News Summaries from The Sports Network - Saturday, December 21st|
Report: Choo lands with Rangers
(SportsNetwork.com) - Shin-Soo Choo, one of the most sought-after free agents
this offseason, has reportedly found a suitor in the Texas Rangers.
According to CBSSports.com, Choo and the Rangers agreed on a seven-year, $130-
million deal on Saturday.
Choo is coming off a season that saw him post a career-high .423 on-base
percentage in 154 games for the Reds, whose $14.1 million qualifying offer was
rejected by the outfielder.
The Reds acquired Choo in a three-team trade last offseason, and he was
productive out of the leadoff spot, hitting .285 with 21 home runs, 54 runs
batted in and 20 steals.
The 31-year-old South Korean has hit .288 over nine seasons with Seattle,
Cleveland, and Cincinnati, totaling 104 home runs and 427 RBI with a .389 on-
Nationals sign Chris Snyder to minor league deal
Washington, DC (SportsNetwork.com) - The Washington Nationals have agreed to
terms with catcher Chris Snyder on a minor league contract with an invitation
to spring training.
Snyder played in just nine games for the Orioles in 2013. He spent most of the
season at Triple-A Norfolk where he hit .243 with six home runs and 24 RBI in
The 32-year-old Snyder is a career .224 hitter with 77 homers and 298 RBI in
715 games with the Diamondbacks, Pirates, Astros and Orioles.
Bad break for Brooklyn: Lopez out with broken foot
Brooklyn, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - Brook Lopez of the Brooklyn Nets has been
diagnosed with a fractured fifth metatarsal of his right foot, and several
sources are saying the center may be lost for the rest of the season.
The injury occurred during Friday's overtime loss to Philadelphia and is a
reoccurrence of the same injury Lopez suffered during the 2011-12 season.
Lopez also had surgery after last season to replace a bent screw in the foot.
The Nets did not indicate how long Lopez would be sidelined, but the New York
Daily News reported he will miss the rest of the season. He is scheduled to
meet with team physicians in the near future to determine if that's the case.
In 17 games this season, Lopez has averaged a team-high 20.7 points and 6.0
rebounds while shooting 56.3 percent from the floor.
The Nets are 7-10 in the games the 7-footer has played and 2-7 without him in
Vonn optimistic ahead of Sochi Games despite latest knee problems
Val d'Isere, France (SportsNetwork.com) - Despite another scary run during the
World Cup downhill in Val d'Isere, Lindsey Vonn remains confident that her
latest knee trouble will not stop her from competing at the Sochi Games in
Vonn seemed to suffer a setback Saturday when she lost her balance and her
left ski went up in the air, putting all her weight on her surgically repaired
right knee as she skied off course.
The 29-year-old Vonn tore the ACL and MCL in her right knee in February during
a crash at the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships in Austria. The American re-
injured her right knee straining it and partially tearing her right ACL after
a crash during training in November.
"I didn't hurt myself more than I'm already hurt," Vonn said on Saturday. "It
was a small compression, and it was fully loaded on the right ski and my knee
just completely gave out. I tried to pressure the ski again and it gave out
again. I had no chance of making that gate, unfortunately."
Vonn, who won the women's downhill at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics and took
bronze in the Super-G, plans to take one or two weeks off with her main goal
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