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December 11, 2012

Sports in Brief | Woodley owner in PBA league


Associated Press

NFL

Woodley owner in PBA league

PITTSBURGH – LaMarr Woodley is trading football cleats for bowling shoes.

The Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker is among the new owners involved in the PBA’s Professional Bowling League that kicks off in the Detroit suburbs next month.

Former Steelers running back Jerome Bettis, former NFL wide receiver Terrell Owens and Los Angeles Clippers point guard Chris Paul are also part of the new venture.

Woodley, who bowled as a kid while growing up in Saginaw, Mich., will be the celebrity owner of the Pittsburgh Jack Rabbits. Woodley says he was introduced to the PBA by Paul during a charity event.

The eight-team league held a draft last month and kicks off its inaugural season as part of the PBA Detroit Winter Swing from Jan. 19-27.



BASEBALL

Greinke picks Dodgers

LOS ANGELES – Zack Greinke showed up alone to a mid-November meeting at Dodger Stadium, asking as many questions as he answered. When he left three hours later, the pitcher thought he may have found his new team while the Dodgers brass knew they had to land the top arm on the open market.

They did, signing Greinke to a $147 million, six-year deal that is the richest for a right-hander in history. The Dodgers beat out Texas and the rival Los Angeles Angels, for whom Greinke pitched last season.

His introduction on Tuesday culminated a $183 million spending spree by the Dodgers in which they also signed South Korean left-hander Ryu Hyun-jin, who got a $36 million, six-year deal.

Greinke says he decided on the Dodgers because he believes they have a team in place that could win the World Series for several years. He says their offense is as deep as any team in baseball.



Source: Yanks, Youkilis agree

NEW YORK – A person familiar with the negotiations tells The Associated Press that free agent Kevin Youkilis and the New York Yankees have reached an agreement on a one-year deal.

The contract is worth $12 million and pending a physical. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because there was no official announcement.

The deal was first reported by Fox Sports.

Youkilis is expected to play third base while Alex Rodriguez recovers from hip surgery. A-Rod plans to have the surgery in mid-January and could be sidelined until the All-Star break or beyond.

Youkilis turns 34 in March. He played third base and first base last season for the Boston Red Sox and Chicago White Sox.

 

BASKETBALL

Duquesne rallies past WVU

PITTSBURGH – Jeremiah Jones scored 16 points and Derrick Colter added 12 points and seven assists as Duquesne rallied past West Virginia 60-56 on Tuesday night.

Marvin Binney scored 10 points off the bench for the Dukes (6-4), who beat the Mountaineers for the first time since 2003 behind a solid second half that erased a 15-point deficit.

Juwan Staten led West Virginia (4-4) with 13 points and Gary Browne and Matt Humphrey added 10 points each, but the Mountaineers saw their three-game winning streak end during a miserable 20 minutes in which they struggled on both ends of the floor.

West Virginia shot just 28 percent (9 of 32) in the second half, allowing Duquesne to get back in the game.

GOLF

U.S. to announce next Cup captain

The PGA of America is bringing a mystery guest to the “Today” show – its next Ryder Cup captain.

An organization that is not shy about giving rock-star treatment to the Ryder Cup, the PGA of America said Tuesday it would reveal the next U.S. captain during a segment Thursday of NBC’s morning show, followed by a news conference in the Empire State Building.

NBC is the longtime broadcast partner of the Ryder Cup.

Adding to the intrigue is which direction the PGA of America decides to take – its model of choosing former major champions in their late 40s, or a stately figure.

The next Ryder Cup will be in 2014 at Gleneagles, Scotland, and there has been recent support for Tom Watson, who is revered in golf’s homeland for having won four of his five British Open titles in Scotland.



CYCLING

Armstrong fought subpoena

AUSTIN, Texas – Lance Armstrong resisted turning over records sought by U.S Postal Service investigators, then tried to keep the inquiry under seal and out of the public eye, according to recently released court documents.

In 2011, Postal Service officials investigating Armstrong and his teams for doping wanted records from his team management groups, financial statements, training journals and correspondence with former training consultant Michele Ferrari.

The Postal Service was Armstrong’s main sponsor when he won the Tour de France from 1999-2004.

The team was sponsored by the Discovery Channel for Armstrong’s seventh victory in 2005.

Armstrong was stripped of those titles this year.

He eventually complied with the subpoena for documents but has attempted to keep any mention of the inquiry private.

A federal judge last week ordered some documents released.

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