White Sox DH LaRoche intends to retire
Chicago White Sox designated hitter Adam LaRoche informed the club on Tuesday that he intends to retire.
LaRoche, 36, told his teammates he is dealing with personal issues but he declined to expound on that with reporters.
The left-handed hitting LaRoche is entering the final year of a contact that would pay him $13 million.
LaRoche was a major disappointment last season after signing a two-year, $25 million contract. He batted just .207 with 12 homers and 44 RBIs.
LaRoche has 255 career homers and has belted 20 or more in nine different seasons. He hit a career-high 33 for the Washington Nationals in 2012.
Broncos’ Paradis big winner in performance pay program
Denver Broncos center Matt Paradis was the big winner in the NFL’s “Performance-Based Pay” program after playing in every offensive play during the 2015 season.
Paradis, a second-year player from Boise State, earned $391,648 in additional pay to nearly double his 2015 income.
Paradis played for the league’s rookie minimum salary of $435,000 and earned $5,850 in offseason workout bonuses. He also played in 15.6 percent of Denver’s special teams’ plays last season.
The top four earners were all offensive linemen.
Minnesota offensive tackle T.J. Clemmings was awarded $359,396, Cincinnati center Russell Bodine received $352,271 and Seattle offensive tackle Garry Gilliam landed $329,384.
New England Patriots cornerback Malcolm Butler was fifth while receiving the top payout for a defensive performer. Butler, who intercepted Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson to give the Patriots the victory in Super Bowl 49, received $319,283 for his 2015 efforts.
The performance system measures playing time to salary. Players have been paid more than $1 billion since the inception of the program in 2002.
Jackets’ Prout draws one-game suspension for punch
Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman Dalton Prout received a one-game suspension without pay on Tuesday from the NHL for his sucker-punch on Tampa Bay Lightning forward Nikita Kucherov during Sunday’s game in Nationwide Arena.
The 26-year-old Prout drew a 10-minute misconduct and roughing penalty. Kucherov was sent to the penalty box with a two-minute minor for roughing after the incident at 7:38 of the second period, which started when Jackets forward Nick Foligno tripped Lightning goalie Ben Bishop, a former University of Maine player.
Free agent Mays facing four-game ban
Free agent safety Taylor Mays is facing a four-game suspension to being the 2016 season.
Mays violated the NFL policy on substances of abuse according to multiple reports.
The Raiders have not made an effort to bring Mays back but the Minnesota Vikings reportedly showed tepid interest.
The former USC safety started five games for the Raiders last season and played in 14 games. He was a second-round pick of the San Francisco 49ers in 2010 and was traded to the Raiders after one season.
Bills bring Blake on board as DL coach
The Buffalo Bills hired John Blake as their defensive line coach, the club announced Tuesday.
Blake replaces Karl Dunbar, who was fired Sunday.
Blake, 55, will be coaching at the NFL level for the second time. He was defensive line coach for the Dallas Cowboys from 1993 to 1995 before leaving to become the head coach at Oklahoma.
Current Bills coach Rex Ryan was defensive coordinator under Blake in 1998 with the Sooners. Blake was fired by Oklahoma and had other stops as college assistant but has been out of coaching since resigning under fire from North Carolina in 2010.
An NCAA investigation found Blake was being compensated by then-NFL agent Gary Wichard to provide access to football players and he was given a three-year show cause penalty in March 2012.