Pacers lose All-Star guard ...Retiring Saints player criticizes Goodell... MLB players union concerned about free agent market
UNDATED (AP) — The Indiana Pacers have lost All-Star guard Victor Oladipo (OH’-lah-dee-poh) with a season-ending ruptured quad tendon in his right knee. Oladipo was injured during Wednesday night’s 110-106 victory over Toronto and left the court on a stretcher. Coach Nate McMillan says he’s unsure when Oladipo would have surgery or whether he would be ready for the start of next season. Oladipo led the Pacers in scoring at 19.2 points per game.
UNDATED (AP) — Retiring New Orleans Saints tight end Benjamin Watson is strongly criticizing NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell for his public silence following a blown call in the NFC championship game. Watson posted a letter to Goodell on Twitter, saying “your continued silence on this matter is unbecoming of the position you hold, detrimental to the integrity of the game and disrespectful and dismissive to football fans everywhere.”
NEW YORK (AP) — The head of the baseball players’ association is expressing concern over a second straight offseason that has seen Bryce Harper, Manny Machado and many other free agents remain without deals less than a month before spring training. Union head Tony Clark tells The Associated Press “all the dead time in the last two free-agent markets is a larger threat to our game than any supposed dead time between pitches.”
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Free-agent outfielder AJ Pollock and the Los Angeles Dodgers have agreed to a $55 million, four-year contract. That’s according to a person familiar with the negotiations who says the deal includes a $10 million player option for 2023 with a $5 million buyout that would make the deal worth over $60 million during the four years. The 31-year-old outfielder hit .257 last year with 21 home runs, 65 RBIs and 13 stolen bases in 113 games for NL West rival Arizona.
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Jon Rahm began with an eagle and kept going lower until he had a 10-under 62 on the North Course at Torrey Pines for a one-shot lead over Justin Rose in the first round of the Farmers Insurance Open. Tiger Woods made his 2019 debut on the tougher South Course and opened with a 70. Charles Howell III and Brandon Hagy each had 66 for the low score on the South.