Japanese media are reporting free-agent righthander

Hiroki Kuroda

will return to Japan in 2015 to pitch for his first team, the Hiroshima Toyo Carp.

One report said Kuroda, who turns 40 in February, has signed a one-year contract worth $3.3 million. Kuroda pitched for Hiroshima from 1997 to 2007 and then spent four years with the Los Angeles Dodgers before moving to the New York Yankees.

The Japanese broadcaster NHK said Saturday that Kuroda will wear the same number, 15, that he wore with the Yankees the last three seasons.

Authorities in the Dominican Republic questioned Chicago Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro after a nightclub shooting Saturday morning in which several people were injured.

Police spokesman Jacobo Mateo said Castro was one of six people initially detained and has been released. He said police searched Castro's house and that the investigation is ongoing.

The 24-year-old Castro hit .292 with 14 homers and 65 RBIs in 134 games last season.

HIGH SCHOOLS A high school basketball tournament on the Northern California coast has become the latest flashpoint in the nationwide protests over police killings of unarmed black men.

The boys and girls varsity basketball teams from Mendocino High School were disinvited from the tournament starting Monday because of concerns players would wear T-shirts with the words "I Can't Breathe" printed on them while warming up.

Mendocino Unified School District Superintendent Jason Morse said the boys team was reinstated after all but one player agreed not to wear the shirts anywhere on the Fort Bragg campus during the three-day tournament, but too few girls accepted the condition for the team to field a tournament squad.

JUNIOR HOCKEY Toronto Maple Leafs draft pick William Nylander scored in Sweden's 5-1 victory over Denmark in the World Junior Championship in Toronto.

In the other Group B game, Nashville draft pick Kevin Fiala scored twice in Switzerland's opening 5-2 victory over the Czech Republic.

The United States opened Group A play Friday with a 2-1 shootout victory over Finland. The Americans will face Germany on Sunday, Slovakia on Monday and finish group play Wednesday night against Canada. The top two teams in each group will advance to the quarterfinals.

HORSE RACING Distinctiv Passion went to the front from his outside post and kept on going to win the $100,000 Midnight Lure Stakes by 13/4 lengths at Santa Anita in Arcadia, Calif.

- Staff and wire reports