2 former MLB players die in wreck...Corbin welcomed by Nationals... Kansas running back suspended
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Former major league players Luis Valbuena and Jose Castillo have been killed in a car crash following a winter league game in Venezuela. Valbuena, an 11-year veteran, played for the Los Angeles Angels, Seattle, Cleveland, the Chicago Cubs and Houston. Castillo played five seasons with Pittsburgh, San Francisco and Houston.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Patrick Corbin put on his No. 46 Washington Nationals jersey as rotation-mates Max Scherzer and Stephen Strasburg looked on from the front row today at the news conference to introduce the lefty starter with the $140 million, six-year contract. One of the team’s other recent acquisitions, catcher Yan Gomes, and long-time first baseman Ryan Zimmerman were also at Nationals Park for the announcement.
LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Standout Kansas running back Pooka Williams has been suspended from the team after his arrest on suspicion of domestic battery. Williams, whose name is Anthony Ray Williams, was arrested Thursday at the university’s public safety office. No further details were immediately available.
DATELINE (AP) — —Georgia Tech has hired Temple coach Geoff Collins to replace Paul Johnson as the Yellow Jackets coach. Collins, a Conyers, Georgia native, is a former Florida and Mississippi State defensive coordinator who was 15-10 in two seasons at Temple. Collins had an 8-4 record with a 7-1 mark in the American Athletic Conference this season. He took over for his close friend Matt Rhule last year, when Rhule left for Baylor.
GREENVILLE, N.C. (AP) — — New East Carolina coach Mike Houston is bringing eight of his coaches from James Madison to the Pirates’ staff. Houston announced 10 members of his staff. Five offensive coaches and three defensive coaches are coming from James Madison. That includes offensive coordinator Donnie Kirkpatrick and offensive line coach Steve Shankweiler. Both previously coached at East Carolina.