GREINKE WILL JOIN DODGERS, REPORT SAYS
The Dodgers were closing in Saturday on signing the top free agent pitcher on the market, Zack Greinke, ESPN reported. The deal is worth approximately $147 million over six years, it said.
In total dollars, the deal would be the second-most lucrative in history for a pitcher, trailing the original $161 million deal signed by CC Sabathia in 2009.
The Dodgers had been viewed as the favorite to sign Greinke, 29, the 2009 American League Cy Young Award winner with the Royals, until recent days, when the Rangers emerged as an equally strong suitor for the right-hander.
Yankees: Alex Rodriguez will have surgery on his left hip in mid January and could be sidelined until the All-Star break. "I'm not concerned," Rodriguez, 37, said of his injury.
Phillies: Infielder Michael Young accepted a trade from the Rangers, waiving his no-trade clause, ESPN said. Philadelphia will ship reliever Josh Lindblom and minor-league pitcher Lisalverto Bonilla to Texas.
Reds: Free agent outfielder Ryan Ludwick reached agreement on a two-year, $15 million contract, pending a physical, ESPN said.
Vonn in expletive brouhaha after win
Lindsey Vonn's rivalry with Alpine skiing World Cup leader Tina Maze heated up when the Slovenian's coaches accused the American defending overall Cup champion of hurling an insulting expletive after winning a super-G at St. Moritz, Switzerland.
Vonn edged Maze to remain perfect in four speed races this season. On crossing the finish line and realizing she had taken the race lead from Maze, Vonn acknowledged she cursed as an expression of relief.
The Slovenians alleged Vonn deliberately aimed an insult at Maze and filed a protest for "unsportsmanlike behavior."
"I would never say anything bad about another athlete at the finish," Vonn, clearly stunned, said.
World Cup women's race director Atle Skaardal viewed TV footage of Vonn's reactions and said "We could not find any abuse whatsoever and the protest was, of course, rejected."
"(The problem) is finished after today," said Andrea Massi, Maze's trainer and boyfriend.
Figure skating: Japan's Mao Asada won the Grand Prix Final, topping American Ashley Wagner in Sochi, Russia. Daisuke Takahashi of Japan won the men's gold, Americans Meryl Davis and Charlie White the ice dancing, and Russia's Tatiana Volosozhar and Maxim Trankov the pairs.
Horses: Action Andy won the $60,000 Pelican Stakes for the second consecutive year and set a stakes record at Tampa Bay Downs in Oldsmar. Ridden by Daniel Coa for trainer Carlos Garcia, Action Andy ($3.80) clocked 6 furlongs in 1 minute, 9.14 seconds. Indiano and Black Belt were next.
golf: Shanshan Feng won the Dubai Ladies Masters by five strokes after shooting 3-under 69 for a 21-under 267 total in the Ladies European Tour finale. Tampa's Cindy LaCrosse (72) was 10 strokes back.
Soccer: Lionel Messi has recovered from a knee bruise and will attempt to surpass Gerd Mueller's 40-year-old record for most goals in a calendar year, 85, when Barcelona plays Real Betis today. Messi (84 goals) collided with the opposing goalkeeper in Barcelona's 0-0 draw against Benfica in the Champions League on Wednesday.
Don Jensen, Times correspondent; Times wires