Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana

January 16, 2014

Sports Briefs: Jan. 16

Kokomo Tribune

---- — TRC invites Peru, Maconaquah to league

A day after Eastern’s school board voted to leave the Mid-Indiana Conference after the 2014-15 school year, MIC schools Peru and Maconaquah received invitations to join the Three Rivers Conference on Wednesday afternoon.

Neither school has made a decision on whether to remain in the MIC or leave for the TRC at this time.

The current TRC includes Northfield, Manchester, Rochester, Whitko, Tippecanoe Valley, Southwood, Wabash and North Miami.

Taylor announced in December it was leaving the MIC to join the Hoosier Heartland Conference. Tuesday night, Eastern followed suit and voted to leave the MIC to join the HHC.

If Maconaquah and Peru were to opt to leave the MIC, it would leave the league with four members after the 2014-15 school year in Hamilton Heights, Lewis Cass, Northwestern and Western.

Registration open for Greentown YBL

GREENTOWN — Registration is open for the 2014 Greentown Youth Baseball League until Jan. 22.

Registration is available online at www.greentownbaseball.com.

Tryouts for major and minor leagues will be held Jan. 25 from 9-10:30 a.m. in the Eastern High School gym.

Tryouts for rookie league are from 10:30 a.m. to noon the same day. Registration is also open for T-Ball, but tryouts for the league will not be held.

Colts’ Overton added to Pro Bowl roster

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Colts long snapper Matt Overton has been added to this year’s Pro Bowl roster.

Team officials said Wednesday it will be Overton’s first appearance in the NFL’s annual all-star game.

The second-year NFL player joins an expanding list of Colts heading to Hawaii. NFL sacks champion Robert Mathis was the only Colts player initially chosen to play in the game.

On Monday, coach Chuck Pagano told reporters that Indy’s coaching staff would coach one of the teams. And it’s possible other players could soon be added to the roster, too, based on those who opt out or cannot play because they’ll be preparing for the Super Bowl.

The Pro Bowl is scheduled for Jan. 26.

Kershaw, Dodgers agree to $215M deal

Pitcher Clayton Kershaw agreed Wednesday to a $215 million, seven-year contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers, a deal that makes the two-time Cy Young Award winner baseball’s first player with a $30 million average salary.

Kershaw receives the most lucrative deal for a pitcher, breaking the mark of $180 million set by Justin Verlander last March for his seven-year contract with Detroit.

The average salary of $30.7 million tops the previous high of $27.5 million, set by the New York Yankees’ Alex Rodriguez as part of a 10-year agreement December 2007. While Roger Clemens had a contract with a listed salary of $28 million with the Yankees in 2007, he joined the team in June and actually made $17.4 million.

Kershaw’s agreement, first reported by ESPN.com, is baseball’s seventh of $200 million or more.

A left-hander who turns 26 in March, Kershaw won NL Cy Young Awards in 2011 and 2013. He was 16-9 for the NL West champion Dodgers last year and led the league with 232 strikeouts, and his 1.83 ERA was the best in the major leagues since Pedro Martinez’s 1.74 for Boston in 2000.

— Associated Press