Tigers reach $15M deal with Scherzer
DETROIT -- AL Cy Young Award winner has agreed to a one-year contract with the Detroit Tigers for $15,525,000, setting himself up for an even bigger payday when he becomes eligible for free agency after the season.
Scherzer went 21-3 with a 2.90 ERA and 240 strikeouts as the Tigers advanced to the AL championship series against Boston. He made $6,725,000 last year, and another stellar season could put him in position to gain a deal similar to those of teammate Justin Verlander ($180 million for seven years) and Seattle's Felix Hernandez ($175 million for seven) or even the Los Angeles Dodgers' Clayton Kershaw ($215 million for seven).
Detroit also reached one-year agreements with right-handers Rick Porcello and Al Alburquerque, and outfielders Andy Dirks and Austin Jackson. All had filed for arbitration.
Porcello went 13-8 with a 4.32 ERA and a career-high 142 strikeouts . Alburquerque appeared in 53 games, posting a 4-3 record and 4.59 ERA.
Dirks hit .256 with 16 doubles, two triples, nine home runs and 37 RBI. Jackson batted .272 with 30 doubles, seven triples, 12 homers and 49 RBI.
Titans tab Jason Michael to lead 'O'
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Titans coach Ken Whisenhunt has hired Chargers assistant coach Jason Michael as his new offensive coordinator.
The Titans announced the hiring on Friday.
Michael worked this past season with Whisenhunt in San Diego. Michael spent the past three seasons coaching tight ends for the Chargers and was first an offensive assistant and then quarterbacks coach with San Francisco in 2009 and 2010.
He has local ties having played quarterback helping Western Kentucky win the 2002 Division I-AA championship. Michael started coaching at the University of Tennessee as a graduate assistant before moving to the NFL in 2005 with Oakland, then the Jets.
Michael spent 2008 coaching tight ends at the University of Tennessee in Phillip Fulmer's final season.
Washington retains Haslett as def. coord.
ASHBURN, Va. -- Jim Haslett will remain with the Washington Redskins as defensive coordinator, the latest in a series of expected moves under new coach Jay Gruden.
The Redskins also announced Friday that Chris Foerster will stay on as offensive line coach and that Wes Phillips has been hired as tight ends coach.
Haslett was the defensive coordinator for the last four years under coach Mike Shanahan, who was fired earlier this month. This season the defense ranked 18th in total yards, 27th in yards per play allowed and 30th in points allowed.
But Gruden and Haslett have worked together previously with the Florida Tuskers of the UFL. Gruden also likes the 3-4 scheme that Haslett has installed.
Phillips joins the Redskins from the Dallas Cowboys, where he also coached the tight ends.
Bucs exec Hickey interviews for GM job with Dolphins
MIAMI -- Tampa Bay Buccaneers director of player personnel Dennis Hickey has become the seventh candidate to interview for the job of general manager with the Miami Dolphins.
Hickey has been with the Buccaneers for 18 seasons, including the past three in his current job. He was director of college scouting for six years.
The Bucs are also in the market for a GM after firing Mark Dominik last month.
Interviewed earlier by Miami were Lions senior personnel director Brian Xanders, Titans vice president of player personnel Lake Dawson, Browns assistant general manager Ray Farmer, Steelers director of football and business administration Omar Khan, Cardinals vice president of player personnel Jason Licht and Dolphins assistant general manager Brian Gaine.
Reed shoots 63 in Humana Challenge
LA QUINTA, Calif. -- Patrick Reed found La Quinta Country Club to his liking, too, leaving everyone else behind again in the Humana Challenge.
A day after shooting a 9-under 63 at PGA West's Arnold Palmer Private Course to take the lead, Reed had another 9-under 63 down the road Friday at tree-lined La Quinta to stretch his advantage to two strokes over Brendon Todd.
The 23-year-old Reed eagled the par-5 fifth hole, hitting a high 5-iron approach that landed softly on the left side of the green and rolled to 4 feet. He also had eight birdies and his lone bogey in 36 holes.
Todd had a bogey-free 63 on the Palmer course. Ryan Palmer was third, three strokes back at 15-under, after a 65 at La Quinta.
Djokovic moves on at Australian Open
MELBOURNE, Australia -- Novak Djokovic extended his winning streak to 27 matches and stayed on track for a fourth consecutive Australian Open title with a 6-3, 6-3, 7-5 win Friday over Denis Istomin.
Djokovic, whose last defeat came against Rafael Nadal in the U.S. Open final, is aiming to be the first player to win four Australian Open titles in a row in the Open Era. He is looking the part, despite being broken in his first attempt to clinch the match Friday.
He's won all three matches so far in straight sets and his major threats -- top-seeded Nadal, Andy Murray and Roger Federer -- are in the other half of the draw.
Before rain cooled things off at Melbourne Park, Serena Williams persevered through a fourth day of searing temperatures to also advance.