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Milwaukee Brewers sign pitcher Matt Garza
Pitcher Matt Garza signed a four-year contract worth at least $50 million with the Milwaukee Brewers. He pitched for the Chicago Cubs and Texas last year, going 10-6 with a 3.82 earned-run average.
Garza signs with Milwaukee
Free-agent pitcher Matt Garza signed a four-year contract with Milwaukee on Sunday, strengthening the top of the rotation and boosting the Brewers’ hopes after a disappointing season.
The Brewers made the announcement, saying the right-hander’s contract included a vesting option for the 2018 season.
Garza’s deal reportedly is worth $50 million, with an extra $1 million per year in reachable performance bonuses for a starter.
“Matt is an established, top-of-the-rotation pitcher who provides our staff with experience and quality depth,” general manager Doug Melvin said.
Garza, 30, pitched for the Chicago Cubs and Texas Rangers last year and was 10-6 with a 3.82 earned-run average. He previously was with Minnesota and Tampa Bay and has a 67-67 record with a 3.84 ERA in eight big-league seasons.
Braun tries to look forward
Milwaukee outfielder Ryan Braun is ready for a new chapter in his career.
It has been a unique offseason for Braun, the 2011 National League most valuable player. He is trying to make amends with fans and teammates after his 65-game suspension last year for violating Major League Baseball’s anti-drug agreement.
“I don’t ever know if I could apologize enough for what’s occurred, you know? I just continue to move forward and obviously I’ll be apologetic,” the 30-year-old Braun said.
Action Express Racing triumphs
After more than 2,400 miles and 23½ hours of racing, the most prestigious North American sports-car race came down to eight minutes and a final five-lap sprint.
The first race of the unified United SportsCar Championship — the NASCAR-owned and IMSA-sanctioned series born from the merger between American Le Mans and Grand-AM — ended with a NASCAR flair. A late, full-course caution swallowed Joao Barbosa’s 13-seccond lead and gave Max Angelelli a last-ditch chance to win the 52nd Rolex 24 at Daytona in Florida.
Barbosa never gave him a chance, pulling away on the restart with 8:23 to race to give Action Express Racing its second victory in four years. Other drivers on the winning team are Sebastien Bourdais and Christian Fittipaldi.
In a crash early in the race, Memo Gidley suffered a broken back that will require surgery. Gidley, 40, also had surgery on his left arm and left leg.
Miller makes 5th Olympic team
The U.S. Ski Team announced its squad for next month’s Olympics in Sochi, Russia.
Five-time Olympic medalist Bode Miller of Franconia, N.H., made his fifth squad. The U.S. team has nine women, led by 18-year-old Mikaela Shiffrin of Eagle-Vail, Colo., and 11 men.
On Sunday, Miller was second to Didier Defago of Switzerland in a World Cup super-giant slalom in Kitzbuehel, Austria.
Meanwhile, Alexis Pinturault of France won the super-combined event for his sixth career World Cup victory.
Gut takes Super-G in Italy
Lara Gut of Switzerland mastered a windy course to win a World Cup Super-G in Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy.
• Snowboarder Danny Davis scored a 95 at the Winter X Games in Aspen, Colo., to win the last major halfpipe contest before the Olympics. Superstar Shaun White skipped the X Games, choosing training for Sochi over an attempt at his seventh straight title in Aspen.
White’s training wasn’t easy. He landed face-first into an air bag while practicing Saturday and has a black eye.
• Oscar’s goal on a curling, 22-yard free kick in the 27th minute gave host Chelsea a 1-0 victory over Stoke in the fourth round of England’s FA Cup soccer tournament.
Chelsea will visit English Premier League rival Manchester City for a fifth-round match.
• Jake Coker is going from backing up Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston to trying to replace three-year starter AJ McCarron.
The former Florida State quarterback is transferring to Alabama and will be eligible to play this year; the 6-foot-5, 230-pounder has two seasons of eligibility left.
• Australian Simon Gerrans of the Orica-GreenEdge team took cycling’s Tour Down Under by five seconds over compatriot Cadel Evans of BMC Racing.
Gerrans became the first rider to win the ProTour event three times. He also won in 2006 and 2011.
German Andre Greipel of the Lotto-Belisol team won the sixth and final stage, a street circuit in downtown Adelaide, for the third straight year.
• Canada’s Kaillie Humphries edged Elana Meyers of the United States by a point — 1,629 to 1,628 — for the overall women’s World Cup bobsled title
• Dave Strack, a former Arizona athletic director who hired the first black basketball coach at a major university, died Saturday in Tucson, school officials said. He was 90.
Strack coached basketball from 1960 to 1968 at Michigan, where his teams were 113-89 and won three Big Ten Conference titles. His 1964-65 team, which featured Cazzie Russell, lost the NCAA championship game 91-80 to a UCLA team coached by John Wooden.
Strack was Arizona’s AD from 1972 to 1982. Shortly after taking the job, he hired Fred Snowden as the first black men’s basketball coach at an NCAA Division I school.
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