Bosox introduce Sandoval, confirm Ramirez deal…Chisox get LaRoche…No change atop CFP rankings

BOSTON (AP) — The Boston Red Sox have announced the signing of free agent third baseman Pablo Sandoval to a five-year, $95 million contract and confirmed a four-year, $88 million deal with free agent infielder Hanley Ramirez. Sandoval told Boston media today that he needed a new challenge after helping the San Francisco Giants win three of the last five World Series. He and Ramirez join a team that has sandwiched a pair of last-place finishes around a World Series title.

CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago White Sox have acquired more pop to their lineup by giving first baseman Adam LaRoche a two-year, $25 million contract. The lefty-hitting LaRoche batted .259 with 26 homers and 92 RBIs in 140 games for Washington this season. He joins a club that hit just 38 of its 155 home runs last season from the left side.

UNDATED (AP) — Alabama, Oregon, Florida State and Mississippi State continue to own the first four spots in the College Football Playoff rankings. The Crimson Tide host Auburn on Saturday, the Ducks are at Oregon State and the Seminoles entertain Florida while the Bulldogs visit Mississippi. TCU was fifth, Ohio State sixth and Baylor seventh when the rankings were released last night.

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — The Denver Broncos are changing kickers again, waiving rookie Brandon McManus and signing Connor Barth. McManus was 9 for 13 on field goal attempts, giving him a 69.2 percent conversion rate that ranked last among all kickers still on NFL rosters as of last weekend. Barth won a competition with 38-year-old Jay Feely but hasn’t kicked in an NFL game since 2012.

NEW YORK (AP) — NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and players’ union chief DeMaurice Smith met yesterday to discuss the league’s personal conduct policy, although neither side released details of the meeting. The NFL Players Association has been unhappy with what it calls “lack of transparency” in the NFL’s policy. The NFL counters that the union agreed to the policy during labor negotiations to end the 2011 lockout.