The Arizona Diamondbacks have given manager Torey Lovullo a two-year contract extension through the 2021 season.
Lovullo, 53, was a coach for manager John Farrell in Toronto and Boston, then was hired as Arizona’s manager in October 2016.
He was voted NL Manager of the Year in his first season after the Diamondbacks went 93-69. Arizona beat Colorado in the NL wild-card game, then was swept by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the Division Series.
Arizona dipped to 82-80 last year and failed to make the playoffs.
• Relief pitcher Jenrry Mejia, allowed back into baseball after a lifetime ban caused by three positive drug tests, has agreed to a minor-league contract with the Boston Red Sox.
If added to the 40-man roster, the 29-year-old Dominican right-hander would receive a one-year contract at a rate of $625,000 while in the major leagues and $90,400 while in the minors. Mejia has been out of the majors since July 2015.
Mejia was suspended for life Feb. 12, 2016, after his third positive test for a banned steroid. The drug agreement allowed him to apply a year later for reinstatement that would be effective a minimum of two years after the ban started, with the decision at the commissioner’s discretion. Commissioner Rob Manfred gave him conditional reinstatement July 6 and said Mejia could return to the big leagues in 2019.
• Switch-hitting infielder Neil Walker agreed to a one-year contract with the Miami Marlins and is expected to compete for a starting job. Walker slumped badly with the Yankees last season, hitting .197 with 19 RBIs in the first half, then improved to .247 with 27 RBIs in the second half to finish at .219 with 11 homers and 46 RBIs in 113 games.
• John Ricco, who replaced new A’s executive Sandy Alderson as the Mets’ general manager on an interim basis, is staying with New York as senior vice president and senior strategy officer.
• Infielder Freddy Galvis and the Toronto Blue Jays agreed to a $5 million, one-year contract, a cut from his $6,825,000 salary in 2018.
Colts re-sign Luck protector
The Indianapolis Colts signed starting right guard Mark Glowinski to a three-year contract extension worth $18 million.
Glowinski was paft of a line that allowed quarterback Andrew Luck to be sacled a league-low 18 times and paved the way for Marlon Mack to top the 100-yard mark four times during the regular season — the most by an Indy runner since Joseph Addai in 2007.
• The Green Bay Packers are bringing back Luke Getsy, this time as their quarterbacks coach to work with Aaron Rodgers. Getsy spent four seasons on former head coach Mike McCarthy’s staff before leaving to become Mississippi State’s offensive coordinator and wide receivers coach last year.
• In other assistant coaching announcements, the Baltimore Ravens hired former Buffalo quarterbacks coach David Culley as assistant head coach and passing coordinator. … The Chicago Bears hired Mark DeLeone as inside linebackers coach. DeLeone spent the past six seasons on Andy Reid’s staff in Kansas City and worked with Chicago head coach Matt Nagy from 2013 through ’17.
Soccer: Manchester City’s grip on the English Premier League title loosened even more after a 2-1 loss at Newcastle. Meanwhile, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s record winning run as Manchester United manager ended at home to Burnley despite a late rally to draw.
With second-place City losing for the fourth time this season, Liverpool can move seven points clear by beating Leicester on Wednesday as the team bids to become English champion for the first time since 1990.
Sergio Aguero gave City the lead after just 24 seconds — the quickest goal in the league this season — only for the defending champions to concede twice in the second half against an injury-hit team that started the game one point above the relegation zone.
Solskjaer was looking to become the first manager to win his first seven EPL games in charge of a team but United could only draw 2-2 against Burnley, another team fighting relegation. United needed late goals from Paul Pogba and Victor Lindelof to rescue a point.
United missed the chance to move even on points with fourth-place Chelsea in the race for Champions League qualification.
In its first match since the disappearance and presumed death of its new striker Emilano Sala, Cardiff lost 2-1 at Arsenal on an emotional night at Emirates Stadium.
• Amid shoes being thrown in insult, Qatar won its politically charged match against host United Arab Emirates 4-0 and advanced to the Asian Cup final. The Qataris, who will host the World Cup in 2022, will face four-time champion Japan on Friday in the final.
Skiing: Austria’s Marcel Hirscher dominated a men’s World Cup night slalom in Schladming, Austria, for his 10th win of the season.
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