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Dodgers bring back Wood
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Left-hander Alex Wood has agreed to a $4 million, one-year contract to return to the Los Angeles Dodgers.
The seven-time defending NL West champions announced the deal Wednesday night with Wood, who spent last season with Cincinnati after the Dodgers traded him away in December 2018.
The contract is laden with performance incentives for the 29-year-old veteran. Wood gets a $4 million base salary, but he can earn up to $3.5 million more on a points system.
He gets one point for each start, or any relief appearance in which he gets 10 outs or more, and he will receive $250,000 each for earning 10, 12, 14, 16, 18 and 20 points. After that, he would get $500,000 apiece for earning 22, 24, 26 and 28 points.
He also could earn $2.5 million in innings incentives. He will get $500,000 apiece for pitching 110, 120, 130, 140 and 150 innings.
Wood made just seven starts for the Reds last season while struggling to overcome a back injury.
COLLEGE FOOTBALL-MISSOURI STATE-PETRINO
Petrino back in game, says he knew he wouldn’t stay retired
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) – Bobby Petrino says he is glad to have a job again, even if it’s at one of the bottom programs in the second tier of college football.
As he was introduced as Missouri State’s new coach Thursday, the 58-year-old said he knew he wasn’t going to stay retired.
Petrino has been out of the game since his November 2018 firing at Louisville. He landed at the Springfield, Missouri, school largely because of his relationship with athletic director Kyle Moats. The two worked at Louisville together in 2006-07. Moats said Petrino contacted him about the job after Dave Steckel was fired last week after winning 13 games in five seasons for the Bears of the Football Championship Subdivision.
Some aspects of Petrino’s coaching history made him a high-risk proposition at the big schools. He coached the Atlanta Falcons for 13 games in 2007 before abruptly resigning – leaving a note to the players in the locker room – to return to college coaching at Arkansas.
He led the Razorbacks to the Sugar Bowl following the 2010 season and a No. 5 final ranking the following season, when the Razorbacks won 11 games. A few months after that season ended, Petrino was injured in a motorcycle accident that exposed an extramarital affair with an athletic department employee, which led to his firing.
Petrino says one of the things he can teach players is that they always have obstacles to overcome.
AUSTRALIA OPEN-AIR QUALITY
Australian Open defends playing despite poor air quality
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) – The tournament director for the Australian Open is defending the decision to hold qualifying matches even though the air quality in Melbourne has been among the worst in the world.
Smoke from wildfires devastating parts of Australia has reached the tennis site and some players had trouble breathing.
Tournament director Craig Tiley says the Australian Open’s medical team was “satisfied” the conditions were OK for competition.
Play was delayed for an hour one day and two hours another day. Some rain has helped improve the air quality at Melbourne Park.