Red Sox finalize deal with Martinez
FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — J.D. Martinez is finally a member of the Boston Red Sox.
The five-year, $110 million contract that Martinez agreed to with the club a week ago was finalized on Monday, when he was introduced at a news conference at JetBlue Park. After hitting 45 home runs in 119 combined games last season for the Detroit Tigers and Arizona Diamondbacks, Martinez became the most prominent position player on the free agent market.
The Red Sox took extra time with the medical evaluation, with particular attention paid to a right foot injury that Martinez suffered last year. That led to some language changes to protect the Red Sox over the life of the deal, but the 30-year-old Martinez was deemed fully healthy for 2018.
In other MLB news:
— Baseball free agents will play two exhibition games this week against a Japanese amateur team. The Major League Baseball Players Association says the games against JR East will take place at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida. The games will be open to media and scouts but not the public.
— Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson has reported to a week of spring training with the New York Yankees. A 2014 Super Bowl champion, the 29-year-old worked out at second base in early drills Monday with shortstop Didi Gregorius. He spent parts of 2010 and ’11 playing second base in Class A ball for the Colorado Rockies organization. The Yankees, his favorite baseball team, acquired him from Texas on Feb. 7.
— Free agent reliever Seung-Hwan Oh and the Toronto Blue Jays have finalized a $2 million, one-year contract. The deal includes a $2.5 million team option for 2019 that could become guaranteed based on appearances. A 35-year-old right-hander, Oh was 1-6 with a 4.10 ERA and 20 saves in 24 chances last year for the St. Louis Cardinals.
Arizona’s All-Star lefty gets off to good start in spring
GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) — Robbie Ray looked just fine in his first start of the spring. The Arizona lefty threw two hitless, scoreless innings with three strikeouts and a walk in the Diamondbacks’ 5-2 win over Cincinnati. Ray was an All-Star last season and won 15 games, but says he doesn’t spend much time thinking about how far he’s advanced in the game. For him this spring, he said, it’s about getting ready and staying healthy.
In other league action:
— Francisco Rodriguez allowed an unearned run and one hit over one inning in his second outing as he bids to win a spot in the Philadelphia Phillies bullpen. The 36-year-old right-hander, who agreed to a minor league contract in January, walked one and struck out one against the New York Yankees.
Irving scores 25, Celtics hold off Grizzlies 109-98
BOSTON (AP) — Kyrie Irving scored 25 points in three quarters of work and the Boston Celtics held off the Memphis Grizzlies 109-98 on Monday night.Boston has won all three of its games coming out of the All-Star break. Jaylen Brown and Terry Rozier each added 13 points.
In other NBA action:
— Klay Thompson scored 26 points and Stephen Curry had 14 of his 21 in the third quarter, when the Golden State Warriors ran another opponent off the floor on their way to a 125-111 victory over the New York Knicks. Kevin Durant added 22 points and nine rebounds for Golden State, which trailed by one at halftime before outscoring New York 39-18 in the third to end things early.
— Paul George scored 26 points to help the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Orlando Magic 112-105. George made 9 of 20 shots against the Magic. Evan Fournier and Johnathon Simmons each scored 19 points and Aaron Gordon added 18 for Orlando.
— James Harden had 26 points and Luc Mbah a Moute (look BAH’-ah MOO’-tay) scored 15 of his 17 points in the fourth quarter to lift the Houston Rockets to their 13th straight win with a 96-85 victory over the Utah Jazz. Playing the second side of a back-to-back set at high altitude, nothing seemed to come easy for the Rockets but the Jazz committed 22 turnovers, many of them unforced, to ease the pressure.
— Anthony Davis scored a season-high 53 points, grabbed 18 rebounds and blocked five shots, and the New Orleans Pelicans extended their winning streak to six with a 125-116 victory over the hapless Phoenix Suns. Jrue Holiday scored 20 points for the Pelicans, whose season-best unbeaten run has pulled them into a tie with Portland for fifth place in the Western Conference. Devin Booker had 40 points and 10 rebounds for Phoenix, which lost its 10th straight and still has not won this month.
— DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowry each scored 20 points, Serge Ibaka had 19 and the Toronto Raptors routed the Detroit Pistons 123-94 for their seventh win in eight games. Pascal Siakam added 11 points as the Raptors improved to 25-5 at home, the best record in the NBA.
—Alan Crabbe scored 21 points and the Brooklyn Nets snapped an eight-game losing streak with a 104-87 win over the Chicago Bulls. Jarrett Allen and DeMarre Carroll each had 18 points for the Nets, and Joe Harris added 15. Kris Dunn led Chicago with 23 points and Lauri Markkanen had 19.
— Harrison Barnes scored 21 points, J.J. Barea added 19 and the Dallas Mavericks beat the Indiana Pacers 109-103. The Mavericks ended a four-game losing streak and stopped Indiana’s four-game winning streak.
— Brandon Ingram had 21 points and 10 rebounds, leading nine Los Angeles scorers in double figures, and the Lakers beat the Atlanta Hawks 123-104 for their third straight win. Julius Randle added another double-double with 19 points and 10 rebounds for the Lakers, who overcame 23 turnovers to keep their lead in double figures through the second half.
— Karl-Anthony Towns had 26 points and 17 rebounds, and the Minnesota Timberwolves pulled away in the second half to beat the Sacramento Kings 118-100. Andrew Wiggins scored 22 points, Jeff Teague added 20 points, four rebounds and seven assists and Taj Gibson had 15 points and five boards to help the Timberwolves sweep the three-game season series between the two teams.
In other NBA news:
— The Golden State Warriors will be in Washington on Tuesday, but are not heading to the White House. The traditional champions’ invitation was never granted from President Donald Trump — and it appeared the Warriors might have declined it, anyway. So they plan to spend their day in the city with local children Tuesday.
— The courtship of LeBron James has taken an Oscar-worthy turn — toward Philadelphia.
Three billboards urging James to leave the Cavaliers and sign with the Philadelphia 76ers this summer as a free agent have been installed along Interstate-480 south of Cleveland. The signs are inspired by the movie “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” an Academy Award nominee for best picture. The 33-year-old James can opt out of his contract this summer with the Cavaliers.
— The Dallas Mavericks have hired former AT&T executive Cynthia Marshall as interim CEO a week after allegations of sexual misconduct against former team president Terdema Ussery in a report that also painted a picture of a wider culture of a hostile workplace for women in the franchise.
— Sports Illustrated reported Ussery made sexually suggestive remarks to several women. The SI report said team website reporter Earl Sneed was twice involved in domestic assault cases while working for the Mavericks, including a guilty plea in a case that was dismissed when he met the conditions of the agreement.
Flyers beat Canadiens 1-0 in shootout for 6th straight win
MONTREAL (AP) — Sean Couturier scored in the sixth round of the shootout, and the Philadelphia Flyers beat the Montreal Canadiens 1-0 on Monday night for their season-best sixth straight victory.
Petr Mrazek, making his third straight start for Philadelphia, stopped 28 shots in his fourth shutout this season. Mrazek is 3-0-0 since being acquired from the Detroit Red Wings on Feb. 19.
In other NHL action:
— Seth Jones had a goal and two assists and the Columbus Blue Jackets beat the Washington Capitals 5-1. Sergei Bobrovsky had 25 saves for the Blue Jackets, who beat the Capitals for the first time in four tries this season. Artemi Panarin, Sonny Milano and Mark Letestu also scored for Columbus. Alex Ovechkin had the only goal for the Capitals.
— Nathan MacKinnon had two goals and an assist, Mikko Rantanen added a goal and an assist and the Colorado Avalanche beat the Vancouver Canucks 3-1. Semyon Varlamov made 31 saves and came within 1:16 of his third shutout this season.
— Brayden Point scored the deciding goal in a shootout for the second consecutive game, lifting the Tampa Bay Lightning to a 4-3 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs. Tyler Johnson, Chris Kunitz and Adam Erne scored in regulation for the NHL-leading Lightning, who played most of the game without Nikita Kucherov after the league’s top scorer was injured.
— Anze Kopitar tied the game with 10.8 seconds left in the third period and Dustin Brown scored a power-play goal 3:14 into overtime, rallying the Los Angeles Kings past the Vegas Golden Knights 3-2.
