The highlight of the Baltimore Orioles' offseason was supposed to take place Friday morning, when the club introduced new closer Grant Balfour.
But Balfour's two-year, $15 million deal with the Orioles is in major jeopardy, after team doctors expressed concern with Balfour's right shoulder during his physical, according to sources.
The 11th-hour snag has forced not only the cancellation of the Friday's press conference but also the Orioles' front office to consider its next move with Balfour, whom the club agreed to terms with on Tuesday. If the deal with Balfour falls through -- a real possibility, according to sources -- they must reset their chase for a closer in a dwindling free-agent market.
Balfour, 35, converted 62 of 67 save opportunities for the A's over the past two seasons, but he missed 2005 and 2006 after elbow and shoulder surgeries.
Washington assistant football coach Tosh Lupoi says allegations he broke NCAA rules are "untrue attacks." The Huskies said Wednesday they're looking into allegations against the former Cal player and assistant coach. The Los Angeles Times reported Lupoi paid $4,500 for tutoring and online classes for Andrew Basham. The recruit from Lynnwood High (Wash.) signed a letter of intent with Washington in February but didn't qualify academically.
Shaun White, who injured his ankle less than a week ago, qualified for slopestyle finals at the U.S. Grand Prix in Copper Mountain, Colo., guaranteeing himself the top-30 finish he needed to be eligible for the Sochi Olympics.
Spain is at the top of the year-end FIFA rankings for the sixth straight year. Germany was second, Portugal fifth and the United States 14th.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.