The Reporter (Lansdale, PA)
Scott Rolen to enter Hall of Fame with Cardinals cap
Scott Rolen will have a St. Louis Cardinals cap on his Hall of Fame plaque and Fred McGriff will not have a team logo.
Rolen, a seven-time AllStar third baseman elected last month by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America, played for Philadelphia (1996-2002), St. Louis (2002-07), Toronto (2008-09) and Cincinnati (2010-12).
“I believe this decision accurately represents a pivotal portion of my career based on our teams’ successes in St. Louis,” Rolen said in a statement issued by the Hall of Friday. “I am grateful to Philadelphia, St. Louis, Toronto and Cincinnati for the opportunities given to me as a player, but more importantly, for how they embraced me and my family.” HERNANDEZ, MARINERS
HEARING WILL SET ARBITRATION RECORD >> Outfielder Teoscar Hernández went to arbitration with the Seattle Mariners on Friday and will set a record — win or lose.
Hernández asked for a raise from $10.65 million to $16 million, and the Mariners argued for $14 million in a case heard Friday. The previous high for an arbitration award was $13.5 million by pitcher Gerrit Cole in his 2019 win over Houston and by pitcher Max Fried in his loss to Atlanta this year.
Also on Friday, the final day of hearings this year, St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Génesis Cabrera appeared before a panel. He has asked for a raise from $719,200 to $1.15 million, and the Cardinals argued for $950,000. The 26-year-old left-hander was eligible for arbitration for the first time after going 4-2 with a 4.63 ERA in 39 relief appearances. PADRES’ MACHADO SAYS
HE PLANS TO OPT OUT AFTER THIS SEASON >> Manny Machado says he plans to exercise the opt-out clause in his contract with the San Diego Padres after this season.
Machado signed a 10year, $300 million deal with the Padres in February 2019, a deal that gives him the right to terminate the agreement after this season and become a free agent. The third baseman, who turns 31 in July, would forfeit $150 million from his current deal, which calls for a $30 million annual salary through 2028.
DODGERS’ KERSHAW SAYS
HE WON’T PLAY FOR TEAM USA IN WBC >> Los Angeles Dodgers left-hander Clayton Kershaw says he won’t be pitching for Team USA at the World Baseball Classic and called the situation “super disappointing.”
“Probably my last chance to get to do it, so I really wanted to do it, but it just didn’t work out for a number of reasons,” Kershaw told reporters Friday from the Dodgers’ spring training camp. “Disappointing, but that’s OK. I’ll be ready for the season. I’ll be ready to go.”
QB DEREK CARR MEETING WITH JETS THIS WEEKEND >> Free agent quarterback Derek Carr is meeting with the New York Jets this weekend, according to a person familiar with the situation.
The 31-year-old Carr, who spent his first nine NFL seasons with the Raiders, was released by Las Vegas on Tuesday after he declined to waive the no-trade clause in his contract. Las Vegas needed to trade or release him by Wednesday or $40.4 million of his contract over the next two years would have become fully guaranteed.
RB AARON JONES STAYING
WITH PACKERS UNDER RESTRUCTURED DEAL >> Running back Aaron Jones has agreed to remain with the Green Bay Packers on a restructured deal with a reduced salary for the upcoming season.
Drew Rosenhaus, Jones’ agent, said Jones will make $11 million in 2023 — including an $8.52 million signing bonus — rather than the $16 million he had been projected to make. Jones confirmed his return to Green Bay by tweeting, “Year 7 is Gonna be crazy in Lambeau. Honored to carry the G and blessed to be back.”
ESPN first reported Jones’ restructured deal.
RICHMOND’S MOONEY STEPPING AWAY TO UNDERGO HEART SURGERY >> Richmond coach Chris Mooney said Friday he is stepping away from the Spiders for the remainder of the season to undergo heart surgery.
Mooney, 50, said the procedure will be performed next week at the University of Virginia Medical Center to remove an aneurysm in his ascending aorta. Recovery is expected to take four to eight weeks.
A problem was first detected during a routine physical about a month ago, Mooney said at a news conference, and doctors were able to pinpoint the aneurysm during subsequent testing.
BARSTOOL SPORTS HAD BEEN ACQQUIRED BY PENN ENTERTAINMENT >> Barstool Sports has been sold to Penn Entertainment Inc.
