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The Colorado Rockies have added another pitcher to what is turning into a formidable and high-priced bullpen, announcing a three-year, $52 million contract with All-Star reliever Wade Davis on Friday. His deal includes a fourth-year player option that vests if Davis closes out 30 games in 2020, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because terms of the deal have not been released. The 32-year-old righthander will be in line to close games for a Rockies squad team that made it back to the playoffs last season for the first time since 2009. The bullpen played a big role by going 24-19 with a 4.40 ERA. Their 549 strikeouts over 550⅔ relief innings were the second-most in franchise history. Previously a starter, Davis has flourished since stepping into a relief role. Last season, Davis had a 2.30 ERA and 32 saves for the Chicago Cubs after being acquired in a trade from Kansas City. In 2015, Davis was a crucial part of a bullpen that helped guide the Royals to a World Series title.
Brady Tkachuk and Kieffer Bellows found enough traction in the snow to score shootout goals and cap the United States’ 4-3 victory over Canada in international hockey’s first outdoor game. Scott Perunovich and Tkachuk, a freshman at BU and the son of former NHL player Keith Tkachuk, scored 34 seconds apart in the third period to rally the Americans from 3-1 down in the World Junior Championships game played in a steady snowfall at New Era Field, home of the NFL’s Buffalo Bills. Casey Mittelstadt set up all three goals for the United States (1-1-1). Bellows also scored in regulation, and goalie Jake Oettinger — a sophomore at BU — stopped 19 shots through overtime and all four he faced in the shootout. Boris Katchouk, Cale Makar, and Dillon Dube scored for Canada (2-0-1), which has lost four straight to the Americans . . . In the other tournament game, St. Louis Blues draft pick Klim Kostin scored twice in leading Russia (2-1) to a 5-2 win over Belarus (0-3).
Calgary Flames forward Michael Frolik is expected to miss an extended period of time, with head coach Glen Gulutzan saying the veteran has a fractured jaw. Frolik was injured Thursday after being hit in the face with a shot from San Jose Sharks defenseman Brent Burns. He left the game and did not return. The 29-year-old has seven goals and eight assists in 37 games . . . The Chicago Blackhawks put center Artem Anisimov on injured reserve with an upper-body injury suffered in the first period Thursday at Vancouver. He has 13 goals and five assists in 36 games . . . NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly told International Ice Hockey Federation general secretary Horst Lichtner that the league won’t discuss participating in future Winter Olympics until after the 2018 Pyeongchang Games. The two sat together at the US-Canada World Juniors game, with Daly saying Lichtner asked when the NHL would discuss plans for the 2022 Games in Beijing. Citing monetary and logistical concerns, the NHL elected against having its players compete at the Winter Games in February for the first time since 1994.
San Antonio Spurs forward Rudy Gay will miss at least two weeks with retrocalcaneal bursitis in his right heel. Gay left Thursday’s win over Brooklyn late in the third quarter. An MRI showed inflammation of the bursa sac that lies over the heel. Gay has missed two previous games this season with a sore right heel. The 12-year veteran, who signed with the Spurs in the offseason, is averaging 22.7 minutes and 11.5 points . . . The Toronto Raptors suspended forward Serge Ibaka for Friday’s home game against the Atlanta Hawks for an altercation with a team staff member after Wednesday’s loss in Oklahoma City. Coach Dwane Casey did not give details of the incident, but said Ibaka and the staffer have apologized to one another . . . The NBA has apologized and removed wording from its website referring to ‘‘Palestine-occupied territory’’ after complaints by an Israeli minister. Israeli sports minister Miri Regev had sent a letter to NBA commissioner Adam Silver calling Palestine ‘‘an imaginary ‘state’,’’ and asking for the reference to be removed from the basketball league’s website.
Nia Irving sank the go-ahead basket with 11.8 seconds remaining as the Boston University women’s basketball team edged Army, 60-59, at West Point, N.Y., in the Patriot League opener for both teams. Irving poured in a season-high 22 points and grabbed 14 rebounds for her second straight double-double to lead the Terriers (6-5). Payton Hauck set a new career-high with 23 points. Aliyah Murray scored 14 points and Madison Hovren added 13 for the Black Knights (7-5).
