Sports briefs for Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2012

Posted Dec. 11, 2012, at 7:44 p.m.

Reddick, Nixon to attend Sea Dogs hot stove event

Oakland Athletics outfielder and former Portland Sea Dog Josh Reddick will join former Boston Red Sox outfielder Trot Nixon at the Portland Sea Dogs Hot Stove Dinner and Silent Auction at 5:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 11 at the Sable Oaks Marriott in South Portland.

The event benefits the Maine Children’s Cancer Program.

Tickets are $50 each and are limited to 300. Tickets can be purchased at the Hadlock Field Ticket Office, by phone at 207-879-9500 or online at www.seadogs.com.

Greinke gets record deal for a righthander

Zack Greinke’s six-year, $147 million free agent contract became official Monday, when the Dodgers confirmed the deal.

It is the largest deal ever for a righthanded pitcher, and Greinke’s average salary of $24.5 million is the most for a pitcher in major league history.

Only the $161 million deal signed by CC Sabathia with the Yankees in 2009 was bigger.

The announcement came a day after the Dodgers signed lefty Ryu Hyun-jin to a six-year, $36 million deal. The Dodgers previously bid $25.7 million for a chance to acquire Ryu, 25, from his South Korean team.

Greinke’s deal gives him a base salary of $17 million in 2013 and jumps to $24 million the following year, not including the bonus.

Greinke, 29, went 15-5 in 2012, starting the season with the Brewers before being acquired by the Angels. He had a 3.48 ERA, struck out 200 and walked 54 in 212 1/3 innings.

NHL talks to resume Wednesday

The NHL and NHL Players’ Association have scheduled a meeting Wednesday at an undisclosed location, according to an ESPN.com report.

The sides will again be joined federal mediators in an attempt to end the months-long dispute, multiple sources told ESPNNewYork.com. This is the second attempt by the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Services to broker an agreement.

Talks collapsed Dec. 6 just as it appeared the sides were heading toward a deal, leading NHL commissioner Gary Bettman to announce that the league’s latest offer was off the table.

On Monday, the NHL cancelled 16 more days from the scheduled, eliminating games through Dec. 30. The league has already cancelled the New Year’s Day Winter Classic and the All-Star Game.

Before the league rescinded its offer, the NHL and players seemed to make headway in areas such as transition payments and pension plans.

Bears’ kicker Gould out for season

Chicago Bears kicker Robbie Gould will miss the rest of the season with a strained his left calf.

The team placed Gould on injured reserve Tuesday and signed veteran kicker Olindo Mare to a one-year deal. They also placed cornerback Sherrick McManis (knee) and safety Craig Steltz (chest) on IR while signing linebacker Jerry Franklin for two years.

Gould strained his left calf during warm-ups before Sunday’s loss at Minnesota, leaving punter Adam Podlesh for kickoffs. Gould kicked two extra points, but didn’t attempt a long field goal late in the first quarter.

Chicago has lost four of five after starting the season 7-1, and trail Green Bay by a game in the NFC North. The teams play each other at Soldier Field on Sunday.

Gould ranks fourth all-time in the NFL at 85.6 percent on field goals, and had converted 21 of 25 attempts this season. He will be replaced by Mare, a 15-year veteran and career 81.2 percent kicker.

Nadal to return in Abu Dhabi this month

MADRID — World number four Rafa Nadal has confirmed he will return to competitive action at the Mubadala World Tennis Championship in Abu Dhabi at the end of December after six months out with a knee injury.

The 11-times grand-slam singles champion has not competed since a shock defeat to Czech Lukas Rosol in the second round at Wimbledon in June.

The Spaniard was later diagnosed with a partial tear of the patella tendon and an inflammation in his left knee and was unable to defend his Olympic title at the London Games.

He also missed the U.S. Open and the season-ending World Tour championships before returning to the practice court on Nov. 20.

“Can’t wait to get back on court in Abu Dhabi at the end of the month,” the 26-year-old wrote on his Facebook page on Tuesday.

“I won the Mubadala World Tennis Championship in 2010 and 2011,” he added. “Would love to get my hands on the trophy again this year!”

U.S. Ryder Cup captain to be named on Thursday

NEW YORK — The United States will announce their new Ryder Cup captain on Thursday, breaking with tradition by revealing his identity on breakfast television.

The PGA of America said the new captain would be introduced on NBC’s Today Show before attending a formal news conference near the top of the Empire State Building.

The new captain will take charge of the 12-man American team for the next Ryder Cup against Europe, at Gleneagles in Scotland in 2014, replacing Davis Love III.

The U.S. lost the most recent Ryder Cup, held on the outskirts of Chicago in early September, after blowing a four-point lead heading into the final day.

The PGA has kept a close guard on the name of the new captain, although local media have speculated that Tom Watson and Larry Nelson were among the leading candidates for the job.

Djokovic, Serena Williams named ITF world champions

LONDON — Serbia’s Novak Djokovic has beaten Andy Murray to the International Tennis Federation’s annual men’s world champion award with American Serena Williams taking the women’s prize for a third time.

Djokovic, who ended a second successive year on top of the ATP rankings, successfully defended his Australian Open title, reached the final at the French Open and U.S. Open and claimed five other titles including the season-ending Tour Finals.

Britain’s Murray was a strong contender for the honour after beating Djokovic at the U.S. Open to win his first major title after four losses in finals and claiming Olympic gold at Wimbledon, just weeks after reaching the grand slam final there in which he lost to an inspired Roger Federer.

The 31-year-old Williams was unstoppable in the second half of 2012, winning Wimbledon, singles and doubles gold at the Olympics and the U.S. Open.

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