February 1, 2013 in Sports

Newsmakers

From Staff And Wire Reports
 

Retiring The Green Bay Packers’ all-time leading receiver, Donald Driver, announced his retirement Thursday, with a public ceremony planned for Feb. 6 at the Lambeau Field Atrium. Driver finishes his 14-year career as Green Bay’s all-time leader in yards receiving (10,137 yards), catches (743) and 1,000-yard seasons (seven), and is third with 61 touchdown receptions. He was part of the 2011 Super Bowl team, and only Brett Favre played more games for the Packers.

Fined Toronto Raptors coach Dwane Casey was fined $25,000 by the NBA for criticizing officials Wednesday night after a loss at Atlanta. The Raptors wanted a foul called during an intense exchange, but no whistle meant the Hawks survived for the win. Casey charged onto the court with his arms extended, demanding an explanation and was still upset during his postgame news conference.

Agreed The Arizona Diamondbacks have agreed to a $40 million, four-year contract with Martin Prado just a week after acquiring the former All-Star infielder in a trade that sent Justin Upton to Atlanta. Prado made the All-Star team as the Braves’ second baseman in 2010 but is slated to play third base for the Diamondbacks.

Hired Former infielder Omar Vizquel has been hired by the Los Angeles Angels as a roving infield instructor. The 45-year-old Vizquel played for Toronto as a reserve infielder last season, finishing up his 24-year major league career with 2,877 hits.

Signed Kansas State football coach Bill Snyder has signed a new five-year deal that includes an increase in compensation to $14.75 million over the life of the contract.

• The Cleveland Indians have signed free-agent reliever Matt Capps to a minor league contract. Capps’ deal includes a nonroster invitation to spring training. The right-hander has 138 career saves in 444 appearances for Pittsburgh, Washington and Minnesota.

Sentenced Former Arizona Diamondbacks television analyst Mark Grace has been sentenced to four months in jail under a work-release program. He pleaded guilty to felony endangerment and misdemeanor driving under the influence of alcohol.

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