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Wyverns’ Kim signs deal with highest salary in KBO history

SK Wyverns pitcher Kim Kwang-hyun signed the most expensive salary deal for a non-free agent player in the Korea Baseball Organization (KBO) on Wednesday.

The Wyverns announced that the 27-year-old southpaw will earn 850 million won ($707,000) this year, up 41.7 percent, or 250 million won, from his salary last year of 600 million won.

Previously, the highest salary given to non-free agent players was 750 million won, which former Doosan Bears outfielder Kim Hyun-soo, now with the Baltimore Orioles, received in 2015 and Kia Tigers pitcher Yang Hyeong-jong recently received after signing for 2016.

Kim, who made his pro debut with the Wyverns in 2007, went 14-6 with 3.73 ERA in 30 games last season. The Wyverns previously planned to give him the best deal in the KBO.

Kim, the 2008 KBO MVP, said he will donate some of his salaries to charity during the season.

By Joo Kyung-don



AMERICAN FOOTBALL

NFL will conduct a complete inquiry on Peyton Manning

DENVER - The NFL says it is conducting a comprehensive review of allegations that Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning had human growth hormone delivered to his house.

There’s no timetable to complete the investigation, but it’s not expected before the Denver plays Carolina in the Super Bowl on Feb. 7.

League spokesman Brian McCarthy says the inquiry, which began weeks ago, involves reviews of records, interviews and coordination with other agencies.

Al Jazeera reported last month that an intern at an Indianapolis anti-aging clinic was secretly recorded suggesting that Manning’s wife received deliveries of HGH, which is banned by the league. Manning, then with the Colts, was rehabbing from shoulder surgeries.

The intern, Charles Sly, has since recanted his story.



TENNIS

World tennis governing bodies vow investigation

MELBOURNE, Australia - Tennis’ governing bodies announced Wednesday they will commission an independent review of their anti-corruption unit to restore “public confidence in our sport” following media reports that possible evidence of match-fixing was not properly investigated.

The creation of the review was announced at the Australian Open.

The first Grand Slam of the year has been overshadowed from the start by BBC and BuzzFeed News reports alleging that match-fixing was widespread at the top level of the game and that authorities had failed to thoroughly investigate evidence of corruption involving 16 players who have ranked in the top 50 over the past decade. No players were named in the reports.

In announcing the review, ATP Chairman Chris Kermode said the reports had “caused damage to the sport,” which compelled the major stakeholders in tennis - the International Tennis Federation, ATP and WTA tours, and the four Grand Slams - to take quick action to address the issue. AP

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