Dodgers bolster rotation with signing of Kazmir

Left-hander Scott Kazmir agreed to a three-year contract Wednesday with the Los Angeles Dodgers.

The three-time All-Star was among the top names left on the free-agent market after revitalizing his career over the past three seasons with Cleveland, Oakland and Houston. He went 7-11 and ranked fourth in the AL with a 3.10 ERA last season for the Athletics and Astros.

The Dodgers lost right-hander Zack Greinke in free agency to Arizona, and failed to close a deal with right-hander Hisashi Iwakuma, who re-signed with Seattle.

Kazmir returns to southern California after crashing out of the majors during three seasons with the Los Angeles Angels in 2011. After recovering from injuries and playing independent ball, he returned to the Indians in 2013.


D-LEAGUE: The Maine Red Claws acquired Davon Usher from the available player pool.

Usher played overseas last season after starring at the University of Delaware. He averaged 21.2 points for the Blue Hens in 2013-14.


WORLD CUP: Olympic champion Matthias Mayer was released from the hospital, 11 days after breaking two vertebrae while wearing a protective air bag in a much-debated World Cup downhill crash.

“I am basically doing very well,” the Austrian skier declared at a news conference, adding that he expected to get back on skis in August to prepare for the 2016-17 season.

One of his surgeons, Klaus Galiano, said he expected Mayer to “fully recover,” with his back regaining its usual strength, enabling a return to World Cup racing.


FIFA INVESTIGATION: Swiss authorities handed over bank documents related to the FIFA corruption scandal to their American counterparts.

The Federal Office of Justice said that the package of evidence will be used in the criminal investigation against several soccer officials suspected of bribery and other offenses.

“It relates to bank accounts allegedly used for bribes connected with the grant of marketing rights to soccer tournaments in Latin America and the USA,” the Swiss office said in a statement.

PREMIER LEAGUE: Christian Benteke scored a winning goal for the second straight game as Liverpool beat host Sunderland 1-0 to stay in the hunt for Champions League qualification.


MIAMI OPEN: A lawyer for the tournament said the event is all but certain to leave Key Biscayne, Florida, because of a court decision that blocks the tournament from upgrading its complex on the island near Miami.

– From staff and news services