MLB: Mariners, reliever make deal
SEATTLE (AP) — The Seattle Mariners reached agreement on a $14 million, two-year deal with reliever Fernando Rodney, according to a person familiar with the deal.
The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the agreement was subject to a physical. The deal, first reported by ESPN, also includes performance bonuses.
• BALTIMORE (AP) — Catcher Matt Wieters and the Baltimore Orioles avoided salary arbitration by agreeing to a $7.7 million, one-year contract, a raise of $2.2 million.
• PHOENIX (AP) — The Arizona Diamondbacks avoided arbitration with Mark Trumbo by agreeing Thursday to a $4.8 million, one-year contract with the outfielder.
NEW YORK (AP) — Portland’s Damian Lillard will become the first player to compete in three events during All-Star Saturday night in New Orleans, including a slam dunk contest that features three All-Stars for the first time in 26 years.
Indiana’s Paul George and Washington’s John Wall also will take part in the night’s marquee event Feb. 15. There haven’t been three All-Stars in the dunk contest since the famed 1988 duel, when Michael Jordan beat Dominique Wilkins on his home floor in Chicago, in a field that also included Clyde Drexler.
Lillard, the reigning Rookie of the Year, will play in the Rising Stars Challenge on Friday night before defending his Skills Challenge title and competing in the 3-point contest.
• INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) — The Cleveland Cavaliers made a big change with another season falling apart, firing general manager Chris Grant.
Grant was fired a day after the Cavs dropped their sixth straight game, an embarrassing home loss to a Los Angeles Lakers team that started with eight players and finished with five. Vice president of basketball operations David Griffin will serve as acting general manager.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston says Seminoles coach Jimbo Fisher was on the money when he stated the Heisman winner might play two more years of college football.
Winston told The Associated Press that’s indeed his plan.
Winston is expected to be the closer for Florida State’s baseball team. Many NFL draft experts believe Winston would have been a high first-round pick, possibly No. 1 overall, if he was eligible for this year’s football draft.
PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Andrew Loupe knows how one week can change everything. He can only hope his 8-under 63 in the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am is the start of another one.
Loupe had to wait three hours to tee off because of rain, and then he played bogey-free on the Shore Course at Monterey Peninsula. That gave him the lowest score among those who finished their rounds.
Stuart Appleby, Jim Renner, Richard Lee and Scott Gardiner had 65s at Monterey Peninsula. Phil Mickelson, a four-time champion, was at 5-under par through 15 holes when the round was stopped because of darkness.
• GOLD COAST, Australia (AP) — Eight-time winner and defending champion Karrie Webb was disqualified from the Australian Ladies Masters on Friday for signing an incorrect scorecard after the second round.
American Cheyenne Woods, niece of Tiger Woods, and South African Stacey Lee Bregman both followed first round 69s with six-under second rounds of 67 to lead the tournament by a shot at 10-under 136.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Columbus Blue Jackets acquired Paul Thompson from the Pittsburgh Penguins in exchange for Spencer Machacek on Thursday in a swap of 25-year-old minor-league forwards.
Thompson has been assigned to the Blue Jackets’ American Hockey League affiliate in Springfield, Mass.
Thompson has 35 goals and 29 assists in 170 career AHL games with the Wilkes-Barre Scranton Penguins. He has four goals and three assists to go with 50 penalty minutes in 39 games this season.
Machacek has nine goals and 10 assists in 34 games with Springfield this season. Atlanta’s first pick, 67th overall, in the 2007 draft, Machacek has two goals and seven assists in 25 career NHL games with the Jets/Thrashers franchise and 107 goals and 151 assists in 393 career AHL games.
UNIONDALE, N.Y. (AP) — The Chicago Blackhawks acquired forwards Peter Regin and Pierre-Marc Bouchard from the New York Islanders for a fourth-round pick in this June’s NHL draft.
The Islanders made the deal Thursday night after losing for the sixth time in seven games.