Orioles reach deal with Valencia...Smith mum on soup incident...Olympic doping case dropped for North Korean
SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) — The Baltimore Orioles and infielder Danny Valencia have agreed on a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training. Valencia will make $1.2 million if he makes the Orioles and can add $3 million in performance bonuses. The 33-year-old has played eight major league seasons with Minnesota, Boston, Baltimore, Kansas City, Toronto, Oakland and Seattle.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Two people familiar with the situation say the New Orleans Saints and free-agent safety Kurt Coleman have agreed to terms of a three-year contract. The 29-year-old is an eight-year veteran out of Ohio State who played the past three seasons for Carolina. Coleman started in all 12 games in which he played last season and made 76 solo or assisted tackles. He also recovered a fumble.
INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) — Cavaliers guard J.R. Smith isn’t saying what led him to throw a bowl of soup at assistant coach Damon Jones. When reporters asked him today what he could share about the incident, his reply was “nothing.” Smith sat out Thursday night’s loss to Philadelphia after the Cavs imposed a one-game suspension for detrimental conduct.
ZURICH (AP) — A North Korean hockey player tested positive for a banned drug ahead of the Pyeongchang Olympics in a case that was later dropped. The International Ice Hockey Federation says the player (Kim Un Hyang) was able to show that the positive test for a banned diuretic “was the result of contaminated food products.” The federation says the concentration in her sample was far below the World Anti-Doping Agency’s detection limit, and a subsequent sample during the Olympic tournament tested negative.
BOCA RATON, Fla. (AP) — Florida Atlantic has hired Brian White as athletic director, giving the school someone with strong bloodlines in college sports. The school says the former Missouri executive signed a five-year contract. He will also serve as vice president. White is the son of Duke athletic director Kevin White, the brother of Central Florida athletic director Danny White and the brother of Florida men’s basketball coach Mike White.