Report: Yankees, Rivera nearing deal
The New York Yankees and closer Mariano Rivera are close to a contract for the 2013 season, according to ESPN.com.
The sides have agreed on the parameters of a one-year deal that will likely pay Rivera a guaranteed $11 million to 12 million and include incentives that could make the total worth $15 million, the ESPN.com report said.
Rivera, 43, pitched in nine games last season before tearing his ACL in May. The right-hander is the all-time saves leader with 608 saves.
Phillies’ deal for Lopez on hold
The Phillies have “put the brakes” on a deal that would’ve brought reliever Wilton Lopez to Philadelphia, according to a CSNPhilly.com report.
The web site said Lopez had come to Philadelphia for a physical on Wednesday, though it wasn’t clear whether there was anything physically wrong with the pitcher.
On Wednesday, multiple reports said the Phillies had acquired Lopez for minor leaguers. He has pitched at least 65 innings in each of the past three seasons without finishing with an ERA north of 3.00.
Serena Williams named WTA Player of the Year
LONDON — American Serena Williams has been named WTA Player of the Year after one of the most successful seasons in her career.
The 31-year-old won Wimbledon and the U.S. Open to take her grand-slam haul in singles to 15 while she also won Olympic gold in singles and doubles in London.
After a relatively slow start to the year, Williams was virtually unstoppable from April to October when she won 48 of her 50 matches, culminating in the title at the WTA Championships in Istanbul.
Williams, who ended the year No.3 in the rankings but clearly the outstanding player, has now won the WTA award four times, having also taken it in 2002, 2008 and 2009.
The award is voted for by international tennis media.
Bynum sued for being bad neighbor in L.A.
While center Andrew Bynum recovers from knee surgery to prepare for his Philadelphia 76ers debut, he’s dealing with accusations that he wasn’t loved by everyone in Los Angeles, according to a TMZ report.
Bynum and two of his former neighbors are suing each other, regarding his time as a home owner in a Los Angeles suburb, the paper reported, citing documents filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court.
Bynum sued on June 1, claiming he was “harassed” by Ramond and Cindy Beckett, “who object” to his “profession, his race, his friends, his cars, and his taste in music.”
The Becketts countersued July 11, writing, “Andrew Bynum is a great basketball player and a terrible neighbor who presumes that being an NBA All Star entitles him to party like a rock star in the otherwise quiet Westchester neighborhood where he lives.”
Steelers’ Roethlisberger still in pain
Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger told reporters Thursday that he’s still hurting from the sprained right shoulder and dislocated ribs that has forced him out of the previous two games.
Though nothing is official, Roethlisberger didn’t sound optimistic about his chances of playing Sunday against the Baltimore Ravens.
“There’s always a chance,” he told reporters. Asked if the issue is pain or arm strength, Roethlisberger said “both.”
The Steelers (6-5) have lost both games without Roethlisberger, who left in the third quarter of a Nov. 12 win over Kansas City.
Packers’ Benson out for season
Green Bay Packers running back Cedric Benson will miss the rest of the season after undergoing foot surgery, head coach Mike McCarthy announced Thursday.
Benson had been the Packers’ Injured Reserve after suffering a Lisfranc injury at Indianapolis. He ran for 248 yards on 71 carries with one touchdown.
Running backs James Starks and Alex Green will continue to share time at running back.
Redskins’ QB Griffin has top-selling jersey
Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III is now leading in the retail arena, too.
The National Football League said Thursday that RG3 has the league’s top selling jersey, quoting sales from its official online store, NFLShop.com. The electric rookie surpassed Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning, who slipped to second.
Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers is third, followed by the New York Giants’ Eli Manning and the New England Patriots’ Tom Brady.