Tigers sign Hall of Famer’s son
DETROIT (AP) — Pedro Martinez Jr., a son of the Hall of Fame pitcher, agreed to an $800,000 signing bonus as part of his minor league contract with the Detroit Tigers.
The 17-year-old Martinez, whose deal was announced Wednesday, is a third baseman who lives in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.
His father won two AL Cy Young Awards and was inducted into baseball’s Hall of Fame in 2015.
Truex on pole at Dover
DOVER, Del. (AP) — Martin Truex Jr. has tried to enjoy his career year as much as he can. The veteran driver says he never knows when the run might end.
He kept on rolling at Dover.
Truex will try to win his sixth race of the season from the pole at Dover International Speedway in NASCAR’s third playoff race. Truex has been the driver to beat all season and he proved it again Friday, when he turned a lap of 160.664 mph to win his second pole of the season.
Truex had clinched a berth in the second round of the playoffs when he won at Chicagoland Speedway. He had the dominant car last week at New Hampshire Motor Speedway until he was caught up in a wreck and finished fifth.
Truex has nine wins in the No. 78 Toyota at Furniture Row Racing over the last two years after winning just three times in his first 10 years. Oh, and Truex won this race last year.
“It takes so many things to come together to be in a position that I’ve been the last few years, really,” he said. “I’m very thankful, I’m definitely enjoying it. At the same time, there’s that chance of a championship out there. You can’t lose focus and say, this is going great, we’re going to show up to the track and everything’s going to be fine. You still have to work hard.”
Truex ended Kyle Busch’s bid at three straight poles.
NFL probes death threats
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Titans informed the NFL about the death threats to Pro Bowl tight end Delanie Walker and his family because of the anthem protests. The league said Friday its security department is investigating.
Walker disclosed the threats Thursday night in a post shared on social media. Walker told fans upset by the protests that they didn’t have to go to the games if they felt disrespected.
The tight end was not in the locker room when it was open to media after practice. But Walker, who represented the NFL on a USO Tour of the Middle East last spring, made clear in his post he won’t be deterred.
“The racist and violent words directed at me and my son only serve as another reminder that our country remains divided and full of hateful rhetoric,” Walker wrote. “These words of hate will only fuel me in my efforts to continue my work reaching out to different community groups, listening to opposing voices, and honoring the men and women in the Armed Forces who risk their lives every day so that we may have this dialogue.”
Big 10 tourney in New York
NEW YORK (AP) — The Big Ten and Big East conference tournaments highlight Madison Square Garden’s 2017-18 college basketball schedule, one that also features Duke, Kentucky, Villanova, Louisville and Syracuse.
The Big Ten, for the first time, will hold its conference tournament at the Garden from Feb. 28-March 4.
The Big East, which is celebrating its 36th tournament at the Garden, will be held March 7-10.
Big Ten Super Saturday is the afternoon basketball game followed by the hockey game at night. On Jan. 20 Ohio State faces Minnesota in basketball and Minnesota meets Michigan State in hockey.
Vikes’ right tackle set to play
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota Vikings right tackle Mike Remmers is not listed on the team’s final injury report of the week, meaning he is expected to play against the Detroit Lions on Sunday.
Remmers did not practice on Thursday because of an illness. He returned to practice on a limited basis on Friday.
Quarterback Sam Bradford was ruled out Thursday, so he will miss his third straight game with a knee injury. Case Keenum will start again in his place.
The only other player on the Vikings injury report is backup tackle Rashod Hill, who is listed as questionable with a knee injury. Hill practiced on Wednesday and Thursday but did not practice Friday.