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LOS ANGELES -- Don Mattingly will be back as manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers next season with a new three-year contract that takes him through 2016, quieting speculation that his future with the club was somehow in doubt. Marquise Goodwin Super Bowl Jersey . A person familiar with the agreement, speaking on condition of anonymity because no statements were authorized, said Mattingly is getting a raise from the $1.4 million he made last year. By comparison, Yankees manager Joe Girardi, entering his seventh season in New York, is starting a $16 million, four-year agreement after completing a $9 million, three-year deal. Mattingly had sought the stability of a multiyear deal. "I just want guys to know the organization has confidence in you is important to me as a manager," he said by phone from his off-season home in Evansville, Ind. Mattingly has a 260-225 record in his first three seasons with the Dodgers, who reached the NL championship series this year, automatically triggering an extension of his contract that was set to expire at the end of last season. He was runner-up for NL Manager of the Year last season. Last winter, the Dodgers declined to exercise Mattinglys option for 2014, a move he believed portrayed him as a lame-duck in the clubhouse. In an awkward October news conference after the Dodgers were eliminated by St. Louis in the playoffs, Mattingly said the organization put him in a difficult position by not exercising the option. The front office didnt clarify his status for 2014 that day, which frustrated Mattingly. "I knew my contract had vested. I thought that at least that would have been said that day," he said. "It kind of got left open and thats what got me going a little bit. If I had to do all over again, I would have preferred it to be in-house. I wish I had kept it inside and dealt with it face-to-face with those guys." The next day, the team didnt pick up the contract option of coach Trey Hillman, who was Mattinglys right-hand man on the bench. Shortly thereafter, Mattingly spoke with majority owner Mark Walter and team president Stan Kasten, who let him know they wanted him back. "I was comfortable with where it was going to go," Mattingly said. "I knew at that point wed get something done." General manager Ned Colletti said the deal was mostly done three weeks ago, but the club waited until after a flurry of off-season signings and the holidays ended to announce it. "Its well-deserved," he said. "The traits of the man are really work ethic and making sure he can be as successful as he can be and not leaving anything per chance. Thats one of the main reasons I hired him three years ago." Mattingly began his career with the Dodgers in 2008 as a hitting coach under Joe Torre, who mentored Mattingly and endorsed him as a successor after Torre retired. NOTES: Colletti has talked to the representative of star pitcher Masahiro Tanaka and he said his camp is in a feeling-out process with all 30 MLB teams. The 30-day window to sign the 25-year-old Japanese right-hander ends on Jan. 24. ... The team has talked to the agent of NL Cy Young Award winner Clayton Kershaw, who is eligible for free agency after next season. "Its our desire to sign him here for a very long time," Colletti said. ... CF Matt Kemp is out of the walking boot that was on his sprained left ankle at the end of last season, and hes starting to hit. The Dodgers expect him to be ready by the middle of spring training. ... Colletti would like to sign another infielder to give the team more versatility. ... INF Dee Gordon is playing winter ball in Puerto Rico. ... Pitchers Chad Billingsley and Scott Elbert wont return until midseason after recovering from Tommy John surgery. Deion Sanders Super Bowl Jersey.com) - The Vancouver Canucks recovered from a fluke goal early last time out to knock off one of the top teams in the league. Raheem Mostert Super Bowl Jersey . They probably ruined Tim Duncans hopes of a career change, though. Duncan wants to be a point guard, coach Gregg Popovich revealed Saturday, a wish that wont be granted.Shanghai, China (SportsNetwork.com) - Top-seeded