Contador receives two-year doping ban from cycling
PINTO, Spain — An indignant two-time Tour de France champion Alberto Contador said Tuesday he "totally disagreed" with his two-year doping ban and vowed to pursue his career at the highest level.
"I am going to continue cycling. I am going to continue practicing it cleanly, the way I have my entire life," Contador said in his first public comments since the Switzerland-based Court of Arbitration for Sport handed down its sanction on Monday.
Considered the most gifted racer of his generation, Contador was handed the ban following a positive test for the banned substance clenbuterol. The Spaniard claimed he was the victim of a contaminated steak eaten during the Tour de France.
Dodgers re-sign Cy Young winner Kershaw to $19M deal
LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Dodgers announced Tuesday the re-signing of lefty Clayton Kershaw, who last season became the youngest winner of the National League Cy Young Award since 1985.
The deal is for two years and $19 million, FOX Sports reported, citing sources.
Kershaw won the NL Triple Crown of pitching in 2011. He tied Arizona's Ian Kennedy for the NL lead in wins with 21, while topping the majors in ERA at 2.28, and leading the NL in strikeouts with 248.
Oakland Athletics owner Lew Wolff says the team has agreed to extend the contracts of general manager Billy Beane and team President Michael Crowley through the 2019 season.
Beane has been Oakland's general manager since 1997. He is the subject of Michael Lewis' 2003 book on baseball statistics and economics titled "Moneyball," which was made into a film starring Brad Pitt as Beane last year.
Reports: Memphis set to join Big East in 2013
MEMPHIS, Tenn. — The University of Memphis has agreed to join the Big East Conference as an all-sports member starting in 2013, CBSSports.com reported Tuesday, citing sources.
Memphis will follow current Conference USA members Houston, UCF and SMU for the 2013 season.
Boise State, San Diego State and Navy also have announced plans to join the Big East as football-only member schools.
The Big East voted unanimously in November to invite a slew of schools to replace Pittsburgh, Syracuse and West Virginia in the hopes of becoming a 12-school football conference.
Timbers' Valencia having knee surgery, out 6-to-12 months
PORTLAND — Newly acquired Portland Timbers forward Jose Adolfo Valencia will be sidelined for 6-to-12 months following knee surgery.
Valencia, son of former Colombia national team star Adolfo Valencia, had damaged cartilage in his left knee repaired Monday by team director of medicine Dr. Jonathan E. Greenleaf.
Owen Nolan announces retirement from NHL
SAN JOSE, Calif. — Owen Nolan, who hasn't played in the NHL since the 2009-10 season, announced his retirement Tuesday at the San Jose Sharks home rink.
Nolan, who lives in San Jose, played 18 seasons and scored 422 goals with 463 assists in 1,200 games. He played for the Quebec Nordiques and Colorado Avalanche, the Sharks, Toronto Maple Leafs, Phoenix Coyotes, Calgary Flames and, most recently, the Minnesota Wild.
Compiled from wire reports