Subban signs deal, returns to Montreal
•?Defenseman P.K. Subban will be rejoining the Montreal Canadiens after signing a two-year, $5.75 million contract on Monday. He will make $2 million the first year after having earned $875,000 last season on an entry-level contract.
Subban did not attend training camp and missed the first four games of the regular season while negotiating with the NHL club. The 23-year-old led the team in average ice time per game last season at 24 minutes, 18 seconds.
Garcia injures rib, fight postponed
•?Danny Garcia’s title defense was postponed after the unified light-welterweight champion suffered a rib injury during sparring in preparation for his scheduled Feb. 9 fight in Brooklyn against Zab Judah. The 24-year-old Garcia suffered a left rib bruise earlier this month during a sparring session with NABF light-welterweight champion DeMarcus Corley. Garcia said his injury takes about four to six weeks to heal, which is roughly eight weeks before the fight’s April 27 rescheduled date at the Barclays Center. The fight will be Garcia’s second since he stunned Amir Khan in July with a fourth-round knockout.
Cedeno, Cardinals agree to contract
•?Infielder Ronny Cedeno agreed to a $1.15 million, one-year contract with the St. Louis Cardinals. Cedeno can earn an additional $850,000 in performance bonuses under Monday’s deal: $170,000 each for 200, 250, 300, 250 and 400 plate appearances. The 29-year-old hit .259 with four homers and 22 RBI last year for the New York Mets.
•?Juan Rivera agreed to a minor-league contract with the New York Yankees. The 34-year-old outfielder and first baseman, who played for the Yankees from 2001-03, hit .244 with nine homers and 47 RBI last year for the Los Angeles Dodgers.
•?Looking to fortify their bullpen, the Philadelphia Phillies turned to a familiar face. A person familiar with the deal said the Phillies agreed with veteran reliever Chad Durbin on a one-year contract. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the team didn’t make an official announcement. Durbin returns to Philadelphia where he played a key role in the bullpen on the 2008 World Series championship team. Durbin was 4-1 with a 3.10 ERA in a career-high 76 games for Atlanta last season.
•?The Los Angeles Dodgers announced a deal with Time Warner Cable to create a new TV channel that people familiar with the situation say assures the team more than $7 billion over 25 years. That is double what Major League Baseball thought the local TV rights were worth when the team was sold out of bankruptcy just last year. The gap will be the subject of discussions going forward as the league attempts to haggle over how much of that extra money will go into a revenue-sharing pool to help out baseball’s lower-revenue franchises. MLB calculates that 34 percent of a team’s local revenue, after subtracting costs, is available for redistribution throughout the league.
McHale advances at Open GDF Suez
•?Christina McHale of the United States broke Pauline Parmentier’s serve four times in a 6-4, 6-1 win in the first round of the Open GDF Suez on Monday in Paris. McHale has a second-round match against No. 3 Marion Bartoli of France. Also eighth-seeded Klara Zakopalova of the Czech Republic beat Anabel Medina Garrigues 2-6, 7-5, 6-0. Zakopalova needed 2 hours, 17 minutes to get the better of the Spaniard, who had won seven of their previous 10 matches.
— From wire reports