Sports briefs for Jan. 23, 2014

Posted Jan. 23, 2014, at 5:57 p.m.

Maddux, La Russa won’t have logos on Hall caps

The Hall of Fame announced on Thursday cap selections that will appear on the plaques for the six-man 2014 class, and pitcher Greg Maddux and manager Tony La Russa have opted for no team logo.

Manager Bobby Cox, left-hander Tom Glavine, La Russa, Maddux, first baseman Frank Thomas and manager Joe Torre will be formally inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame on Sunday, July 27 in Cooperstown, N.Y.

Glavine and Cox will be inducted as Braves, Thomas as a White Sox and Torre as a Yankee.

Eight current Hall of Famers — Catfish Hunter, Andy Cooper, Frank Grant, Pete Hill, Biz Mackey, Luis Santop, Ben Taylor and Cristobal Torriente — do not have cap logos on their plaques.

Jets’ Smith receives apology from airline

Virgin America airline apologized to New York Jets quarterback Geno Smith on Thursday after he was asked to leave a plane last week following a disagreement with a flight attendant.

Both issued statements regarding an incident that occurred at Los Angeles International Airport.

“After a full review of the incident, we believe it was the result of a misunderstanding that regrettably escalated unnecessarily,” the Virgin America statement said.

Smith had boarded a Virgin America flight to Fort Lauderdale, Fla., when the incident occurred. He left the plane before airport police arrived and spoke with him.

The New York Post and New York Daily News quoted unnamed airport officials that said Smith was thrown off the plane for refusing to get off his cell phone prior to takeoff. The captain reportedly ordered him off the plane and the airline refused to re-book him on another flight.

Florida man sentenced to almost 60 years for killing NFL star

MIAMI — A 23-year-old man convicted of second-degree murder in the 2007 killing of Washington Redskins football star Sean Taylor was sentenced to 57-1/2 years in prison on Thursday.

Eric Rivera Jr. had also been found guilty of armed burglary in the slaying of Taylor during a botched burglary at the football player’s Miami-area home.

Convicted by a jury in November, Rivera admitted in a videotaped confession to police that he shot Taylor, but he later testified during the trial that authorities pressured him into the confession.

Wearing a prison jumpsuit, Rivera apologized to members of Taylor’s family before his sentencing. He faced as much as a life sentence.

Vikings RB Peterson undergoes groin surgery

Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson underwent groin surgery Thursday.

Peterson met with Dr. William Meyers in Philadelphia and learned that he would require offseason surgery for a third consecutive year. Peterson had ACL reconstruction in 2012 after tearing knee ligaments on Dec. 24, 2011. He had sports hernia surgery in 2013, which was also performed by Meyers.

Peterson, 28, was bothered by inflammation in his groin since a Nov. 17 loss to the Seahawks. Peterson missed two games last season because of groin and foot injuries, but he still rushed for 1,266 yards and 10 touchdowns in 2013.

Brewers, RHP Garza agree to four-year deal

The Milwaukee Brewers agreed to a four-year, $52 million deal with free agent starting pitcher Matt Garza, multiple media outlets reported Thursday.

The club has not confirmed the deal.

The deal is pending a physical. Garza spent time on the disabled list in each of the past three seasons, including six weeks in 2013 with a rib-cage strain. In 2011 and 2012, he missed starts with elbow issues.

Garza, 30, was the top starting pitcher left on the market after Masahiro Tanaka signed with the New York Yankees on Wednesday.

The right-hander was 10-6 with a 3.82 ERA and 136 strikeouts in 155 1/3 innings last season with the Chicago Cubs and Texas Rangers over 24 total starts.

Garza owns a 67-67 record and 3.84 ERA over parts of eight years in the major leagues.

 

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