US WBC roster is missing big names
Toronto’s R.A. Dickey heads a pitching staff missing many big names on the United States’ preliminary roster for the World Baseball Classic. Of the 27 players announced, missing were Detroit’s Justin Verlander, Tampa Bay’s David Price, and San Francisco’s Matt Cain, among others. Milwaukee’s Ryan Braun and Miami’s Giancarlo Stanton headline the sluggers. Final 28-man rosters are due Feb. 20 . . . A person familiar with the diagnosis said the Yankees’ Alex Rodriguez was found to have relatively minimal cartilage damage in his left hip during surgery Wednesday . . . Toronto’s Jose Reyes said that Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria told him he would never be traded, five days before the shortstop was dealt to the Blue Jays .
Garza, Cubs agree to one year, $10m
Matt Garza and the Cubs agreed to a $10.25 million, one-year contract that avoids salary arbitration, Garza’s agents . Creative Artists Agency, which represents the righthander, announced on Twitter . . . Reliever Joba Chamberlain and the Yankees agreed to a one-year deal worth $1,875,000, avoiding salary arbitration . . . Relief pitcher Bobby Parnell and the Mets agreed to a one-year deal worth $1.7 million . . . Lefty starter Matt Harrison finalized a $55 million, five-year contract with the Rangers. Texas also agreed to a one-year deal with reliever Neftali Feliz . . . Rick Ankiel and Houston agreed to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training . . . Jeff Karstens and the Pirates finalized a $2.5 million, one-year deal . . . Nationals reliever Drew Storen agreed to a $2.5 million, one-year contract . . . Outfielder Carlos Gomez and the Brewers agreed to a $4.3 million, one-year deal . . . Outfielder Will Venable and the Padres avoided salary arbitration by agreeing to a one-year contract worth $2,675,000.
Investigation: Union’s Hunter failed
A nine-month independent investigation determined that Billy Hunter failed in his fiduciary responsibilities as the executive director of the NBA Association and that the union’s executive board should consider replacing him. The inquiry, which focused on allegations of nepotism, conflicts of interest and potential misuse of funds, concluded that Hunter did not embezzle or steal from the union. But it found that Hunter’s current contract was not properly approved by union leadership and that he failed to inform the committee of this fact; that he was paid $1.3 million for unused vacation time without independent review; and that he failed to disclose conflicts of interest when hiring family and friends . . . The Mavericks signed veteran guard Mike James to a second 10-day contract . . . The Timberwolves agreed to terms with French swingman Mickael Gelabale, who had been playing in the Spanish League.
Another charged in attack of RB Ball
A fourth person was charged in last summer’s attack on Wisconsin star running back Montee Ball. An arrest warrant was issued for 27-year-old Karlis Griffin. A criminal complaint says Griffin stomped on Ball’s head during the attack. Ball was walking home with friends at the time. Griffin is charged with substantial battery . . . The mother of North Carolina State cornerback David Amerson said her son is skipping his final season and entering the NFL draft . . . The Ohio Supreme Court threatened to find in contempt of court the attorney whose e-mails triggered an NCAA investigation that cost former Ohio State football coach Jim Tressel his job. At issue is the alleged failure of Columbus attorney Christopher Cicero to file paperwork as part of his one-year law license suspension . . . The NCAA said it has no immediate plans to spend the $12 million already paid to it as part of the sanctions against Penn State over its handling of Jerry Sandusky scandal. The fate of that money — and the rest of the $60 million Penn State owes — is the subject of two legal challenges . . . Florida coach Will Muschamp promoted linebacker coach/special teams coordinator D.J. Durkin to defensive coordinator . . . Florida A&M moved to fire baseball coach Willie Brown, accused by the school of harassing a player for his sexual orientation. Brown’s attorney, Steve Andrews, called the charges bogus and threatened to file a defamation suit against the university.
Vermont’s Kearney returns with a win
Olympic champion and Norwich, Vt., native Hannah Kearney made a successful return to the moguls World Cup circuit with a win in the ASANA Freestyle Cup in Wilmington, N.Y. Kearney missed the first two World Cup races this season after fracturing two ribs during a training crash in October . . . The Buffalo Sabres placed three players on waivers, including defenseman Adam Pardy, a person familiar with the moves said . . . The New York Rangers bought out the last two seasons of disappointing defenseman Wade Redden’s contract . . . Gardner mayor Mark Hawke returned the trophy at the center of the MIAA’s decision to ban the school from this winter’s tournaments. The trophy was won at the 2012 girls’ South/Central swimming sectional, but it was later revoked when it was determined the team broke rules relating to practice.