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January 24, 2019


McFarland, D-backs agree to $1.45M deal, avoid arbitration

PHOENIX (AP) — Left-hander T.J. McFarland and the Arizona Diamondbacks have agreed to a $1.45 million, one-year contract, avoiding a salary arbitration hearing.

McFarland gets a $1.4 million salary this year as part of the deal announced Wednesday night, and the Diamondbacks have a $1.85 million option for 2020 with a $50,000 buyout.

McFarland had an $850,000 base salary last year and earned $250,000 in performance bonuses for games pitched. The reliever was 2-2 and set career bests with a 2.00 ERA and 47 games pitched.

When the sides exchanged proposed arbitration figures, McFarland asked for $1,675,000 and was offered $1,275,000.

Fourteen players remain scheduled for arbitration hearings, which are scheduled for Jan. 31 through Feb. 15 in St. Petersburg, Florida.


Orioles hire Long as hitting coach, Brocail for pitchers

BALTIMORE (AP) — The Baltimore Orioles have hired Don Long as hitting coach and Doug Brocail as pitching coach under first-year manager Brandon Hyde.

Long spent the past five seasons as the hitting coach of the Cincinnati Reds.

Brocail was the Texas Rangers’ pitching coach for the past three years. He was the Astros’ pitching coach from June 2011 through 2013.

The revamped coaching staff, announced Wednesday, also includes Arnie Beyeler as first base coach, Jose Flores as third base coach, John Wasdin as bullpen coach, Jose Fernandez as major league coach and Tim Cossins as major league field coordinator and catching instructor.

Wasdin begins his third season with the Orioles organization after spending 2017-18 as minor league pitching coordinator.

Howie Clark will return as assistant hitting coach.


5th time for Rafael Nadal

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Rafael Nadal has reached the Australian Open final for the fifth time by beating 20-year-old Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-2, 6-4, 6-0.

The 17-time major champion was relentless against an up-and-coming player who had beaten defending champion Roger Federer en route to the semifinals.

The second-ranked Nadal won every point when he got a first serve into play in the first set, and 12 of 14 in the second.

In the third set, he conceded only five points in racing to a 5-0 lead before giving Tsitsipas his first look at a break point when he missed a volley. Nadal saved it with an easy overhead and soon after converted his first match point.

Only two players have beaten both Federer and Nadal at the same Grand Slam tournament.

Nadal has won all five semifinals he has played at Melbourne Park since losing his first, to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in 2008. The Spaniard won the Australian Open title in 2009 and has lost three finals since then.

He will next play either No. 1-ranked Novak Djokovic or No. 28 Lucas Pouille.

In other action:

— U.S. Open champion Naomi Osaka has reached back-to-back major finals with a 6-2, 4-6, 6-4 victory over Karolina Pliskova in the Australian Open semifinals. The 21-year-old Osaka will play another Czech, two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova (kuh-VIHT’-oh-vuh), for the Australian title on Saturday. Kvitova advanced by beating Danielle Collins 7-6 (2), 6-0 to return to a Grand Slam final for the first time since winning the Wimbledon title in 2014.

— Astra Sharma and John-Patrick Smith have ensured Australians will be playing for all three doubles titles at the season’s first major after beating second-seeded Bruno Soares and Nicole Melichar 6-4, 7-6 (5) in the mixed.


Search ends for play carrying Argentine soccer player.

LONDON (AP) — An official says the search has ended for the plane carrying Argentine soccer player Emiliano Sala.

The light aircraft with the 28-year-old soccer star and pilot David Ibbotson on board disappeared from radar Monday night near Guernsey in the Channel Islands. Authorities have said they didn’t expect to find any survivors.

Sala signed for Premier League team Cardiff on Saturday from Nantes for a club-record fee, reported to be 15 million pounds ($19 million). He was on his way to Wales after saying goodbye to his Nantes teammates in France on Monday.


Encore: Storm, Kremer make Amazon return for 2nd NFL season

UNDATED (AP) — Hannah Storm and Andrea Kremer had so much fun in their first season calling NFL games on Amazon Prime that they are coming back for an encore.

Amazon says the veteran announcing duo will return next season to call the Thursday night package on Amazon’s prime video service.

Kremer says, “The fact that Amazon made this decision sooner than we expected was just a real joy to us and made us feel like we were the right choice.”

Storm and Kremer were hired last August to do the 11 Thursday night NFL games on Amazon on an alternate English-language feed to those who wanted something different from the Fox broadcast with Joe Buck and Troy Aikman.


Olympic beach volleyball champ May-Treanor adds new honor

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — Three-time Olympic champion Misty May-Treanor is being honored as an All-Time Great Female Beach Player by the USA Volleyball Hall of Fame.

The annual award will be presented at the May 22 induction banquet in Columbus, Ohio.

May-Treanor paired with Kerri Walsh Jennings to win 21 straight Olympic matches, including gold medals in Athens, Beijing and London. May-Treanor also won three FIVB World Championships among a total of 112 tournament titles while passing the $2 million mark in prize money.

Also to be honored are longtime coach John Kessel, who will receive USA Volleyball’s top honor, the Harold T. Friermood “Frier” Award. Ron Von Hagan, who won 62 Open titles from 1964-78, will be honored as the All-Time Great Male Beach Player.

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