- Associated Press - Saturday, December 5, 2015


The Arizona Diamondbacks unexpectedly won the Zack Greinke sweepstakes, beating out the rival Los Angeles Dodgers and San Francisco Giants for the free agent ace. He reached agreement on a $206.5 million, six-year deal, sources told The Associated Press.

The major league ERA leader and runner-up for the NL Cy Young Award boosted the Dodgers to their third straight division title this season. Then, the 32-year-old righty opted out of his contract, leaving $71.5 million on the table - and wound up with the richest deal, by yearly average, in baseball history.

The sources spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because there hadn’t been an official announcement. Fox Sports first reported an agreement.

Greinke’s new deal contains deferred money. The $34.4 million average will be the sport’s highest, topping Price’s $31 million.

Earlier this offseason, pitcher Johnny Cueto turned down a $120 million offer from the Diamondbacks after he helped Kansas City win the World Series and became a free agent.

Instead, the Diamondbacks reeled in an even bigger prize. They had money to spend - last February, they signed a TV deal with Fox Sports Arizona for more than $1.5 billion over 20 years.

MIAMI - Steroids-tainted home run king Barry Bonds is returning to baseball full time as hitting coach for the Miami Marlins.

He’ll join the staff of new manager Don Mattingly, the Marlins said.

The 51-year-old Bonds ended his playing career in 2007 and has worked in recent years as a guest instructor for the San Francisco Giants in spring training. He’s the career leader in home runs with 762 and a seven-time NL MVP.

The Marlins are in the market for hitting advice. They finished next to last in the majors in runs in 2015, when they went 71-91. Among the players Bonds will tutor is $325 million slugger Giancarlo Stanton.

The team’s hitting coach last year, Frank Menechino, will return as assistant hitting coach. Miami hired Juan Nieves as pitching coach and Lorenzo Bundy as outfield-base running coach.

BOSTON - The Boston Red Sox announced their seven-year, $217 million contract with AL Cy Young runner-up David Price - the richest ever for a pitcher.

Meeting the media at a Fenway Park news conference, the 30-year-old left-hander said he was looking forward to all his new city has to offer.

“Boston was special to me, both good and bad, throughout my career,” he said of his sometimes contentious relationship with the Red Sox and their fans.

The sides agreed to the terms of the deal on Tuesday, but had to wait for Price to pass his physical. The contract gives Price the right to opt out after three seasons.

CHICAGO - Multiple media outlets reported the Chicago Cubs and free-agent pitcher John Lackey have agreed to a two-year contract.

Fox Sports was the first to report the deal.

The move reunites Lackey with former teammates Jon Lester and David Ross. Lackey, Lester and Ross helped the Red Sox win the World Series in 2013. Cubs executive Theo Epstein also was the general manager in Boston when Lackey signed a free-agent deal with the Red Sox in 2009.

The 37-year-old Lackey went 13-10 with a 2.77 ERA in 33 starts for NL Central champion St. Louis this season. He got the start in Game 4 of the NL Division Series at Wrigley Field and pitched just three innings in a season-ending 6-4 loss to Chicago.


ZURICH - FIFA vice presidents Juan Angel Napout and Alfredo Hawit have been banned from soccer after being indicted on bribery and racketeering charges.

The FIFA ethics committee says judge Joachim Eckert applied the provisional bans, which were requested by ethics prosecutor Cornel Borbely.

Napout, the president of the South American confederation CONCACAF, and Hawit, president of North and Central American and Caribbean body CONCACAF, were arrested in pre-dawn raids at a Zurich hotel on Thursday.

They were indicted by the U.S. Department of Justice for allegedly taking millions of dollars in bribes from television and marketing rights.

Napout, from Paraguay, and Hawit, from Honduras, are resisting extradition to the U.S. while being detained in Zurich-area jails.

GUATEMALA CITY - Guatemalan prosecutors issued an arrest warrant for Brayan Jimenez, president of the country’s National Soccer Federation, who is accused in a widening bribery investigation into soccer’s international governing organization.

Public Ministry official Francisco Rivas said Guatemala received a request Thursday from the United States for Jimenez’s apprehension and possible extradition.

Rivas says, “It was also requested that articles or objects of value belonging to him be seized.”

Jimenez did not make any public comments Friday, and his whereabouts were not clear. On Thursday he said he had not yet seen the accusations and intended to consult with his lawyers.

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - Virginia hired Bronco Mendenhall as its football coach in a surprise move, luring him away from BYU after an 11-year run with the Cougars.

There had been numerous reports about various coaches such as former Georgia coach Mark Richt, California coach Sonny Dykes and Western Kentucky coach Jeff Brohm being linked to the vacancy at Virginia, but Mendenhall’s name had never come up

Virginia finished 4-8 this season and fired Mike London after six seasons, during which he had only one winning record.

Mendenhall was 99-42 with the Cougars, including splitting a home-and-home series with Virginia, and took the Cougars to a bowl game every season while never having a losing record. The Cougars are one of only 11 teams to advance to a bowl game in each of the past 11 seasons.

Mendenhall reached a five-year agreement with Virginia that starts at $3.25 million per year.

CORAL GABLES, Fla. - Miami announced Mark Richt as its football coach, two days after striking a deal in principle with the former Georgia coach.

“Returning to ‘The U’ is truly an honor and I am humbled by the responsibility of leading our storied program,” said Richt, who played under Howard Schnellenberger at Miami in the early 1980s.

Richt’s first official order of business was meeting his team, with players summoned to the football facility for an 8 a.m. introduction. The Hurricanes held a news conference to announce Richt’s hiring that morning, and the hope was that the 24th coach in Miami history could start recruiting later in the day.

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