Texas junior high QB, 14, commits to play for LSU

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COLLEGE

Texas junior high QB, 14, commits to play for LSU

SAN ANTONIO -- A 14-year-old quarterback from South Texas has committed to play football at LSU.

Eighth-grader Zadock Dinkelmann orally committed to the Tigers on Friday. He's the nephew of Ty and Koy Detmer. Ty Detmer won the 1990 Heisman Trophy at BYU and Koy Detmer was an All-Big 12 player at Colorado. Both played in the NFL.

The 6-foot-4 Dinkelmann plays for a junior high in Somerset, southwest of San Antonio. The San Antonio Express-News reports he announced his choice six months before he can compete in high school.

The teen's nonbinding declaration continues a trend of adolescents committing to play in college. He is at least the third junior high student from Texas to commit this school year.

Kill appreciative of raise, extension at Minnesota

Jerry Kill says he's "getting paid way too much" to be Minnesota's coach but appreciative of the raise and contract extension he received.

Kill spoke Monday at a news conference, two days after his deal was redone to add another year and an average of more than $1 million annually in additional compensation.

Kill said he's the same person now as he was early in his coaching career when he was living in a trailer and making $250 per month.

Kill's restructured contract includes a stipulation that the total pay for his coaching staff must rank in the top six of the Big Ten. He said he wouldn't have signed the deal without that.

BASEBALL

Cruz, O's finalize $8 million contract

SARASOTA, Fla. -- Outfielder Nelson Cruz and the Baltimore Orioles have finalized an $8 million, one-year contract, a deal that puts him on track to become the team's regular designated hitter.

The 33-year-old, who served a 50-game suspension last year for violating baseball's drug agreement, can earn an additional $750,000 in bonuses based on days on the active 25-man roster: $150,000 each for 60, 90, 120, 150 and180.

He turned down a $14.1 million qualifying offer from the Texas Rangers in November. Because of the qualifying offer, Baltimore forfeits its second-round selection in June's amateur draft, the 55th pick overall.

Baltimore's deal with Cruz on Monday follows a $50 million, four-year contract with pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez last Wednesday, a contract that cost the Orioles their first-round draft pick, No. 17 overall.

Rangers add year to manager Washington's deal

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Texas Rangers manager Ron Washington finally has a contract past this season.

General manager Jon Daniels said Monday that the Rangers have added a year to Washington's contract through 2015. Washington is the team's winningest manager with 611 wins over seven seasons, and led Texas to its only two World Series appearances.

The Rangers had last extended Washington's contract in January 2012, when two years were added through 2014.

Asked what took long to get this new deal done, Daniels said mostly because there was never any question about whether Washington would get an extension.

Only three managers have been with their current teams longer than Washington. They are Mike Scioscia of the Los Angeles Angels, Minnesota's Ron Gardenhire and Tampa Bay's Joe Maddon.

Tigers announce deals with seven players

LAKELAND, Fla. -- The Detroit Tigers agreed to terms Monday with seven players on contracts for the 2014 season.

Detroit announced agreements with right-handers Jose Ortega, Luke Putkonen and Evan Reed, left-handers Kyle Lobstein and Drew Smyly, infielder Nick Castellanos and outfielder Steven Moya. Smyly is expected to move into the rotation after an impressive 2013 showing in the bullpen. Castellanos has been considered one of the organization's top prospects and will likely play third base this year in the majors.

The Tigers now have 32 players on the club's 40-man roster under contract for 2014.

BASKETBALL

Clippers add Glen Davis to roster

NEW ORLEANS -- Glen Davis has joined the Los Angeles Clippers in New Orleans but hasn't been cleared to play.

The Clippers, who are taking on the New Orleans Pelicans on Monday night, say Davis has to pass a physical before the former LSU star can suit up.

Davis averaged 12.1 points and 6.3 rebounds in 45 games with Orlando before the Magic bought out his contract, making him a free agent.

Clippers coach Doc Rivers says his past relationship with Davis in Boston made the move a comfortable one for both.

Davis played with the Celtics for four seasons, starting in the 2007-08 campaign, when the Celtics won the NBA title.

Davis says he likes playing for Rivers and wants to be part of a team with the elite players needed to build a title contender.

Knicks waive World Peace, Udrih

NEW YORK -- The New York Knicks have waived Metta World Peace and Beno Udrih after buying out their contracts.

The moves were announced Monday before the Knicks hosted the Dallas Mavericks. By getting waived this week, both veterans will be able to sign with another team and be eligible for the playoffs.

Neither player was able to secure a spot in Mike Woodson's rotation during his only season in New York. World Peace played in just 29 games, starting one, and Udrih had 12 starts among his 31 appearances.

Wiz's Nene expected to miss six weeks with knee injury

WASHINGTON -- Wizards forward Nene has a sprained MCL in his left knee and is expected to be sidelined for six weeks.

Nene was injured in the third quarter of Sunday night's win at Cleveland. The Wizards said Monday that an MRI revealed the extent of the injury.

The loss of Nene is a severe blow to Washington's hopes of making the playoffs for the first time since 2008. He has been the barometer of success when healthy since the Wizards acquired him in 2012. They are 60-61 when he plays, 8-34 when he doesn't.

A six-week absence would keep him sidelined until the final week or so of the regular season.

Nene is averaging 14.2 points and 5.8 rebounds.

The Wizards are 28-28, in fifth place in the Eastern Conference.

SOCCER

McBride, Bradley, Lilly elected to Hall of Fame

CHICAGO -- Brian McBride and Kristine Lilly have been elected to the U.S. National Soccer Hall of Fame along with former men's national team coach Bob Bradley.

McBride is a veteran of three World Cups and scored 30 goals in 95 international appearances from 1993-06. Lilly, a two-time Women's World Cup champion and winner of two Olympic gold medals, scored 130 goals in an international record 352 appearances from 1987-2010.

Bradley, elected Monday on the builder ballot, coached the U.S. to the second round of the 2010 World Cup and the title of the 2007 CONCACAF Gold Cup.

He also coached the Chicago Fire, New York/New Jersey MetroStars and Chivas USA in Major League Soccer and Egypt's national team. He currently is coaching the Norwegian club Stabaek.

Voting was done by all Hall of Famers, coaches, executives and media. The hall building in Oneonta, N.Y., closed in February 2010.

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