Clayton Kershaw and Hyun-Jin Ryu will be the Dodgers' starting pitchers in their two-game season-opening series in Australia against the Arizona Diamondbacks, Los Angeles manager Don Mattingly said Sunday.

The games will be played March 22-23 at Sydney Cricket Ground.

Kershaw will be making his fourth straight season-opening start. Ryu got the start in Game 2 because of a calf injury to Zack Greinke, who won't make the trip.

Also, outfielder Matt Kemp (ankle surgery) might be a step away from taking the field in a game. "That's fair," Mattingly told the Orange County Register. "It won't be long before he gets in a game."

  • Atlanta pitcher Kris Medlen left the game with a strained forearm, and the New York Mets went on to beat the Braves 8-2. Medlen underwent Tommy John surgery in 2010.

  • St. Louis signed Cuban shortstop Aledmys Diaz, 23, to a major league contract and he'll report to spring training Monday. The deal is believed to be between $15 million and $20 million for four years.

    Winter sports

    Felix Neureuther overcame a pre-Olympic car crash to win a men's World Cup slalom. American Ted Ligety was 16th in Kranjska Gora, Slovenia. On his way to Munich airport for his flight to Sochi on Feb. 14, Neureuther suffered whiplash as he lost control of his car on an icy road and hit the barrier. He failed to medal at the Olympics.

  • Aliy Zirkle held the lead in the 1,000-mile Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, arriving at Koyuk, Alaska, just a minute ahead of Jeff King. The Norton Sound village is 171 miles from the finish in Nome.

  • Both teams were declared winners in a high school ice hockey state championship game in Ohio. Cleveland St. Ignatius and Sylvania Northview fought through regulation and seven overtimes tied 1-1 on Saturday. The coaches and the OHSAA decided the game in Columbus would end in a tie because of concerns about player safety. There is no shootout procedure in the state.

    Soccer

    Bobby Burling headed home Mauro Rosales' corner kick in the 88th minute, and Chivas USA beat Chicago 3-2 on the opening weekend of MLS play.

  • Manchester City suffered an unceremonious exit from the FA Cup, three days before it tries to overturn a 2-0 deficit at Barcelona in the Champions League. Second-tier Wigan stunned the Premier League giant 2-1 to reach the semifinals.

    Tennis

    Roberto Bautista Agut upset Tomas Berdych 4-6, 6-2, 6-4 in the second round of the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells. John Isner, the lone remaining American male, advanced with a 7-6 (5), 6-3 victory over Nikolay Davydenko. In women's play, 2011 champion Caroline Wozniacki defeated Yaroslava Shvedova 7-6 (7), 3-6, 6-1.

    Track and field

    The United States set a world record in the men's 1,600-meter relay at the world indoor championships in Sopot, Poland. In the last event of the three-day meet, Kyle Clemons, David Verburg, Kind Butler III, and Calvin Smith Jr. finished in 3 minutes, 2.13 seconds, slashing .70 off the mark set by a U.S. team at the 1999 world indoors.