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Nats sign GM for five years

The Washington Nationals have signed general manager Mike Rizzo to a five-year contract extension that includes naming him executive vice president of baseball operations, the team said on Tuesday. “Mike Rizzo is unquestionably one of the best baseball minds in the game,” managing principal owner Ted Lerner said in a statement on the team’s Web site ( “He has a unique ability to see player talent for what it is, what it can be and how it fits into building a team.” The Nationals increased their win total to 69 this season, 10 more than last year. Pitcher Stephen Strasburg and outfielder Bryce Harper, both No. 1 draft picks, and pitchers Drew Storen and Jordan Zimmermann and infielder Danny Espinosa were all signed during Rizzo’s tenure as general manager.


Serena out for season

Serena Williams is done for the season, just like her sister. In a statement e-mailed to reporters by her agent, the younger Williams said on Tuesday that she “re-tore the tendon” in her right foot, which she originally injured by cutting it on glass at a restaurant shortly after winning Wimbledon in July. Williams says she had “another procedure to repair” the tendon on Monday. Her announcement came less than two weeks after her sister Venus said she wouldn’t play for the rest of the year.


No healthcare in lockout

The NFL has told the players’ union that it will stop providing healthcare for players and their families in March if the two sides do not reach a new collective bargaining agreement. NFL Players Association executive director DeMaurice Smith says he was working to figure out a plan to ensure medical coverage for players and their families should they be locked out. NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said it’s one more reason to reach an agreement. He also pointed to the US COBRA law that allows employees to continue their existing coverage without interruption at their own expense or the expense of their union. During the National Hockey League lockout in 2004-2005, the NHL players’ union paid for substitute coverage.


Suspended players barred

The Pakistan Cricket Board has barred three players under international suspension from practicing at the National Cricket Academy. Board spokesman Nadeem Sarwar yesterday said Salman Butt, Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Amir have been informed that they cannot utilize practice facilities at the academy. Butt had been practicing at the academy in Lahore since he returned from the tour of England last month. The three players have been suspended by the International Cricket Council pending investigations into accusations of spot fixing first raised by a British tabloid. All three have denied the allegations and have filed appeals against their suspensions. The council will hold a hearing in Doha on Saturday and Sunday next week.


London Games’ budget cut

The British government is planning cuts in the security budget for the London 2012 Olympics as it looks to clear the country’s crippling debts. In a defense and security review, the government says it has identified “some efficiency savings” to ensure that security at the Olympics “as cost-effective as possible.” A separate security report highlighted fears that cyber warfare could hit the London Games, after the 2008 Beijing Olympics experienced 12 million such attacks every day.

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