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MLB

King Felix is on the verge of MLB’s pitching throne

SEATTLE – Felix Hernandez and the Seattle Mariners are working on a $175-million, seven-year contract that would make him the highest-paid pitcher in baseball, according to a person with knowledge of the deal’s details.

Seattle would add $134.5 million of guaranteed money over five years to the contract of the 2010 AL Cy Young Award winner, whose current agreement calls for him to receive $40.5 million over the next two seasons.

Hernandez’s total dollars would top CC Sabathia’s original $161-million, seven-year contract with the New York Yankees and his $25-million average would surpass Zack Greinke’s $24.5 million under his new contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers. Hernandez’s new money would average $26.9 million over five years.

If the deal is finalized, it would leave Detroit’s Justin Verlander and the Dodgers’ Clayton Kershaw as the most attractive pitchers eligible for free agency after the 2014 season.

NFL

Williams is reinstated, apologizes, then gets hired

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Gregg Williams thanked NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell for reinstating him back to the league, and he also is apologizing while taking “full responsibility” for his role in the New Orleans’ bounty scandal.

The NFL reinstated Williams on Thursday morning, and the Tennessee Titans hired him as a senior defensive assistant.

Speaking at a news conference, Williams said he’s here to work tirelessly for the Titans and to make a positive impact and said he’s grateful for the opportunity.

College Football

Buffs and Huskers will renew their rivalry in 5 years

LINCOLN, Neb. – Nebraska signed a contract to play four football games against former Big Eight and Big 12 rival Colorado beginning in five years.

Nebraska said Thursday the teams will meet in Lincoln on Sept. 8, 2018, before a return matchup in Boulder on Sept. 7, 2019. Colorado will host the Cornhuskers on Sept. 9, 2023, then will return to Lincoln on Sept. 7, 2024.

The games will be the first in the series since both schools left the Big 12 two years ago, Nebraska going to the Big Ten and Colorado to the Pac-12. The football teams last played in 2010 after meeting for 63 consecutive years.

Nebraska holds a 49-18-2 advantage in the series, including a 15-4 record since 1992.

NHL

Bruins shed Thomas and his salary to the N.Y. Islanders

NEW YORK – Veteran goalie Tim Thomas, who has said he won’t play this season, was traded by the Boston Bruins to the New York Islanders on Thursday for a conditional second-round draft choice either next year or in 2015.

Thomas chose to take this season off after the NHL lockout and was suspended by the Bruins after he didn’t report to training camp last month. The 38-year-old two-time Vezina Trophy winner is in the final season of a four-year deal that counts for $5 million against the salary cap.

The Islanders can afford it, and the Bruins can afford to gain some financial flexibility.

Thomas won the Vezina and Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP when the Bruins won the Stanley Cup in 2011.

Auto Racing

Wallace and Midnight drive into NASCAR’s Hall of Fame

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Rusty Wallace will headline the fourth NASCAR Hall of Fame class, and his famed car “Midnight” will be a part of his induction.

Wallace, winner of 55 races and the 1989 championship, will be inducted tonight along with Buck Baker and Herb Thomas; car owner Cotton Owens and crew chief, mechanic and engine builder Leonard Wood.

Wallace drove Midnight to 13 victories from 1992 to 1994 and led more than 5,000 laps. It ran as both a Pontiac and a Ford for Penske Racing South.

Associated Press