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Signed The Dallas Mavericks have signed Japanese guard Yuki Togashi after he played on their summer league team. Togashi averaged 5.3 points in four summer league games. The native of Niigata, Japan, played high school basketball at the Maryland school that produced Kevin Durant.

Announced Texas Rangers outfielder Alex Rios will become a free agent after the World Series. The Rangers have declined a $14 million option for 2015, and will pay Rios a $2 million buyout. After Wednesday’s decision, they could still work out another deal for Rios to return next season.

Rios hit .280 with 54 RBIs this year.

Laura Davies of England is one of four people who have been chosen for the World Golf Hall of Fame. Davies long has been regarded Britain’s greatest female golfer with four majors, 12 appearances in the Solheim Cup, and some 70 wins around the world. The others chosen for induction are Mark O’Meara, David Graham of Australia and architect A.W. Tillinghast.

• Gymnast Simone Biles added another trophy to her case. The 17-year-old won the Sportswoman of the Year award presented by the Women’s Sports Foundation. Olympic ice dance gold medalist Meryl Davis earned the honor in the team competition.

Switching Russia’s skating federation said that former world junior champion Lubov Iliushechkina is switching her allegiance to Canada. The 22-year-old Iliushechkina has been frozen out of international competition since 2012, when her partnership with Nodari Maisuradze ended and the federation refused permission for her to switch allegiance to France.

Appointed The Royal & Ancient Golf Club has appointed business executive Martin Slumbers as its new secretary and the chief executive of its business arm. Slumbers succeeds Peter Dawson, who is retiring next September after 16 years. He will start in March as the chief executive designate so he can spend six months working with Dawson.

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