BoSox Sign Mejia
Relief pitcher Jenrry Mejia, allowed back into baseball after a lifetime ban caused by three positive drug tests, has agreed to a minor league contract with the Boston Red Sox.
If added to the 40-man roster, the 29-year-old Dominican right-hander would receive a one-year contract at a rate of $625,000 while in the major leagues and $90,400 while in the minors.
Mejia was suspended for life on Feb. 12, 2016, after his third positive test for a banned steroid. The drug agreement allowed him to apply a year later for reinstatement that would be effective a minimum of two years after the ban started, with the decision at the commissioner’s discretion. Commissioner Rob Manfred gave him conditional reinstatement last July 6 and said Mejia could return to the big leagues in 2019.
The Arizona Diamondbacks have given manager Torey Lovullo a two-year contract extension through the 2021 season.
Lovullo, 53, was a coach for manager John Farrell in Toronto and Boston, then was hired as Arizona’s manager in October 2016. He was voted NL Manager of the Year in his first season after the Diamondbacks went 93-69. Arizona beat Colorado in the NL wild card game, then was swept by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the Division Series.
Jones gets one-fight license
UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones was granted a one-fight license by the Nevada State Athletic Commission, clearing way for his title defense against Anthony Smith at UFC 235 on March 2.
Jones had a hearing in front of the commission regarding the M3 metabolite, oral turinabol, for which he tested positive prior to his fight against Alexander Gustafsson at UFC 232 on Dec. 29, originally set for Las Vegas.
The NSAC did not license Jones to fight in Nevada due to the unknown circumstances of why he tested positive for the same substance that got him suspended for 15 months in July 2017. The commission did not know of the test results until Dec. 21.
UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov was fined $500,000 and suspended for nine months for a brawl inside and outside the octagon after his fight with Conor McGregor at UFC 229. McGregor was fined $50,000 and suspended for six months.
Davis fined $50,000
Anthony Davis’ agent let everyone know he wants out of New Orleans, and now it will cost his client $50,000.
The NBA fined the Pelicans star because of his agent’s comments that Davis won’t sign an extension and wants to be traded.
The league office said Davis violated a collectively-bargained rule prohibiting players or their representatives from making public trade demands. The NBA said the fine is for statements that were made by Davis’ agent, Rich Paul, on Monday in an intentional effort to undermine the contractual relationship between Davis and the Pelicans. Davis is under contract with New Orleans through the end of the 2019-20 season.
Hirscher stays on a roll
Marcel Hirscher reminded everyone of his slalom supremacy, winning the last World Cup race before the world championships by a big margin in Austria.
After being beaten in his last two races, the seven-time overall champion from Austria posted the fastest times in both runs of a night event.
Hirscher built a lead of nearly a second in the opening run and added another two-tenths in the final run to win by a massive 1.21 seconds ahead of Alexis Pinturault of France.