Reporting prep results
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Berkman passes Rangers’ physical
Lance Berkman accepted the Texas Rangers this time, and is returning to his home state to be their designated hitter in what likely will be the last stop of his career.
The Rangers completed a $10 million, one-year deal Monday after the 36-year-old Berkman, who played only 32 games last season for St. Louis, passed a physical. The deal includes an option for 2014 that could become guaranteed.
Berkman provides the potential big bat for the middle of the lineup the Rangers were seeking after losing slugger Josh Hamilton and catcher Mike Napoli in free agency. The switch-hitter also adds some versatility to a lineup filled with right-handers, and that works well because Berkman has a .307 average left-handed and .260 right-handed.
FIFA’s top player? It’s Messi, again
Lionel Messi became the first four-time winner of the FIFA Player of the Year award after shattering the world record with 91 goals last year for Barcelona and Argentina.
The 25-year-old won for the fourth straight time, beating Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo and Barcelona teammate Andres Iniesta in voting announced Monday. His 91 goals topped Gerd Mueller’s mark of 85 for Bayern Munich and Germany in 1972.
Abby Wambach became the first American to win FIFA Women’s Player of the Year since Mia Hamm in 2001 and 2002. Pia Sundhage was voted top women’s coach after leading Wambach and the U.S. team to the gold medal at last summer’s London Olympics.
Johnson starts well at Champions tourney
Dustin Johnson got off to a good start Monday in the Tournament of Champions. Then again, just starting was good.
Three days behind schedule because of high wind, the PGA Tour finally got its 2013 season started on the day its first tournament was supposed to finish. Johnson, who showed up on Maui a week before the tournament and played just about every day, three-putted three times in five holes and still had a 4-under 69. That gave him a share of the lead with Mark Wilson and Nick Watney, who rolled in a long eagle putt on his last hole.
The 69s matched the highest score to lead after one round in 15 years this tournament has been held on the Plantation Course at Kapalua.
Baylor back at No. 1 in AP women’s poll
Baylor is back where it started the season — No. 1.
The Lady Bears regained the top spot in The Associated Press women’s basketball poll Monday after former No. 1 Connecticut lost to Notre Dame on Saturday.
Baylor, which received 32 first-place votes this week, was the top choice in the preseason after going 40-0 last year. The Lady Bears had a run of 21 straight weeks at No. 1 end with a neutral site loss to Stanford in November.
Swimmer Lochte diving into reality TV
Olympic champion swimmer Ryan Lochte is diving into the world of reality television with a six-episode series debuting in April.
Airing on E!, “What Would Ryan Lochte Do?” will follow the 28-year-old swimmer as he prepares for the 2016 Rio Olympics while developing his fashion line, making media appearances, dealing with his family and friends, and searching for a girlfriend.
The show will include Lochte’s family — his mother, Ike, his older married sisters Kristen and Megan, his younger brother and roommate Devon, and his nephews.
Vindicator staff/wire reports