Giants closer Sergio Romo faces a misdemeanor summons in Las Vegas alleging he violated airport rules after being detained by authorities at McCarran International Airport on New Year's Day.
The Transportation Security Administration said Romo failed to provide proper identification at a document checkpoint and engaged in a dispute with TSA officers. TMZ reported Romo became "angry and aggressive" and needed to be handcuffed.
His court date wasn't immediately available.
"I would like to sincerely apologize about the recent events at the Las Vegas airport which brought negative attention to the San Francisco Giants organization and its fans," Romo said in a statement Thursday. "I love and respect the Giants, my teammates and our fans and promise to conduct myself in the future in the San Francisco Giants Way." Former A's outfielder/first baseman Nick Swisher passed his physical with Cleveland and signed the four-year, $56 million contract he agreed to last month. Swisher, 32, was born in Columbus, Ohio, and played at Ohio State. He hit .272 with 24 homers and 93 RBIs last season for the New York Yankees. "With all the other places I visited, there was nothing compared to this. I have never felt love like this before," he said. Houston, which is moving to the American League, will open the 2013 major league season March 31 when it hosts Texas (ESPN, 5 p.m.).
Any momentum gained from a long night of negotiations between the NHL and players association seems to have been lost. A meeting that commissioner Gary Bettman said would begin at 7 a.m. (PST) in New York didn't start until several hours later and then ended quickly. That one-hour talk centered on the reporting of hockey-related revenues by teams. An NHL spokesman said shortly before 6 p.m. that federal mediator Scot Beckenbaugh was still working with the sides, but they would not get back to the bargaining table before Friday. The players association didn't comment. Serena Williams beat Sloane Stephens 6-4, 6-3, setting up a semifinal at the Brisbane (Australia) International against current No. 1 Victoria Azarenka. In men's play, Andy Murray won his opening match 6-1, 5-7, 6-3 over John Millman. John Isner withdrew from the Hopman Cup with a right knee injury, ending the U.S.'s chances of reaching the finals in Perth, Australia. Isner still hopes to compete at the Australian Open, which begsin Jan. 14 in Melbourne. He's suffering from "a little tendinitis." Teammate Venus Williams beat Spain's Anabel Medina Garrigues 6-3, 6-4. X Games star Travis Pastrana will drive the full NASCAR Nationwide Series schedule in 2013 in Roush Fenway's No. 60 Ford Mustang. He's made nine Nationwide starts. Jake McCabe and John Gaudreau had two goals each to lead the United States to the final of the world junior hockey championships with a 5-1 victory over Canada in Ufa, Russia. Defending champion Sweden beat Russia 3-2 in a penalty shootout in the other semifinal.