Cleveland — Bob Feller, the Iowa farm boy whose powerful right arm earned him the nickname “Rapid Robert” and made him one of baseball’s greatest pitchers during a Hall of Fame career with the Cleveland Indians, has died. He was 92.
Feller died at 9:15 p.m. Wednesday of acute leukemia at a hospice, said Bob DiBiasio, the Indians vice president of public relations.
Remarkably fit until late in life, Feller had suffered serious health setbacks in recent months. He was diagnosed with a form of leukemia in August, and while undergoing chemotherapy, he fainted and his heart briefly stopped. Eventually, he underwent surgery to have a pacemaker implanted.
Royals designate P Humber
Kansas City, Mo. — The Kansas City Royals have designated pitcher Philip Humber for assignment to make room on the 40-man roster for newly acquired outfielder Jeff Francoeur.
Lee, Phillies finalize deal
Philadelphia — Cliff Lee chose and the Philadelphia Phillies finalized a $120 million, five-year contract Wednesday that brought the star pitcher back to Philadelphia.
Rockies, Wigginton agree
Denver — Free agent infielder Ty Wigginton and the Colorado Rockies agreed on Wednesday to a two-year contract worth $8 million with a club option for 2013.
Jets aide suspended indefinitely
Florham Park, N.Y. — Sal Alosi tripped up when he told the New York Jets his side of the story. Now, the embattled assistant coach could be looking to save his job.
Alosi, New York’s strength and conditioning coach, was suspended indefinitely by the team Wednesday after he acknowledged that he told five inactive players to stand next to each other for a punt return, during which he tripped a Miami Dolphins player.
Goodell hopes labor can be settled
Fort Worth, Texas — NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said a new labor agreement could be in place by the Super Bowl “if we all commit to it and work hard at it.”
Texans place DE Williams on IR
Houston — Houston defensive end Mario Williams is out for the rest of the season. The Texans placed him on season-ending injured reserve Wednesday because of a groin injury.
Giants WR Smith done for season
East Rutherford, N.J. — New York Giants wide receiver Steve Smith injured the articular cartilage in his left knee in the victory over the Minnesota Vikings on Monday and will need season-ending knee surgery.
League closer on Favre ruling
Fort Worth, Texas — NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell is close to announcing whether the league will punish Brett Favre for sending inappropriate photos and phone messages to a former New York Jets game hostess.
OSU’s Holgorsen hired at West Va.
Morgantown, W.Va. — Oklahoma State offensive coordinator Dana Holgorsen has been hired for the same position at West Virginia next season, and the Mountaineers plan to make him head coach in 2012.
In the deal announced Wednesday, Holgorsen will replace Jeff Mullen as offensive coordinator and become “head coach in waiting” in 2011. He will replace head coach Bill Stewart for the 2012 season.
Haywood ready to take Pitt job
Pittsburgh — Pitt is expected to introduce Miami (Ohio) football coach Michael Haywood as Dave Wannstedt’s successor at a news conference today.
Arizona State to vacate victories
Tempe, Ariz. — Arizona State’s baseball team will vacate all its wins from 2007 and is banned from the postseason in 2011 under NCAA sanctions for numerous violations.
The NCAA ruled former head coach Pat Murphy and several former assistants made more than 500 impermissible recruiting calls and failed to promote an atmosphere for compliance from 2004-08.
Freshman leaving Oklahoma
Norman, Okla. — Oklahoma freshman T.J. Taylor has decided to transfer to a junior college before ever playing for the Sooners. Taylor left Oklahoma for personal reasons.
Missouri suspends G Dixon over rule violation
Columbia, Mo. — Missouri point guard Michael Dixon has been suspended indefinitely for an unspecified violation of team rules.
Wednesday’s action means the sophomore starter won’t play Thursday night when the 13th-ranked Tigers host Oral Roberts.
Dixon is averaging 10.7 points and a team-leading 4.3 assists. He scored a season-high 17 points in Missouri’s 111-102 loss to Georgetown on Nov. 30 and is one of two players to have started every game.
Freshman Phil Pressey has been backing up Dixon and it’s expected he’ll get increased playing time.
Coach Mike Anderson gave no hint when Dixon might be allowed to return. Anderson would not disclose the violation.