Ex-A’s pitcher Straily signs with Korea team

Former A’s right-hander Dan Straily signed a one-year contract worth $800,000 with South Korea’s Lotte Giants, the Korea Baseball Organization club announced Saturday.

Straily, 31, became a free agent in October after spending last season with the Baltimore Orioles, his sixth major-league team.

The A’s selected him in the 24th round of the 2009 draft. He spent his first 2½ major-league seasons in Oakland and started Game 4 for the 2013 AL Division Series against Detroit. Midway through the 2014 season, Straily was teaded to the Chicago Cubs along with shortstop Addison Russell and outfielder Billy McKinney for pitchers Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel.

He has not played for more than two seasons with a single team since, pitching also for the Houston Astros, Cincinnati Reds and Miami Marlins.

Baltimore traded him to Philadelphia before the trade deadline last season, but he only appeared in the Phillies’ minor-league system.

Each KBO team is allowed two foreign pitchers with Straily joining pitcher Adrian Sampson, formerly of the Seattle Mariners and Texas Rangers, who signed with the Giants in November.

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Mo Salah and Liverpool are running away with the English Premier League.

Salah used his blistering pace and a bit of trickery to score both goals in Liverpool’s 2-0 win over Watford — a result that extended the Reds’ lead to 10 points as they move closer to a first title in 30 years.

Closest challenger Leicester was held to a 1-1 draw at home by Norwich, and defending champion Manchester City is a full 17 points behind in third place ahead of its game at Arsenal on Sunday.

Fourth-place Chelsea, meanwhile, slumped to a fourth loss in five league games with a 1-0 home defeat to Bournemouth — giving added hope to the handful of teams chasing the final Champions League spot.

• A disputed decision not to award a late penalty may have cost Barcelona the Spanish league lead entering Wednesday’s “clasico” against Real Madrid.

Barcelona was held to a 2-2 draw at Real Sociedad on Saturday, giving Madrid a chance to go into the midweek match at Camp Nou Stadium with a two-point lead if it beats Valencia on Sunday.

Barcelona was expected to file a formal complaint to the Spanish soccer federation over the non-call, which came after Real Sociedad defender Diego Llorente appeared to pull down Gerard Pique by his jersey in stoppage time.

• Philippe Coutinho has finally lived up to Bayern Munich’s high hopes for the Brazil playmaker. Coutinho scored a hat trick and set up two more goals to help Bayern end its two-game losing run in the Bundesliga with a 6-1 rout of Werder Bremen. “That was his game,“ said fellow goal-scorer Robert Lewandowski, who scored two.

Skiing: By the smallest margin, Italy’s Sofia Goggia won a super-G race in St. Maritz, Switzerland, and Mikaela Shiffrin was third, which helped extend the American’s overall standings lead.

Goggia was just 0.01 of a second faster than teammate Federico Brignone on a sunny, windswept mountain. Shiffrin was only 0.13 behind Goggia for her sixth podium finish in eight World Cup races so far as she seeks a fourth straight overall title.

It was the second time in two weeks that Shiffrin stood looking up at two Italians. It also happened in a giant slalom at Killington, Vt., where Marta Bassino edged Brignone for victory.

Goggia’s seventh career World Cup win was her third in super-G.

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