NEW YORK, N.Y. - Pitcher Hiroki Kuroda will return to the New York Yankees' rotation.
The right-hander agreed to a one-year deal for $16 million to come back and fill one of three holes in the rotation behind CC Sabathia and Ivan Nova.
Kuroda, who turns 39 in February, got off to a strong start last season before fading down the stretch. He finished 11-13 with a 3.31 ERA in 32 starts covering 201 1-3 innings.
SUN CITY, South Africa - Reflecting Nelson Mandela's vision for sport in his country, South Africa's multi-racial rugby sevens team huddled Saturday in the middle of the stadium named after the anti-apartheid leader, raised their hands to the skies and joined them together.
The South Africans then won their game.
MANCHESTER, England - The most unpredictable Premier League season in years threw up more surprises Saturday when Chelsea conceded a 90th-minute winner at Stoke and beleaguered defending champion Manchester United lost to Newcastle for a second home defeat in four days.
VANCOUVER - Rich Stubler is out as defensive co-ordinator of the B.C. Lions.
The club announced on Saturday that they will not renew Stubler's contract for the 2014 season, ending his latest stint in B.C.
Stubler had finished his second year as the team's defensive co-ordinator after returning to B.C. in 2012 following stays with the club in 2000 and 2010.
"I am grateful for Rich's contributions to our organization and on behalf of our club, I wish him the very best in the future," said head coach Mike Benevides.
LILLEHAMMER, Norway - Alex Harvey was the top Canadian on Saturday, finishing 16th in the 15-kilometre event at a cross-country skiing World Cup event.
Harvey, from St-Ferreol-les-Neiges, Que., finished the Nordic track filled with steeps climbs and fast descents in 35 minutes 50.2 seconds.
MADRID - Real Madrid says forward Gareth Bale has the flu and will miss the team's Copa del Rey opener at third-division Olimpic Xativa on Saturday.
Madrid will be without the Wales international and the injured Cristiano Ronaldo, likely leaving its attack to Karim Benzema or youngsters Jese Rodriguez and Alvaro Morata.
Bale scored his first hat trick for Madrid last weekend since his world record 100-million euro transfer from Tottenham this summer.
Madrid will play the second leg of its round-of-32 tie in two weeks at its Santiago Bernabeu Stadium.
FUKUOKA, Japan - Tessa Virtue of London, Ont., and Scott Moir of Ilderton, Ont., were edged out by Americans Meryl Davis and Charlie White for top spot in record performances Saturday in ice dancing at the ISU Grand Prix Final.
Davis and White, the current world champions, earned 191.35 points while Virtue and Moir, the Olympic champs, finished at 190.00. They are the two highest scores ever in the event. Nathalie Pechalat and Fabian Bourzat of France were third at 169.11.
WINNIPEG - Sherry Middaugh is a Canadian curling veteran with a hard-luck streak getting to the big game, but she will be playing Jennifer Jones Saturday for the right to represent Canada at the Olympics.
Middaugh fed off Rachel Homan's mistakes to cruise to a 10-4 win at the women's semifinal at the Olympic Curling trials Friday night.
"In the past it's been normally like a missed shot on my behalf, maybe nerves, but the fact (is) that maybe all those experiences have helped," Middaugh said of her record of stumbling before the finish line was in sight.
NEW YORK, N.Y. - Carlos Beltran is coming back to New York, this time to the Bronx.
The All-Star outfielder and the Yankees agreed Friday to a $45 million, three-year contract, two people familiar with the deal said. Beltran's agreement came hours after second baseman Robinson Cano decided to leave for Seattle and on the same day pitcher Hiroki Kuroda agreed to return for 2014.
CALGARY - Maxime Talbot finally got his name on the score sheet as a member of the Colorado Avalanche.
The 29-year-old scored once and assisted on another as Colorado edged the host Calgary Flames 3-2 on Friday.
"It's about time, I waited a lot of games for this," Talbot said. "After this goal, you have 50 pounds off your shoulders."
Talbot's goal was his first in 16 games as a member of the Avalanche since being acquired from the Philadelphia Flyers on Oct. 31 in exchange for forward Steve Downie.