Raiders reward their QB with $125 million deal...Red Sox retire No. 34...Houston gets McCullers back
ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) — Derek Carr is now the NFL’s richest player. The quarterback has signed a five-year, $125 million contract extension with the Oakland Raiders. Carr has transformed the Raiders from a perennial loser into a contender after being drafted in the second round in 2014.
BOSTON (AP) — The Boston Red Sox have retired Big Papi’s number in a ceremony attended by friends, family and dignitaries from two countries. David Ortiz wiped tears from his eyes as he addressed the sellout crowd at Fenway Park last night. He said it was an honor to see his No. 34 on the stadium facade alongside those of Hall of Famers Carl Yastrzemski, Pedro Martinez, Wade Boggs and Jim Rice.
SEATTLE (AP) — Houston’s depleted rotation is about to get one of its big arms back with the return of Lance McCullers, who missed two weeks with discomfort in his lower back. McCullers is scheduled to start tonight against Seattle. McCullers is 6-1 with a 2.58 ERA and was the AL pitcher of the month in May, going 4-0 with a 0.99 ERA in six starts.
BAKU, Azerbaijan (AP) — Lewis Hamilton has won the pole position for the Azerbaijan Grand Prix ahead of Valtteri Bottas. The British driver’s 66th pole moves him one ahead of F1 great Ayrton Senna and just two behind Michael Schumacher’s all-time record of 68. Kimi Raikkonen (KEE’-mee RAY’-koh-nehn) qualified third, ahead of his Ferrari teammate Sebastian Vettel, the championship leader.
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea’s president says he hopes to see North Korean athletes at next year’s Winter Olympics in South Korea to ease tensions over the North’s nuclear program. He made the comments today during the opening ceremony of the world taekwondo championships in South Korea, where a North Korean delegation was also also present. The championships mark the first sports exchange between the Koreas since the new president took office in May.