All-time saves leader Mariano Rivera plans to pitch again for the New York Yankees next year.
"He said he wants to pitch in 2013," general manager Brian Cashman said Saturday. "Now his agent and I will try to knock out the details of a contract."
Rivera, 42, tore a ligament in his right knee in early May while shagging balls during batting practice. He vowed right away to pitch again but recently said he wasn't sure. Cleveland sent reliever Esmil Rogers to Toronto for infielders Mike Aviles and Yan Gomes. Aviles was acquired by Toronto on Oct. 21 in a deal that sent reliever David Carpenter to Boston and allowed John Farrell to become the Red Sox's new manager. Police in the Dominican Republic said they arrested three men suspected of killing former major league pitcher Pascual Perez. Police said one suspect confessed that he and four others planned to rob Perez's home. Police have identified the two other suspects, who remain fugitives. Perez was 55.
Five-time NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson starts from pole in Sunday's race at Texas Motor Speedway. Johnson holds a two-point lead over Brad Keselowski in the Chase for the Cup with three races left. Keselowski will start eighth at the 11/2-mile track in Fort Worth. Also,
Kevin Harvick led 127 laps and won the Nationwide race. Lewis Hamilton of McLaren secured the pole for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. Hamilton, ahead of Red Bull's Mark Webber.
Jerzy Janowicz beat Gilles Simon 6-4, 7-5 to become the first qualifier in eight years to reach the Paris Masters final. Also, David Ferrer outlasted Michael Llodra 7-5, 6-3. Ferrer is seeking his tour-best seventh title of the year. The Czech Republic is one win away from retaining the Fed Cup after Lucie Safarova and Petra Kvitova won the opening singles against Serbia in Prague. Safarova beat Ana Ivanovic 6-4, 6-3, and Kvitova downed Jelena Jankovic 6-4, 6-1. Caroline Wozniacki reached the Tournament of Champions final after beating Bulgaria's Tsvetana Pironkova 6-4, 6-1 in Sofia. Boyfriend Rory McIlroy was in Sofia to support his Danish girlfriend. Also, Nadia Petrova beat Roberta Vinci 6-7 (8), 6-1, 6-4.
D.C. United and New York each had a second-half own goal and finished in a 1-1 draw in the opener of their Eastern Conference semifinal. Game 1 was switched to Washington because of Superstorm Sandy. The second leg will be Wednesday in New Jersey. Jesse Marsch is out as coach of expansion Montreal after a 12-16-6 season. Team president Joey Saputo said Marsch and management had differences on how to run the team.
The league and players' association returned to the bargaining table in New York. For the first time since Oct. 18, deputy commissioner Bill Daly and players' association special counsel Steve Fehr met. Neither side issued a statement as the lockout reached Day 49. All games through Nov. 30 have been called off, as well as New Year's Day Winter Classic. Lindsey Vonn's request to compete in a men's World Cup downhill race was rejected by the International Ski Federation. The American wanted to enter the men's downhill Nov. 24 at Lake Louise, Alberta. Milt Campbell, who became the first black to win the Olympic decathlon in 1956, died at his home in Gainesville, Ga., after a long battle with prostate cancer. He was 78. Campbell, as a high school senior, won the silver medal at the 1952 Helsinki Games behind Bob Mathias. Four years later, he won the gold medal at the Melbourne Games.