APSE honors Portland’s Sunday sports sections

The Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram received national top 10 honors for its Sunday sports sections in the 2014 Associated Press Sports Editors contest, it was announced Tuesday. The newspaper was the only one in New England to rank in the top 10 among papers sized 30,001 to 75,000.

It marks the fourth time in the last five years the newspaper’s Sunday sports sections have been judged among the top 10 in the nation in their category.


MAJORS: Alex Rodriguez met with the Yankees and apologized to the team as he prepares to report to spring training following his season-long suspension.

The team said in a statement that the 39-year-old met at Yankee Stadium with owner Hal Steinbrenner, team president Randy Levine, GM Brian Cashman and assistant general manager Jean Afterman.

n Arbitrators found in favor for Pittsburgh pitcher Vance Worley, who will make $2.45 million in 2015, up from $527,500 in 2014. The Pirates had offered Worley $2 million.

n Yankees pitcher Ivan Nova hopes to throw off a mound soon for the first time since elbow ligament-replacement surgery.

LITTLE LEAGUE: Citing “new information,” Little League International officials met to discuss whether last summer’s Little League World Series national championship team from Chicago’s South Side added top suburban players in violation of residency rules. A final decision would likely be made this week.


MLS: The Seattle Sounders added depth to their defense by signing Colombian defender Andres Correa.

n New England Revolution midfielder Jermaine Jones had surgery to repair a sports hernia and is expected to be out 4 to 6 weeks.

PREMIER LEAGUE: The English Premier League has awarded the domestic television rights to Sky and BT in three-year deals worth $7.8 billion.

To show matches from the 2016-17 season, the broadcasters are paying 70 percent more than their current three-season deals are worth.


TOM BENSON: Hours after a New Orleans judge ordered that he undergo psychiatric examinations by three experts, Saints and Pelicans owner Tom Benson, 87, issued a statement saying he wants to do so as soon as possible as he fights an effort by his daughter and her children to have him declared incompetent.

New Orleans Civil District Judge Kern Reese ordered Benson be examined by March 13. Each side in the case is to choose one medical expert and the two sides will agree upon a third.


JIMMY CONNORS: More than 20 years after Jimmy Connors left the tennis tour, he’s finally announcing his retirement.

Ahead of a reunion exhibition match against Aaron Krickstein on Tuesday, the 62-year-old Connors said the match would be his last in public because health issues make it difficult for him to play competitively. Connors has undergone three hip replacements.


WNBA: The players’ union hired Evie Goldstein as its new director of operations.

She was vice president of business and legal affairs for Lifetime Television when the network became one of the first to broadcast WNBA games in 1997.

– From staff and news services