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SAN FRANCISCO — The Giants landed a top-tier starter to complement ace Madison Bumgarner, agreeing with free agent Jeff Samardzija on a $90 million, five-year deal Saturday a day after losing out on Zack Greinke.

The deal will be formally announced once Samardzija passes a physical scheduled for Tuesday.

"You look at his track record, you look at the presence that he brings to the mound, you look at the back-to-back-to-back 200-plus innings seasons, you realize that this guy is a force to be reckoned with," general manager Bobby Evans said on a conference call.

San Francisco will surrender its first-round draft pick because Samardzija declined a qualifying offer from the White Sox.

This was the third large contract for a pitcher last week. David Price joined the Red Sox on a $217 million, seven-year deal, then Friday night Greinke chose the Diamondbacks over the Giants and the three-time defending National League West champion Dodgers, his former team. He agreed to a $206.5 million, six-year deal, reports said.

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Crazy Premier League season gets crazier

In an English Premier League season where the usual narrative has been ripped up, there was no shortage of surprises Saturday.

The tone for the day was set by Manchester City collapsing 2-0 at Stoke, and Leicester then seized the opportunity to go into first place by beating Swansea 3-0. Defending champion Chelsea's season sank to a new low when it lost 1-0 at home to promoted Bournemouth, an eighth defeat in 15 league games that leaves it just three points above the relegation zone and 17 points behind Leicester, in 14th place.

Germany: Defending champion Bayern Munich fell to its first Bundesliga loss of the season, 3-1 to Borussia Moenchengladbach. Bayern had 13 wins in its previous 14 games,

MLS: Columbus striker Kei Kamara, the Crew's top scorer with 22 goals in the regular season to tie for the league lead, hurt his right leg in a practice fall and was said to be a game-time decision for today's MLS Cup final against visiting Portland (4, ESPN).

U.S. WOMEN: Midfielder Megan Rapinoe, a member of this year's World Cup-winning team, tore the anterior cruciate ligament in her right knee during training Friday in Honolulu and will have surgery, jeopardizing her chances of playing in next summer's Olympics.

et cetera

Colleges: Top-seeded Penn State (21-3-2) faces third-seeded Duke (14-5-5) in the women's soccer national title game today in Cary, N.C. (noon, ESPNU)

Golf: Bubba Watson tied the course record with 9-under 63 to take a two-shot lead at 19-under 197 over Paul Casey going into the final round of the Hero World Challenge at Nassau, Bahamas. Watson tied the Albany Golf Club record that had been set 10 minutes earlier by Casey. Of the three second-round co-leaders, Jordan Spieth (68) and Bill Haas (68) were 15 under, and Jimmy Walker (71) was 12 under.

Rugby: The United States finished third in the men's World Rugby Sevens tournament at Dubai, United Arab Emirates, defeating New Zealand 31-12. Fiji began the defense of its series title by beating England 28-17 in the opening leg of the final.

WINTER SPORTS: American Lindsey Vonn won her second World Cup downhill in as many days at Lake Louise, Alberta. … Brittany Bowe of Ocala beat Heather Richardson-Bergsma for an American 1-2 in the women's 1,000 meters at a speed skating World Cup event in Inzell, Germany. … Erin Hamlin won the World Cup luge women's singles race at Lake Placid, N.Y., leading the sport's first U.S. sweep of the podium. Emily Sweeney finished second and Summer Britcher third. … Jamie Greubel Poser and Cherrelle Garrett led an American 1-2 finish in a World Cup two-women bobsled race at Winterberg, Germany. Elana Meyers Taylor and Kehri Jones were second.

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