Washington gets extension
Texas Rangers manager Ron Washington finally has a contract past this season.
After a busy offseason in which they added Prince Fielder and Shin-Soo Choo to their lineup, and more than a week into spring training, the Rangers on Monday added a year to Washington’s contract. It will run through the 2015 season.
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Washington, 61, is the team’s winningest manager, with 611 victories over seven seasons. He led Texas to its only two World Series appearances, in 2010 and 2011. The Rangers have averaged more than 91 victories over the last five seasons.
“He stands for what we want to be about,” general manager Jon Daniels said of Washington.
Miami union rep vents
John Denney, the Miami Dolphins’ two-time Pro Bowl deep snapper and union representative, voiced strong opinions on Ted Wells and Jonathan Martin.
“This whole thing nauseates me,” Denney said.
Denney said Wells, the New York-based attorney hired by the NFL to look into the Dolphins’ Richie Incognito-Jonathan Martin bullying saga, was paid to find a problem, so he found a problem.
“You spend three months on it, I think all of us can agree he’s not going to walk out of there and address the table and go, ‘I got nothing, guys. Sorry,’ ” Denney said. “You’ve got to come up with something.”
Denney was asked whether he blamed offensive lineman Martin for the Dolphins’ current situation because it might not have occurred if Martin, who said he was bullied, had handled interaction with teammates differently.
“I think you just answered your own question,” Denney said.
Raiders add to Jones’ deal
The Oakland Raiders signed special-teams standout Taiwan Jones, who was a running back at Eastern Washington, to a three-year extension that keeps him under contract through 2017.
Jones, a fourth-round draft choice in 2011, had one year remaining on his rookie deal.
“I’ve been an underdog all my life, so I think it’s very fitting for me to remain here,” the 25-year-old Jones said. “I’m definitely excited about it.”
Aggies to see big picture
Texas A&M officials say Kyle Field will have the largest video screen at an on-campus stadium for the 2014 season.
The LED video display made by Daktronics will be 47 feet high and 163 feet wide. It will be installed above the south end zone of the stadium.
Utah QB says he will return
Utah quarterback Travis Wilson announced on his Instagram account he will return for the 2014 season. He has been cleared to participate in spring football, but will be limited to noncontact drills as a precautionary measure.
Wilson’s sophomore season was cut short after the team discovered a pre-existing medical condition during a concussion diagnosis in mid-November.
8th-grader commits to LSU
A 14-year-old quarterback from Somerset, Texas, orally committed to play for Louisiana State. Eighth-grader Zadock Dinkelmann is the nephew of Ty and Koy Detmer, former NFL quarterbacks.
The 6-foot-4 Dinkelmann’s declaration to play for LSU is not binding.
Daytona TV rating declines
The Daytona 500, won by Dale Earnhardt Jr., had its lowest TV rating since live start-to-finish coverage began in 1979. Sunday’s race averaged a 5.6 overnight rating, down 44 percent from last year’s race won by Jimmie Johnson.
There was a 6-hour, 22-minute rain delay after 38 laps of the 200-lap event in Daytona Beach, Fla. Thus much of the NASCAR race on Fox was at the same time as the Olympics closing ceremony on NBC that generated an 8.9 overnight rating.
• Former national-team players Brian McBride and Kristine Lilly have been elected to the U.S. National Soccer Hall of Fame, along with former men’s national-team coach Bob Bradley.
• Russell Erxleben, 57, a former NFL kicker and punter, was sentenced to more than seven years in federal prison for running an illegal investment scam that netted $2 million. Prosecutors said he cheated investors from 2005 to 2009.
• Boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. (45-0) will defend his WBC welterweight title against Marcos Maidana (35-3) on May 3 in Las Vegas.
• One of the worst labels for a pro golfer is that he is playing only for a check. Australian Jason Day, who earned $1.53 million for winning Sunday’s Match Play Championship in Marana, Ariz., said he used to be one of those guys.
“I’m going to be honest here,” the 26-year-old said. “I come from a very poor family. So it wasn’t winning that was on my mind when I first came out on the PGA Tour. It was money. I wanted to play for money because I’d never had it before.
“Winning takes care of everything. And it’s not about the money anymore.”
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