New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman says it's possible third baseman Alex Rodriguez could miss the entire season while recovering from hip surgery.

Cashman says "there's no guarantees in this stuff." Rodriguez had surgery on his left hip last week. The team said the rehabilitation time was expected to be six months, which would sideline the slugger until the All-Star break.

Cashman said Rodriguez is doing everything "in his power to get back and be productive." He had right-hip surgery in 2009 and sat out the first month of the season.

  • Infielder Joaquin Arias agreed to a $925,000, one-year deal, and closer Sergio Romo is now the only Giants arbitration-eligible player left to sign. Arias made $525,000 in 2012, when he hit .270 with five homers and 34 RBIs.

  • Kansas City claimed catcher George Kottaras off waivers from the A's.

  • Under a rule change, pitchers will no longer be allowed to fake a pickoff to third base and throw to first. Next season, that move would be a balk.

    Miscellany

    Lance Armstrong's lawyers say the cyclist will talk more about drug use in the sport, just likely not to the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency that led the effort to strip him of his seven Tour de France titles (1999-2005). In a testy exchange, USADA urged Armstrong to testify under oath to help "clean up cycling." Armstrong's attorneys responded the cyclist would rather take his information to cycling's governing body and World Anti-Doping Agency officials. USADA's response to that: "Time for excuses is over." Attorney Tim Herman suggested the cyclist intends to appear before the UCI's planned "truth and reconciliation" commission. Cyclists will be offered a chance to confess to past doping offenses without fear of retribution.


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  • Jeremy Abbott's clean but conservative short program was more than enough to put him in the lead at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships in Omaha, Neb. The three-time champion scored 84.10, three points ahead of Ross Miner. Joshua Farris, silver medalist at last year's junior world championships, was third. The free skate is Sunday.

  • Dr. Phil McGraw has booked the first on-camera interview with the man who allegedly concocted the girlfriend hoax that ensnared Notre Dame football star Manti Te'o. No further details of the "Dr. Phil" interview, including airdate, were announced. Ronaiah Tuiasosopo allegedly created an online persona of a nonexistent woman who Te'o said he fell for without ever meeting face-to-face. The ruse was uncovered by Deadspin.com, which said Tuiasosopo created Lennay Kekua, who then supposedly died in September. Te'o had his first on-camera interview this week with Katie Couric. He denied he was in on the hoax.

  • Danica Patrick, 30, revealed she and fellow NASCAR driver Ricky Stenhouse Jr., 25, are a couple. "I'm just finally excited to tell someone about this," Patrick said. She said in November she and husband Paul Hospenthal were divorcing.