Claudia Ortiz scored 18 points and Gabby Giacone added 15 points and 10 boards as Northeastern (6-6) took a 70-61 win at Towson (5-7) to open CAA play. Mary Cuevas had a game-high 23 points for the Tigers.
Tricia Byrne had 19 points, 5 rebounds, and 3 steals to help Holy Cross (6-6) pick up a 71-64 win at Colgate (4-8) to start the Patriot League season . . . Cedric Hankerson nailed five 3-pointers on his way to a season-high 33 points and Boston University (5-7) turned in a 90-82 victory over Army (7-5) in a Patriot League men’s basketball opener at Case Gym. Walter Whyte scored 16 points and Max Mahoney had 12 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists, and 3 blocked shots for the Terriers. Jordan Fox scored 18, with 16 in the first half, and added eight assists for the Black Knights.
Jordan Swopshire scored a season-high 22 points and Will Rayman tallied 15 points and nine rebounds to help Colgate (6-6) hold on for a 79-74 win over host Holy Cross (3-9) in a Patriot League opener. Jehyve Floyd scored 15 points on 7-of-11 shooting to lead the Crusaders.
Ryan Dmowski, John Edwardh , and Kenny Hausinger each had a goal and an assist and UMass Lowell (10-8-0) skated to a 5-2 men’s hockey win over Harvard (4-6-1) to open the Catamount Cup in Burlington, Vt. Nick Master and Tyler Mueller also scored for the River Hawks. Ryan Donato and Eddie Ellis struck for the Crimson.
Tennessee junior running back John Kelly announced he will enter the NFL Draft after leading the Volunteers in rushing with 778 yards and nine touchdowns on 189 carries, and tying for the team lead in catches with 37 for 299 yards . . . The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette obtained a copy of the agreement between fired Arkansas football coach Bret Bielema and the Razorback Foundation showing the buyout for Bielema's contract has been set at $15.4 million. The foundation's executive director says the agreement hasn't been finalized.
Novak Djokovic’s plans for a comeback on the tennis court hit a snag when a recurrence of pain in his right elbow forced him to withdraw from an exhibition tournament in the United Arab Emirates. Djokovic hasn't played competitively since retiring in the Wimbledon quarterfinals because of the injury. The former world No. 1 was scheduled to play a semifinal against Roberto Bautista Agut. Djokovic said whether he defends his Qatar Open title next week depends on his therapy. Andy Murray, another former No. 1 who has been out since Wimbledon with a hip injury, stepped in for Djokovic and lost a one-set match, 6-2, to Bautista Agut. Murray was not scheduled to play but had been in Abu Dhabi to train for the start of the ATP season. US Open runner-up Kevin Anderson reached the final after beating fifth-ranked Dominic Thiem, 7-6 (8-6), 6-4. Andrey Rublev secured fifth place in the six-player tournament by beating Pablo Carreno Busta, 6-4, 6-2. On Saturday, 23-time grand slam champion Serena Williams returns to action against French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko. The 36-year-old Williams, the Australian Open champion, gave birth to her first child in September . . . Italian skier Federica Brignone gave Italy its first women’s World Cup victory of the season with a giant slalom win in Lienz, Austria, Brignone edged first-run leader Viktoria Rebensburg of Germany by 0.04 seconds. American Mikaela Shiffrin finished 0.08 behind in third. Rebensburg overtook Shiffrin atop the event standings. After four races, the German has 298 points, 13 more than Shiffrin . . . Frenchman Alexis Pinturault secured a World Cup Alpine combined win when first-run leader Dominik Paris straddled a gate toward the end of his slalom run in Bormio, Italy. Pinturault edged Peter Fill of Italy by 0.42 seconds. Norway’s Kjetil Jansrud was third, 0.45 back.
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