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Sports log: Dodgers add Paul Maholm to rotation

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The Dodgers increased their already considerable pitching depth, agreeing to a $1.5 million, one-year contact with lefthander Paul Maholm. Before the deal was announced, Maholm was in the clubhouse Saturday when pitchers and catchers reported to the Arizona spring training facility. The 31-year-old was 10-11 with a 4.41 ERA in 26 starts for the Braves last season. The agreement increases the Dodgers’ projected luxury tax payroll to $253 million . . . The Cubs and starting righthander Jeff Samardzija avoided arbitration with a one-year, $5.3 million deal. Samardzija asked for $6.2 million and was offered $2.7 million after going 8-13 with a 4.34 ERA . . . San Diego’s Andrew Cashner won and Cleveland’s Vinnie Pestano lost as pitchers split decisions in the first salary arbitration cases in two years. Cashner will make $2.4 million rather than the club’s offer of $2.27 million — the smallest gap among unsettled cases. Pestano got $975,000 instead of his request of $1.45 million.

FOOTBALL

Chudzinski takes position with Colts

The Indianapolis Colts hired former Cleveland Browns head coach Rob Chudzinski as a special assistant to coach Chuck Pagano. Chudzinski was fired after a year at the helm of Cleveland. The two had previously worked together at the University of Miami . . . Denver assistant Jim Bob Cooter is expected to leave the Broncos to coach quarterbacks for the Detroit Lions, a person with knowledge of the situation said . . . Arkansas hired Robb Smith as defensive coordinator. Smith spent the past season as linebackers coach for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He spent the previous 14 years as a college assistant, including at Maine as assistant head coach.

NBA

Clippers’ Paul set for Sunday return

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Clippers point guard Chris Paul will make his return Sunday against Philadelphia. Voted to start the All-Star Game, Paul has been out since separating his right shoulder while navigating a screen Jan. 3. The Clippers are 12-6 in the 18 games without Paul, who is averaging 19.6 points and 11.2 assists per game . . . Minnesota guard Kevin Martin will be sidelined indefinitely because of a broken left thumb. Martin was hurt in Friday night’s loss to New Orleans. He is averaging 19 points per game.

TENNIS

Italy puts US women in a Fed Cup hole

Karin Knapp and Camila Giorgi won the opening singles matches to give Italy a 2-0 lead over the United States in their Fed Cup quarterfinal in Cleveland. Knapp beat Christina McHale, 6-3, 3-6, 6-1, in the first match, and Giorgi routed Madison Keys, 6-2, 6-1, in the second . . . Defending champion Marin Cilic reached the final of the Zagreb Indoors by defeating qualifier Bjorn Phau, 6-3, 6-4, in Croatia. Cilic, the Zagreb champion in 2009, 2010, and 2013, is from Croatia. Cilic will face Tommy Haas, who beat Daniel Evans, 5-7, 6-4, 6-3 . . . Defending champion Richard Gasquet beat Jerzy Janowicz, 7-6 (8-6), 7-6 (7-4) to set up a Open Sud de France final against Gael Monfils in Montpellier. Monfils beat Jarkko Nieminen, 6-2, 3-6, 6-1.

MISCELLANY

First BU lacrosse game ends in defeat

Boston University lost its first varsity men’s lacrosse game in school history, 17-6, to Mercer in Macon, Ga. Freshman Pat Myers scored two goals — including the program’s first — and had an assist. Freshman Christian Carson-Banister made five saves . . . Workers at a World Cup stadium in the jungle city of Manaus are threatening to go on strike to demand better conditions following a third recent construction-related death at the venue. A walkout could further delay the completion of the Arena da Amazonia months before the start of the tournament. A 55-year-old man was killed in an accident on Friday while disassembling a crane that was used to install the roof . . . In Boca Raton, Fla., Carli Lloyd and Christen Press each scored twice to help the US women’s soccer team beat Russia, 7-0, in an exhibition game . . . American cyclist Taylor Phinney won the the inaugural Dubai Tour in the United Arab Emirates. Phinney finished the tour in 2 hours, 41 minutes, 9 seconds, which was 15 seconds ahead of Stephen Cummings . . . The Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race’s starting point could move about 50 miles from Willow, Alaska, to Fairbanks because of poor trail conditions.

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