Wednesday’s Sports In Brief
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) Outfielder Mike Trout and the Angels agreed to a $1 million, one-year contract, a prelude to a long-term deal between the young All-Star and Los Angeles.
The salary is the highest for a one-year major league contract for a player not yet eligible for arbitration who wasn’t coming to the big leagues from Japan or Cuba or wasn’t required to have a larger amount because of the maximum cut rule.
Trout will become eligible for arbitration after this season and could become a free agent after the 2017 World Series. The sides are thought to be discussing an agreement through 2020 in the $150 million range.
By agreeing to a one-year contract now with the 22-year-old, the Angels avoid having a long-term deal count toward their 2014 luxury tax payroll.
WOODBRIDGE, N.J. (AP) – Pitcher Carl Pavano is retiring after 14 major league seasons.
The 38-year-old right-hander didn’t pitch after June 1 in 2012 because of a strained right shoulder. His spleen was removed in January 2013 after he was injured when he fell in the snow at his home in Vermont.
Pavano had been hoping to return to the major leagues this year.
Pavano, an All-Star in 2004, was 108-107 with a 4.39 ERA for Montreal (1998-02), Florida 2002-04), the New York Yankees (2005, 2007-08), Cleveland (2009) and Minnesota (2009-12). He was an All-Star in 2004, going 18-8 with a 3.00 ERA and earning a $39.95 million, four-year contract with the Yankees.
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) – Los Angeles Angels outfielder Josh Hamilton will be sidelined for at least two weeks because of a strained calf muscle, and pitcher C.J. Wilson does not appear to be seriously hurt after getting struck on the head by a line drive in batting practice.
Both players were injured during a spring training workout Tuesday.
Hamilton left the clubhouse on crutches after getting hurt during a baserunning drill. Wilson, also starting his second season with the Angels. Wilson was hit by a liner off the bat of Yorvit Torrealba.
Hamilton struggled in his first season with the Angels after agreeing to a $125 million, five-year contract, hitting .250 with 21 homers and 79 RBIs.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) – Jason Peters will protect the quarterback’s blind side for quite a while longer in Philadelphia.
The All-Pro left tackle agreed to a five-year contract with the Eagles. Peters was signed for 2014, and his new deal adds four years through 2018. Overall, the contract is worth about $50 million.
The 32-year-old Peters is a six-time Pro Bowl pick and two-time All-Pro. Peters missed the entire 2012 season after twice rupturing an Achilles tendon, but he returned to anchor an offensive line that helped the Eagles lead the NFL in rushing. All-Pro running back LeSean McCoy ran for a franchise-best 1,607 yards, and Pro Bowl quarterback Nick Foles had a breakout year behind Peters and Co.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – Deron Williams took a moment to snap a few photos of Brooklyn teammate Jason Collins at their shootaround in Portland.
He couldn’t help it: The NBA’s first openly gay player was surrounded by a throng of cameras and microphones, and at least for the next week or so, Collins will be the face of the Nets wherever they go.
Before facing the Trail Blazers later in the evening, Collins said he accepted both the interest and the scrutiny that has come with his return to the league since the the 7-footer was signed to a 10-day contract on Sunday.
Collins quietly played seven minutes in the 124-80 loss to the Blazers.
GREENBURGH, N.Y. (AP) – Raymond Felton is determined to keep personal turmoil from affecting what was already his most trying season professionally.
A day after his arrest on felony weapons charges, Felton returned to practice with the New York Knicks, saying that was ”not a distraction” to the team.
Felton spoke for less than a minute and did not take questions. He thanked family, friends and teammates for their support and insisted his thoughts were on the Knicks’ game Thursday night in Miami.
The Knicks are barely hanging on in the playoff race and Felton’s struggles have been among their biggest problems. Slowed by nagging leg injuries early, he’s averaging a career-worst 10.4 points on 40.3 percent shooting for a team with a 21-36 record.
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) – Los Angeles Lakers coach Mike D’Antoni says he understands the frustration that led to critical comments from Pau Gasol, but wishes the star center had not lashed out publicly.
D’Antoni addressed Gasol’s comments before the Lakers’ 108-103 loss to the Memphis Grizzlies, saying much of the frustration comes from losing and a change in the team’s style of play.
Following Tuesday night’s 118-98 defeat at Indiana, the Lakers’ leading scorer criticized the club for a lack of discipline and expressed frustration with Los Angeles using smaller lineups.
Gasol mentioned everything from selfish play to D’Antoni’s offense as problems.
The Lakers have lost three straight and seven of eight after their latest defeat. Injuries to Kobe Bryant, Steve Nash and others have left Los Angeles with the worst record in the Western Conference.
ACAPULCO, Mexico (AP) – Andy Murray reached the quarterfinals of the Mexican Open with a 6-3, 6-4 win over Portugal’s Joao Sousa.
The seventh-ranked Murray set up a clash with France’s Gilles Simon in the last eight.
Top seed David Ferrer advanced to his fifth-straight Mexican Open quarterfinal. Ferrer, trying to win his fourth title on Mexican soil, will next play South Africa’s Kevin Anderson, who eliminated American Sam Querrey,7-6 (2), 6-4. Ukraine’s Alexandr Dolgopolov and Croatia’s Ivo Karlovic also advanced.
On the women’s side of the combined ATP-WTA tournament, top-seeded Dominika Cibulkova, New Zealand’s Marina Erakovic, Canada’s Eugenie Bouchard, Estonia’s Kaia Kanepi, China’s Shuai Zhang, American Christina McHale, Croatia’s Ajla Tomljanovic, and France’s Caroline Garcia all moved on to the quarters.