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Sports briefs: Jan. 25


Source: Tigers, Fielder agree to $214 million, 9-year deal

Free-agent first baseman Prince Fielder and the Tigers agreed Tuesday on a nine-year, $214 million contract that fills the AL Central champions' need for a power hitter, a person familiar with the deal said. The person told The Associated Press that the deal was subject to a physical. Detroit boldly stepped up in the Fielder sweepstakes after the recent knee injury to star Victor Martinez. A week ago, the Tigers announced that the productive designated hitter could miss the entire season after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee during off-season conditioning. With Miguel Cabrera and Fielder, Detroit will begin this season with two players under age 30 with at least 200 career homers. Fielder has averaged 40 homers and 113 RBI over the past five years. His deal is only the fourth $200 million contract in baseball history, following Alex Rodriguez's $275 million, 10-year contract with the Yankees, A-Rod's $252 million, 10-year deal with Texas and Albert Pujols' $240 million, 10-year contract last month with the Angels.

■ Two-time NL Cy Young Award winner Tim Lincecum and the Giants reached a verbal agreement Tuesday on a two-year contract worth $40.5 million. The deal includes a $500,000 signing bonus and salaries of $18 million this year and $22 million in 2013, a person familiar with the agreement said Tuesday.

Posada announces retirement

Jorge Posada was watching television when he saw speculation on which teams were interested in signing him as a free agent.

"They put my face on different uniforms," he said. "And it didn't look good." He began a Yankee and ended as a Yankee, spending his entire career in pinstripes. Flanked by his wife and children, with five World Series trophies sitting on a table, the five-time All-Star catcher retired at age 40 on Tuesday after 17 seasons. He finished with a .273 career batting average, 275 home runs and 1,065 RBI.

Tony La Russa will become the second retired manager to lead an All-Star team next summer, joining Hall of Famer John McGraw. La Russa concluded a 16-season run in St. Louis with the team's second World Series title in five years last October, stepping down after 33 seasons overall. Commissioner Bud Selig announced Tuesday that La Russa, 67, will manage the National League in this year's game July 10 in Kansas City. McGraw retired after the 1932 season and managed the National League in the first All-Star Game the following year.

UK sports

Quigley breaks all-time tennis wins mark

Kentucky tennis senior Eric Quigley won twice during Tuesday's doubleheader and now stands alone on top of UK's all-time career singles-wins list. Quigley earned win 144 when he defeated No. 29 Indiana's Josh MacTaggart in three sets and broke the record with a straight-sets win over Niklas Schroeder of Eastern Kentucky University at the Hilary J. Boone Tennis Complex in Lexington.

Quigley's victories Tuesday give him a 145-44 career record, passing former UK All-American Paul Varga for first all-time. Varga, who played from 1982-85, ended his career with a 144-80 record. So far this season, the senior from Pewee Valley who starred at South Oldham is 27-5 in singles action this season, including deep runs into some of the best tennis tournaments in the nation. The Cats rolled Tuesday in their home opener, sweeping Indiana 7-0.

College football

Thousands turn out for Paterno viewing

Decked out in Penn State hats and jackets, students and townspeople stood in a line more than a quarter-mile long Tuesday to pay their respects to Joe Paterno, the coach who for nearly a half century was the face of their university. Mourners waited for hours along a main campus artery for the chance to file past Paterno's closed brown casket at the campus spiritual center during a public viewing session. Some departed crying.

"He was my hero. He was my hero. I had to come," said a sobbing Gloria Spicer, who was a freshman in 1966 when Paterno started his first season as head coach at Penn State. Paterno, 85, the winningest coach in major college football history, died Sunday of lung cancer. He had been fired just days before learning of his diagnosis in November. "He was a teacher to me," Spicer said. "He taught me to be a better person and a better teacher."

Members of the public were preceded by the Paterno family — the coach's son, Scott, was seen at the gathering — along with current and former players. There is another public viewing Wednesday at Pasquerilla Spiritual Center, and Paterno's family will hold a private funeral and procession through State College. On Thursday, the school's basketball arena will be the site of a public service called "A Memorial for Joe." Tickets were quickly snapped up for the event, even though there was a two-per-person limit for those ordering. Tickets quickly showed up on eBay. The service is free, but the Bryce Jordan Center has capacity for only 16,000 people. The bidding on one pair of tickets reached $98,100 before the listing was removed from the auction Web site. Another pair sold just before 11:30 a.m. for $500 from a seller in State College.

Navy joining Big East in 2015

Navy is headed to the Big East, giving up more than 130 years of football independence to join a conference that is in the middle of a massive overhaul. The Big East announced Tuesday that the U.S. Naval Academy has accepted an invitation to join the league for football only, starting in 2015. The conference has now added six new members in the last seven weeks after losing three members and having another school renege on a future commitment in the fall.


Mayfield wants NASCAR suit reinstated

Attorneys for former race car driver Jeremy Mayfield are asking a federal appeals panel to reinstate his lawsuit against NASCAR over his suspension for failing a random drug test at Richmond International Raceway in Virginia in 2009. A three-judge panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond heard arguments on Tuesday over whether a lower court judge erred in dismissing the Owensboro native's suit in 2010 because Mayfield had twice — as a driver and an owner — signed documents in order to race that waived his right to sue. At issue also was the district court's refusal to let Mayfield amend his complaint to bolster his case.

Wizards fire Saunders after 2-15 start

Seeking different strategies at both ends of the court and improvement from a roster filled with young players such as former Kentucky star John Wall, the NBA-worst Wizards fired Coach Flip Saunders on Tuesday after a 2-15 start and replaced him with assistant Randy Wittman.

Ryan Anderson had 24 points and eight rebounds to lead the Orlando Magic to a 102-83 victory over the Indiana Pacers on Tuesday night. Dwight Howard had 14 points and nine rebounds and became the Magic's all-time leading scorer.

Report: Raiders to hire Broncos' Allen

The Raiders reportedly will hire Broncos defensive coordinator Dennis Allen as their new head coach. Fox Sports and ESPN reported Tuesday night that the sides were still working out final details but that an agreement had been reached. The Raiders didn't confirmed the hiring.

Dalton replaces Brady for Pro Bowl

Cincinnati's Andy Dalton is joining fellow rookie quarterback Cam Newton of Carolina on a trip to Honolulu for the Pro Bowl. They have been chosen to replace Super Bowl quarterbacks Eli Manning and Tom Brady for Sunday's game matching the NFC against the AFC.

The last word

Peyton Manning said Tuesday he still intends to play football, but he's no fan of the Colts' big off-season overhaul that included the firing of Coach Jim Caldwell and other executives. He also poked fun at the frenzy surrounding a Twitter post from actor Rob Lowe, who wrote that Manning was expected to announce his retirement last week. Manning went back to the 1983 movie The Outsiders to take a shot at Lowe:

"I never thought Sodapop Curtis would announce my retirement. I always thought I would be the one to announce it."