Sports Digest

January 10

Washington reunited with veteran infielder Jamey Carroll, agreeing to terms with the former National on a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training, where he will have “a really good chance of making the team,” a person familiar with the situation said. The deal will include incentives, which are being worked out.

Team officials have said all winter they plan on Danny Espinosa to be their utility infielder. Carroll provides another option who has experience with a bench role. In 121 career at-bats as a pinch hitter, Carroll has hit .339 with a .417 on-base percentage.

Carroll, who turns 40 in February, hit .211 last season, mostly as a second baseman and third baseman, with the Twins and Royals.

— Adam Kilgore

Detroit Tigers ace Justin Verlander underwent muscle repair surgery Thursday after injuring himself last month during offseason conditioning.

The right-hander is expected to need six weeks of rehab before being evaluated again.

The team did not identify the “core muscle” that was repaired, but called the surgery successful. General Manager Dave Dombrowski said he team expects Verlander to participate in spring training. . . .

Free agent Japanese pitcher Masahiro Tanaka has arrived in the United States to meet with major league teams.

Big league clubs have until 5 p.m. on Jan. 24 to sign the star 25-year-old right-hander.

Tanaka was 24-0 with a 1.27 ERA last year for the Japan Series champion Rakuten Golden Eagles, who made him available under the new posting system.

HIGH SCHOOLS

After five years at various venues in Maryland, the National High School Invitational basketball tournament has a new home: New York’s Madison Square Garden.

Catalyst IMG announced the change for the event, which will now be known as the Dick’s Sporting Goods High School National Tournament entering its sixth year.

The inaugural NHSI was held at Georgetown Prep in 2009 before moving to Coppin State University the following year. The boys’ and girls’ event returned to Georgetown Prep in 2011 and had been held there for the past three years.

As in previous years, the boys’ bracket will feature three rounds and eight teams while the girls’ bracket will have two rounds and four teams. The quarterfinal and semifinal rounds will take place at a to-be-determined location in New York City on April 3-4 before the April 5 title games at Madison Square Garden.

— Brandon Parker

College Football

Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller announced that he will return for his senior season. The 6-foot-2, 215-pounder has started for almost three full seasons. This past season, he passed for 2,094 yards and 24 touchdowns with seven interceptions and ran for 1,068 yards and 12 scores. . . .

All-Big Ten running back Ameer Abdullah says he is returning to Nebraska for his senior season. Abdullah ran for more than 1,800 yards as a junior. . . .

Ty Montgomery of Stanford has been named winner of the Jet Award winner as the top return specialist in college football. The junior averaged 31 yards on kickoff returns and ran back two for touchdowns.

Soccer

The Washington Spirit will have the No. 1 pick in next week’s college draft by the National Women’s Soccer League.

The league’s second annual draft will be held Jan. 17 in Philadelphia and will consist of 36 selections over four rounds. The order was determined by reverse finish at the end of the 2013 regular season. . . .

Pepe Mel has been hired as manager of Premier League club West Bromwich Albion to replace Steve Clarke.

Mel, a 50-year-old Spaniard, led Real Betis into this season’s Europa League but was fired by Real Betis on Dec. 2.

Clarke was fired Dec. 14. West Brom is 14th in the EPL at 4-7-9, four points above the relegation zone. . . .

Ivory Coast midfielder Yaya Toure of Manchester City won the African player of the year award for a third straight time.

— From news services

and staff reports

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