National / Sports / February 13, 2013

Sports Briefs: Mariners resign Felix Hernandez

Hernandez, Mariners reach deal

PEORIA, AZ.— Felix Hernandez agreed to a deal with the Seattle Mariners this Tuesday that would make him the highest-paid pitcher in baseball at $175 million over seven years. Annually, the only contract ever to exceed the value of Hernandez’’s current deal is Roger Clemens’ 2007 stint with the Yankees. There were minor setbacks in the deal due to some concern over the health of Hernandez’ pitching elbow, and some “minor concessions” were made in the deal because of it, though they did not prevent the deal from being made. The deal leaves Justin Verlander and Clayton Kershaw as the top two free agent pitchers up for grabs after the 2014 year. (Source: ESPN)

IOC removes wrestling from Olympics

LAUSANNE, Switzerland — The International Olympic Committee executive board removed  Greco-Roman wrestling from the 2020 Games this Tuesday. This decision does not mean the sport is officially removed from the Games, as the full IOC still must ratify the decision. Wrestling joins baseball/softball, karate, squash, roller sports, sport climbing, wakeboarding, and a martial art known as wushu in applying for the one remaining slot opening for 2020. The IOC will meet in May to decide what sport(s) to propose for addition in the 2020 Games. (Source: AP Sports)

James enters record books

MIAMI , Fla.—LeBron James dropped 30 points on an 11 of 15 shooting performance Tuesday, becoming the first player in NBA history to have six consecutive games of 30 points with a shooting percentage of 60 or better. James is a tremendous 60 for 80 in his last 188 minutes on the court. “That’s why he is who he is,”  Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. “The best player in the game.”  (Source: ESPN)

Big Ten Basketball shuns FCS

MADISON, Wisc.—Barry Alvarez, Wisconsin’s athletic director, reported that Big Ten officials agreed to have non-conference games be exclusively against Division I schools, refusing any Football Champion Subdivision play. Wisconsin has an FCS team in Tennessee Tech on its schedule in 2013, and other DI schools have FCS teams on their schedules in 2014 and 2015. According to a source unnamed by ESPN, this could mean either an all-encompassing ban will start in 2016, or that some schools will start phasing out FCS schools out now, and others will soon thereafter. (Source: ESPN)

Gavin Crowell
Gavin Crowell is a senior psychology major with minors in neuroscience and journalism. He has been writing and editing for TKS since his freshman year. He has won three ICPA awards: 1st Place Sports News Story, 2nd Place Sports Feature Story and 3rd Place Sports Page Layout. During the summer after his sophomore year, Gavin had an internship with the Chicago Sun-Times, covering teams such as the Chicago Cubs, White Sox, Bears, Blackhawks and Fire. Following graduation, he intends to pursue a PhD in Clinical Psychology.

Tags:  barry alvarez big ten erik spoelstra felix hernandez football championship subdivision Greco-Roman wrestling IOC justin verlander lebron james miami heat new york yankees olympic games roger clemens seattle mariners tennessee tech wisconsin

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