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ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Braves are getting older in their starting rotation next season.A lot, lot older.Not content to add one 40-something starter, the Braves made it two by agreeing to terms with 43-year-old Bartolo Colon, a person familiar with the situation told The Associated Press on Friday.The person spoke on condition of anonymity because no announcement is expected from the Braves until next week on the reported $12.5 million, one-year deal with Colon.The agreement is subject to a physical and comes one day after the Braves said they had an agreement with 42-year-old knuckleballer R.A. Dickey.MLB.com first reported the Colon deal, which includes a team option for 2018.Colon went 15-8 with a 3.43 ERA for the New York Mets this season. He was picked for the All-Star Game and memorably became the oldest player in baseball history to hit his first career homer when he went deep at San Diego on May 7.While having two 40-year-old starters is not unprecedented -- the 1990 Texas Rangers featured 43-year-old Nolan Ryan and 42-year-old Charlie Hough -- its extremely rare.Still, Colon and Dickey both fit what the Braves were hoping to add as they prepare to move into SunTrust Park: experienced starters who could eat up innings and not require the sort of long-term contracts that would hamper payroll flexibility and stymie the growth of the organizations plethora of promising young pitchers.Colon and Dickey will bolster a shaky rotation that didnt produce anyone with double-figure wins this past season but does feature two-time All-Star Julio Teheran and hard-throwing Mike Foltynewicz, who led the team with a 9-5 record.Colon had 44 wins for the Mets over the last three seasons, and before that was an 18-game winner for Oakland at age 40. Hes also one of the games most popular players, which should make a good fit in the clubhouse.The Braves also have re-signed Josh Collmenter, who will likely join young pitchers Matt Wisler, Aaron Blair and Tyrell Jenkins in competing for the fifth starter spot.Atlanta is coming off a last-place finish in the NL East but showed promise down the stretch after acquiring slugger Matt Kemp from the Padres. Kemp teamed with first baseman Freddie Freeman to provide a 1-2 punch in the middle of the batting order.The Braves went 50-47 after an 18-46 start, including 12 wins in their final 14 games. General manager John Coppolella made it clear he expects to be a playoff contender next season when the team moves from Turner Field to its new $622 million stadium in suburban Cobb County.Atlanta is still hoping to add another catcher -- former Braves star Brian McCann, now with the New York Yankees, is among those mentioned -- and perhaps pick up another versatile player to help off the bench.Otherwise, the Braves appear to be largely set for 2017.And much, much older.---Follow Paul Newberry on Twitter at www.twitter.com/pnewberry1963 . His work can be found at http://bigstory.ap.org/content/paul-newberry . Cheap Cubs Jerseys . Meanwhile, there were huge victories for Sunderland and West Ham over fellow relegation rivals, leaving the battle to avoid the drop up for grabs with the bottom 11 teams separated by just six points. Eden Hazard and Fernando Torres scored second-half goals to seal a fourth straight victory for Chelsea, which climbed above Arsenal and Manchester City in the standings ahead of their games on Monday and Sunday respectively. Cheap Cubs Jerseys Authentic . Isner, ranked No. 14, won his eighth career singles title and took the title in New Zealand for the second time after his victory in 2010. The match was similar to Isners quarterfinal victory over fifth-seeded Philipp Kohlschreiber which went to three sets, all tiebreaks and contained no breaks of serve. http://www.cheapcubsjerseysshop.com/ . It was the kind of score that might make everyone else wonder which course he was playing. Except that Graeme McDowell saw the whole thing. Crouched behind the 10th green at Sheshan International, McDowell looked over at the powerful American and said, "Ive probably seen 18 of the best drives Ive seen all year in the last two days. Wholesale Cubs Jerseys . Ibaka equaled a career high with 20 rebounds, adding four blocked shots and 15 points as the Thunder smothered the Milwaukee Bucks offence in a 92-79 victory Saturday night. Cheap Chicago Cubs Jerseys . It was the second consecutive win for the Pacers (2-5), who lost their first five preseason games. Jeff Teague led