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Rams • stlouisrams.com | 314-425-8830 Sunday 12/6 vs. Arizona noon KTVI (2)

Sunday 12/13 vs. Detroit noon KTVI (2)

Thursday 12/17 vs. Tampa Bay 7:25 p.m. KMOV (4)/NFL

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Cubs, Lackey agree on contract

Sunday 12/27 at Seattle 3:25 p.m. KTVI (2)

Blues • blues.nhl.com | 314-622-2583 Saturday 12/5 vs. Toronto 6 p.m. FSM

Tuesday 12/8 vs. Arizona 7 p.m. FSM

Thursday 12/10 vs. Philadelphia 7 p.m. FSM

Saturday 12/12 vs. Dallas 7 p.m. FSM

Mizzou men’s basketball • mutigers.com | 800-228-7297 Wednesday 12/9 vs. Omaha 7 p.m. SEC Network

Sunday 12/13 at Arizona 7 p.m. Pac 12 Networks

Saturday 12/19 vs. N. Carolina St. 5 p.m. SEC Network

Wednesday 12/23 vs. Illinois (Scottrade Ctr.) 6 p.m., ESPN2

Illini men’s basketball • ightingillini.com | 217-333-3470 Saturday 12/5 vs. W. Carolina 2 p.m.

Wednesday 12/9 Saturday 12/12 vs. Ill.-Chicago vs. Yale (in Chicago) 7 p.m. 1 p.m.

Saturday 12/19 vs. South Dakota 2 p.m.

SLU men’s basketball • slubillikens.com | 314-977-4758 Saturday 12/5 vs. Wichita State 8 p.m. ESPNU

Saturday 12/12 Wednesday 12/16 vs. Alabama A&M vs. Tenn.-Martin 7 p.m. 7 p.m. FSM

Saturday 12/19 vs. Indiana State 7 p.m. FSM

OTHER EVENTS MAJOR ARENA SOCCER LEAGUE • ST. LOUIS AMBUSH Sunday 12/6: at Milwaukee, 2:05 p.m. Saturday 12/12: vs. Tacoma, 7:05 p.m. FAIRMOUNT PARK HORSE RACING • Simulcasting: 11 a.m.-11:30 p.m. daily.

