Reds picked to host 2015 All-Star Game
• The Cincinnati Reds will host the 2015 All-Star Game at Great American Ball Park, the city’s first since 1988, a source told the Associated Press.
Commissioner Bud Selig is expected to discuss the decision today in Cincinnati, where he’s also appearing to promote Major League Baseball’s latest urban youth academy, according to the source speaking on condition of anonymity because no announcement had been made.
The Reds have been trying to acquire the All-Star Game since they opened Great American Ball Park in 2003. They hosted the game twice at Riverfront Stadium — two weeks after its opening in 1970 and again in 1988.
This year’s game will be played at the Mets’ Citi Field in New York. The 2014 All-Star Game will be played in Minneapolis.
• Reliever Jason Motte and the St. Louis Cardinals agreed to a $12 million, two-year contract, avoiding salary arbitration. The 30-year-old right-hander had a career-high 42 saves in 49 chances last year.
• Former Detroit Tigers slugger Delmon Young signed a one-year deal with the Philadelphia Phillies for $750,000. The 27-year-old outfielder batted .267 with 27 doubles, 18 homers and 74 RBI for Detroit last season.
• Former Texas Rangers catcher Mike Napoli signed a one-year contract with the Boston Red Sox after a multiyear deal fell through because of health concerns. The $5 million contract includes possible bonuses that could raise its total value to $13 million.
• Infielder Mark DeRosa agreed to a $775,000, one-year contract with Toronto .The 37-year-old hit .188 with five doubles and six RBI in 48 games last season for the Washington Nationals, playing all four infield positions.
• Ken Griffey Jr. will be inducted into the Seattle Mariners Hall of Fame as its seventh member. Griffey’s ceremony will take place Aug. 10 before the Mariners face the Milwaukee Brewers. Griffey spent 13 of his 22 seasons in the majors with the Mariners.
• Time Warner Cable Inc. won a contract to carry Los Angeles Dodgers games for at least the next two decades starting in 2014.
Star defender signs contract with Crew
• The Columbus Crew signed Brazilian defender Glauber Leandro Honorato Berti. Commonly known as Glauber, the 29-year-old defender is expected to join the Crew for preseason training in Bradenton, Fla., which begins Thursday. Glauber joins the Crew from Rapid Bucharest of the Romanian First Division.
• Bradford became the first fourth-tier club to reach an English final in 51 years when it eliminated Aston Villa in the League Cup semifinals. Bradford, whose roster was assembled for about 7,500 pounds ($12,000), lost the second leg 2-1 Tuesday night but advanced 4-3 on aggregate against the Premier League club. Bradford will play Chelsea or Swansea in the final of Feb. 24 at Wembley.
• Chelsea defender Ashley Cole signed a one-year contract extension to stay with the Premier League soccer club through the end of next season.
• Defender Ali Krieger is returning to the U.S. women’s team for the first time since tearing knee ligaments a year ago. Krieger was among 29 players selected when Tom Sermanni announced his first roster since taking over.
Jacksonville signs Mallory as aide
• The Jacksonville Jaguars hired Mike Mallory as special teams coordinator. Mallory has 27 years of coaching experience, including 22 years at the collegiate level. He spent the last five seasons with the New Orleans Saints.
• Middle Tennessee and Florida Atlantic are leaving the Sun Belt Conference early and joining Conference USA on July 1.
— From wire reports