Nathan lands with Tigers
Joe Nathan agreed with Detroit on a two-year contract with a club option for 2016, enabling the Tigers to accomplish one of their main objectives this offseason by adding one of the game’s most accomplished closers to the bullpen. The deal is believed to be worth about $10 million per season.
The three-time defending AL Central champions announced the deal Wednesday, two days after trading right-handed starter Doug Fister to Washington.
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“Why would I come here?” Nathan asked rhetorically. “I think the question is, why wouldn’t I? This team is ready to win. They’re ready to win now. … It’s not just about getting to the postseason. For me, it’s about getting to the big one.”
Nathan, 39, has never pitched in the World Series. He had 43 saves in 46 chances for the Texas Rangers last season.
In other baseball moves, the Boston Red Sox signed free-agent catcher A.J. Pierzynski to a one-year contract after losing the switch-hitting Jarrod Saltalamacchia to Miami.
Paul Konerko, the veteran slugger and team captain, is returning to the Chicago White Sox for another season. Konerko, 37, agreed to a one-year, $2.5 million contract.
Right-hander Ryan Vogelsong finalized his one-year, $5 million contract with the San Francisco Giants.
The Chicago Cubs agreed to a one-year contract with reliever Wesley Wright.
Prosecutor to release findings
The Tallahassee prosecutor overseeing the investigation of sexual-assault allegations against Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston said it is completed. State Attorney Willie Meggs scheduled a news conference for Thursday in his office to announce his findings.
The fact that Meggs scheduled a news conference — as opposed to getting a warrant for Winston’s arrest — could be seen as a sign that Meggs will not file charges.
Winston has led the Seminoles to the No. 1 ranking. The Heisman Trophy contender was named Atlantic Coast Conference player of the year and is one of five finalists for the Walter Camp player of the year award.
Lundqvist gets extension
Top goalie Henrik Lundqvist, 31, agreed to a long-term contract extension with the New York Rangers. Lundqvist, in the final season of a six-year, $41.25 million deal, agreed to a seven-year contract worth $59.5 million. His salary-cap charge will rise from $6.875 million to $8.5 million and make him the NHL’s highest-paid goalie.
The Columbus Blue Jackets placed goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky on injured reserve with a groin strain that will sideline him for four to five weeks.
The Vezina Trophy winner as the NHL’s top goalie last season was injured during the third period of Tuesday night’s 1-0 home victory over Tampa Bay.
Vonn says knee ‘stable’
Lindsey Vonn completed a safe training run in Lake Louise, Alberta, and declared her surgically repaired right knee “stable.” Vonn said she will wait until after the training run scheduled for Thursday to decide whether to race this week.
There are downhill events slated for Friday and Saturday and a super-G on Sunday at a mountain where Vonn has earned 14 of her 59 career World Cup victories.
Formula One and NASCAR will be racing deep in the heart of Texas on the same day next year.
FIA, the international motorsports governing body, released its 2014 calendar, placing the U.S. Grand Prix in Austin on Nov. 2. That’s the same day as the NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth.
“It’s a foolish move by Formula One,” said Eddie Gossage, president of Texas Motor Speedway. “Our two NASCAR Sprint Cup races draw the two largest crowds in Texas sports. It isn’t the smartest move to try to compete with that. I’m sure regardless of what they say publicly, the folks at the Austin track are pulling their hair out over this one. They don’t have any say over their date.”
Oscar De La Hoya, who won Olympic gold and became a champion in six weight divisions in winning 10 world titles, was selected for induction into the International Boxing Hall of Fame.
De La Hoya headlines the class of 2014, and two of his contemporaries — Puerto Rican star Felix “Tito” Trinidad and Joe Calzaghe of Wales — will join him on stage June 8 at the induction ceremony in Canastota, N.Y.
Luis Suarez scored four goals to lift Liverpool to a 5-1 victory over Norwich City in English Premier League play.
American striker Jozy Altidore scored his first goal for Sunderland in a 4-3 loss to Chelsea.
• Joe Garagiola, 87, is the winner of the Buck O’Neil Lifetime Achievement Award.
• Notre Dame offensive coordinator Chuck Martin received a five-year contract to take over as football coach at Miami of Ohio, which was winless this season.
• Grambling State named McNeese State assistant coach Broderick Fobbs as the Tigers’ next football coach.
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