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Jimmy Garoppolo signed a record-breaking Josh Jones
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, five-year contract with the San Francisco 49ers that will
pay him a reported $137.5 million to keep him off the free-agent market without
forcing the team to use the one-year franchise tag.

NFL Network first reported the terms of the contract, which is worth $27.5
million per season to top the previous record set by Detroit’s Matthew Stafford
last year by $500,000 per year.

San Francisco acquired Garoppolo from New England before the trade deadline
for a 2018 second-round pick. As soon as he took the field a few weeks later, he
immediately turned around a franchise that started the year with a 1-10
record.

Garoppolo took over as starter and led San Francisco to five straight wins to
end the season. That solidified the organization’s belief in him and the
willingness to offer him the largest average per year contract in NFL
history.

While Garoppolo lacks the track record of the top quarterbacks in the NFL
after spending most of his career as Tom Brady’s backup with New England, what
he has shown when he has gotten on the field has been impressive.

He completed 67.4 percent of his passes this season, averaging 8.8 yards per
attempt with seven TDs, five interceptions and a 96.2 rating. Among quarterbacks
with at least 100 attempts last season, Garoppolo ranked first in yards per
attempt, fourth in completion percentage. His 308.4 yards passing per game in
his five starts also would have led the league had he played a full season.

BASEBALL

NEW YORK (AP) – The baseball players’ union will open its own spring training
camp for the first time since the end of the 1994-95 strike, inviting free
agents to work out at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida.

Union head Tony Clark said Thursday the camp will open Tuesday and workouts
will start the following day under Bo Porter, the Houston Astros’ manager in
2013-14. The camp is scheduled to run through March 4, and the union has the
option to extend the camp through the end of the month.

More than 100 players who exercised their right to become free agents last
November are without final agreements. Teams start spring training workouts next
Wednesday.

Agent Scott Boras represents 15 free agents seeking jobs, a group that
includes J.D. Martinez, Mike Moustakas, Eric Hosmer and Jake Arrieta. His
company has its own training facilities in North Miami, Florida, and Newport
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, California, and he is not sure whether his clients will
work out at his facilities or IMG.

”They certainly will have the option to use either,” he said.

The union sent an email to agents announcing the decision. The camp will be
open to the players who became free agents under Article XXB of the sport’s
collective bargaining agreement, the most prominent group on the market.

”The location is a dedicated, major league-caliber site, with multiple
full/half fields, a private locker room, dedicated training staff and an
advanced workout facility with a trainer and strength and conditioning
coordinator,” the union said.

Personal trainers will not be allowed inside the facility. Players will be
provided workout gear, and the union is arranging liability insurance, travel
and housing. Players will be given per diems. They are to bring their own bats
and shoes.

AUTO RACING

AVONDALE, Ariz. (AP) – With Scott Dixon at the wheel, the prototype for a
windscreen to help protect IndyCar drivers from flying debris passed its first
on-track test, a big step toward requiring such devices, perhaps as early as
next year.

”I think it’s definitely a milestone as far as moving forward and moving in
the right direction for some more safety initiatives, and we all know the
reasons why,” the four-time IndyCar series champion said.

The only real problem for Dixon was the lack of air flow made things quite
warm. But he described that as ”an easy fix.”

”The cooling thing we kind of knew,” Dixon said Bryan Bulaga
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Jeff Horton, IndyCar director of engineering and safety and head of the
windscreen project, was happy with the results.

”When a guy like Scott gets out, a veteran of ours, and says there’s no deal
breakers, a couple of small things to look at, what better could you ask for,”
Horton said.

The windscreen wouldn’t prevent all flying-debris accidents since material
still could sail over the front of the screen or come in on top of the driver,
who otherwise is protected only by a helmet. Driver Justin Wilson died in August
2015 of injuries he sustained when he was struck by flying debris in an IndyCar
race at Pocono Raceway.

But IndyCar officials see the windscreen as potentially a big improvement in
safety. With more testing to be done, the screen probably wouldn’t be required
on the circuit until 2019 at the earliest.

