Sports Blurbs

San Fransisco, Calif.: Hunter Pence has agreed to a five-year, $90 million contract with the San Francisco Giants, pending a successful physical. Pence is wrapping up the season with a career-high 26 home runs and 94 RBIs for the Giants and is about to become the first Giant since 1954 to start in all 154 games in a season.

Los Angeles, Calif.: USC football will be looking for a new coach to steer its sanction-riddled program after the firing of coach Lane Kiffin last Sunday. Kiffin is leaving his third stop in four years, following rough departures from the Oakland Raiders, Tennessee Volunteers and now the USC Trojans.

Valdebebas, Spain: Real Madrid lost its first league match in 24 tries last Saturday, as Madrid Atletico scored at 11 minutes to spoil the home debut of expensive Real acquisition Gareth Bale. The loss puts Real Madrid five points behind leaders Barcelona and Atletico.