Compiled from wire reports
Happ heading back to Jays for three years, $36 million
•?J.A. Happ is headed back to the Toronto Blue Jays.
The left-hander agreed to a $36 million, three-year contract on Friday, returning to the team he pitched for from 2012-14.
Happ fills another rotation spot for the AL East champions, who could lose fellow lefties David Price and Mark Buehrle in free agency this offseason. Perhaps the biggest prize on the market, Price is expected to command a huge deal.
Earlier this month, Toronto re-signed right-hander Marco Estrada to a $26 million, two-year contract.
The 33-year-old Happ was 11-8 with a 3.61 ERA in 31 starts for Seattle and Pittsburgh last season, setting career highs with 172 innings and 151 strikeouts. He was especially effective after getting traded to the Pirates in July, going 7-2 with a 1.85 ERA in 11 starts down the stretch to help them earn an NL wild card.
Happ went 19-20 with a 4.39 ERA in 58 games, including 50 starts, over 2˝ seasons with the Blue Jays.
He also has pitched for Philadelphia and Houston, compiling a 62-61 record with a 4.13 ERA in 196 major league outings (171 starts).
Jones leads Australian play after shooting 3-under 68
•?Jordan Spieth and Adam Scott went in opposite directions at the Australian Open on Friday in Sydney, while Matt Jones used home-course advantage to shoot a 3-under 68 and take a 3-stroke lead. Jones, a member at the Australian Golf Club, had a 7-under 135 total on a course that was playing only slightly easier a day after brutal wind and heat sent scores soaring. Australia’s Todd Sinnott was second after a 70, while the top-ranked Spieth (68) and playing partner Geoff Ogilvy (71) were in a group of five tied for third, 4 behind Jones. Spieth won last year.
•?South Africa’s Charl Schwartzel shot a 5-under 67 to open a 5-stroke lead in the European Tour’s season-opening Alfred Dunhill Championship in Malelane, South Africa. Schwartzel had an 11-under 133 total at Leopard Creek. He won the event in 2005, 2012 and 2013. Spain’s Pablo Martin Benavides (69), South Africa’s Richard Sterne (70), France’s Benjamin Hebert (70) and the Netherland’s Joost Luiten (70) were tied for second.
Murray levels Davis Cup final with win over Belgian
•?Andy Murray kept Britain in contention in the Davis Cup final in Ghent, Belgium, when he beat Belgium’s Ruben Bemelmans in straight sets to leave the two nations level at 1-1 after the opening singles Friday. Murray, ranked No. 2 in the world, made a smooth transition to clay and won 6-3, 6-2, 7-5 against his left-handed opponent, who is ranked No. 108. Earlier, David Goffin rallied to beat Kyle Edmund 3-6, 1-6, 6-2, 6-1, 6-0, to put Belgium ahead.
— From wire reports