Mike Foltynewicz loves trying to
one-up his fellow hurlers in the Atlanta Braves red-hot pitching rotation.

He kept even with cohorts by tossing five shutout innings and Freddie Freeman
homered as the Atlanta Braves held off the St. Louis Cardinals 6-5 on
Sunday.

”It’s like a friendly competition with a fun group of guys,” Foltynewicz
said. ”It’s a good vibe.”

The Braves outscored St. Louis 22-10 in sweeping a three-game series in St.
Louis for the first time since May 11-13, 2012.

Tommy Pham homered for St. Louis, which has lost four in a row. The Cardinals
scored five times in the seventh to rally from a 6-0 deficit.

Foltynewicz matched Julio Teheran and Max Fried to post the Braves third
successive scoreless appearance by a starter. Teheran tossed six scoreless
innings a 5-1 win on Friday. Fried did not allow a run in 6 2-3 innings of an
11-4 victory on Saturday.

”They’ve been awesome,” said Atlanta infielder Charlie Culberson, who had two
hits and drove in two runs on Sunday, ”It makes it easier for us (hitters). A
little bit more relaxed for us going up there.”

Foltynewicz (6-4) surrendered one hit – a fourth-inning single to Marcell
Ozuna. He struck out nine and walked three in an 86-pitch outing.

”He never gave in, he kept grinding,” manager Brian Snitker said.

Foltynewicz has allowed just two hits and one run over 10 innings in two
outings since coming off the disabled list with tightness in his right tricepts
on June 25.

”He was kind of wildly effective Dave
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,” St. Louis infielder Kolten Wong said. ”When
you’re throwing as hard as he was, it makes it tough.”

The Braves three starters allowed seven hits over 17 2-3 innings with 24
strikeouts in the series.

”We’ve been feeding off each other,” Foltynewicz said. ”We’re always pulling
for each other, pushing each other, asking questions. We hang around together
and you can see that we take it out to the mound. It’s been a really fun
time.”

A.J. Minter picked up his third save in as many tries by setting the side
down in order in the ninth. He has not allowed a run in his last seven
appearances.

Freeman’s 16th homer of the season, a two-run drive, pushed the lead to 3-0
in sixth. The blow highlighted a five-run uprising that also included a
run-scoring hit from Culberson.

Pham hit a three-run homer off Peter Moylan in the seventh to bring the
Cardinals to within 6-5.

St. Louis starter John Gant (2-3) allowed four runs on four hits over 5 1-3
innings.

”I’ve definitely got to do better,” Gant said. ”Came out on the losing end,
so anytime that happens, improvements need to be made.”

Francisco Pena had a two-run single in the seventh for St. Louis, which will
play 17 of its next 20 games on the road.

The Braves have been in first place or tied for first in 60 of the last 62
days. They kicked off their 10-game road trip in style.

”To come out and win the first three games, that’s really nice,” Culberson
said. ”But this series is done. We took care of business. Time to move on.”

Atlanta infielder Ozzie Albies extended his hitting streak to 11 games with a
sixth-inning single.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Braves: C Tyler Flowers returned to the starting lineup after missing
Saturday’s game. He suffered a muscle cramp in the sixth inning of Friday’s 5-1
win.

Cardinals: RHP Luke Gregerson began a rehab stint with Triple-A Memphis on
Sunday. He did not allow a hit over one inning. Gregerson was placed on the
10-day disabled list with shoulder impingement on May 16.

UP NEXT

Braves RHP Anibal Sanchez (3-2, 2.68) will face RHP Jonathan Loaisiga (2-0,
1.93) in the first of a three-game series against the Yankees in New York.
Sanchez is 4-1 in six lifetime starts against the Yankees.

Cardinals: RHP Carlos Martinez (4-4, 3.22) takes on Arizona LHP Robbie Ray
(3-0, 4.01) in the opener of a three-game series in Arizona that kicks off a
nine-game road trip. Martinez is 2-0 in three starts at Chase Field.

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