Digest-02-27-14


LOCAL

UAM cancels baseball game

MONTICELLO — Arkansas-Monticello’s home baseball game against Delta State for Wednesday was canceled due to field conditions caused by recent rainfall, the university’s athletics department announced.

The 13th-ranked Boll Weevils’ next games will be Friday and Saturday at home in a three-game Great American Conference series against Henderson State. The two squads will play one game at 2 p.m. Friday and two games on Saturday starting at noon.

NATIONAL

Trout gets $1M for 2014

TEMPE, Ariz — The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim have signed dynamic outfielder Mike Trout to a one-year, $1 million contract.

General manager Jerry DiPoto confirmed the agreement, which will make Trout the highest-paid player ever with less than three years worth of service time, on Wednesday.

By setting Trout’s 2014 salary, the Angels can avoid a luxury-tax assessment this season and can continue to work toward a long-term extension with a player who has finished second in American League MVP voting in each of his first two full seasons.

Trout, 22, batted .323 with 27 homers, 97 RBI and 110 walks over 157 games in 2013. He earned the 2012 AL Rookie of the Year Award after hitting .326 with 30 homers, 83 RBI and 49 stolen bases.

Calf strain shelves Angels’ Hamilton

TEMPE, Ariz — Josh Hamilton’s hope for a comeback season hasn’t gotten off to the best of starts.

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim manager Mike Scioscia disclosed on Wednesday that the former American League MVP will be sidelined for a minimum of two weeks due to a calf strain he sustained during a baserunning drill.

Hamilton suffered the injury on Tuesday and was seen on crutches at the Angels’ spring training complex later that day. The five-time All-Star is still expected to be ready for the team’s regular season opener on Mar. 31, barring any setbacks.

The 32-year-old Hamilton signed a five-year, $125 million contract with the Angels in December of 2012 following a stellar five-year run with the AL West- rival Texas Rangers. He had a disappointing first season in Anaheim, however, batting a career-low .250 with 21 home runs and 79 RBI in 151 games.

Hamilton averaged 28 homers and 101 RBI while hitting .305 during his tenure with the Rangers from 2008-12.

Browns release LB Jackson

BEREA, Ohio — The Cleveland Browns released inside linebacker D’Qwell Jackson on Wednesday.

Jackson, a veteran out of Maryland, was drafted by the Browns in the second round of the 2006 NFL Draft. In eight NFL seasons, he made 96 starts in 97 games, compiling 891 career tackles, 11 1/2 sacks, eight interceptions, five forced fumbles and seven fumble recoveries.

Last season, Jackson recorded 141 combined tackles with 1 1/2 sacks and one interception.

Eagles lock up Peters through 2018

PHILADELPHIA — The Philadelphia Eagles announced Wednesday that the club has signed stud left tackle Jason Peters to a new five-year contract.

The deal, which runs through 2018, is reportedly worth $51.3 million with $19.55 million guaranteed. Peters had one year left on his previous contract.

The 32-year-old Peters returned to Pro Bowl form in 2013, starting all 16 games after missing the entire 2012 season with an Achilles injury. He anchored an offensive line that paved the way for LeSean McCoy, who amassed a franchise-best 1,607 rushing yards.

A six-time Pro Bowl selection, Peters has started all but 10 of the 123 career games in which he has played with the Eagles and Buffalo Bills.

WORLD

Russian skier says she has no feeling below navel

A Russian freestyle skier who suffered a broken back at the Sochi Olympics says she has no feeling below her navel.

Maria Komissarova was injured Feb. 15 in a training crash as she prepared for the women’s skicross event and underwent a 6 1/2-hour procedure after doctors discovered a fracture and dislocation of her T12 vertebra.

Komissarova said on her Instagram account Wednesday, “I do not feel the body below the navel. But I’m strong and I know that someday I just stand on legs!”

During the operation, which took place after Komissarova, 23, was rushed from the venue to a hospital built for the Olympics, doctors fitted her with a metal implant.