Arbitration hearing for Sherrill set for Feb.



The arbitration hearing between the Orioles and All-Star closer George Sherrill has been set for Feb. 19 in Phoenix. Sherrill, who saved 31 games last year, asked for $3.4 million, while the Orioles offered $2.2 million. The two sides can negotiate a deal to avoid arbitration until the hearing.



Source: A-Rod not hurt by Torre's comments


Alex Rodriguez has yet to comment publicly on the allegations of his unpopularity in the Yankees clubhouse made in the soon-to-be released book The Yankee Years, co-authored by former New York manager Joe Torre and writer Tom Verducci. But a Yankees insider who is friendly with Rodriguez told Newsday that the third baseman was neither troubled nor stung by the revelation that his teammates referred to him as "A-Fraud" behind his back, or that his former manager believes "when Alex came over, it became strained in the clubhouse ... Alex monopolized all the attention." The source said: "Alex wasn't angry about it and he wasn't hurt. What he was, was surprised, by two things. One is that Torre, who's as media savvy as anyone we've ever known, would come out with any of this. The other is, if he was going to come out with it, why didn't he come out with even more stuff? He could have said a lot more than he did."

Red Sox: : Boston has given catcher Jason Varitek until Friday to accept or reject a one-year, $5 million contract offer with options for 2010, a person familiar with the negotiations told the Associated Press. Varitek, who turns 37 in April, is coming off the worst of his 11 seasons with the Red Sox. He hit .220 with 13 homers and 43 RBIs.

Rockies:: Ubaldo Jimenez agreed to a four-year contract that guarantees the right-hander $10 million. The deal contains club options for 2013 and 2014 that if exercised would raise its value to $22 million. Jimenez, 25, went 12-12 with a 3.99 ERA last year.

White Sox:: Chicago's new $100 million spring training complex in Glendale, Ariz., which it will share with the Dodgers, is expected to be ready for workouts when players report next month. The first spring training game is set for March 1 in a stadium that seats 10,000 and has 3,000 lawn seats.

Nationals: : Former major leaguer Rob Dibble was hired as the new color commentator for the Washington's local TV broadcasts, replacing Don Sutton in the MASN booth. Sutton asked to be released from his four-year contract after two years so he could return to the Braves' radio team.

Retirement: : First baseman Sean Casey announced his retirement in Cincinnati after a dozen major league seasons. He said he will become a studio analyst for the MLB Network.


Man who says Harrison shot him accused of lying


A Philadelphia man shot with a gun owned by Indianapolis Colts receiver Marvin Harrison is headed to trial today, accused of lying to police. Dwight Dixon is due in Philadelphia municipal court on three charges of making false sworn statements, according to court records. Dixon initially told police he was shot during a robbery but later accused Harrison of shooting him. Dixon's attorney, Robert Gamburg, said Dixon did not immediately identify Harrison because he was afraid of him. Gamburg added Dixon was denied access to his attorney after being shot and spoke under duress. The April shooting happened near a North Philadelphia car wash owned by the receiver.

Patriots: : New England hired former Titans general manager Floyd Reese as its senior football adviser after losing vice president of player personnel Scott Pioli to Kansas City as GM.

Bills: : Free-agent wide receiver P.K. Sam and center Marvin Philip signed.

Jurisprudence: : A moving company owner has been ordered held on $250,000 bail after pleading not guilty to charges connected to a $2 million jewelry heist that included New York Giants Super Bowl rings. Sean D. Murphy was arraigned in Lynn (Mass.) District Court on charges of receiving stolen property related to the June robbery at E.A. Dion Inc. in Attleboro.


Caps lose to Bruins in OT; Ovechkin crashes, returns


David Krejci scored a power-play goal off the leg of Capitals defender Shaone Morrisonn with 3:05 left in overtime and the host Boston Bruins beat Washington, 3-2, in a matchup of the top two teams in the NHL's Eastern Conference. The Capitals got a scare when reigning Most Valuable Player Alex Ovechkin crashed into the boards with 5:35 left in the second period after being hooked by Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara. Ovechkin, who hit his right shoulder and head, missed the rest of the second but returned for the third period.

More NHL: : Islanders center Mike Sillinger underwent hip surgery for the second time in a year and will miss the rest of the season. ... Penguins forward Matt Cooke has been suspended two games without pay for a blow to the head of an opposing player. Cooke was assessed a minor penalty against Carolina forward Scott Walker during the Hurricanes' win Jan. 20. ... The Blue Jackets activated left wing Jason Chimera off injured reserve after he missed 16 games with a groin injury.

Bowden, Florida State agree on 1-year contract

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Florida State football coach Bobby Bowden has agreed in principle to a one-year contract extension, athletic director Randy Spetman said. Bowden, who last month completed his 33rd season with the Seminoles, had said he planned to return for the 2009 season, but his one-year contract, worth about $2.2 million, expired Jan. 4. Bowden (382 wins) is one victory behind Penn State's Joe Paterno as the winningest coach in major college football.

More college football: : Hampton has fired coach Jerry Holmes and promoted defensive coordinator Donovan Rose to replace him. ... Philadelphia Eagles offensive assistant Mark Whipple was hired as offensive coordinator at Miami (Fla.).

Soccer: : AC Milan plans to meet with David Beckham's agents to see if the former England captain can get out of his contract with the Los Angeles Galaxy and stay with the Serie A club. "If Beckham reaches an agreement with the Galaxy, we are prepared to pay a fee," Milan vice president Adriano Galliani said. Beckham is on a month loan from the Galaxy and is due to return to Major League Soccer on March 9. Beckham is hoping to stay sharp so he can earn a spot on the English national team.

More soccer: : Landon Donovan, also on loan from the Galaxy, made his official debut for Bayern Munich.

Hockey: : Mark Johnson will coach the U.S. women's hockey team at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics.