MLB: 146 players file for arbitration
NEW YORK (AP) — Cy Young Award winners Clayton Kershaw of the Los Angeles Dodgers and Max Scherzer of the Detroit Tigers headed 146 players who filed for salary arbitration.
Tampa Bay pitcher David Price, Pittsburgh third baseman Pedro Alvarez, Cincinnati pitcher Aroldis Chapman, Arizona outfielder Mark Trumbo, Baltimore catcher Matt Wieters and Washington pitcher Jordan Zimmermann also were among those who filed Tuesday.
Players are set to swap proposed salaries with their clubs Friday, and hearings will be scheduled for next month in St. Petersburg, Fla.
Of the 133 players who filed last year, none went to hearings — the first time since the process began in 1974 that every case settled.
Vogel to coach East all-star team
NEW YORK (AP) — Indiana Pacers coach Frank Vogel clinched the Eastern Conference coaching spot for next month’s NBA All-Star game.
The Pacers improved to 30-7 with their 116-92 victory over Sacramento on Tuesday night, guaranteeing they will have the best winning percentage in the East among eligible teams. Miami’s Erik Spoelstra is ineligible after coaching in last year’s game.
It will be the first All-Star coaching assignment for Vogel, in his fourth season leading the Pacers.
The West coach for the Feb. 16 game in New Orleans is still to be determined. Gregg Popovich, whose San Antonio Spurs lead the West, is ineligible.
Obama honors Heat for title
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama congratulated the NBA champion Miami Heat for showing the “heart and determination” it takes to sit atop the league.
It was a return visit to the White House for the team on Tuesday, in honor of its second straight NBA title. During an East Room ceremony, Obama also praised the team’s off-court actions. Before arriving at the White House, the players visited with wounded service members recuperating at an area military hospital. Obama said it’s an example of the charitable work the players do year-round.
U.S. teen leads World Cup slalom
FLACHAU, Austria (AP) — American teenager Mikaela Shiffrin used an impeccable first run to lead the field by an impressive 0.90 seconds at a World Cup night slalom on Tuesday.
Shiffrin, who won last year, timed 51.72 seconds on the Griessenkar course. Only Maria Hoefl-Riesch of Germany finished within a second of the American, while Marlies Schild of Austria and Frida Hansdotter of Sweden shared third, already 1.09 off the lead.
Defending overall champion Tina Maze of Slovenia was 1.44 back in sixth.
Shiffrin, who won the world championship and the World Cup title in slalom last year, leads the discipline standings and is looking for her third victory of the season and seventh overall.
Nobel laureates write to Putin
LONDON (AP) — Actor Ian McKellen and 27 Nobel laureates wrote an open letter urging Russia’s president to repeal an anti-gay law.
The letter — published Tuesday by the Independent newspaper — comes in the run-up to the Sochi Olympics, which have been the focus of a backlash in the West regarding the law.
McKellan — known to millions as Gandalf in the “Lord of the Rings” and “Hobbit” films — wrote the letter with his friend, chemist Harold Kroto.
Signed by the laureates, it is designed to show the scientific community’s “solidarity” with others who have “expressed their abhorrence” at Russia’s law.