Betts beats Boston in arbitration...Rays fire team physician...NFL hires investigator over Panthers allegations

January 31, 2018 - 3:47 pm

UNDATED (AP) — Mookie Betts has beaten the Boston Red Sox in the first salary arbitration case of the year. The All-Star outfielder will get a raise from $950,000 to $10.5 million instead of the team's $7.5 million. The 25-year-old hit .264 with 24 homers and 102 RBIs last year, when he made his second straight AL All-Star team. He batted .318 with 31 homers and 113 RBIs in 2016.

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — The Tampa Bay Rays have fired the team physician after a video posted on YouTube included accusations of sexual abuse with a teenager who worked for him about a decade ago. The Rays severed ties with Michael Reilly yesterday and notified Major League Baseball and St. Petersburg police about the allegations in the video posted by the accuser, who is now 26. Reilly denies the abuse allegations.

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The NFL has hired an independent investigator to look into claims of sexual and racial misconduct in the workplace against Carolina Panthers owner Jerry Richardson. Commissioner Roger Goodell says former U.S. attorney Mary Jo White will lead the investigation. White has led similar investigations in other fields, including a recent one at the University of Rochester. Richardson stepped away from day-to-day operations after allegations surfaced and is seeking to sell the team.

CHARLOTTE, Mich. (AP) — A police department in the Lansing, Michigan, area admits it missed an opportunity to pursue charges in 2004 against disgraced gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar, when a 17-year-old girl complained that he had molested her. A police report says Meridian Township police dropped the case after Nassar explained that he was performing a legitimate technique known as a ligament release. Another wave of victims is testifying against Nassar at his third sentencing hearing.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Center Mike Fisher is coming out of retirement and will rejoin the Nashville Predators for his 18th NHL season as they try to win the Stanley Cup. General manager David Poile says Fisher has some unfinished business and wants to help the Predators win two more games than they did last year when they lost the Stanley Cup Final in six games to Pittsburgh.

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