reigning two-time champion Novak Djokovic and former world No. 1 Roger Federer reached the third round, while former top-ranked great Rafael Nadal was sent packing Wednesday at the $4 million Shanghai Masters tennis event. Playing with a bout of appendicitis this week, the second-seeded Nadal lost his second straight match, this time in 6-3, 7-6 (8-6) fashion at the hands of fellow Spanish left-hander Feliciano Lopez. Nadal also came up a quarterfinal loser last week at the China Open, his first tournament back after missing three months of action with a right wrist injury. For sure [I dont feel] perfect, said Nadal. Its the same way that I felt before. A little bit more dizzy now. But thats it. Nothing that I have to worry about. When you lose a match, it is not the moment to talk about obvious things. I lost. Feli played better than me. Nadal, who has been taking antibiotics for the appendicitis, began feeling pain in his abdomen on Saturday, and the next day went to a hospital where he learned he had the early stages of the condition. Nadal said he opted for antibiotics rather than undergo surgery right away. The French Open champion said the risk of his condition getting any worse after a few days of steady improvement is always very, very low. The 2009 Shanghai runner-up said he will talk with his doctors when he returns to Spain about whether hell need to have the appendix removed. Meanwhile, the current world No. 1 Djokovic handled Austrian Dominic Thiem 6-3, 6-4 and the third-seeded Federer barely survived against Argentine Leonardo Mayer, 7-5, 3-6, 7-6 (9-7), in 2 hours, 42 minutes, as Mayer led 5-2 in the third-set tiebreak before the Swiss legend fought back to advance at Qizhong Forest Sports City Arena. The 2010 Shanghai runner-up Federer saved five match points on Wednesday. It was the second-most match points he has saved in his career. Federer saved seven match points in a first-round win over Scott Draper in Cincinnati in 2003. Djokovic is undefeated in his last 11 matches in Shanghai and is looking to lift the trophy here ffor the third year in a row. Tevin Coleman Super Bowl Jersey. Already a Masters winner in Indian Wells, Miami and Rome this season, the 27-year-old star is chasing his 20th Masters title. He dismantled Tomas Berdych for the China Open championship last week. Djokovic beat Juan Martin del Potro in last years Shanghai finale. Another top-five upset came when former top-10 Frenchman Gilles Simon foiled fourth-seeded Australian Open champ Stan Wawrinka, 5-7, 7-5, 6-4, on Day 4. And American Jack Sock posted a big upset by tackling seventh-seeded U.S. Open runner-up Kei Nishikori 7-6 (7-5), 6-4. The Japanese star Nishikori was fresh off his titles in Tokyo and Kuala Lumpur and had won 15 of his previous 16 matches on tour. Eleventh-seeded former world No. 1 Andy Murray continued his recent run of fine play by besting 6-foot-8 Pole Jerzy Janowicz 7-5, 6-2. Murray captured his first title in 15 months on Shenzhen, China, two weeks ago and was a semifinalist in Beijing last week. Murray titled here in Shanghai in 2010 and 2011 and was the runner-up in 2012. In other action involving top-10 seeds, No. 5 David Ferrer overcame Slovak Martin Klizan 4-6, 7-6 (7-4), 6-4; a No. 6 Berdych drubbed Frenchman Richard Gasquet 6-3, 6-1; Argentine wild card Juan Monaco doused No. 8 Canadian Milos Raonic 5-2, retired; and Frenchman Julien Benneteau upended No. 10 Grigor Dimitrov 7-5, 6-3. Raonic, who was last weeks Tokyo runner-up to Nishikori, succumbed to an illness while playing Monaco. Also on Wednesday, 13th-seeded John Isner edged out fellow American Steve Johnson 7-6 (8-6), 7-6 (9-7); 14th-seeded Spaniard Roberto Bautista Agut outlasted Canadian Vasek Pospisil 7-6 (7-1), 3-6, 6-4; Tunisian qualifier Malek Jaziri beat Chinese wild card Chuhan Wang 6-0, 6-4; and Russian Mikhail Youzhny snuck past Croat Ivan Dodig 7-6 (9-7), 6-7 (4-7), 6-3. The third round will be staged on Thursday, as Djokovic will face Kazakhstans Mikhail Kukushkin, Federer will meet Bautista Agut, and the 2011 Shanghai runner-up Ferrer will tangle with the resurgent Murray in some featured matches. This weeks big winner will collect $798,450. ' ' '