Dodgers an­nounce Jansen deal

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A month af­ter the terms were ini­tially agreed upon, the Dodgers for­mally an­nounced a fiveyear, $80-mil­lion con­tract with closer Ken­ley Jansen on Tues­day af­ter­noon.

Jansen had em­barked on his hon­ey­moon shortly af­ter the two sides reached a deal.

The team is ex­pected to hold a news con­fer­ence with Jansen and third base­man Justin Turner on Wed­nes­day at Dodger Sta­dium. The Dodgers have spent $192 mil­lion this win­ter on con­tracts for Jansen, Turner and pitcher Rich Hill. Jansen can opt out of his deal af­ter 2019.

By re-sign­ing the trio in De­cem­ber, the Dodgers ac­com­plished a sig­nif­i­cant amount of their off-sea­son shop­ping. But the club still de­sires a sec­ond base­man, in ad­di­tion to re­lief pitch­ers.

For weeks, the Dodgers have hag­gled with Min­nesota over sec­ond base­man Brian Dozier, ac­cord­ing to peo­ple fa­mil­iar with the sit­u­a­tion. The Dodgers ap­pear will­ing to part with top pitch­ing prospect Jose De Leon, but the Twins seek a larger pack­age, and the Dodgers lack in­ter­est in deal­ing prospects like first base­man Cody Bellinger and out­fielder Alex Ver­dugo.

Fox Sports re­ported Tues­day that the two sides have reached an “im­passe.” If the dis­cus­sions re­main stalled, the Dodgers could pivot to other in­field­ers, like Detroit’s Ian Kinsler or Tampa Bay’s Lo­gan Forsythe. The team also main­tained di­a­logue with vet­eran sec­ond base­man Chase Ut­ley dur­ing the win­ter meet­ings. — Andy McCul­lough

Scar­brough broke leg in ti­tle game

Alabama tail­back Bo Scar­brough frac­tured a bone in his lower right leg in the na­tional cham­pi­onship game Mon­day night against Clem­son, Crim­son Tide Coach Nick Sa­ban said. The in­jury won't re­quire surgery and Scar­brough is ex­pected to fully re­cover, Sa­ban added.

Scar­brough, a sopho­more, was in­jured late in the third quar­ter in the 35-31 loss to the Tigers and didn’t re­turn. He rushed for 93 yards with first-half touch­down runs of 25 and 37 yards.

Jabrill Pep­pers has de­cided to en­ter the NFL draft and skip his se­nior sea­son at Michi­gan. The 6-foot-1, 205-pound Pep­pers, a Heis­man Tro­phy fi­nal­ist, is pro­jected to be a first-round pick in April.

The Oak­land Raiders are mak­ing changes on their coach­ing staff af­ter their first play­off berth in 14 years. A per­son fa­mil­iar with the plans said that quar­ter­backs coach Todd Down­ing will re­place of­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor Bill Mus­grave next sea­son on Coach Jack Del Rio’s staff. The per­son spoke to the Associated Press on con­di­tion of anonymity be­cause the changes had not been an­nounced by the team. Mus­grave’s con­tract was up and will not be re­newed by the team.

Pitts­burgh Steel­ers Coach Mike Tom­lin called the ar­rest of out­side lineback­ers coach Joey Porter “dis­ap­point­ing” and “un­for­tu­nate” and said there was no limit to how long he would re­main on leave from the team, even in­di­cat­ing he could re­turn for Sun­day’s AFC di­vi­sional play­off game in Kansas City. Porter was ar­rested out­side a Pitts­burgh bar Sun­day night fol­low­ing the Steel­ers’ 30-12 play­off vic­tory against vis­it­ing Mi­ami. Ac­cord­ing to a po­lice re­port, Porter ap­peared to be in­tox­i­cated when he as­saulted a door­man and a po­lice of­fi­cer who in­ter­vened.

Rose re­turns to Knicks, is fined

Der­rick Rose re­turned to prac­tice Tues­day with the New York Knicks af­ter miss­ing their game the night be­fore for what he de­scribed as fam­ily rea­sons.

The Knicks’ pub­lic relations depart­ment posted a photo on Twit­ter that showed Rose in his No. 25 prac­tice jersey, stand­ing with his team­mates at their train­ing fa­cil­ity in Green­burgh, N.Y. The team later an­nounced he had been fined for miss­ing the 110-96 loss to New Or­leans on Mon­day and said he was ex­pected to be in uni­form Wed­nes­day night in Philadel­phia.

Rose told re­porters he had re­turned to Chicago for fam­ily rea­sons and that his ab­sence had noth­ing to do with bas­ket­ball. He said he apol­o­gized to his team­mates and Knicks man­age­ment, telling them it wouldn’t hap­pen again.

In a stun­ning de­ci­sion, NASCAR driver Carl Ed­wards is walk­ing away from the fi­nal year of his con­tract with Joe Gibbs Racing less than two months af­ter nearly win­ning his first Cup cham­pi­onship, two peo­ple with knowl­edge of the sit­u­a­tion told the Associated Press. The 37year-old Ed­wards in­formed team owner Joe Gibbs right be­fore Christ­mas that he no longer wanted to com­pete, the peo­ple told the AP.

WBO wel­ter­weight cham­pion Manny Pac­quiao will fight lit­tle­known Aus­tralian Jeff Horn on April 22 as part of a planned four­fight farewell world tour, said Bob Arum, Pac­quiao’s pro­moter. Arum said he has agreed to terms with Horn and is en­ter­tain­ing site of­fers in Aus­tralia and the United Arab Emi­rates and will meet with Pac­quiao, 38, in the Philip­pines once that part of the deal is com­plete. Horn (16-0, 11 knock­outs) is ranked sec­ond by the WBO. — Lance Pug­mire

Trainer Ron El­lis has been banned from en­ter­ing any horses in the Breed­ers’ Cup world cham­pi­onships this fall af­ter be­ing sanc­tioned by the event for a pos­i­tive drug test in­volv­ing his horse that fin­ished sec­ond in last year’s BC Sprint. Breed­ers’ Cup of­fi­cials said that the ban also ap­plies to the horse Masochis­tic, who tested pos­i­tive for a trace amount of an an­abolic steroid af­ter last year’s event at Santa Anita. The horse was dis­qual­i­fied from the Sprint and his purse earn­ings were re­dis­tributed.



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