Sports briefs: Felix Hernandez, Mariners working on $175M deal
MLB • 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.
USA Today first reported the deal.
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 Yankees and his $25 million average would surpass Zack Greinke's $24.5 million under his new contract with the Dodgers.
RSL's Gil called up to U.S.'s U-20 team
Soccer • Real Salt Lake midfielder Luis Gil was named to the U.S. Under-20 national team roster for the 2013 CONCACAF U-20 Championship.
The 12-team tournament will begin Feb. 18, with the U.S. facing Haiti. The top four teams advance to the FIFA U-20 World Cup, which takes place in Turkey from June 21-July 13.
Williams reinstated, hired by Titans
Football • Former Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams was reinstated by the NFL and hired for the same position by the Tennessee Titans after serving a nearly yearlong suspension for his role in the New Orleans bounty scandal.
• South Plantation (Fla.) running back Alex Collins officially signed with Arkansas. Collins had been expected to submit his Letter of Intent on Wednesday, but did not because his mother refused to provide the necessary parental signature. Collins' father signed the paperwork Thursday.
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