Sports log: Senators’ Jason Spezza faces back surgery


Ottawa Senators forward Jason Spezza will have back surgery Friday to repair a herniated disk. Senators general manager Bryan Murray said it’s too early to give a timeline for Spezza’s return, but the team is hopeful he’ll be play again this season. ‘‘It’s just the best thing to do at this point,’’ Murray said Thursday. ‘‘You probably could take days off and play a game here and there, but that doesn’t make any sense for him or us. So getting it done, hopefully getting it cleaned out, will allow him to come back at 100 percent and continue his career.’’ Spezza’s back problems flared Sunday in a shootout loss to Pittsburgh. He missed the next two games, after contributing two goals and three assists in five games this season. Spezza, 29, had 34 goals and 50 assists last season, finishing fourth in the NHL with 84 points . . . The Capitals traded center Zach Hamill, a former Bruins No. 1 draft pick (eighth overall in 2007), to the Panthers for forward Casey Wellman, a UMass product, in a swap of minor leaguers. The Capitals also acquired former University of New Hampshire forward Peter Le­Blanc from the Blackhawks for future considerations . . . As expected, Greg Jamison missed his deadline to buy the Coyotes before a lease agreement with the City of Glendale, Ariz., expired. He had until midnight Thursday to buy the team under the terms of the lease, but was unable to get the money or investors he needed. He said will continue to attempt to purchase the team.


Prado gets new contract from Arizona

The Diamondbacks agreed to a $40 million, four-year contract with Martin Prado just a week after acquiring the former All-Star infielder in the trade that sent Justin Upton to Atlanta. Prado made the All-Star team as the Braves’ second baseman in 2010, but is slated to play third base for the Diamondbacks. The 29-year-old Prado, who will play for Venezuela in this year’s World Baseball Classic, is a career .295 hitter . . . The Yankees closed a one-year deal with the former Indians slugger Travis Hafner. He has agreed to an incentive-laden deal with a base salary close to $2 million. He will replace Raul Ibanez as the lefthanded DH . . . Omar Vizquel was hired by the Angels as a roving infield instructor. Vizquel, 45, played for Toronto as a reserve infielder last season . . . The Mets signed righthander LaTroy Hawkins to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.


Beckham opts to play for Paris team

David Beckham signed a five-month contract with Paris Saint-Germain, and agreed to play essentially for free. He will donate his salary to a children’s charity. The 37-year-old midfielder chose the French club after rejecting offers from other teams. The move came as the transfer window was starting to close and marks the latest step in a career that has seen Beckham win titles with Manchester United, Real Madrid, and the Los Angeles Galaxy, with whom he recently finished a six-year stint . . . D.C. United picked up the option on coach Ben Olsen’s contract for 2014.

college football

Kansas State gives Snyder 5-year deal


Kansas State coach Bill Snyder, 73, signed a five-year contract that includes an increase in base compensation to $14.75 million over the life of the deal. The contract replaces one signed in 2009 that did not specify his compensation past the fifth year, and like that contract, it will roll over annually. Snyder, who was voted the Associated Press’s Big 12 coach of the year after going 11-2 this season, will make $2.75 million for 2013, with annual increases of $100,000 through 2017 . . . Oregon promoted former Nebraska quarterback Scott Frost to offensive coordinator under new coach Mark Helfrich. Frost will also serve as quarterbacks coach. Frost, 38, has been Oregon’s wide receivers coach for the past four seasons under coach Chip Kelly, who left the Ducks last month to become the coach of the Philadelphia Eagles.


Isner to play singles in Davis Cup

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John Isner is set to return from a knee injury and will play the No. 1 singles spot for the US team against Brazil Friday in Jacksonville, Fla., the first round of Davis Cup World Group matches. Isner injured his knee a month ago at the Hopman Cup in Perth, Australia . . . Ayumi Morita of Japan knocked top-seeded Ana Ivanovic out of the Pattaya (Thailand) Open in the second round, beating the Serb, 6-3, 5-7, 6-3. Defending champion Daniela Hantuchova retired from her match, while trailing Nina Bratchikova of Russia, 6-2, 3-0 . . . Raptors coach Dwane Casey was fined $25,000 by the NBA for criticizing officials Wednesday night after a loss at Atlanta.