Thursday’s Sports In Brief
DETROIT (AP) The Detroit Tigers have agreed to pay Triple Crown winner Miguel Cabrera a baseball-record $292 million over the next 10 years, according to a person with knowledge of the deal.
The person, who said the contract is subject to a physical, spoke Thursday night to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the agreement had not been announced.
Cabrera is due $44 million over the final two years of his $152.3 million, eight-year contract that runs through 2015, and the person says the slugger will make $248 million over eight seasons in the new deal.
Depending on whether Cabrera’s deal is structured as one 10-year contract or an eight-year deal starting in 2016, it will either surpass Alex Rodriguez’s $275 million, 10-year agreement with the New York Yankees for the richest contract, or Clayton Kershaw’s record for average annual value of $30,714,286 in the $215 million, seven-year deal he signed with the Los Angeles Dodgers in January.
LOS ANGELES (AP) – The Los Angeles Dodgers held a team meeting to address young star Yasiel Puig’s baserunning blunders.
Manager Don Mattingly called the meeting Tuesday after the 23-year-old Cuban defector made two mistakes on the basepaths during the Dodgers’ season-opening, two-game trip to Australia last weekend – mistakes that made headlines in the media.
”I thought it was a really good meeting, actually,” Mattingly said. ”But again, it’s one of those things that if guys want to talk about it, they can. I don’t think it’s something we need to talk about. … We’re just looking to get better all the time.”
HOUSTON (AP) – The Philadelphia 76ers tied the NBA record for futility with their 26th straight loss, falling 120-98 to a Houston Rockets team led by James Harden’s triple-double.
Philadelphia matched the 2010-11 Cleveland Cavaliers for the NBA’s worst skid and can set the record at home against Detroit on Saturday.
The Sixers haven’t won since Jan. 29 and are two games from going winless in two straight months. There was very little visible emotion as the final seconds ticked away and the players slowly made their way off the court.
Harden had 26 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists in three quarters for his second career triple-double as Houston picked up its fifth straight victory.
Mark Sanchez and Michael Vick have traded places.
Bounced out of New York after the Jets signed Vick last Friday, Sanchez agreed to a contract with the Philadelphia Eagles, according to a person with knowledge of the agreement. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the Eagles haven’t officially announced the move.
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) – Patriots nose tackle Vince Wilfork says he’s closer to achieving his goal of finishing his career with New England.
The 10-year veteran who missed most of last season with a torn Achilles’ tendon has tweeted that he looks forward to returning to football and helping his team have a chance to win a Super Bowl.
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) – Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice has been indicted on a charge he assaulted his fiancee in an elevator at casino in Atlantic City, N.J.
Rice had been charged with simple assault after police said he knocked out Janay Palmer on Feb. 15 at the Revel Casino. But a grand jury indicted him on a more serious count of aggravated assault. It carries a three-to-five-year sentence.
CARMEL, Ind. (AP) – Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay had $29,000 in cash and bottles of prescription drugs in his vehicle when he was arrested on suspicion of intoxicated driving and other charges, according to the arrest report.
The cash was in Irsay’s wallet, metal briefcase and two laundry bags. The briefcase and bags, which were on the front passenger-side floor, also contained bottles of pills of various colors, including orange, green and white ones, the police report states.
COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) – Johnny Manziel’s NFL pro day had a former president, lots of swag, a Drake soundtrack and even some football, too.
The 2012 Heisman Trophy winner threw for 75 officials from 30 teams on the Texas A&M campus.
He also had some special guests, as former President George H.W. Bush and wife Barbara – and her two dogs – rolled into the facility on golf carts about 10 minutes into the workout.
The always flashy Manziel trotted into the facility with his receivers as a tune by his buddy Drake blasted through the building. He wore camouflage shorts, a black Nike jersey with his white No. 2 and caused a stir by wearing shoulder pads and a helmet.
He threw about 65 passes to six receivers, including A&M teammate Mike Evans, who like Manziel is expected to be a first round pick in the May draft. Only two passes weren’t caught and Evans grabbed a third long pass out of bounds.
MIAMI (AP) – Running back Knowshon Moreno has agreed to terms on a one-year contract with Miami Dolphins, and they hope he’ll enliven a ground game that ranked 26th in the NFL last season.
Moreno, a five-year veteran, had his best season in 2013 when he rushed for 1,038 yards, caught 60 passes and scored 13 touchdowns playing with Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos. He ranked fifth in the NFL with 1,586 yards from scrimmage, and tied for fourth with 10 rushing touchdowns.
SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) – Syracuse freshman point guard Tyler Ennis is entering the NBA draft.
Ennis made the announcement in an email from the university.
Ennis finished second on the Orange in scoring at 12.9 points per game and averaged 5.5 assists to go with 1.7 turnovers, one of the top assist-to-turnover marks in the nation.
SAN ANTONIO (AP) – Long after the fog cleared at TPC San Antonio, Phil Mickelson remained shrouded in an increasingly alarming funk with the Masters two weeks away.
Mickelson shot a 5-over 77 in the Texas Open to fall nine strokes back during the suspended first round. The 77 was Lefty’s highest score since a 78 in August in the PGA Championship.
Pat Perez and Danny Lee shot 4-under 68 to share the clubhouse lead and Andrew Loupe was 4 under with seven holes to play when darkness forced the suspension of play.
CARLSBAD, Calif. (AP) – Paula Creamer easily overcame tricky morning wind conditions in the Kia Classic for a share of the first-round lead with Mariajo Uribe.
Creamer and Uribe shot 5-under 67 at Aviara to finish a stroke ahead of Cristie Kerr, Shanshan Feng, Jodi Ewart Shadoff and Mi Hyang Lee.
KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. (AP) – Serena Williams beat Maria Sharapova for the 15th consecutive time, rallying in both sets to win 6-4, 6-3 in the Sony Open semifinals.
Rafael Nadal advanced to the semifinals by hitting a flurry of forehand winners down the stretch to beat Milos Raonic 4-6, 6-2, 6-4.
On Saturday, the No. 1-ranked Williams will try for a record seventh Key Biscayne title against No. 2 Li Na, who overcame 40 unforced errors to beat Dominika Cibulkova 7-5, 2-6, 6-3. Williams is 10-1 against Li.
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TORONTO (AP) – Former UFC welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre tore ligaments in his left knee in training and will need surgery.
St. Pierre made the announcement on Twitter, saying: ”Tore my left ACL in training. Surgery in a few days. Rehab, pain, hard work, no shortcuts – I’ll soon be back at 100%. Thanks for the support.”