SEATTLE (AP) – Seattle Mariners right-hander Felix Hernandez is close to becoming the highest-paid pitcher in the majors. A person with knowledge of the contract’s details tells The Associated Press the Mariners and Hernandez are working on a seven-year, $175 million package. Hernandez’s total dollars would top CC Sabathia’s original $161 million, seven-year contract with the New York Yankees and his $25 million average would surpass Zack Greinke’s $24.5 million under his new contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers.
PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. (AP) – Two players are at 6-under through heading into the second round of the multi-course Pebble Beach Pro-Am. Russell Knox fired a 64 at the par-70 Monterrey Peninsula Shore Course, while Hunter Mahan a 6-under 66 at Pebble Beach. Greg Owen, Scott Langley and Ryuji Imada shot 5-under 65s at Monterrey, and Matt Every, Ted Potter Jr. and Seung-Yul Noh are at 5-under 67.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – It didn’t take former New Orleans defensive coordinator Gregg Williams long to find a new job. Shortly after his indefinite suspension was lifted by the NFL, Williams became a senior assistant coach for defense with the Tennessee Titans. He had been suspended for his role in the New Orleans’ bounty scandal.
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) – NFL MVP Adrian Peterson of the Vikings has had surgery for a sports hernia. The club says it expects him to make a quick recovery. Peterson carried the ball for 2,097 yards this past season.
NEW YORK (AP) – The Boston Bruins have shipped goaltender Tim Thomas to the New York Islanders for a conditional second-round draft choice in 2014 or 2015, a deal that’s more of a salary cap move for the B’s. Thomas is taking this season off, and the deal provides financial flexibility for the Bruins as they try to get under the cap by today’s deadline. The draft-pick conditions are expected to center around whether or not he plays for the Islanders, which is unlikely.