Ex-Mariners pitcher Freddy Garcia and the New York Yankees reached agreement on a minor-league deal that could be worth up to $5.1 million, sources said.

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Yankees reportedly give pitcher Garcia a minor-league contract: Ex-Mariners pitcher Freddy Garcia and the New York Yankees reached agreement on a minor-league deal, sources said.

Garcia was 12-6 with a 4.64 earned-run average for the Chicago White Sox last year. The two-time All-Star gets a $1.5 million base salary if he is on the Yankees’ major-league roster and could make up to $3.6 million more in performance-based incentives, ESPN reported.

The contract lets Garcia opt out by March 29, a source told The Associated Press.

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Dickey, Pagan agree to deals with Mets: Pitcher R.A. Dickey agreed to a $7.8 million, two-year contract with the New York Mets and outfielder Angel Pagan agreed to a $3.5 million, one-year deal with the team.

Former Mariners knuckleballer Dickey, 36, was 11-9 with a 2.84 ERA for the Mets last year.

Pagan, 29, hit .290 with 11 home runs and 69 runs batted in.


Torres goes from Liverpool to Chelsea: Spanish forward Fernando Torres joined Chelsea for a British-record transfer fee said to be $79.5 million as big-spending English clubs concluded a record-breaking spending spree during the January transfer window.

Liverpool sold Torres, 26, to Chelsea.

More than $345 million was spent in the month by English Premier League teams, surpassing the previous high of $290 million set in 2009.

Manchester City’s Carlos Tevez was recognized as being the previous most expensive signing within British soccer after moving from Manchester United for about $76 million in 2009.

American Bradley is loaned to Aston Villa of England: U.S. midfielder Michael Bradley, 23, has been loaned to England’s Aston Villa from Germany’s Borussia Moenchengladbach until the end of the season. He will be available to Villa once he gets international clearance and a visa.

Ex-Washington Huskies keeper Solo is back on U.S. roster: Goalkeeper Hope Solo, a former Washington Huskies standout from Richland, and forward Abby Wambach are on the roster for a U.S. women’s training camp in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., after missing the Four Nations Tournament in China because of injuries.

Solo, the No. 1 U.S. keeper, has been sidelined since surgery on her right shoulder in September. Wambach is returning from a heel injury.

The team is getting ready for the Algarve Cup in Portugal, where its first match will be against Japan on March 2.


Work on a Tiger Woods development in Dubai is on hold: Plans for a Tiger Woods signature golf estate, including mansions and a boutique hotel, have been shelved as Dubai’s financial downturn claimed another major project launched during the boom years.

A statement by the course developer — part of a conglomerate controlled by Dubai’s debt-squeezed ruler, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum — said “market conditions” were behind the decision to suspend work on The Tiger Woods Dubai on the city’s desert outskirts.

“We’ve got six completed holes and a few that were about to be grassed before construction was halted,” Woods said of the $1 billion course.

“Everything is on hold.”

Woods is scheduled to play in the Dubai Desert Classic, which starts Feb. 10.

College football

Ex-Florida coach Meyer joins ESPN as analyst: Urban Meyer, 46, is joining ESPN as an analyst, less than two months after he resigned from his job as Florida’s coach.

Meyer will call one game a week during the regular season and also serve as a studio analyst, network officials said. He will start with Wednesday’s signing-day coverage.

Meyer served as a guest analyst for ESPN’s coverage of the BCS National Championship Game. He considered doing nothing that involved football for a year, but said, “I don’t sit around very well.”

Nike donation to Penn State honors Paterno: Nike is giving $400,000 to Penn State’s libraries in honor of Hall of Fame coach Joe Paterno, who has 401 career victories.


Canucks call up prospect Hodgson: The Western Conference-leading Vancouver Canucks called up center Cody Hodgson, 20, from Manitoba of the American Hockey League.

Hodgson has 10 goals and 26 points in 28 games with Manitoba this season. He returned last week after missing about six weeks with a broken orbital bone from taking a teammate’s stick to the face in practice.

Hodgson, hampered by a back injury last season, was the 10th player drafted in 2008.

Tootoo gets OK to practice: Forward Jordin Tootoo, 27, worked out with Nashville for the first time since being cleared to practice by the league and the NHL Players’ Association after entering the follow-up-care phase of the substance-abuse and behavioral-health program. He voluntarily entered the program Dec. 27 and is prohibited from discussing exactly why he sought help.


Sochi 2014 Olympics construction chief resigns: Prime Minister Vladimir Putin appointed a new head of construction for the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi, Russia.

Taimuraz Bolloyev reportedly stepped down for health reasons and Putin appointed Sergei Gaplikov, 40, to replace him.

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