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royals land free agent RHP hammel

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Royals and free agent RHP Jason Hammel agreed to a $16 million, two-year contract, according to reports Monday.

The former Ray, 34, went 15-10 with a 3.83 ERA for the Cubs last season. He likely will slot into the rotation behind Danny Duffy and Ian Kennedy.

Kansas City needed another starter after RHP Yordano Ventura was killed in a car accident in the Dominican Republic. Hammel was considered the best pitcher still available on the free agent market.

MORE BASEBALL: OF Wily Mo Pena, who hasn't played in the major leagues since 2011, agreed to a minor-league contract with the Indians. Pena, 35, who has been playing in Japan, will report next month to minor league-camp in Goodyear, Ariz. … Yankees RHP Masahiro Tanaka worked out in Tampa and pitching coach Larry Rothschild said Tanaka is in good health. He missed his final start last season with a minor flexor mass strain in his right forearm.

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Italy ousts Argentina in Davis Cup opener

Italy knocked defending champion Argentina out of the Davis Cup in the first round in Buenos Aires. Fabio Fognini defeated Guido Pella in the deciding singles 2-6, 4-6, 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 in more than four hours. The match on outdoor clay was postponed from Sunday because of rain and darkness. Italy will face Belgium in the quarterfinals in April.

IT'S A DATE: The Patriots' rally over the Falcons in Super Bowl 51 earned a fan a date with Canadian tennis star Genie Bouchard. With the Falcons holding a big lead, Bouchard tweeted that she "knew Atlanta would win." A fan then asked her to go on a date if the Patriots won, and Bouchard said, "sure." Her final tweet of the night was one of resignation, "Lesson learned. Never bet against Tom Brady." The fan hasn't said if Bouchard scheduled their outing.

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iaaf: The IAAF is upholding its global ban on Russian athletes and freezing all nationality switches. IAAF president Sebastian Coe said Russian athletics should not expect "full reinstatement" before November, which rules out Russia competing at the world championships in August in London. In December, World Anti-Doping Agency investigator Richard McLaren published the second part of a report into state-sponsored doping, listing hundreds of failed drug tests which were allegedly covered up in Russia. The Russian government and Russian athletics deny any state support for doping. The IAAF suspended Russia from all international competition in November 2015 after the first part of the report alleged mass doping and cover-ups.

soccer: San Jose defender Marvell Wynne is being held out of training and games because of a heart abnormality discovered duringan annual physical. Wynn, 30, an 11-year MLS veteran, is undergoing further evaluations.

wnba: Free agent G Kristi Toliver signed with Washington, according to reports.

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Thursday’s sports on TV/radio

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Australian Open

Australian Open

MELBOURNE, Australia —Maria Sharapova ticked off more items on her "to do" list at the Australian Open, returning to center court and accounting for the only person who has beaten her at a Grand Slam since her comeback from a doping ban. The unseeded...
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Bruins’ points run reaches 14 games

Bruins’ points run reaches 14 games

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High school scoreboard for Jan. 17

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Spurs return Leonard to sideline with leg injury

Spurs return Leonard to sideline with leg injury

Kawhi Leonard is headed back to the sidelines, and he’ll stay there until his leg is ready. The Spurs decided Wednesday to shut down their All-Star forward, saying Leonard would be out indefinitely as he continues his recovery from injury. "We didn’t...
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QB’s death spurs calls for help

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When Dr. Brian Hainline learned about the apparent suicide of another college athlete, it hit hard. Again. No, he didn’t know Washington State quarterback Tyler Hilinski. But he has heard such stories far too often. The NCAA’s first chief medical off...
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Reports: Brady hurts hand

Reports: Brady hurts hand

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Patriots quarterback Tom Brady jammed his right (throwing) hand at practice Wednesday after accidentally being run into by a teammate, reports said.X-rays revealed no structural damage and Brady should be okay for Sunday’s AFC tit...
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HomeTeam 25: Boys basketball rankings for Tampa Bay

HomeTeam 25: Boys basketball rankings for Tampa Bay

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Rays spring tickets go on sale Friday

Rays spring tickets go on sale Friday

The Rays will put single game tickets for spring training home games on sale Friday at 10 a.m. via raysbaseball.com.The Rays are playing 14 home games in Port Charlotte, starting with the Feb. 23 opener vs. Pittsburgh. Tickets will be available at th...
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