SEATTLE (AP) BASEBALL
Felix Hernandez and the Seattle Mariners are working on a $175 million, seven-year contract that would make him the highest-paid pitcher in baseball, according to a person with knowledge of the deal's details.
The person spoke to The Associated Press Thursday on condition of anonymity because the agreement had not been completed. USA Today first reported the deal. Seattle would add $134.5 million of guaranteed money over five years to the contract of the 2010 AL Cy Young Award winner, whose current agreement calls for him to receive $40.5 million over the next two seasons.
Hernandez's total dollars would top CC Sabathia's original $161 million, seven-year contract with the New York Yankees and his $25 million average would surpass Zack Greinke's $24.5 million under his new contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers.
CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) - None of the past 10,000 drug tests performed on student-athletes at Miami has shown a positive result for anabolic steroids, university officials said.
The statement came amid reports that the Hurricanes' baseball program has been linked to a Major League Baseball investigation into performance-enhancing drug use and if they got those products from an anti-aging clinic in South Florida.
TORONTO (AP) - Still waiting for Cooperstown, Tim Raines can say he's a Hall of Famer.
The former Montreal Expos outfielder was selected for induction into the Canadian Baseball of Fame. Also included in the class of 2013 are former outfielders George Bell and Rob Ducey as well as former announcer Tom Cheek and longtime minor league owner Nat Bailey.
No players were elected into baseball's Hall of Fame this year by the Baseball Writers' Association of America. Raines was fifth in BBWAA balloting with 297 votes (52.2 percent), well short of the 75 percent required for induction.
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - A Dallas promotions company sued Lance Armstrong, demanding he repay $12 million in bonuses and fees it paid him for winning the Tour de France.
SCA Promotions had tried in a 2005 legal dispute over the bonuses to prove Armstrong cheated to win before it ultimately settled and paid him.
Armstrong recently acknowledged using performance-enhancing drugs after the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency in 2012 detailed a sophisticated doping program by his Armstrong's teams. Armstrong was stripped of his seven Tour de France victories and given a lifetime ban from sports. Now, the company contends in its lawsuit, Armstrong and agent Bill Stapleton lied and conspired to cheat SCA out of millions.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Gregg Williams thanked NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell for reinstating him and he also apologized while taking ``full responsibility'' for his role in the New Orleans Saints' bounty scandal.
The NFL reinstated Williams on Thursday morning, and the Tennessee Titans hired him as a senior defensive assistant.
The league issued a statement saying that Goodell cited several reasons for reinstating Williams, including Williams accepting responsibility for his role in the bounty program, his commitment to never be involved in any pay for performance system and pledging to teach safe play and respect for the rules. Williams, suspended indefinitely last March, is the last person involved in the scandal to be reinstated by league. New Orleans coach Sean Payton had his suspension lifted on Jan. 22.
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) - Adrian Peterson put up one of the best seasons by a running back in NFL history to run away with the MVP award. Now imagine what he could do if he was actually fully healthy.
Peterson had surgery to repair a sports hernia in his abdomen, an injury that bothered him for much of the last month of the season while he came up just 8 yards short of Eric Dickerson's single-season rushing record.
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Washington Redskins are taking a beating at the Smithsonian.
The team's nickname - deemed by many as an offensive term toward Native Americans - was a prime topic of discussion at a daylong symposium Thursday at the National Museum of the American Indian.
Washington, D.C., native and University of North Florida professor E. Newton Jackson got a round of applause from the packed auditorium when he said he stopped using the nickname decades ago. Other nicknames and mascots also came under scrutiny, including a red-skinned image named ``Mr. Yakoo'' used by a high school in Massachusetts.
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - The NCAA said a judge should throw out the federal antitrust lawsuit the governor filed against it over Penn State's $60 million fine and other penalties resulting from the Jerry Sandusky child molestation scandal.
College sports' governing body said in a filing that it disagrees with just about every allegation in the complaint against it initiated by Gov. Tom Corbett last month. The NCAA said the penalties imposed under a July consent decree with the university are unrelated to regulation of economic activity, so antitrust law does not apply. It also argued Corbett lacks standing to sue and called his lawsuit ``an inappropriate attempt to drag the federal courts into an intra-state political dispute.''
NEW YORK (AP) - Two people familiar with the situation said there is still a chance Mike Krzyzewski will return for a third stint as U.S. Olympic men's basketball coach.
Krzyzewski said he was through with the job after leading the Americans to a second straight gold medal in London. The people spoke on condition of anonymity because Krzyzewski is focused on Duke's season. Yet the Americans haven't hired another coach, even after USA Basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo said in London his plan was to have a successor in place around the new year.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Rusty Wallace will headline the fourth class of the NASCAR Hall of Fame and his famed car ``Midnight'' will be part of his induction.
Wallace, winner of 55 races and the 1989 Cup championship will be inducted Friday night along with champions Buck Baker and Herb Thomas; championship car owner Cotton Owens; and innovative crew chief, mechanic and engine builder Leonard Wood.
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) - Lionel Messi signed a two-year contract extension with Barcelona, tying him to the Spanish club until 2018.
The 25-year-old forward joined Barcelona when he was 13 and debuted with the first team three years later. He has gone on to become Barcelona's career scoring leader and won four FIFA Player of the Year awards. Since his league debut in October 2004, Barcelona has won 19 trophies for the Spanish League (five), Champions League (three), Copa del Rey (two), FIFA Club World Cup (two), Spanish Super Cup (five) and European Super Cup (two).
NOUAKCHOTT, Mauritania (AP) - FIFA President Sepp Blatter said most allegations of match-fixing raised by Europol this week were previously dealt with.
Blatter says ``most of the matches which they put in this tray, 600 or 800, have already been analyzed, dealt with and even were at court.'' At Europol's briefing in the Netherlands, the police liaison agency said it knew of 380 suspicious matches played in Europe in recent years and 300 more worldwide, including national team matches under FIFA's jurisdiction. Blatter also told reporters that countries should change their laws to help soccer prosecute match-fixing cases.