Dodgers sign Maeda to 8-year deal...Giants get outfielder Span in 3-year deal

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Dodgers have finalized a $25 million, eight-year contract with Japanese pitcher Kenta Maeda, a deal that could be worth $106.2 million if he stays healthy. The 27-year old right-hander and the Dodgers acknowledged that his physical revealed unspecified "irregularities." Maeda has had elbow issues but says he's confident he will be able to pitch a full season in the major leagues.

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Giants have agreed on a $31 million, three-year deal with free-agent outfielder Denard (deh-NARD') Span, pending a physical. The 31-year old batted .301 with five homers, 22 RBIs and a .365 on-base percentage in 61 games last season with Washington. He missed time with injuries to his back, left hip and right core.

CHICAGO (AP) — Boston coach Brad Stevens missed the Celtics' game tonight against the Chicago Bulls to visit ailing former Butler player Andrew Smith. Smith, a center who played in both of the Bulldogs' national championship game appearances when Stevens was their coach, has been battling non-Hodgkin's lymphoma.

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — The New York Giants interviewed a pair of defensive coordinators for their vacant head coaching job in their search to replace Tom Coughlin (KAWF'-lihn). The Giants confirmed they interviewed defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo early this morning and talked with Lions defensive coordinator Teryl Austin in the afternoon.

NEW YORK (AP) — Beyonce (bee-AHN'-say) is returning to the Super Bowl halftime show. Pepsi confirmed to The Associated Press that the 34-year-old singer will perform at the Feb. 7 show at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, California.

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