The Los Angeles Dodgers signed Scott Kazmir to a $48 million, three-year contract Wednesday, filling the hole in their starting rotation created by the departure of Zack Greinke.

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Dodgers sign Kazmir

The Los Angeles Dodgers signed Scott Kazmir to a $48 million, three-year contract Wednesday, filling the hole in their starting rotation created by the departure of Zack Greinke.

Kazmir can opt out of his contract after next season. The free-agent class of pitchers is particularly thin next offseason, with Stephen Strasburg, Andrew Cashner and the Dodgers’ Brett Anderson projected as the top available starters.

The Dodgers could open the season with a rotation comprised entirely of left-handers: Clayton Kershaw, Anderson, Kazmir, Alex Wood and Hyun-Jin Ryu.

General Manager Farhan Zaidi said the team would not rule out adding another veteran starting pitcher. Zaidi would not say whether the team had made a contract offer to Japanese right-hander Kenta Maeda.

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Kazmir, who turns 32 next month, was 7-11 with a 3.10 earned-run average for the Oakland Athletics and Houston Astros last season. He ranked fourth in the American League in ERA.


Pacquiao to fight Bradley

Manny Pacquiao will return to the ring April 9 for the first time since losing to Floyd Mayweather Jr., and it will be against a familiar foe.

Promoter Bob Arum said Pacquiao will fight Timothy Bradley at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas for a third time in his first bout since losing a decision to Mayweather in the richest fight ever. Pacquiao reinjured a shoulder in that fight and was ineffective against Mayweather in dropping the unanimous decision.

Technically, the fight with Bradley will be the rubber match of their three-fight series. However, most in boxing believe Pacquiao won the first fight in 2012 easily — the judges gave it to Bradley — and was largely dominant in the rematch, which he won by decision.

Bradley (33-1-1, 13 knockouts) is coming off an impressive win over Brandon Rios last month in Las Vegas.

Pacquiao (57-6-2, 38 knockouts) had surgery to repair a torn rotator cuff in his right shoulder after the Mayweather fight.


Bach: Sports must clean up

Sports organizations must work harder than ever in 2016 to clean up their act after a year of corruption and doping scandals that tarnished the Olympic movement, IOC president Thomas Bach said.

Bach said the entire Olympic world must live up to the public’s expectations of integrity and heed his call from a year ago to “change or be changed.”

“One just needs to look at the events over the last 12 months to realize that this message is even more urgent today to safeguard the credibility of sports organizations and to protect clean athletes,” Bach said. “Undoubtedly, recent developments in some sports cast a shadow across the whole world of sport.”

While Bach didn’t cite any sports by name, he was clearly referring to the corruption scandal that has enveloped soccer governing body FIFA and the allegations of bribery and doping cover-ups involving the IAAF and Russia’s track and field program.


Messi scores for Barcelona

Lionel Messi scored in his 500th match for Barcelona to help them ease past Real Betis 4-0 and ensure they kept the lead of the Spanish league to conclude a superb year for the Catalan club.

Barcelona broke a run of consecutive draws in the league to cap one of its best years in club history. Before kickoff Andres Iniesta paraded its recently won Club World Cup trophy, its fifth title won in 2015. The four goals scored took its year’s tally to 180, bettering Madrid’s milestone of 178 from 2014.

Cristiano Ronaldo helped Real Madrid remain two points behind the pacesetters after he missed one penalty before converting a second spot kick and adding another goal to lead a 3-1 win over injury-ravaged Real Sociedad.


Miami Open moving?

The Miami Open is all but certain to leave Key Biscayne because of a court decision, a lawyer for the tennis tournament said.

The ruling blocks the tournament from upgrading its complex on the island near Miami. Tournament officials have long said improvements are essential if the event is to remain among the most prestigious in tennis.

The Third District Court of Appeal last week affirmed a lower-court ruling that upheld restrictions on improvements. The property is owned by Miami-Dade County.

When asked about the chances of the Miami Open remaining on Key Biscayne long term, attorney Eugene Stearns said: “Absent a miracle, pretty dim.”


Auston Matthews had two goals and two assists to help the United States rout Switzerland 10-1 at the world junior hockey championship in Helsinki. Matthew Tkachuk added two goals and an assist, and Christian Dvorak, Zach Werenski and Colin White each had a goal and two assists for the United States (2-1).

Christian Benteke scored the winning goal for the second straight game as Liverpool beat Sunderland 1-0 in the English Premier League to stay in the hunt for Champions League qualification.

Peter Vint, a former director of the United States Olympic Committee, was hired by Everton as the English Premier League club’s academy director.

• Swiss authorities handed over bank documents related to the FIFA corruption scandal to their American counterparts. The Federal Office of Justice said the package of evidence will be used in the criminal investigation against several officials suspected of bribery and other offenses.

• Former NBA player and University of Connecticut star Tate George will have to wait until next month to find out his prison sentence for wire fraud. George was in court in Trenton, N.J., for the fourth day of his sentencing hearing. The judge ordered the parties to return Jan. 20.