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yankEEs sign Chapman to richest reliever deal

Hard-throwing reliever Aroldis Chapman completed his return to New York when the Yankees finalized his $86 million, five-year contract Thursday.

Chapman energized fans with a fastball of up to 105.1 mph, but the Yankees traded him to the Cubs on July 25. Chapman helped the Cubs win their first World Series title since 1908, getting the victory in Game 7 against the Indians. He then became a free agent.

Chapman, who turns 29 in February, gets the richest deal for a relief pitcher. The left-hander receives an $11 million signing bonus and annual salaries of $15 million.

Chapman missed the first 29 games this past season while serving a suspension under baseball's domestic violence policy. He then went 4-1 with 36 saves in 39 chances for the Yankees and Cubs. He has 636 strikeouts in 377 innings and 182 saves in seven big league seasons, the first six with the Reds.

MORE BASEBALL: OF Odubel Herrera and the Phillies agreed to a $30.5 million, five-year deal. Herrera was an NL All-Star, batting .286 with 15 homers, 87 runs and 25 stolen bases.


Stevens' return uncertain

Hall of Fame jockey Gary Stevens will have hip replacement surgery before Christmas, which might end to his career. The 53-year-old said he doesn't yet know whether he can return to riding next year. In 2014, he had knee replacement surgery that resulted in a four-month break. Stevens has won 5,083 races in his career that began in 1979. He won the Kentucky Derby in 1988, 1995 and 1997.

MORE HORSES: Garrett Gomez, who won nearly 4,000 races in a 25-year career that included 13 Breeders' Cup victories and struggles with substance abuse, died near Tucson, Ariz., according to authorities. He was 44. Pascua Yaqui Tribe officials said Mr. Gomez was found unconscious at the Casino Del Sol Resort on Wednesday and pronounced dead at the scene.


SOCCER: Barcelona reached a deal to extend the contract of striker Luis Suarez, 29, to June 2021. Barcelona said Suarez's new contract, which has a buyout clause of $210 million, will be signed today.

MMA: The Nevada State Athletic Commission suspended Brock Lesnar one year for failing multiple drug tests around his fight at UFC 200 on July 9. Lesnar was also fined $250,000.

AUTOS: Hank Steinbrenner, George Steinbrenner IV and Michael Andretti announced their ownership of an Indy Lights team and hired 16-year-old Colton Herta to drive the No. 98 car. Herta said he chose No. 98 to honor Dan Wheldon, a former St. Petersburg resident who died in a race in 2011.

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