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cleve­land» A per­son fa­mil­iar with the ne­go­ti­a­tions says the AL cham­pion Cleve­land In­di­ans have agreed to a con­tract with free agent slug­ger Ed­win En­car­na­cion.

The sides agreed to terms Thurs­day night and the deal is contin­gent upon the 33-year-old En­car­na­cion pass­ing a phys­i­cal af­ter the hol­i­days, ac­cord­ing to the per­son who spoke to The As­so­ci­ated Press on con­di­tion of anonymity be­cause the team had not made an an­nounce­ment.

En­car­na­cion had 42 home runs and an AL-high 127 RBIs last sea­son for the Toronto Blue Jays, who lost to Cleve­land in the AL Cham­pi­onship Se­ries. Over the past five sea­sons, he’s av­er­aged 39 homers and 110 RBIs in 145 games.

The sign­ing would bol­ster the In­di­ans’ lineup and could help get them back to the World Se­ries. De­spite be­ing with­out two start­ing pitch­ers, Cleve­land took a 3-1 lead in the Se­ries be­fore the Chicago Cubs ral­lied to win in seven games.

No drone dan­ger in World Cup

B madonna di campiglio, italy »

There were no fall­ing drones to deal with this time, but Mar­cel Hirscher still can’t catch Hen­rik Kristof­fersen on the slalom hill.

For the sec­ond con­sec­u­tive slalom race this sea­son, and in a re­sult that matched last year’s event on the Canalone Mi­ra­monti course, Kristof­fersen edged Hirscher.

The Nor­we­gian fin­ished the two runs un­der the lights 0.33 sec­onds faster than Hirscher, the five-time de­fend­ing over­all World Cup cham­pion from Aus­tria.

Ste­fano Gross of Italy fin­ished third, a dis­tant 1.35 sec­onds be­hind, and Man­fred Moelgg, an­other Ital­ian, was fourth, 1.45 back.

B pitts­burgh » Ivan Nova re­ju­ve­nated his ca­reer dur­ing a solid two-month stint with the Pirates at the end of 2016. The pitcher hopes to build on that with Pitts­burgh.

A per­son with knowl­edge of the deal said that Nova has agreed to a $26 mil­lion, three-year con­tract to give Pitts­burgh’s young ro­ta­tion an es­tab­lished starter be­hind ace Ger­rit Cole. The per­son spoke on con­di­tion of anonymity be­cause the agree­ment had not been an­nounced.

Pirates sign Nova

B mem­phis, tenn.» Phil Gagliano, who played for four dif­fer­ent teams in a 12-year ma­jor league base­ball ca­reer, has died. He was 74.

Gagliano played for the St. Louis Car­di­nals from 1963-70. He later played for the Chicago Cubs (1970), Bos­ton Red Sox (1971-72) and Cincin­nati Reds (1973-74).

Gagliano bat­ted .238 with 14 homers and 159 RBIs in 702 ca­reer games. He played in the 1967 and 1968 World Se­ries with the Car­di­nals. Gagliano was a util­ity player who pri­mar­ily played sec­ond base and third base.

Gagliano dies at 74 Foot­notes.

First-team all-Big Ten safety Nate Gerry will not play for No. 24 Ne­braska when the Corn­huskers play Ten­nessee in the Mu­sic City Bowl on Dec. 30. Coach Mike Ri­ley said that Gerry and de­fen­sive back Boaz Joseph were in­el­i­gi­ble for the game. … A court tran­script shows then-Bay­lor Univer­sity pres­i­dent Ken Starr cir­cum­vented other school ad­min­is­tra­tors to lift the aca­demic mis­con­duct sus­pen­sion of a foot­ball player who al­legedly went on to com­mit three sex­ual as­saults. The Wall Street Jour­nal re­ports that Starr granted a re­prieve for Tevin El­liot in 2011 when the ath­lete was ac­cused of pla­gia­rism. The news­pa­per says the in­for­ma­tion is “deep” in the tran­script of El­liott’s 2014 trial at which the for­mer de­fen­sive end was con­victed of sex­u­ally as­sault four Bay­lor stu­dents. … The San An­to­nio Stars have pro­moted as­sis­tant Vickie John­son to be the team’s new head coach. John­son re­places Dan Hughes, who re­tired at the end of last sea­son. … Jozy Alti­dore won the U.S. men’s soc­cer player of the year award for the sec­ond time.

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