Jackson, Cubs finalize $52m contract
Righthander Edwin Jackson signed a four-year, $52 million deal with the Chicago Cubs. The team announced the move Wednesday after reaching an agreement last month. Jackson is now on his eighth team in 11 years, including a run with the crosstown White Sox, and is 70-71 lifetime with a 4.40 ERA. He made the All-Star team with Detroit in 2009 and pitched a no-hitter for Arizona in 2010 . . . The Tampa Bay Rays and American League Cy Young Award winner David Price made it official, agreeing to a one-year deal for just over $10 million and avoided arbitration. Price, who earned $4.35 million in 2012, agreed to the $10.1125 million deal Tuesday . . . The wife of former Atlanta Braves star Andruw Jones filed for divorce about a week after she accused him of grabbing her neck and saying he wanted to kill her in a Christmas morning scuffle that led to Jones’s arrest on a battery charge, according to divorce complaint filed in Atlanta Monday. Nicole Jones said their 10-year marriage is ‘‘irretrievably broken.’’ Nicole Jones is seeking joint legal and primary custody of the couple’s 9-year-old son.
Son of Clippers’ owner found dead
The son of Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling was found dead of an apparent drug overdose at his Malibu home, authorities said. The body of Scott Ashley Sterling, 32, was found shortly after 11:30 p.m. Tuesday, Los Angeles County coroner’s Lt. Larry Dietz said. The death cast a pall on what has been a joyous season for the Clippers, normally an NBA doormat but now among the league’s best teams. Sterling, 77, a billionaire real estate mogul who purchased the team in 1981, and wife Shelley released a statement thanking friends for sympathy, asking for privacy and saying their son was diabetic, but did not indicate what role, if any, that may have played in his death . . . The Sacramento Kings hope guard Tyreke Evans will return from a sore left knee when the team gets back home next week. The Kings said that a second opinion Evans got on his bothersome knee from Dr. Steve Lombardo in Los Angeles supported the team’s treatment and rehabilitation plan. Evans has missed 13 games because of the nagging knee . . . Utah Jazz point guard Mo Williams is expected to miss six weeks following surgery on his right thumb . . . Detroit Pistons forward Charlie Villanueva was fined $25,000 by the NBA for a flagrant foul on Sacramento guard Isaiah Thomas Tuesday night. Villanueva was ejected for the foul late in the second quarter of the Pistons’ 103-97 home victory . . . The Houston Rockets signed guard-forward James Anderson to a multiyear deal and released guard Daequan Cook . . . LeBron James was chosen USA Basketball’s male athlete of the year for 2012 after equaling Michael Jordan’s feat while leading the Americans to a gold medal. James was also the NBA’s MVP and NBA Finals MVP in helping the Miami Heat win the championship
Governor sues on behalf of Penn St. Pennsylvania’s governor claimed in a lawsuit that college sports’ governing body overstepped its authority and ‘‘piled on’’ when it penalized Penn State over the Jerry Sandusky child molestation scandal. Governor Tom Corbett asked that a federal judge throw out the sanctions, which include an unprecedented $60 million fine and a four-year ban on bowl games, arguing that the measures have harmed students, business owners and others who had nothing to do with Sandusky’s crimes . . . Florida State cornerback Xavier Rhodes and Hawaii cornerback Mike Edwards will forgo their senior seasons and enter the NFL draft. Also, Utah defensive end Joe Kruger has opted not to return for his senior season and will enter the draft.
BC’s Gaudreau leads US to semifinals Boston College standout Johnny Gaudreau had a hat trick, Riley Barber scored twice and the US beat the Czech Republic, 7-0, to reach the semifinals of the world junior championship in Ufa, Russia. The Americans will play Canada Thursday. Defending champion Sweden will face Russia in the other semifinal game. Russia beat Switzerland in a 4-3 penalty shootout.
Djokovic upset, but Serbia prevails
Bernard Tomic upset top-ranked Novak Djokovic, 6-4, 6-4, but Australia lost to Serbia, 2-1 at the Hopman Cup in Perth, Australia. Ana Ivanovic evened the round-robin event by overwhelming Australian 16-year-old Ashleigh Barty, 6-2, 6-3. Barty made a positive start, but once Ivanovic made the first break to lead, 4-2, she took control. The Serbians combined to win the mixed doubles, 6-4, 6-7 (8-6), 10-6 . . . Nikolay Davydenko reached the quarterfinals of Qatar Open in Doha by beating fourth-seeded Mikhail Youzhny, 7-5, 6-3. He was joined by Gael Monfils, who upset third-seeded Philipp Kohlschreiber, 6-4, 2-6, 6-4. Top-seeded David Ferrer beat Germany qualifier Tobias Kamke, 6-3, 6-2. Second-seeded Richard Gasquet rallied past 55th-ranked Grega Zemlja of Slovenia, 6-7 (7-5), 6-4, 7-6 . . . Top-ranked Victoria Azarenka beat Sabine Lisicki, 6-3, 6-3, to join No. 3 Serena Williams and fourth-seeded Angelique Kerber in the Brisbane International quarterfinals in Australia. American Sloane Stephens had a 6-3, 6-4 win over Sweden’s Sofia Arvidsson to set up a quarterfinal against Williams. In men’s second-round matches, Gilles Simon of France beat Colombia’s Alejandro Falla, 7-6 (5), 7-6 (7-5), and Kei Nishikori of Japan had a 6-3, 6-3 win over Spain’s Tommy Robredo.