Sports briefs for Jan. 24, 2013

By From wire service reports,
Posted Jan. 24, 2013, at 6:31 p.m.

Sosa believes he and McGwire belong in Hall

Retired outfielder Sammy Sosa believes he and fellow slugger Mark McGwire are Hall of Famers.

Sosa, who finished his career with 609 career home runs — eighth on the all-time list, received 12.5 percent of the vote from the Baseball Writers Association of America. He was among the players who tested positive during Major League Baseball’s 2003 anonymous survey. In 2005, he told a congressional committee that he never took illegal performance-enhancing drugs.

“I think so,” he told the website Ustream.com on Wednesday, asked whether he and McGwire should be in the Hall of Fame. “I’m not going to come here and say anything that is going to jeopardize my future, but definitely time will determine everything. Right now whatever it is, it is. I am not (somebody who) is going to go out there and say anything I don’t want to say. I’m waiting for my time. … I don’t like controversy. Definitely time will determine everything.”

Sosa also told the website that the Chicago Cubs should retire his number, and said he may run for president of the Dominican Republic.

Kyle Busch signs extension with Joe Gibbs Racing

HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. — As was widely reported two weeks ago, NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Kyle Busch has re-signed with Joe Gibbs Racing.

The long-term deal announced Thursday at the JGR shop, the final stop on the Sprint Media Tour presented by Charlotte Motor Speedway, contains provisions that govern Busch’s participation in the NASCAR Nationwide Series and have positive implications for the driver’s own Kyle Busch Motorsports operation.

As the extension is structured, Busch will continue to drive the No. 18 JGR Toyota in the Cup Series under terms that were not disclosed. The No. 54 Monster Energy Toyota Camry, which KBM fielded in the Nationwide Series last year, will become part of the Gibbs operation, with Busch as driver for approximately 25 races.

KBM will run the No. 77 Toyota for Parker Kligerman in the Nationwide Series, as well as a full-time NASCAR Camping World Truck entry for Joey Coulter. Busch will compete in approximately 10 races in the Truck Series in his No. 51 Toyota.

Busch will get engines from JGR for his Nationwide and Truck teams. That’s a change from Triad Racing Technologies, which supplied the KBM teams with engines last season.

PGA Tour to launch international team event in 2014

The LPGA Tour has created an eight-nation tournament that will identify the best team in the world when it makes its debut in 2014, two years before golf returns to the Olympic Games.

The inaugural International Crown, a biennial matchplay event featuring four-player teams, will be held at Caves Valley Golf Club in Owings Mills, Maryland, outside Baltimore from July 24-27.

“We celebrate great players from all over the world on a weekly basis, but this is the first time we’ll pit country versus country for global bragging rights,” Ladies Professional Golf Association Commissioner Michael Whan said in a statement.

“Only countries that have produced the best female teams can compete and only four players from any one country will be invited. The International Crown will take women’s golf to the next level and allow fans to rally behind their homelands.”

Players will be selected based on world rankings and teams will be split into two brackets for the $1.6 million event.

After three days of fourball matches, the top five teams will advance to the final round of singles matches on the Sunday. Points accumulated over all four days will determine the champion team.

Tebow could be successful in ‘right situation’

Denver Broncos vice president John Elway, the man who dealt Tim Tebow before the 2012-13 season, said that his team’s former player has potential as an NFL quarterback.

“If that’s what he wants to do, in the right situation, I think it’s a possibility,” Elway told New York’s WFAN radio.

Elway remains tepid on his evaluation of the former University of Florida star. Elway also claimed that Tebow decided to play for the Jets.

“We had two options: We had Jacksonville or the Jets,” Elway told WFAN. “We laid it out to Tim and said, ‘It’s up to you.’ I’m not going to tell you which deal I liked better, but I will tell you we did give him the option. He ended up picking the Jets, thinking that was the best opportunity for him.”

Ravens safety Reed to play next season

Baltimore Ravens safety Ed Reed plans to play next season in the National Football League whether he wins or loses in the Super Bowl against San Francisco, the nine-time Pro Bowl selection said on Thursday.

Team mate Ray Lewis, 37, had already announced he would retire at the end of the postseason on his “last ride” in the NFL after 17 seasons, and many wondered if the 34-year-old Reed might follow his linebacker friend into retirement.

“Nah, it’s not my last ride,” Reed, who has played in the NFL for 11 years, told reporters with a smile. “I just bought a bike.”

Pressed for a more definitive answer, the playful Reed said: “I’ll be playing next year.”

Reed, set to become an unrestricted free agent after this season, could savor a crowning moment in the Feb. 3 game against the 49ers by claiming his first Super Bowl title in his home city of New Orleans.

Browns hire two coaches

The Cleveland Browns named Brian Baker as their outside linebackers coach and Jon Embree as tight ends coach on Thursday.

Baker previously served as defensive line coach for the Dallas Cowboys. He played linebacker and began coaching for Bobby Ross at Maryland. He brings 17 years of NFL experience, with the Carolina Panthers, Minnesota Vikings, Detroit Lions, St. Louis Rams and San Diego Chargers.

Embree was fired by Colorado as head football coach after two seasons.

Rays sign reliever Kyle Farnsworth

The Tampa Bay Rays have signed free-agent reliever Kyle Farnsworth to a one-year contract, according to an ESPN.com reports.

Farnsworth, 36, will earn between $1.25-1.5 million plus incentives, according to a FOX Sports report.

The right spent the previous two seasons in Tampa Bay. He posted a 4.00 ERA in 27 innings in 2012. He saved 25 games the previous season.

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