Red Sox watch a workout by Abreu
The Red Sox have viewed a workout by veteran major leaguer Bobby Abreu that included his taking grounders at first base. The 17-year veteran and two-time All-Star is a free agent. He turns 39 in March and is coming off a season in which he hit .242 with a .693 OPS for the Angels and Dodgers over 100 games and 257 plate appearances. The lefthanded-hitting outfielder could fill a spot on the bench for the Sox. But he has never played first base professionally. Abreu also is 18 of 87 (.207) with one home run in his career as a pinch hitter.
Ex-AL MVP Tejada, Royals reach deal
Former AL MVP Miguel Tejada says he has reached a deal with the Kansas City Royals and is ready to return to the majors. The 38-year-old infielder said that he has a one-year contract for $1.1 million and another $400,000 in performance bonuses. The six-time All-Star last played in the big leagues in 2011 with San Francisco, hitting .239 with four home runs and 26 RBIs in 91 games.
Storm to return after grill accident
ESPN anchor Hannah Storm will return to the air on New Year’s Day, exactly three weeks after she was seriously burned in a propane gas grill accident at her home in Connecticut. Storm suffered second-degree burns on her chest and hands, and first-degree burns to her face and neck. She lost her eyebrows and eyelashes, and roughly half her hair. Storm will host ABC’s telecast of the 2013 Rose Parade Tuesday. Her left hand will be bandaged and she said viewers might notice a difference in her hair texture where extensions have been added. Storm was preparing dinner outside her home on the night of Dec. 11 when she noticed the flame on the grill had gone out. She turned off the gas and when she reignited it ‘‘there was an explosion and a wall of fire came at me.’’
Kings’ Evans to get 2d opinion on knee
Sacramento Kings guard Tyreke Evans is getting a second opinion on his sore left knee. Evans is scheduled to visit with Dr. Steve Lombardo in Los Angeles Wednesday. The 2009-10 NBA Rookie of the Year has missed 12 games this season because of his troublesome knee . . . The Minnesota Timberwolves signed Lazar Hayward to try and provide some depth to an injury- plagued backcourt . . . The Memphis Grizzlies recalled guard Tony Wroten from the NBA Development League's Reno Bighorns . . . The Dallas Mavericks recalled guard Jared Cunningham from the Texas Legends of the NBADL . . . University of Miami senior center Reggie Johnson is expected to be sidelined 6-8 weeks with a broken left thumb.
Tennis Djokovic OK after divider collapses
Novak Djokovic shook off jetlag to beat Andreas Seppi, 6-3, 6-4, to help Serbia beat Italy, 2-1, at the Hopman Cup in Perth, Australia, then avoided injury after the match when a courtside divider collapsed while he was signing autographs. The divider hit the Serb on his legs as it crashed and several fans went tumbling to the ground. Djokovic briefly squatted in discomfort but later took to the court for the mixed doubles, won by Italy, 7-6 (7-4), 6-4 . . . Caroline Wozniacki’s first trip to the Brisbane International in Australia ended in a 2-6, 6-3, 7-6 (7-1) first-round loss to Kazakhstan qualifier Ksenia Pervak. She quickly followed up by dismissing speculation about an engagement to golfer Rory McIlroy.
Boise State to stay in Mountain West
Boise State has backed out on a commitment to join the Big East and will remain a member of the Mountain West in 2013. Boise State and the Mountain West announced they had come to an agreement to keep the Broncos playing in the league they have been a part of the past two seasons. Boise State, which left the Western Athletic Conference for the Mountain West after the 2010 season, is still on the hook to pay a $5 million exit fee to the Big East, though the school says there are ‘‘provisions’’ that could make it less. Mountain West commissioner Craig Thompson said the conference will help Boise State pay its exit fee. ‘‘We are disappointed that Boise State has decided not to join the Big East Conference,’’ commissioner Mike Aresco said. The Broncos were scheduled to join the Big East next year for football only. Boise State’s other sports were going to compete in the Big West. But more recent defections from the Big East made Boise State reconsider . . . Former Penn State president Graham Spanier can travel outside state lines while free on bail, but a judge in Harrisburg, Pa., said no to any foreign trips. Spanier has to provide five days’ notice of any travel outside Pennsylvania. He may not have any contact with current or past members of the Penn State Board of Trustees, or with any witnesses in the case against him. Spanier faces charges that include obstruction and perjury for allegedly covering up complaints in the Jerry Sandusky child molestation scandal . . . Kazuto Ioka of Japan won the vacant WBA light flyweight title by stopping Jose Rodriguez of Mexico in the sixth round in Osaka, Japan.