FILE - In this May 8, 2010, file hoto, Kansas City Royals starting pitcher Gil Meche (55) looks on during a baseball game against the Texas Rangers in Arlington, Texas. Meche, whose $55 million, five-year contract as a free agent in 2007 signaled a sharp change in fiscal policy for the Royals, announced Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2011, that he is retiring. He was the Royals' opening-day starter for several years but was 6-10 in 2009 and 0-5 last season. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez, File)
FILE - In this May 8, 2010, file hoto, Kansas City Royals starting pitcher Gil Meche (55) looks on during a baseball game against the Texas Rangers in Arlington, Texas. Meche, whose $55 million, five-year contract as a free agent in 2007 signaled a sharp change in fiscal policy for the Royals, announced Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2011, that he is retiring. He was the Royals' opening-day starter for several years but was 6-10 in 2009 and 0-5 last season. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez, File) AP
FILE - In this May 8, 2010, file hoto, Kansas City Royals starting pitcher Gil Meche (55) looks on during a baseball game against the Texas Rangers in Arlington, Texas. Meche, whose $55 million, five-year contract as a free agent in 2007 signaled a sharp change in fiscal policy for the Royals, announced Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2011, that he is retiring. He was the Royals' opening-day starter for several years but was 6-10 in 2009 and 0-5 last season. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez, File) AP

Sports briefs: Jan. 19

January 19, 2011 12:00 AM