In other NHL news:
— The New York Rangers traded captain Ryan McDonagh and forward J.T. Miller to Tampa Bay Lightning for Vladimir Namestnikov, two prospects and two draft picks just before the trade deadline.
— The Vegas Golden Knights have acquired forward Tomas Tatar from the Detroit Red Wings for three draft picks. The Red Wings will receive Vegas’ 2018 first-round pick, a 2019 second-round pick that originally belonged to the New York Islanders and Vegas’ 2021 third-round pick. The move adds offensive firepower for the surprising Knights, who are at the top of the Western Conference in their first season. Tatar, 27, has 16 goals and 12 assists this season and is under contract through the 2020-21 season.
— The Nashville Predators continued to bolster their forward depth as they acquired Ryan Hartman from the Chicago Blackhawks. The Predators acquired Hartman and a fifth-round pick from Chicago for forward Victor Ejdsell, a first-round pick and a fourth-round pick.
— The Columbus Blue Jackets got goal-scoring help from Thomas Vanek, who was acquired in a trade with the Vancouver Canucks. The 34-year-old Vanek is on his fourth team in the past three seasons. He was traded to Canucks for forwards Jussi Jokinen and Tyler Motte.
— The aggressive timeline for the renovation of Seattle’s KeyArena remains on schedule with the hope of breaking ground on construction by the end of the year. Steve Mattson, director of operations for Oak View Group, said that the goal remains to have approval to take control of the arena at Seattle Center by late fall and begin the construction process before the end of 2018.
Clarke’s tip-in helps Hokies stun No. 5 Duke, 64-63
BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) — Chris Clarke tipped in a missed shot with 4 seconds remaining, and Virginia Tech stunned No. 5 Duke 64-63. The Hokies had trailed almost the entire game before Nickeil Alexander-Walker’s jumper sailed over the rim and Clarke grabbed it and laid it in. The win significantly boosts Virginia Tech’s NCAA Tournament chances.
In other T25 action:
— Svi Mykhailiuk had 17 points, Devonte Graham added 10 and 11 assists and No. 6 Kansas beat Texas 80-70. The Jayhawks (24-6, 13-4 Big 12) used a strong night from seniors Mykhailiuk and Graham in what was the pair and walk-on Clay Young’s senior night and final game in Allen Fieldhouse.
— Jevon Carter scored 21 points and Daxter Miles Jr. added 18 in their final home game, and No. 20 West Virginia rode a hot start to an 84-74 victory over No. 12 Texas Tech. West Virginia broke a second-place tie with the Red Raiders and moved closer to earning the No. 2 seed in the Big 12 tournament with one game left. West Virginia scored the game’s first 16 points. Texas Tech played without injured starters Justin Gray, Keenan Evans and Zach Smith.
Police: Jets player was drunk, caused wrong-way tunnel crash
WEEHAWKEN, N.J. (AP) — Police say New York Jets linebacker Dylan Donahue was drunk when he drove the wrong way in the Lincoln Tunnel and collided with a jitney bus, injuring four people. The crash happened around 2 a.m. Monday in Weehawken.
Port Authority police say an officer saw Donahue drive his car around traffic cones and enter the tunnel. Donahue soon collided with the bus that had 15 people on board.
Four bus passengers were treated at a hospital for minor injuries. Donahue and a passenger apparently were not injured.
In other NFL news:
— A person with knowledge of the situation says the NFL is exploring options to get more than $2 million in reimbursement for legal fees from Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones over his threat to derail Commissioner Roger Goodell’s contract extension and his support of running back Ezekiel Elliott’s fight to avoid a six-game suspension. The person said many owners were consulted on seeking restitution, including members of the finance committee.
— The Panthers released veteran safety Kurt Coleman and defensive end Charles Johnson, the team announced Monday, saving Carolina nearly $6 million in salary cap space. Coleman, 29, played the past three seasons with the Panthers. He had 11 interceptions in that span, tied for fourth-best in the NFL. With Coleman leading the way, the Panthers have had 51 interceptions since 2015, second in the NFL.