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Greinke gets $147 million from Dodgers

Zack Greinke was all smiles after signing $147 million contract. (Associated Press)
Zack Greinke was all smiles after signing $147 million contract. (Associated Press)

Baseball: The Los Angeles Dodgers signed free-agent pitcher Zack Greinke to a $147 million, six-year deal that is the richest for a right-hander in history. The Dodgers beat out Texas and the Los Angeles Angels, for whom Greinke pitched last season.

His introduction on Tuesday culminated a $183 million spending spree by the Dodgers in which they also signed South Korean left-hander Ryu Hyun-jin, who got a $36 million, six-year deal.

Greinke says he decided on the Dodgers because he believes they have a team in place that could win the World Series for several years. He says their offense is as deep as any team in baseball.

Youkilis joins Yankees: Kevin Youkilis is about to get a different look at the Red Sox-Yankees rivalry.

The hard-nosed Youkilis, who helped personify Boston’s championship teams over the past decade, became the latest former Red Sox star to switch sides and land in the Bronx. The free agent reached a deal that filled New York’s immediate need for a third baseman to fill in for injured Alex Rodriguez.

The one-year contract for $12 million is pending a physical.

Johnny Damon, Roger Clemens and Wade Boggs are among the Boston stars who wound up in pinstripes in recent times. Of course, the most famous player to make that move was Babe Ruth.

Choo traded to Reds: The Cleveland Indians have traded outfielder Shin-Soo Choo and infielder-outfielder Jason Donald to the Cincinnati Reds for outfielder Drew Stubbs.

The 30-year-old Choo batted .283 with 16 homers and 67 RBIs in 155 games last season. Donald hit .202 in 43 games. Stubbs batted .213 with 14 homers and 40 RBIs.

McCarthy signs with Arizona: Right-hander Brandon McCarthy and the Arizona Diamondbacks finalized their deal on a $15.5 million, two-year contract.

Irving leads Cavaliers past slumping Lakers

nba: Kyrie Irving scored 28 points in his return after missing 11 games with a broken finger, leading the Cleveland Cavaliers to a 100-94 win over the visiting Los Angeles Lakers, who dropped to a new low in a tumultuous season.

Irving added 11 assists in 39 minutes and showed off his dizzying array of moves as the Cavs ended a five-game losing streak.

Kobe Bryant scored 42 points and Dwight Howard had 19 points and 20 rebounds, but it wasn’t enough to stop the Lakers from losing for the eighth time in 11 games and to a Cleveland team that came in with just four wins.

Anthony scores 45 in win: Carmelo Anthony scored a season-high 45 points, Jason Kidd made the tiebreaking 3-pointer with 24 seconds left, and the New York Knicks rallied from an early 17-point hole to beat the host Brooklyn Nets 100-97.

Clippers win seventh straight: Blake Griffin had 22 points and 10 rebounds to help the Los Angeles Clippers beat the Chicago Bulls 94-89 for their seventh straight victory, the team’s longest winning streak in two decades.

College men: Brandon Paul scored 14 points and D.J. Richardson overcame a shoulder injury to add 11 and help 10th-ranked Illinois hold off Norfolk State 64-54 in Champaign, Ill.

The Illini (11-0) were coming off a win at Gonzaga on Saturday that helped move them into the top 10. Illinois was shooting 46 percent from the field coming in but was just 35 percent (21 for 60) against the Spartans (6-6) .

No. 3 Wolverines roll: Trey Burke scored 19 points and freshman Nik Stauskas added 12 to lead No. 3 Michigan (10-0) to a 67-39 victory over Binghamton (2-9) in Ann Arbor, Mich.

Thomas leads Maryland win

College women: Alyssa Thomas had 23 points and 13 rebounds, and Katie Rutan added a season-high 16 points to lead No. 10 Maryland (7-2) to an 88-43 win over Towson (4-4) in Towson, Md.

Armstrong opposed releasing records

Miscellany: Lance Armstrong resisted turning over records sought by U.S Postal Service investigators, then tried to keep the inquiry under seal and out of the public eye, according to recently released court documents.

In 2011, Postal Service officials investigating Armstrong and his teams for doping wanted records from his team management groups, financial statements, training journals and correspondence with former training consultant Michele Ferrari. He eventually complied with the subpoena but as recently as October was still asking the courts to keep the inquiry private.

Sporting News drops print edition: The publisher and editor-in-chief of Sporting News say the magazine will become online-only at the start of the year.