Free-agent Fernando Rodney agreed to a one-year, incentive-laden contract with the San Diego Padres, who will give the veteran reliever the opportunity to close. The deal is pending a physical.

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Rodney signs with Padres

Free-agent Fernando Rodney agreed to a one-year, incentive-laden contract with the San Diego Padres, who will give the veteran reliever the opportunity to close. The deal is pending a physical.

The San Diego Union-Tribune reported that Rodney’s base salary for 2016 is $1.6 million. The former Mariners closer has a club option for 2017 worth $2 million against a $400,000 buyout. The deal includes $5 million in annual incentives that also escalate the option. If Rodney reaches all his performance bonuses in the first year, the option would be worth $7 million, with the $5 million in available incentives rolling over.

Rodney’s total earnings over two years could go as high as $18.6 million.

Rodney, who turns 39 in March, will join the Padres’ staff as its only members with extensive experience pitching the ninth inning. Over 13 seasons with the Tigers, Angels, Rays, Mariners and Cubs, he has a 3.71 earned-run average and 236 saves. He was an American League All-Star in 2012 (with Tampa Bay) and 2014 (with Seattle), saving 48 games both years.

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His numbers, however, plummeted in 2015. After recording a 5.68 ERA and blowing six saves through 54 appearances, the Mariners designated him for assignment in August and subsequently traded him to the Cubs for cash. Rodney did perform better in a setup role for Chicago, posting a 0.75 ERA in 14 games.

In other news:

• The Colorado Rockies finalized a $27.5 million, three-year contract with outfielder Gerardo Parra.

• Free-agent reliever Antonio Bastardo and the NL champion New York Mets have agreed to terms on a $12 million, two-year contract.

• With worries about terrorism heightened, the owners began a two-day meeting in Coral Gables, Fla., by discussing threat protection with the U.S. Homeland Security secretary Jes Johnson.


Spieth’s goal: win Ryder Cup

Forget the majors, forget an Olympic gold medal: Jordan Spieth’s big goal in 2016 is winning the Ryder Cup with the United States.

“We’re tired of hearing about changes that need to be made. We’re tired of hearing about the past,” the top-ranked Spieth said. “And we’re ready to believe in a younger, more hungry team going forward.”

The European team has won eight of the past 10 editions of the Ryder Cup, and will defend the cup at Hazeltine in September for a third straight time after winning 16½-11½ at Gleneagles in 2014.

“When we get there this year, it starts over,” said Spieth, who is playing the Abu Dhabi Championship this week. “If we go in believing that the Ryder Cup, this is the inaugural event, this is a clean slate, we are ready to go and start a new trend, then we’ll be fine.”


Real Madrid richest club

Real Madrid is soccer’s biggest moneymaker for the 11th straight year, while Bayern Munich dropped to its lowest position in eight years.

Madrid’s revenue of $628 million in 2014-15 kept it on top.

European and Spanish champion Barcelona regained second place by generating $609 million, displacing Manchester United, which made $560 million while still struggling on the pitch in the post-Alex Ferguson era.

French champion Paris Saint-Germain climbed to fourth by generating $522 million, followed by Bayern at $515 million.

Lionel Messi’s tax fraud trial in Spain has been set for May 31-June 3, conflicting with the start of the centennial Copa America in the United States.

The Copa America Centenario will kick off June 3, meaning the five-time world player of the year may not make it in time for Argentina’s opening game. The full Copa America schedule won’t be known until the draw Feb. 21.

Messi’s lawyers are expected to try to change the trial dates.

In other news:

• Jorge Sampaoli resigned as Chile’s national-team coach, departing just six months after his club won the Copa America.


Goalie Ward goes on IR

The Carolina Hurricanes placed veteran goalie Cam Ward on injured reserve with a concussion.

Ward is 14-11-5 this season with a goals-against average of 2.41, and he’s stopping 90.5 percent of the shots he faces.

Former Texas Christian quarterback Trevone Boykin will be welcomed back on campus and embraced, “ever in our hearts and minds,” athletic director Chris Del Conte told season-ticket holders and donors.

“He’s ours. We all make mistakes, right?” Del Conte said to applause during a town-hall style meeting.

Boykin was arrested at a San Antonio bar on the morning of Dec. 31, two days before TCU’s Alamo Bowl game against Oregon, accused of hitting a police officer during a struggle.

In other news:

• Old rivals Nebraska and Oklahoma have added two more games against each other to their future schedules. Nebraska announced the games for 2029 and 2030. Those are in addition to previously announced meetings in 2021 and 2022.


• Basketball’s world governing body has ended a ban on Mexico that threatened its place in a 2016 Olympics men’s qualifying tournament.