Sports News-January 16, 2014
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A person familiar with the deal says pitcher Clayton Kershaw has agreed to a $215 million, seven-year contract with the Dodgers. That makes the two-time Cy Young Award winner baseball's first player with a $30 million average salary. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the agreement had not yet been announced. Kershaw receives the most lucrative deal for a pitcher, breaking the mark of $180 million set by Justin Verlander last March for his seven-year contract with Detroit. The average salary of $30.7 million tops the previous high of $27.5 million, set by the New York Yankees' Alex Rodriguez as part of a 10-year agreement December 2007.
Four days after he was suspended for the season for violations of baseball's drug agreement, Alex Rodriguez met with the media for the first time at a promotional appearance in Mexico and said the ban will allow him to "rest mentally and physically." Rodriguez also expressed gratitude for the support he's received from everyone from his Yankees teammates to "retired players and players that are in the Hall of Fame" and voiced sadness that his suspension ordeal has dominated headlines in recent days. "It's a very sad story," said the three-time American League MVP, who appeared somber as he spoke in Spanish at a press conference to open a gym he's affiliated with in Mexico City. "And we hope we can take it out of the newspapers and I hope we can start concentrating on all the good things the big league is doing with all the young players moving forward." Rodriguez told the media that he wouldn't address his suspension and other legal issues, but briefly talked about his future now that he's facing a season away from baseball.
The Minnesota Vikings have hired Mike Zimmer to be their new head coach, according to a person with knowledge of the process. The former Cincinnati Bengals defensive coordinator will be the ninth head coach in the franchise's 54-year history. He replaces Leslie Frazier, who was fired Dec. 30 after the team finished 5-10-1 this season. Zimmer has been an NFL defensive coordinator for the last 14 seasons, including six with the Bengals, and he has interviewed for several head coach vacancies in recent years, including this month with Tennessee.
Peyton Manning's road to the Super Bowl has taken an unexpected detour. Through Omaha, of all places. He shed a bit of light on his new favorite city yesterday, the name of which he shouted out 44 times from the line of scrimmage during Denver's playoff win over San Diego last weekend. The Broncos quarterback says, "It's a run play, but it could be a pass play, or a play-action pass, depending on a couple of things." Hardly any clues there for the New England Patriots, who travel to Denver on Sunday. The winner heads to the Meadowlands as the AFC representative in the Super Bowl.
The Northeast Hawks basketball teams were swept by Iowa Western Community College last night in Council Bluffs, Iowa. The Northeast men dropped a 94-66 decision to the NJCAA ninth ranked in Division I Reivers. The Hawks shot only 26% from the field. Khapri Alston had 14 points and six rebounds while Buay Tuach had twelve points and Jabbar Washington added ten points and six boards. Northeast drops to 13-7. The Northeast women fell to Iowa Western in their game 74-58. The Hawks shot only 34% from the field. Alison Klostergaard had twelve points and four rebounds while Emily Gamble netted ten points, six boards, and blocked two shots. Lexi Murphy added ten points and two steals. The Northeast women drop to 15-2. Earlier yesterday, the Northeast women fell out of the NJCAA Division I rankings after being ranked 23rd the week prior.
Local Schedule: Battle Creek at LHNE (BBB-7:45); Creighton at Nfk Cath (WR Dual-6:30); Nebraska-Omaha at North Dakota St. At Fargo, ND (MBB-7:00); Minnesota at Nebraska (WBB-8:00); North Dakota St. At Nebraska-Omaha (WBB-7:00).
Friday Night: The Hartington Cedar Catholic girls & boys basketball teams are at Pierce in a doubleheader starting with the girls game at 6:15 the boys game will follow at approximately at 8:00. Pregame coverage at approximately 5:55 on Lite Rock 97.5 & Literock97.com.
Local Scores: Creighton 79 Xavier 50 (WBB).
NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION
Final Philadelphia 95 Charlotte 92
Final 3OT Chicago 128 Orlando 125
Final Washington 114 Miami 97
Final Boston 88 Toronto 83
Final Houston 103 New Orleans 100
Final Memphis 82 Milwaukee 77
Final Sacramento 111 Minnesota 108
Final San Antonio 109 Utah 105
Final Phoenix 121 L-A Lakers 114
Final Portland 108 Cleveland 96
Final L-A Clippers 129 Dallas 127
Final Denver 123 Golden State 116
NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE
Final 2OT Toronto 4 Buffalo 3 (SO Toronto 3-1)
Final Pittsburgh 4 Washington 3
Final Anaheim 9 Vancouver 1
TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL
Final ( 4) Michigan St. 54 Northwestern 40
Final ( 9) Oklahoma St. 82 TCU 50
Final (10) San Diego St. 68 Fresno St. 60
Final Texas Tech 82 (12) Baylor 72
Final (16) UMass 88 George Mason 87
Final (24) Saint Louis 66 St. Bonaventure 60
TOP-25 WOMEN'S COLLEGE BASKETBALL
Final ( 5) Louisville 75 UCF 56
Final West Virginia 73 (13) Iowa St. 59
Final Michigan 65 (22) Purdue 49