MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A person with knowledge of the deal tells The Associated Press that free-agent right-hander Ricky Nolasco and the Minnesota Twins have reached agreement on a contract. Terms of the deal were not immediately available, but Yahoo! Sports reported that it was for four years and $49 million. Nolasco went 8-3 with a 3.52 ERA in 16 starts for the Los Angeles Dodgers last season after coming over from Miami in a midseason trade.
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Joe Smith and the Los Angeles Angels have completed a $15.75 million, three-year contract. The 29-year-old Smith was 6-2 with a 2.29 ERA and three saves in 70 appearances covering 63 innings this year for Cleveland. He has 13 wins over the past two seasons.
MIAMI (AP) — Lawyers for Aaron Hernandez say their client won’t answer accusations in a federal lawsuit filed by a man who says the former star NFL tight end shot him in the face outside a Miami strip club. His attorneys say the former University of Florida player is invoking his Fifth Amendment right that protects people from incriminating themselves. According to court records, Alexander Bradley claims Hernandez shot him after they argued at the club in February.
NEWTON, Iowa (AP) — NASCAR has announced it has finalized the purchase of Iowa Speedway, although there’s no guarantee the track will ever host a Sprint Cup race. The seven-year-old venue has held up to 60,000 fans for NASCAR Nationwide events but has had three owners since opening in 2006.
SAO PAULO (AP) — Part of the stadium that will host the 2014 World Cup opener in Brazil collapsed after a construction accident yesterday, killing two workers. The incident has raised urgent new concerns whether the country will be ready for soccer’s signature event. Wednesday’s accident at the stadium in Sao Paulo occurred when a construction crane crashed into a 500-ton metal structure that in turn cut through the outer walls of the venue