ON THE AIR SATURDAY BASKETBALL 11 a.m. College: Eastern Michigan at Penn State, BTN 11 a.m. College: Seton Hall at Rutgers, ESPNews 11 a.m. College: Binghamton at Michigan State, ESPNU 11 a.m. College: Indiana State at Butler, FS1 11 a.m. College: Bucknell at North Carolina State, FSM 11:30 a.m. College: Temple at Wisconsin, KMOV (4) 12 p.m. College: Syracuse at Georgetown, KTVI (2) 1 p.m. College: Houston Baptist at Michigan, ESPNU 1 p.m. College: Chicago State at DePaul, FS1 1:15 p.m. College: New Mexico at Purdue, BTN 1:30 p.m. College: Maine at Marquette, FSM 2 p.m. College: California at Wyoming, CBSSN 2 p.m. College: Illinois vs. Western Carolina, WQQX (1490 AM) 2 p.m. College: SIU Edwardsville at Northwestern, WSIE (88.7 FM) 2:15 p.m. College: Arizona at Gonzaga, ESPN 2:15 p.m. College: Harvard at Kansas, ESPN2 2:30 p.m. College: Missouri St. at Oklahoma St., FSM Plus 2:30 p.m. College: Kent State at Cleveland State, KDNL (DT-30.2, Charter 182) 3 p.m. College: Mississippi vs. Massachusetts, NBCSN 3 p.m. College: South Florida at South Carolina, SEC Network 3:30 p.m. College: Virginia Military Institute at Ohio State, BTN 4 p.m. College: Georgia Tech at Tulane, CBSSN 4:15 p.m. College women: Notre Dame at Connecticut, ESPN 4:15 p.m. College: Bufalo at Duke, ESPN2 5 p.m. College: SIU Carbondale at North Texas, KATZ (1600 AM) 6 p.m. College: Morehead State at Indiana, BTN 6 p.m. College: Southeast Missouri State at Memphis, CBSSN 6 p.m. College: Providence at Rhode Island, ESPNU 7:30 p.m. College: Western Kentucky at Xavier, FS1 8 p.m. College: St. Louis U. vs. Wichita State, ESPNU, WXOS (101.1 FM) 8 p.m. NBA: Indiana at Utah, FSM Plus 9:30 p.m. College: Texas A&M at Arizona State, ESPN2 BOXING 8 p.m. Daniel Jacobs vs. Peter Quillin, Showtime FOOTBALL • College 11 a.m. Texas at Baylor, ESPN 11 a.m. American championship: Temple at Houston, KDNL (30) 11 a.m. C-USA championship: S. Mississippi at Western Kentucky, ESPN2 3 p.m. SEC championship: Florida vs. Alabama, KMOV (4) 3 p.m. SWAC championship: Alcorn State vs. Grambling State, ESPNU 3:30 p.m. West Virginia at Kansas State, FS1 6:30 p.m. Mountain West championship: Air Force at San Diego State, ESPN2 6:45 p.m. Pac-12 championship: Stanford vs. USC, ESPN 7 p.m. ACC championship: Clemson vs. North Carolina, KDNL (30) 7:15 p.m. Big Ten championship: Iowa vs. Michigan State, KTVI (2) GOLF 11 a.m. PGA: Hero World Challenge, Golf Channel 1:30 p.m. PGA: Hero World Challenge, KSDK (5) 7 p.m. European PGA: Australian PGA Championship, Golf Channel 12 a.m. (Sun.) European LPGA: Kowa Queens Cup, Golf Channel 2 a.m. (Sun.) European PGA: Nedbank Golf Challenge, Golf Channel HOCKEY 5 p.m. College: Massachusetts at Notre Dame, NBCSN 6 p.m. Blues vs. Toronto, FSM, KMOX (1120 AM) 6 p.m. Nashville at Detroit, NHL Network 7 p.m. College: Ohio State at Minnesota, ESPNews RODEO 9 p.m. PRCA: National Finals, CBSSN SOCCER 6:40 a.m. English Premier League: Stoke City vs. Manchester City, NBCSN 8:30 a.m. Bundesliga: Borussia Monchengladbach vs. Bayern Munich, FS1 8:30 a.m. Bundesliga: Hertha Berlin vs. Bayer Leverkusen, FS2 8:55 a.m. English Premier League: Manchester United vs. West Ham United, NBCSN 9 a.m. English Premier League: Arsenal vs. Sunderland, USA 11:20 a.m. Bundesliga: VfL Wolfsburg vs. Borussia Dortmund, FS2 11:30 a.m. English Premier League: Chelsea vs. AFC Bournemouth, KSDK (5) WINTER SPORTS 12 p.m. Skiing: Audi Birds of Prey, NBCSN

SUNDAY’S HIGHLIGHTS BASKETBALL 1 p.m. College women: Duke at South Carolina, ESPN2 1 p.m. College: VCU vs. Florida State, ESPNU 1 p.m. College women: Virginia Tech at Tennessee, SEC Network 2 p.m. College women: Penn State at South Florida, CBSSN 2:30 p.m. NBA: Phoenix at Memphis, FSM 3 p.m. College women: Michigan at Princeton, ESPN2 4 p.m. College: San Diego State vs. San Diego at Petco Park, FSM Plus FOOTBALL 11 a.m. College: Final playof rankings, semiinal pairings, ESPN Noon NFL: Arizona at Rams, KTVI (2), WXOS (101.1 FM) 3 p.m. NFL: Kansas City at Oakland, KMOV (4) 3:25 p.m. NFL: Carolina at New Orleans, KTVI (2) 7:30 p.m. NFL: Indianapolis at Pittsburgh, KSDK (5), WXOS (101.1 FM)

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CHRIS LEE • clee@post-dispatch.com

John Lackey reacts to giving up a three-run home run to Chicago’s Javier Baez in the playofs.

