Offered The Los Angeles Dodgers bid nearly $26 million for a chance to sign pitcher Ryu Hyun-jin. The Hanwha Eagles of the Korea Baseball Organization said Saturday they accepted a posting fee of $25.7 million for the 25-year-old left-hander. Major League Baseball later announced that the team was the Dodgers. Los Angeles has 30 days to negotiate a minor league or major league contract with Ryu – 98-52 with a 2.80 career ERA during seven seasons in South Korea.
Excused Houston Rockets coach Kevin McHale took a leave of absence to deal with a family matter. The team said assistant coach Kelvin Sampson, who was head coach at Washington State from 1987-94, will be in charge while McHale is out. There is no timetable for the return of the second-year coach.
Hired Former chief business officer of the U.S. Golf Association, Pete Bevacqua, has been hired as chief executive officer for the PGA of America. Bevacqua replaces Joe Steranka, who is retiring after 25 years at the organization that represents club professionals. Steranka spent the last seven years as CEO. The PGA of America also elected Ted Bishop of Franklin, Ind., as its 38th president to serve a two-year term.
Announced The Washington Nationals are bringing back Davey Johnson for one more season as their manager. The 70-year-old Johnson will become a club consultant in 2014.
Suffered Canadiens forward Blake Geoffrion remains in a Montreal hospital after taking a hit Friday night while playing for the team’s American Hockey League affiliate. The NHL club issued a statement saying the 24-year-old underwent surgery for treatment of a depressed skull fracture and is expected to make a full recovery.
Inducted The U.S. Bobsled and Skeleton Federation elected William Hollrock, James Lamy and Brent Rushlaw into its Hall of Fame. Hollrock was part of the winning four-man bobsled teams in 1974 and 1975 AAU races. Lamy won a bronze medal in the four-man at the 1956 Winter Games. Rushlaw was a five-time national two-man champion.