Update on the latest in sports:
Monday night football
UNDATED (AP) – Monday night football has Tennessee taking on Dallas. Both clubs have the same record at 3-4.
Japanese pitcher Kikuchi free to negotiate with MLB teams
TOKYO (AP) – The Seibu Lions have agreed to post pitcher Yusei Kikuchi, clearing the way for the 27-year-old left-hander to negotiate with teams in Major League Baseball.
Since Kikuchi cannot file for international free agency until 2020, he needed Seibu’s approval in order to use the posting system to move to the majors.
Kikuchi has a 73-46 career record with a 2.77 ERA in Nippon Professional Baseball. He went 14-4 this year and struck out 153 batters in 163-2/3 innings.
All postings by NPB teams must occur between Nov. 1 and Dec. 5, with a 30-day negotiating window to follow.
Under the posting system, a Japanese team posting a player to the majors will receive a fee based on an agreed percentage of the value of the contract, bonuses and incentives.
The fee will be 20 percent of the first $25 million of a major league contract, including earned bonuses and options. The percentage drops to 17.5 percent of the next $25 million and 15 percent of any amount over $50 million.
Mayweather to fight Japanese kickboxer Nasukawa in December
TOKYO (AP) – Floyd Mayweather is planning on fighting Japanese kickboxer Tenshin Nasukawa on Dec. 31 in Saitama, north of Tokyo.
The 41-year-old Mayweather is 50-0 in his boxing career but has never fought professionally under MMA rules, although he did have a lucrative win over MMA fighter Conor McGregor last year.
Japanese promoter the RIZIN Fighting Federation says rules and the weight class for the bout have not been set.
The 20-year-old Nasukawa, speaking at a news conference alongside Mayweather, called it “probably the biggest event of my life so far.”
He also vowed to end Mayweather’s long string of victories.
Ludacris, Migos to perform at pre-Super Bowl concert
NEW YORK (AP) – Ludacris, Migos and Lil Jon will represent Atlanta and hip-hop culture when they perform at the EA SPORTS BOWL days before the Super Bowl next year.
Electronic Arts Inc. and OnLocation Experiences announced today that Lil Yachty, Metro Boomin and Lil Baby will also hit the stage at the State Farm Arena in Atlanta on Jan. 31, 2018, for the concert celebrating rappers from Atlanta. Super Bowl 53 will take place Feb. 3 at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta.
Ludacris, a Grammy winner and successful actor, will perform alongside special guests. More performers who are from Atlanta will be announced at a later date.
The EA SPORTS BOWL is part of the three-day Bud Light Super Bowl Music Fest, which runs from Jan. 31 to Feb. 2. Tickets go on sale Friday.