Wednesday’s Sports in Brief

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Yu Darvish and the Texas Rangers agreed to a $60 million, six-year contract. In addition to the salary, the Rangers will pay a posting fee of $51,703,411 to the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters of Japan’s Pacific League.

“We look at this as really a perfect fit,” general manager Jon Daniels said. “Obviously he has yet to pitch in the major leagues, but we feel he has proven himself on a big stage. … It’s all winning.”

The deal came at the end of a 30-day negotiating window that began Dec. 19 when the Rangers’ bid to negotiate with the pitcher was accepted.

DENVER (AP) — Jamie Moyer agreed to terms on a minor league contract with an invite to the Colorado Rockies’ spring training, pending a physical.

The 49-year-old lefty didn’t play last season after undergoing Tommy John surgery on his throwing elbow.

Moyer has played 24 major league seasons, starting with the Chicago Cubs in 1986.

NEW YORK (AP) — Marty Springstead, who at the age of 36 in 1973 became the youngest umpire crew chief in World Series history, has died. He was 74.

Major League Baseball said that Springstead was found dead at his home in Florida on Tuesday night.


Rob Lowe is taking on another role — pigskin prognosticator.

The actor lit up social media when he tweeted that Peyton Manning was done. Lowe said he’d heard from “my people” that the Indianapolis Colts quarterback would retire later in the day.

The 35-year-old star who missed this season with a neck injury never made the announcement and ESPN’s Chris Mortensen tweeted that Manning’s father, Archie, laughed at Lowe’s report and said it wasn’t true.

NEW YORK (AP) — LaDainian Tomlinson has never seen a locker room as troubled as the one he was in with the New York Jets this season.

In an interview with Showtime’s “Inside The NFL” airing Wednesday night, the running back said the team was plagued by tension between players as the Jets finished 8-8 and missed the playoffs after two straight trips to the AFC championship game. Tomlinson said quarterback Mark Sanchez and wide receiver Santonio Holmes, in particular, had a rocky relationship.

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning missed part of the team’s practice session with an illness that coach Tom Coughlin called “a stomach bug, hopefully a 24-hour deal.”

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Tom Brady missed the New England Patriots’ first practice for the AFC championship game with an injury to his left, non-throwing shoulder.

Brady smiled and appeared to be in a good mood while speaking with reporters.

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow played through rib, lung and chest injuries he sustained in Denver’s 45-10 loss at New England in the AFC divisional playoffs last weekend.

He won’t need surgery, is expected to make a full recovery with some down time and his offseason training program shouldn’t be affected in any way.

CINCINNATI (AP) —Bengals cornerback Adam “Pacman” Jones pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of disorderly conduct stemming from an arrest at a bar in July.

Jones entered the plea in Hamilton County Municipal Court just as his non-jury trial was scheduled to begin. A second misdemeanor charge of resisting arrest was dismissed in a plea agreement with prosecutors.

MIAMI (AP) — Green Bay Packers offensive coordinator Joe Philbin interviewed for the Miami Dolphins’ head coaching job for a second time.

Philbin met with team owner Stephen Ross and general manager Jeff Ireland in New York City, where Ross has an office.

Philbin decided to remain in consideration despite his son’s recent drowning in a Wisconsin river.


LONDON (AP) — Resisting the lure of Paris for the sake of his family, David Beckham pledged his future to Major League Soccer by signing a new two-year contract with the Los Angeles Galaxy.

The 36-year-old midfielder had been courted by leading clubs across Europe in the months before his initial five-year Galaxy deal ran out in December.


ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Michigan athletic director Dave Brandon says the school and the NHL are discussing bringing the Winter Classic to Michigan Stadium.

Brandon said conversations about the annual showcase game outdoors were continuing amid reports that the Detroit Red Wings would play the Toronto Maple Leafs on Jan. 1, 2013, at the Big House, which holds 110,000 on football game days.

The NHL said it had nothing to announce about the 2013 game.


LAS VEGAS (AP) — Boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. made good on a promise to a Nevada judge to donate $100,000 to a breast cancer support organization.

The undefeated prizefighter gave the money to officials from the Susan G. Komen for the Cure research and support foundation.


OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma City Thunder backup point guard Eric Maynor had surgery to repair a right knee injury that will keep him out for the season.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles County sheriff’s officials say Dallas Mavericks assistant coach Darrell Armstrong was arrested on an outstanding warrant from Las Vegas involving non-sufficient funds.

Sgt. James Brown says Armstrong was booked Tuesday.

Armstrong’s bail was set at $40,000, and someone posted it Wednesday morning.


NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — The longest winning streak in college sports ended when Trinity College lost a squash match to Yale 5-4, snapping a 252-match run that dated to the 1997-98 season.

The Bantams are the 13-time defending national champions and were 8-0 heading into the match.


ADELAIDE, Australia (AP) — Germany’s Andre Greipel won the third stage of cycling’s Tour Down Under in a group sprint to regain the overall lead and earn his second stage win of this year’s race.

Yauheni Hutarovich of Belarus was second in the 84-mile stage and Edvald Boasson Hagen of Norway was third.


RENO, Nev. (AP) — A Nevada man paralyzed in a 2010 snowmobiling accident has reached the South Pole, traveling about 75 miles over two weeks to complete the trip on the 100th anniversary of Capt. Robert Falcon Scott’s trek there with the Terra Nova Expedition.

Grant Korgan, who is paralyzed from the waist down, used a sit-ski to reach the pole 100 years to the day after the British explorer completed the journey on Jan. 17, 1912.



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