Around the Nation (Feb. 12): Mariners, King Felix agree on massive $175M deal

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BASEBALL

King Felix, Mariners agree on $175M deal

PEORIA, Ariz. -- Felix Hernandez and the Seattle Mariners have reached agreement on a $175 million, seven-year contract that will make him the highest-paid pitcher in baseball.

The Mariners announced the sides had reached agreement on the deal Tuesday afternoon. Hernandez and general manager Jack Zduriencik will hold a news conference in Seattle on Wednesday afternoon where Hernandez is expected to sign the contract.

Earlier Tuesday, Zduriencik said the sides were having significant talks to try to finalize a new contract for the three-time All-Star and 2010 AL Cy Young Award winner. There had been speculation and reports about an injury to Hernandez's pitching elbow that could be slowing the negotiations. Zduriencik said earlier in the day that a deal of that magnitude in years and dollars, "takes time to work things out."

Latos, Cincinnati agree to $11.5M contract

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- Right-hander Mat Latos has agreed to an $11.5 million, two-year contract with the Cincinnati Reds, avoiding what would have been baseball's first salary arbitration hearing of the year.

Latos will receive salaries of $4.25 million this year and $7.25 million in 2014 under Tuesday's deal.

Cincinnati obtained Latos from San Diego before the 2012 season. He solidified a rotation that was one of the NL's best, helping the Reds win the NL Central for the second time in three seasons. Latos went 14-4 with a 3.48 ERA and two complete games in 33 starts.

Latos made $550,000 last season. Eligible for arbitration for the first time, he had asked for $4.7 million in arbitration and had been offered $4.15 million.

Scott Rolen decides not to attend Reds camp

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- Third baseman Scott Rolen has declined the Cincinnati Reds' offer to attend spring training to compete for a reserve role.

The 37-year-old infielder informed the team on Tuesday that he's keeping his options open, but isn't ready to try to play right now.

The seven-time All-Star has been limited each of the last three seasons by a chronic shoulder problem and back spasms. He batted .245 in 92 games last season with eight homers and 39 RBI.

General manager Walt Jocketty traded for Rolen in 2009, bringing in a veteran leader for a young team. The Reds won the NL Central two of the last three years. Rolen's contract was up, but the Reds offered a reserve role this season, with Todd Frazier taking over at third base.

Royals acquire Elliott Johnson from Rays

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Kansas City has acquired utility player Elliott Johnson from the Tampa Bay Rays as the player to be named in the Dec. 9 trade that sent James Shields and Wade Davis to Kansas City for top prospects Wil Myers and Jake Odorizzi along with two other minor leaguers.

The switch-hitting Johnson batted .242 with 10 doubles, six homers, 33 RBI, and 18 steals last year with the Rays. The 29-year-old started 68 games at shortstop and also played second, third and the outfield.

To make room for Johnson on the 40-man big league roster, the Royals transferred right-hander Felipe Paulino to the 60-day disabled list. Paulino is rehabbing from elbow surgery and not expected to pitch before July.

BASKETBALL

Bulls' Rose says he's 'far away' from return

DEERFIELD, Ill. -- Chicago Bulls star Derrick Rose says he's "far away" from returning from knee surgery.

Sidelined all season, Rose has been practicing and traveling with the team. But in an interview with USA Today posted on Tuesday, he says he has no specific timetable for a return.

Rose says he's not coming back until he's "110 percent" and adds, "Who knows when that will be?" He says it could be any day, within a few weeks or even next year. Asked how close he is to 110 percent, he responded "probably in the high 80s. Far away. Far away."

Rose tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee during last year's playoff-opening win over Philadelphia, and the top-seeded Bulls wound up losing to the 76ers.

Police: Bird's son tried to run over woman

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Basketball great Larry Bird's son has been arrested after police say he tried to run over his ex-girlfriend with a car.

Twenty-one-year-old Conner Anthony Bird faces preliminary charges including intimidation with a deadly weapon, battery with injury and possession of marijuana.

Indiana University police arrested Bird on Sunday morning. They say his ex-girlfriend told an officer that Bird threw a cellphone at her and drove his car at her during an argument. A police report says IU police arrested Bird after tracking down his vehicle.

Bird is a student at IU's Bloomington campus.

West doesn't show up for D-League team

DALLAS -- Delonte West hasn't joined the Texas Legends more than two weeks after the NBA Development League team acquired his rights.

West was picked up by the affiliate of the Dallas Mavericks on Jan. 25, though Mavericks owner Mark Cuban flatly ruled out a return to the team that suspended the veteran guard twice in two weeks before waiving him in October.

Mavericks president of basketball operations Donnie Nelson, a co-owner of the Legends, says the "door is open" but he hasn't had any contact with a new agent for West.

West, who has bipolar disorder, was a valuable role player in a veteran backcourt for Dallas last season. His preseason playing time in October was limited behind younger guards Darren Collison and O.J. Mayo.

Former Vols coach Summitt honored

NEW YORK -- Former Tennessee women's basketball coach Pat Summitt is the latest recipient of the New York Athletic Club's Winged Foot Legends Award.

The award recognizes coaches and other individuals who were particularly influential within the sport of college basketball. Previous winners included John Wooden, Dean Smith, Bob Knight, Al McGuire, Ray Lumpp and Lou Carnesecca.

Summitt accepted the award Tuesday during a lunch at the New York Athletic Club.

Summitt stepped down as Tennessee's coach last April after announcing in 2011 that she has early-onset dementia, Alzheimer's type. Summitt won 1,098 games and eight national titles in 38 seasons, giving her the most career Division I victories of any men's or women's coach in history. She remains on Tennessee's staff as head coach emeritus.

GOLF

Woods adds three tourneys to schedule

JUPITER, Fla. -- Tiger Woods is filling out his schedule on the road to the Masters with a pair of World Golf Championships and his new hometown event.

Woods says on his website Tuesday he'll play next week in the Match Play Championship in Arizona, the first of three straight tournaments. He will play the following week near his home at the Honda Classic in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., and play in the Cadillac Championship at Doral.

Woods says it's a busy stretch and he wants to keep playing well.

He hasn't played since winning at Torrey Pines three weeks ago. Woods competed in the Honda Classic last year for the first time as a pro and finished second behind Rory McIlroy. Woods moved from central Florida to south Florida a year ago.

FOOTBALL

Four Alabama players arrested after robberies

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Four University of Alabama football players have been suspended indefinitely following their arrests on charges including credit card fraud and robbery.

Officials say running back Brent Calloway was arrested Monday on a charge of fraudulent use of a credit card. Linebackers D.J. Pettway and Tyler Hayes were charged with second-degree robbery. Defensive back Eddie Williams was charged with both fraudulent use of a credit card and second-degree robbery.

All have been released from jail on bond ranging from $5,000 to $65,000. Court documents show Williams and Hayes have confessed to the robberies, and Calloway admitted to using a stolen debit card.

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