the Hawks (1-5) with 17 points and eight assists and Al Horford had 12 points and seven rebounds. Mike Scott scored 15 of his 17 points in the second half. BERKELEY, Calif. -- Davis Webb punctuated his one-year career at California with a pair of touchdown passes, a milestone achievement shared by only one other quarterback in school history and a legacy of work ethic that coach Sonny Dykes couldnt stop gushing over.Barring a surprise invitation to the postseason for his Golden Bears teammates, Webbs next pass will be thrown at the Senior Bowl before he tries to make the leap to the NFL.Webb became the second quarterback in school history to throw for more than 4,000 yards in a season, Matt Anderson tied a team record with five field goals and California beat UCLA 36-10 at Memorial Stadium on Saturday.Thats probably the most talented defense in the Pac-12, top to bottom, Webb said of the Bruins. We basically dominated the entire game in moving the ball.Webb completed 32 of 48 attempts for 301 yards in his final game with the Golden Bears. He threw touchdown passes of 7 and 2 yards, giving Webb 37 this season.A graduate transfer who played three seasons at Texas Tech, Webb finished his one-year career at California with 4,295 yards -- second only to Jared Goff, the No. 1 overall pick in this years NFL draft who threw for 4,719 yards in 2015.His impact will be felt in our program for a long time just because of his work ethic and dedication, Dykes said. Hes a great example for the rest of our players, especially our quarterbacks, about the time that it takes to be a great quarterback at this level. Hes got a really bright future in front of him and I cant wait to watch him play on Sundays.Wide receiver Chad Hansen, who caught 11 touchdown passes this season, said Webb set the tone for this season last summer.I knew that he was going to be a really good quarterback, Hansen said. Obviously he has talent but the stuff he did off the field really helped him.Anderson converted field goal from 43, 25, 44, 24 and 19 yards to set the Bears modern day scoring record with 111 points. That matched the school record set by Mark Jensen in 2002.California (3-6, 5-7) also snapped a four-game losing streak overall to keep its slim postseason hopes alive. If there are not enough six-wwin teams to fill out the bowl games, invitations are sent out to teams with five wins based on Academic Progress Rate.ddddddddddddCLA (2-7, 4-8) has no such hopes after ending its disappointing season with a thud in the Pac-12 finale. The Bruins lost for the sixth time in seven games and matched their worst record since 1999.THE TAKEAWAYUCLA: The loss was just the latest in a long series of disappointments for Mora and the Bruins, who face a huge uphill climb to turn the program around. UCLA never really recovered from losing quarterback Josh Rosen to injury. Moras job isnt likely to be in jeopardy but he has to shake things up in the offseason and might start by making some changes to his staff of assistants, particularly on the offensive side.In order for us to get back to where we want to be, we all have to resist the urge to look somewhere else for the problem and look at ourselves first, Mora said. If we can do that first, then we can come up with the solutions that are necessary to be a good football team again.California: The Bears actually played well defensively, although the Bruins gave them plenty of help. They also had good balance on offense with running back Khalfani Muhammad rushing for 116 yards on 29 carries. Hansen had another strong game (10-156) and now must consider whether to leave for the NFL or come back for his senior season, though in the postgame he sounded like hes intent on staying in college.OVER THE TOPCalifornias 330-pound fullback Malik Jackson scored on a 1-yard dive when he tried to leap over the pile and got the nose of the football across the goal line.It didnt surprise me because he is such a good athlete, Dykes said. Thats something weve had in our gameplan for a while and we havent had an opportunity to use it until tonight.UP NEXTCalifornia: The Bears will sit back and await word on whether or not theyll be going to a bowl game. Its a longshot at this point but its better than no shot at all.---AP college football website: collegefootball.ap.org Cheap NFL Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys Wholesale NFL Jerseys Jerseys From China Wholesale NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap Jerseys ' ' '
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