Chris Sale, Red Sox near $145 million, five-year deal

The Boston Red Sox and ace Chris Sale reportedly have agreed to a $145 million, five-year contract.

The Athletic and ESPN reported the agreement is in place.

Sale, a seven-time All-Star, struck out the side in the ninth inning of Game 5 of the 2018 World Series against the Dodgers to close out Boston’s fourth championship in 15 seasons. The deal reportedly hinges on a physical next week and includes an opt-out after three years.

• The St. Louis Cardinals and first baseman Paul Goldschmidt are nearing completion of a $130 million, five-year agreement through the 2024 season that would make him the highest paid player in club history.

Golf: Defending champion Paul Casey holed a 30-foot eagle putt on the 599-yard fifth hole and made short birdie putts on the other three par 5s on his way to a 5-under-par 66, giving him a share of the lead with Austin Cook in the PGA Tour’s Valspar Championship at Palm Harbor, Fla.

Casey and Cook, who shot a 67, were at 6-under 136. Luke Donald (70) was one behind, along with Scott Stallings (68) and Sungjae Im (67). Dustin Johnson (69) was two back.

• Robert Garrigus became the first PGA Tour player suspended for a drug of abuse, saying on Twitter that he had a relapse with marijuana. He was suspended for three months.

• Sung Hyun Park shot her second straight 6-under 66 at the LPGA Tour’s Founders Cup for a share of the lead with Yu Liu halfway through the second round in Phoenix.

• Ernie Els carded a 2-under-par 70 to reach 6-under and was two shots behind Maybank Championship leader Thomas Pieters (69) on a crowded leaderboard after the second round of the European Tour event in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Tennis: Serena Williams steadied her game in the final set to beat Rebecca Peterson 6-3, 1-6, 6-1 to avoid a repeat of last year’s Miami Open, when she was eliminated in the first round by Naomi Osaka.

The No. 1-ranked Osaka beat qualifier Yanina Wickmayer 6-0, 6-7 (3), 6-1. Also, defending champion Sloane Stephens beat Ons Jabeur 6-2, 6-3 and Venus Williams beat No. 24 Carla Suarez Navarro 7-6 (4), 6-1.

On the men’s side, six-time champion Novak Djokovic beat Bernard Tomic 7-6 (2), 6-2.

Figure skating: Olympic champion Alina Zagitova of Russia won the free skate to capture her first world title at the world championships in Saitama, Japan.

NFL: The Buffalo Bills have signed tackle/tight end Jake Fisher and linebacker Maurice Alexander to one-year contracts.

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