LACKEY • FROM B1

The Cardinals rewarded Lackey with innings-pitched incentives that boosted his salary by some $2 million in 2015 and Lackey rewarded them with perhaps the best season of his career. Not only did Lackey compile a 13-10 record, but he posted a personal-best 2.77 earned run average. He gave up three runs or fewer in 30 of his 35 starts, counting the postseason, and he posted a 12th consecutive season of at least 10 wins, excluding 2012 when he didn’t pitch. For the Cardinals, he wound up as their top starter. For the Cubs, he probably will be No. 3 behind Lester and Cy Young Award winner Jake Arrieta, who led the majors with 22 victories. While the Red Sox gave

lefthander David Price $217 million for seven years although Price never has won a postseason start, Lackey has an 8-5 postseason record with the Angels, Boston and the Cardinals and ranks fourth among active pitchers with 165 regular-season victories. Having made Lackey a oneyear, qualifying ofer of $15.8 million and with Lackey declining it, the Cardinals will receive an amateur draft pick after the first round and before the second round next June for the Cubs signing Lackey. The Cubs will lose their firstround choice. Lackey will leave a Busch Stadium home park in which he had an 11-4 regular-season mark and a 2.03 ERA. At Wrigley in two regular-season starts, Lackey is 1-1 with a 1.32 ERA. Throughout the 2015 season,

Lackey had been consistent in saying he wanted to play only two more years. The Cubs have afforded him that opportunity, and Lackey now will have a chance for 200 career wins and perhaps pitching for a third diferent team in the World Series. He started and won the World Series title-clinching games for the 2002 Angels and the 2013 Red Sox. The Cubs fell one round short of the World Series this season when they had no reliable No. 3 or No. 4 starter. There was no immediate comment from the Cardinals nor from Lackey and his representative, Steve Hilliard. Rick Hummel @cmshhummel on Twitter rhummel@post-dispatch.com

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BASEBALL NOTEBOOK

Illini form search panel for AD

D’backs, Greinke agree to 6-year deal

An eight-member search committee has been named to help identify qualiied candidates for athletics director at the University of Illinois. Interim Chancellor Barbara Wilson said Friday that she has named Matt Wheeler, a professor in animal sciences and a faculty athletic representative, to head the committee. Wilson said she has not decided whether to hire a search irm to assist in the process. The new AD will be the university’s 14th in the athletics program’s 126 years of competition, overseeing an annual budget of $110 million and a staf of 275 employees. The university has 21 sports with more than 500 athletes. The opening was created when the university dismissed former AD Mike Thomas on Nov. 9, exercising a “without cause” separation clause in Thomas’ contract. The school will pay $2.5 million as part of Thomas’ buyout. Senior associate athletics director Paul Kowalczyk, former AD at Southern Illinois Carbondale, is serving as interim athletics director. (Mark Tupper) Kansas tops Missouri in volleyball • The host Kansas Jayhawks eliminated the Missouri Tigers 3-0 (25-16, 25-13, 27-25) in the second round of the NCAA volleyball tournament Friday night. Mizzou inished its season at 27-6. Spieth in three-way tie for lead • Jordan Spieth feels like he’s on vacation in the Bahamas. On the golf course, he’s all business. Spieth rallied from a rugged start with three straight birdies, and then a surge on the back nine carried him to a 6-under 66 and a share of the lead with Jimmy Walker and Bill Haas going into the weekend at the Hero World Challenge. “The grind is still there,” Spieth said. He had to work hard just to keep pace on a calm, muggy afternoon is the islands, where the wind wasn’t strong enough to blow out a match and it showed in the scoring. Rarely has this holiday event with an 18-man ield featured so many players near the lead. For a brief moment on the back nine, there was a seven-way tie for the lead. Jobe wins Champions tour qualifying meet • Brandt Jobe won the Champions Tour qualifying tournament to earn one of ive fully exempt spots next year, closing with a 2-under 69 for a one-stroke victory. Jobe, a six-time winner on the Japan Golf Tour, had an 18-under 266 total on TPC Scottsdale’s Champions Course. Tom Byrum, Willie Wood and Jose Coceres tied for second, and Mike Grob was another stroke back to take the last fully exempt spot. Byrum shot 63, Wood and Coceres 67, and Grob 69. The next seven players — John Riegger, Gibby Gilbert III, Jean-Francois Remesy, former Mizzou star Stan Utley, 1996 U.S. Open champion Steve Jones, Chien Soon Lu and Miguel Angel Martin — are conditionally exempt. Two FIFA oicials banned from soccer • FIFA vice presidents Juan Angel Napout and Alfredo Hawit have been banned from soccer after being indicted on bribery and racketeering charges. The FIFA ethics committee says judge Joachim Eckert applied the provisional bans, which were requested by ethics prosecutor Cornel Borbely. Napout, the president of the South American confederation CONCACAF, and Hawit, president of North and Central American and Caribbean body CONCACAF, were arrested in predawn raids at a Zurich hotel Thursday. From news services

