pay for exiting the former Big East conference. Rutgers officials revealed Tuesday that the university had reached a tentative deal with the new American Athletic Conference but the terms were not disclosed. The university had argued it should not have to pay a $10 million exit fee this year to move to the Big Ten.
Beckham nears MLS team in Miami
David Beckham exercised his option to purchase a Major League Soccer expansion team in Miami, and the deal with the former England captain will be finalized when he can secure a financing plan and location for a new stadium. Beckham has the right to an expansion team at a discount fee of $25 million. MLS’s Miami Fusion played in Fort Lauderdale from 1998-01 before folding because of poor attendance. Beckham has scouted possible stadium sites and is seeking investors to assist with startup costs such as construction and player acquisitions. Among those who might become involved is Beckham’s friend and Miami Heat star LeBron James . . . The US women’s team will play Japan, Sweden, and Denmark in Group B of the Algarve Cup in Portugal next month. The Americans will open against Japan on March 5, face Sweden and former US coach Pia Sundhage two days later, and end the first round against Denmark on March 10. The US has won the tournament in nine of 18 previous trips . . . Tickets for the 2014 Revolution season go on sale Saturday through Ticketmaster.
Golf’s Match Play is back in London
The World Match Play Championship is returning to England for its 50th anniversary this year. Organizers said the tournament will be Oct. 15-19 at the London Golf Club at Ash in the southeast county of Kent. Until 2009, the event had been played at Wentworth before moving to Spain, and then to Bulgaria in 2013 . . . Second-seeded Tommy Robredo was knocked out in the second round of the Royal Guard Open in Vina Del mar, Chile, falling to Leonardo Mayer, 3-6, 7-6 (8-6), 6-4.