Ramirez, Dodgers agree to $45M deal



The winter of discontent in Mannywood is over. Outfielder Manny Ramirez and the Los Angeles Dodgers officially agreed yesterday on a two-year, $45 million contract that keeps him with the National League West champions. The slugger can void the second season of the deal and again become a free agent. The stalemate was broken during a 6 a.m. meeting that brought the sides face-to-face at owner Frank McCourt's Malibu, Calif., home. The Dodgers confirmed the deal shortly after Ramirez, 36, passed a physical.

Nationals:: Mike Rizzo will assume day-to-day control of the team's major league operations after the resignation of general manager Jim Bowden on Sunday. Team president Stan Kasten said he will have final say on personnel matters while the Nationals wait to permanently fill the GM vacancy. Rizzo, 48, has been an assistant GM and vice president of baseball operations since 2006.


Yankees:: Third baseman Alex Rodriguez was sent to Vail, Colo., to be examined by hip specialist Dr. Marc Philippon. The Yankees did not release any information last night about the results of the examination. They likely will provide an update today, Newsday reported.

Et cetera:: Mets ace Johan Santana threw 46 pitches off a mound in Port St. Lucie, Fla., and made it clear he wants to start New York's opener April 6 in Cincinnati despite concerns over his elbow. ... Rays manager Joe Maddon selected right-hander James Shields as Tampa Bay's starter for its Opening Day game April 6 at Boston.

Report: Cowboys cut receiver Owens

nfl reported late last night that the Dallas Cowboys cut wide receiver Terrell Owens. Owens, who also has starred with the Philadelphia Eagles and San Francisco 49ers in a 13-season career, played three seasons with the Cowboys.

Cardinals:: Kurt Warner is staying with Arizona, agreeing to a two-year, $23 million contract after a season in which he led the team to the Super Bowl. Warner, 37, made a highly publicized visit to the 49ers on Monday but had made clear he wanted to remain in Arizona, where he was the catalyst of the team's run to the title game, which the Cardinals lost, 27-23, to the Steelers. The deal includes a $15 million signing bonus.

Missing players:: Private boats and planes searched for two NFL players and a third man missing for four days since their boat capsized in the Gulf of Mexico off Florida, family members said. The Coast Guard called off the official search Tuesday for Raiders linebacker Marquis Cooper, who owned the boat, free-agent NFL defensive lineman Corey Smith and former South Florida player William Bleakley. A fourth man on the fishing trip, Nick Schuyler, was rescued Monday.

Et cetera:: The Bengals moved to replace wide receiver T.J. Houshmandzadeh, reaching a four-year contract agreement with receiver Laveranues Coles, who was released by the Jets last week. ESPN reported the deal is worth $28 million. Houshmandzadeh signed with the Seahawks this week. ... Linebacker Takeo Spikes re-signed with the 49ers, who also signed quarterback Damon Huard. ... The Broncos signed free-agent running back LaMont Jordan (Maryland) to a two-year deal worth $2.5 million.


C. Anthony: 'If I was wrong, I was wrong'


Denver Nuggets star forward Carmelo Anthony (Towson Catholic) said he wished George Karl would have kept his insubordination a secret but promised the next time his coach tries to substitute for him, he'll sprint right to the bench. "I'm going to run," Anthony said after practicing with the team for the first time since his one-game suspension for refusing to come out of Denver's 100-94 road loss to the Indiana Pacers on Sunday night. Anthony missed the Nuggets' 100-95 loss to the host Detroit Pistons on Tuesday. "If I was wrong, I was wrong," Anthony said.

Thunder 88, Wizards 83:: Russell Westbrook and Thabo Sefolosha made big baskets in the last two minutes, leading host Oklahoma City (16-45) past Washington (14-47) for its first three-game winning streak this season. Antawn Jamison had 29 points and 10 rebounds for the Wizards, who lost their third straight.

Et cetera:: LeBron James had 23 points and the host Cavaliers (48-12) became the first team to clinch a spot in the playoffs with a 91-73 win over the Bucks (29-35). ... Dwyane Wade scored 35 points and tied his career high with 16 assists, and the Heat (32-28) spoiled Shaquille O'Neal's return to Miami with a 135-129 victory over the Suns (34-27). ... Pistons guard Allen Iverson will miss at least two weeks because of a sore back.

Capitals quiet at trade deadline


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Unlike last year's flurry of activity, the Washington Capitals let this year's NHL trade deadline pass without making a deal. General manager George McPhee said he considered two defensemen as potential upgrades: the Anaheim Ducks' Chris Pronger and Florida Panthers' Jay Bouwmeester. "But the price ... wasn't something we were willing to pay," he said. There were 22 trades and a record 47 players moved this year. In the trade with the most marquee value, the Penguins picked up forward Bill Guerin, 38, from the Islanders for a conditional draft pick.

Horse racing: : Nicanor, the 3-year-old full brother of Barbaro, is set to make his second start Saturday at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach, Fla. Nicanor, who finished 10th in a 12-horse field in his debut Jan. 31, is scheduled to run in the $40,000 Malibu Rum Finish Line, a seven-furlong race. In his first race, also at Gulfstream, Nicanor stumbled coming out of the gate, injured himself and finished 25 lengths behind the winner.


College basketball: : Maryland center Lynetta Kizer was named the Atlantic Coast Conference's Freshman of the Year and North Carolina State forward Bonae Holston, also a freshman, its Sixth Player of the Year.

College lacrosse: : Candace Rossi scored a career-high five goals and the No. 14 Johns Hopkins women (2-2) ended a two-game losing streak with an 18-9 home win over Cincinnati (3-1).