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Jose Bautista, Blue Jays agree to $18 million deal

Jose Bautista hit 22 home runs in an injury-plagued 2016 season with the Blue Jays. File/LM Otero/Associated Press

Jose Bautista is staying with the Toronto Blue Jays after all. The free agent slugger agreed to an $18 million, one-year contract with Toronto that includes mutual options for more years, a person with knowledge of the negotiations told the Associated Press. The person, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the team had not announced the deal, said Bautista passed his physical and the contract was finalized Tuesday night. Several media outlets reported the agreement earlier Tuesday. Bautista’s deal contains a mutual option for a second season, with a buyout. It could last three years if the outfielder plays a certain amount of games in the first two. The 36-year-old Bautista hit 22 homers with 69 RBIs last year while batting .234 in an injury-plagued season for Toronto. He did not accept Toronto’s $17.2 million, one-year qualifying offer this offseason, instead deciding to test the open market. The Blue Jays’ failure earlier this offseason to re-sign fellow slugger and fan favorite Edwin Encarnacion did not go over well in Toronto, which led the AL in attendance last year. Encarnacion signed a $60 million, three-year contract with Cleveland after the Blue Jays withdrew their $80 million, four-year offer and reached a $33 million, three-year agreement with Kendrys Morales. Encarnacion hit 42 home runs last season and tied David Ortiz for the AL lead in RBIs with 127.

Hamilton, Rangers agree on minor deal

Josh Hamilton and the Texas Rangers agreed to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training for the oft-injured 2010 AL MVP. The 35-year-old Hamilton had his best years in Texas as a five-time All-Star, including trips to the World Series in 2010-11 . Hamilton was released in August, closing the books on a $125 million, five-year deal signed with the Los Angeles Angels in free agency after the 2012 season . . . Rangers reliever Jake Diekman is expected to miss at least half the season after upcoming surgery to treat colitis, a digestive condition. Diekman, the top lefthander in the Texas bullpen, has battled the condition throughout his career.

President pardons McCovey tax evasion

Giants Hall of Famer Willie McCovey has been pardoned by President Obama on tax evasion charges from 1995. It was one of the president’s 64 pardons granted.


Myers, Padres finalize six-year, $83m deal

First baseman Wil Myers and the Padres finalized an $83 million, six-year contract, the largest deal in the team’s history. The 26-year-old Myers hit 28 homers and drove in 94 runs last season and also stole 28 bases. ‘‘He’s got all sorts of potential,’’ Padres general manager A.J. Preller said on a conference call. ‘‘He can be the nucleus of championship-type team.’’Colleges

BC football adds Andover star Perry

A-Rod to host show on CNBC

Alex Rodriguez is no stranger to big money. Now the former Yankees slugger will host a new CNBC show in which he guides financially distressed athletes. The network said it ordered a pilot. The show’s working title is ‘‘Back in the Game.’’ Rodriquez and other mentors will assist one cash-strapped ex-athlete looking to land a job or build a business. Former NFL star Michael Strahan is among the executive producers.


The Boston College football team added three freshmen — quarterback E.J. Perry of Andover, who tied the Massachusetts season record with 47 TD passes, offensive lineman Alec Lindstrom of Dudley, and running back Travis Levy of Olney, Md. — who are enrolled in classes and will be eligible to participate in spring practice. The remainder of the 2017 BC recruiting class will be announced Feb. 1 . . . Southern Cal cornerback Adoree Jackson, who won the Jim Thorpe Award last season as the nation’s top defensive back, decided to skip his senior season and enter the NFL Draft. Jackson excelled as a cornerback, a kick returner and an occasional receiver and ball carrier for the Trojans during his three-year career. He also is an elite long jumper who attempted to qualify for the Rio de Janeiro Olympics.


Three Oregon football players hospitalized

The University of Oregon suspended football strength and conditioning coach Irele Oderinde one month without pay after three players were hospitalized following a series of intense workouts last week. The school announced the decision in a statement and detailed a review of the incident. It added that all future workouts have been modified and the strength and conditioning coach will now report to director of performance and sports science Andrew Murray instead of coach Willie Taggart, who apologized in the statement. Oregon’s statement detailed that players began an off-season conditioning program last Tuesday after six weeks away from ‘‘football-related activities’’ and Oderinde led those workouts. Three days into the sessions one player complained of ‘‘muscle-soreness and displayed other symptoms of potential exercise-related injury.’’ The medical staff took ‘‘appropriate action’’ and two other players later complained of the same symptoms.

Creighton’s Watson out for the season

Creighton point guard and national assists leader Maurice Watson Jr. will miss the rest of the season because of a major knee injury, a huge blow for a team that is off to its best start and has hopes of making a deep postseason run. An MRI revealed a torn anterior cruciate ligament in Watson’s left knee. The senior was injured in the seventh-ranked Bluejays’ 72-67 win at Xavier on Monday. Watson ranks first nationally with 162 assists and 8.5 assists per game for Creighton (18-1, 5-1 Big East).The Philadelphia native played his first two seasons at Boston University.


UConn women make it 92 wins in a row

Katie Lou Samuelson scored a career-high 34 points to help No. 1 UConn (17-0, 5-0 AAC) routed host Tulsa, 98-58, for the Huskies’ 92nd consecutive victory . . . The Dartmouth men’s hockey team scored five unanswered goals to stun sixth-ranked Harvard, 8-4, at Hanover, N.H.


UMass-Lowell star drafted by FC Dallas

Wuilito Fernandes, the leading scorer for UMass-Lowell and the first Division 1 All-American in program history, was selected by FC Dallas in the third round of the MLS SuperDraft. Fernandes, of Cape Verde, graduated from Boston International High School . . . The Revolution selected University of San Francisco defender Joshua Smith in the fourth and final round (75th overall). The Revolution also selected Vermont forward Brian Wright and Kentucky midfielder Napo Matsoso, in the first and second rounds, respectively.


Clippers’ Paul (thumb) sidelined 6-8 weeks

Chris Paul will undergo surgery Wednesday to repair a torn ligament in his left thumb and is expected to miss 6-8 weeks. Paul was injured Monday against Oklahoma City . . . Skiing stars Ted Ligety of the United States and Aksel Lund Svindal of Norway — each with five career world titles — both announced they will miss next month’s world championships because of season-ending surgery. Ligety is battling back problems and Svindal has a right knee injury.