Phillies to introduce Harper...Royals catcher may need Tommy John surgery...Ovechkin makes history
CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) — The Philadelphia Phillies have scheduled a news conference this afternoon to introduce Bryce Harper, whose 13-year, $330 million contract is the largest deal in baseball history. Harper will wear No. 3 rather than the No. 34 he wore with the Washington Nationals, the team he joined in 2012 when he was 19. Harper has a .279 career average with 184 homers and 521 RBIs.
SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) — Kansas City Royals All-Star catcher Salvador Perez has damaged the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow, raising the possibility the 2015 World Series MVP may need Tommy John surgery and miss the season. Perez was hurt during a workout Wednesday, and the team said a MRI revealed the damage. The 28-year-old has been an All-Star for six straight seasons and won Gold Gloves in five of the last six years.
UNIONDALE, N.Y. (AP) — Alex Ovechkin has become the first player in NHL history with 10 seasons of 45 goals or more. The Capitals captain scored in Washington’s three-goal third period last night as the Capitals rallied to a 3-1 victory over the New York Islanders. Ovechkin improved his individual point streak to eight games with his 45th of the season. Jakub Vrana and T.J. Oshie also scored for the Captials and Braden Holtby stopped 20 shots as Washington moved back into a tie with the Islanders for first place in the Metropolitan Division.
UNDATED (AP) — Free agent defensive lineman David Irving has been suspended indefinitely for violating the NFL’s substance-abuse policy. Irving was suspended the first four games of the past two seasons with the Dallas Cowboys. Irving’s suspension was announced yesterday, three days after Dallas teammate Randy Gregory received his fourth substance-abuse suspension. Gregory’s suspension is indefinite as well.
UNDATED (AP) — Mikaela Shiffrin has clinched the World Cup overall title for the third straight year, and the 23-year-old American didn’t even have to ski to do it. Snowstorms prevented the women’s super-G race in Sochi from going ahead today, but Shiffrin wasn’t there anyway. She was already assured of winning the title since she and her only remaining title rival, technical race specialist Petra Vlhova, were both sitting out this weekend’s competition.