- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 27, 2015

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) - NBA

Kobe Bryant will have surgery Wednesday on his torn right rotator cuff, likely ending his 19th season with the Los Angeles Lakers.

The team announced Bryant’s surgery Monday. He injured his shoulder last week in New Orleans.

The Lakers will announce a timetable for Bryant’s recovery after surgery, but coach Byron Scott anticipates losing the third-leading scorer in NBA history for the rest of the year.

“Kobe is probably not going to play” again this season, Scott said.

“We all know how tough he is,” Scott added after Monday’s practice. “He’s a trooper, so we pray for him that his return will be sooner rather than later.”

Bryant’s torn rotator cuff is likely his third straight season-ending injury. He missed the 2013 playoffs with a torn Achilles tendon, and he played just six games last season before breaking a bone near his left knee. His famously resilient body has finally worn down from the accumulated grind of 19 seasons and several lengthy postseasons with the Lakers, including five NBA title runs.

BASEBALL

NEW YORK (AP) - The New York Yankees are thinking about not making a $6 million payment to Alex Rodriguez if he hits six home runs and ties Willie Mays at 660 for fourth place on the career list.

Rodriguez signed a $275 million, 10-year contract with the team in December 2007 and a separate marketing agreement that called for $6 million payments for up to five milestone accomplishments designated by the Yankees. Each payment is due within 15 days of designation and is in exchange for rights such as using Rodriguez’s name and image in selling licensed goods.

At the time of the marketing agreement, those accomplishments were contemplated to be tying the home run totals of Mays, Babe Ruth (714), Hank Aaron (755) and Barry Bonds, (762), and breaking Bonds’ major league record.

Rodriguez returns to the team next month after a season-long drug suspension and has three seasons and $61 million in guaranteed money remaining in his contract.

BOSTON (AP) - Bill Monbouquette, an All-Star pitcher who threw a no-hitter and had a 20-win season for his hometown Boston Red Sox, has died. He was 78.

Monbouquette died Sunday at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston due to complications from leukemia, the Red Sox announced Monday.

Monbouquette spent more than 50 years in professional baseball as a player, coach and scout. He was inducted into the Red Sox Hall of Fame in 2000.

Born and raised in nearby Medford, the right-hander was signed by Boston in 1955 and made his Red Sox debut three years later at age 21. He was selected to four All-Star teams, starting for the American League in 1960, and pitched a no-hitter in Chicago for a 1-0 win against the White Sox on Aug. 1, 1962.

CINCINNATI (AP) - All-Star catcher Devin Mesoraco has agreed to a $28 million, four-year contract with Cincinnati, leaving the Reds with two players in salary arbitration.

He gets a $500,000 signing bonus under Monday’s deal and salaries of $2.4 million this year, $4.9 million in 2016, $7.2 million in 2017 and $13 million in 2018. The salary in the final year can escalate to $15 million.

Mesoraco made $525,000 last season, when he took over as the starter and led all major league catchers in homers (25) and RBIs (80) while batting .273. His 24 homers while catching were the most by a Reds player since Johnny Bench din 1977.

Mesoraco had asked for $3.6 million in arbitration and the club had offered $2.45 million.

Third baseman Todd Frazier and closer Aroldis Chapman - also All-Stars last season - remain in arbitration. Frazier is seeking $5.7 million and Chapman has asked for $8.7 million. The Reds haven’t had a player go to a hearing since 2004.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Jim Foster became the first coach to lead four different schools into The Associated Press women’s poll, with Chattanooga entering the rankings at No. 25 on Monday.

Foster guided Saint Joseph’s, Vanderbilt and Ohio State to the rankings before coming to Chattanooga in 2013. It’s the Mocs first appearance in the poll since 1984 when they were ranked for four weeks. Chattanooga beat Samford on Monday night 49-32 to win its 14th straight game.

South Carolina remained No. 1 for the 10th straight week. The Gamecocks routed No. 12 Texas A&M; 79-61 on Monday night.

South Carolina is followed by Connecticut, Baylor, Notre Dame and Maryland. Tennessee, Oregon State, Louisville, Florida State and Kentucky round out the first 10. The Seminoles jumped eight spots this week after beating the Cardinals and Wake Forest.

Oklahoma also entered the rankings for the first time this season at No. 24. Minnesota and Western Kentucky fell out.

SWIMMING

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) - South Korea’s former Olympic swim champion Park Tae-hwan has failed a recent doping test, his agency said Tuesday.

Team GMP said in a statement that Park tested positive for a substance banned by the World Anti-Doping Agency but it didn’t immediately disclose what substance it was and when the swimmer took the test.

The 25-year-old has been a national swimming hero in South Korea since he won a gold medal in the 400 meters freestyle at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. It was South Korea’s first Olympic medal in any swimming event and no other South Korean swimmer has since won an Olympic swimming medal. Park claimed two silvers in the 400- and 200-meter freestyle events in the 2012 London Olympics.


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