Zack Greinke will still pitch in the NL West. But surprise — with the Arizona Diamondbacks. The Diamondbacks unexpectedly won the Greinke sweepstakes, beating out the rival Los Angeles Dodgers and San Francisco Giants for the free agent ace Friday night. He reached agreement on a $206.5 million, six-year deal, sources told The Associated Press. The major league ERA leader and runner-up for the NL Cy Young Award boosted the Dodgers to their third straight division title this season. Then the righty, 32, opted out of his contract, leaving $71.5 million on the table — and wound up with the richest deal, by yearly average, in baseball history. Greinke’s new deal contains deferred money. The $34.4 million average will be the sport’s highest, topping David Price’s $31 million with the Boston Red Sox. Earlier, pitcher Johnny Cueto turned down a $120 million ofer from the Diamondbacks. Instead, the Diamondbacks reeled in an even bigger prize. They had money to spend — last February, they signed a TV deal with Fox Sports Arizona for more than $1.5 billion over 20 years. Marlins hire Bonds as hitting coach • If Barry Bonds thinks a full-time return to baseball will help his Hall of Fame chances, he could be disappointed. Maybe he’ll at least help the Miami Marlins. Bonds is joining the staf of new Marlins manager Don Mattingly as hitting coach. The media-shy, steroids-tainted home run king made a rare conference call Friday to discuss his hiring, which raised his proile just as balloting is under way for 2016 Hall of Fame voting. “I’m a Hall of Fame baseball player with no doubt in my mind, no doubt in my heart,” said Bonds, 51. “God knows that. That’s all that matters to me. I’ll leave the voting process up to you guys.” The Marlins need hitting advice. In 2015, when they inished 71-91, they ranked next to last in the majors in runs and home runs, and last in walks — an area where Bonds excelled. Nats, Perez reach deal • Oliver Perez and the Washington Nationals have agreed to a $7 million, twoyear contract, a source said. Perez, 34, a lefthander, was 2-4 with a 4.17 ERA in 70 relief appearances this year from Arizona and Houston. Tigers land Pelfrey • The Detroit Tigers have reached a $16 million, two-year agreement with free-agent righthander Mike Pelfrey, a source said. Pelfrey spent the last three seasons with Minnesota. He went 6-11 with a 4.26 ERA in 2015. Braves-Mariners trade • The Atlanta Braves have added bullpen depth by acquiring hard-throwing righthander Jose Ramirez from the Seattle Mariners for a player to be named and/or cash. Mets GM Alderson has cancer • The New York Mets say general manager Sandy Alderson, 68, has cancer and will begin chemotherapy soon. Chief operating oicer Jef Wilpon said in a statement Friday that doctors are “optimistic about his full recovery.” White Sox OK deals with Navarro, Turner • The Chicago White Sox announced they have agreed to a one-year, $4 million contract with veteran catcher Dioner Navarro. Chicago also agreed on a one-year, $1.5 million contract with righthanded pitcher Jacob Turner. Turner, 24, (Westminster), spent most of last season on the Chicago Cubs’ disabled list (elbow). Associated Press