NCAA FOOTBALL: Arizona to host 2016 title game
UNDATED (AP) — Glendale, Ariz. will host the College Football Playoff championship in 2016 and Tampa, Fla., will be the site of the 2017 title game.
The conference commissioners who oversee the playoffs announced their choices for the sites of the second and third championship games in the new postseason system that goes into effect next season. The first championship game will be played Jan. 12, 2015, at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, home of the Dallas Cowboys.
The second title game is scheduled to be played Jan. 11, 2016, at University of Phoenix Stadium, home of the Fiesta Bowl and the NFL’s Cardinals.
MLB, Japan reach new deal
NEW YORK (AP) — Major League Baseball and Nippon Professional Baseball finalized a new posting system that caps the fee for players at $20 million, a deal that might lead to star pitcher Masahiro Tanaka going on the market.
Under the rules of the three-year agreement, a Japanese club may make players available between Nov. 1 and Feb. 1 and may set a price of up to $20 million.
Starting with the day after a player is posted and continuing for 30 days, any big league team willing to pay the fee may attempt to sign the player. A major league team pays the posting fee only if it signs the player, and the fee is then payable in installments, with the timing dependent on the amount.
• PHOENIX (AP) — The Arizona Diamondbacks acquired closer Addison Reed from the Chicago White Sox in exchange for third base prospect Matt Davidson.
• CLEVELAND (AP) — Closer John Axford reached agreement on a contract with the Indians, pending a physical. The 30-year-old Axford, who finished last season in St. Louis, is expected to have medical exams in the next few days.
• ST. LOUIS (AP) — The St. Louis Cardinals signed free-agent second baseman Mark Ellis to a one-year, $5.25 million contract, giving them insurance for rookie Kolten Wong.
Bucks owner seeking partners
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Bucks owner Herb Kohl wants to add to the team’s ownership group in hopes of building a new arena that he said would cement the team’s long-term future in Milwaukee.
Kohl said he hired a firm to help in the search for new partners, and that any new partners who are added will have to be equally committed to keeping the team in Milwaukee.