Penn paid about $388 million for the remaining stake in Barstool Sports that it doesn’t already own, the sports and entertainment company said Friday.
Penn and Barstool Sports first announced an exclusive sports betting and iCasino partnership in early 2020. Penn took a 36% stake of Barstool Sports in February 2020 for approximately $163 million, comprised of about $135 million in cash and $28 million in non-voting convertible preferred stock.
UKRAINE PEEWEE HOCKEY
TEAM KNOCKED OUT OF TOURNAMENT >> Ukraine Team Select’s dream run at the Quebec International Peewee Hockey Tournament came to an end Friday with a 2-1 loss to Vermont Flames Academy.
After the game, a Ukrainian flag was displayed on the ice with the name of one of the players’ fathers who died in combat and the name of another father who is currently fighting on the front lines.
The team of young refugees will remain in the province until Monday and have a full schedule of winter activities before returning to their war-torn country or to neighboring countries.
JUDGE RULES PGA TOUR CAN
DEPOSE SAUDI BACKERS OF LIV GOLF >> A federal judge has ruled the head of Saudi Arabia’s sovereign wealth fund, the financial backer of LIV Golf, must sit for depositions and produce documents in LIV Golf’s antitrust lawsuit against the PGA Tour.
Lawyers for the Public Investment Fund and its governor, Yasir al-Rumayyan, had sought to quash subpoenas claiming sovereign immunity.
U.S. Magistrate Judge Susan van Keulen ruled late Thursday that PIF’s involvement falls under the commercial activity exception to the Foreign Sovereign Immunity Act.
JOHN PARAMOR, LONGTIME
EUROPEAN TOUR REFEREE, DIES AT 67 >> John Paramor, the mustachioed European tour rules official whose career spanned six decades, has died after a bout with cancer. He was 67.
The European tour confirmed the death of Paramor, who retired in 2020 as chief referee. He had officiated at dozens of major championships over the years and was recognizable on every circuit in the world.
ODERMATT WINS 2ND GOLD
AT WORLDS >> Marco Odermatt was still a 5-year-old boy when his father first met Swiss skiing great Pirmin Zurbriggen in 2002.
Walter Odermatt was thinking about starting a ski school and exchanged ideas with Zurbriggen, the 1988 Olympic downhill and four-time world champion, who had successfully set up an academy for talented skiers after his retirement.
On Friday, Walter Odermatt wiped away tears when he and his wife Priska witnessed their son win a giant slalom to become the first Swiss man since Zurbriggen 36 years ago to earn two gold medals at the same world championships. MOLTZAN TO MISS SLALOM
AT SKIING WORLDS WITH BROKEN HAND >> American skier Paula Moltzan will miss the slalom race at the world championships on Saturday after breaking her left hand again.
Moltzan was injured while helping the United States win the gold medal in the team event on Tuesday, having already competed for most of last season with the same hand broken — in a different place. SHIFFRIN REMEMBERS HER
LATE FATHER IN GOLD-MEDAL CEREMONY >> Mikaela Shiffrin had more than just a gold medal hanging around her neck during the awards ceremony for her latest world championship title.
The American skier was also wearing a heartshaped pendant containing two miniature photos of her late father, which she held open as photographers snapped away to capture the touching moment.
Jeff Shiffrin died at age 65 three years ago this month following an accident at the family home in Colorado.
BARCELONA’S REP JEOPARDIZED BY PAYMENTS TO FORMER REFEREE >> Barcelona, the team that once awed the soccer world with its beautiful style on the field and its social commitment to being “more than a club,” is in danger of tarnishing its reputation with a scandal of its own making.
Although the club denies doing anything wrong, a Spanish state prosecutor is probing Barcelona’s payment of millions of dollars over several years to a company that belonged to the vice president of the refereeing committee in Spain.
MAN UNITED SALE SET TO
TEST UEFA RULES ON MULTICLUB OWNERS >> The sale of Manchester United is set to test European rules designed to protect soccer from the integrity risks of owners controlling multiple clubs.
Three widely expected bids to buy the most storied brand in English soccer are closely tied to clubs already established in UEFA competitions like the Champions League, or have ambitions to break into the elite.
State sovereign wealth funds from Qatar and Saudi Arabia already bought Paris Saint-Germain and Newcastle, respectively, and British industrialist Jim Ratcliffe, a lifelong Man United fan, owns French club Nice.