Padres sign Kinsler to $8 million deal, DFA Richard

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Ian Kinsler finalized an $8 million, two-year contract Thursday with the San Diego Padres, who cleared space on the 40-man roster by designating veteran left-hander Clayton Richard for assignment. It’s expected that Kinsler will play second base, allowing rookie Luis Urias to play shortstop until top prospect Fernando Tatis Jr. arrives in the big leagues sometime during the 2019 season. Kinsler will make $3.75 million in each of the next two seasons. The Padres hold a $3.5 million option for 2021, with a $500,000 buyout. Kinsler,…

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Affidavit: Kansas football player punched woman in stomach

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — An affidavit alleges University of Kansas football player Pooka Williams punched a woman in the stomach and grabbed her by the throat earlier this month. The Lawrence Journal-World reported the 18-year-old woman showed the officer text messages from Williams admitting to punching her in the arms during the Dec. 5 incident. The document says the officer also found the victim had bruises on her arms and side. Williams reportedly told police that he pushed the woman when he saw her in a room with other men…

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Sabres’ Berglund clears waivers; contract will be terminated

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — The Buffalo Sabres are set to terminate the remaining three-and-a-half seasons of Patrik Berglund’s contract after the forward cleared 24-hour waivers. The Sabres waived Berglund on Wednesday after suspending him for failing to report to the team for its road game at Washington on Saturday. Berglund missed five games, including two last week when coach Phil Housley said the player was sidelined by an illness. The Sabres have declined to discuss Berglund’s status since suspending him. The player’s agent, Peter Wallen, has not responding to numerous…

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Obineke scores 24 in Kennesaw State’s 90-72 victory

KENNESAW, Ga. (AP) — Ugo Obineke scored a career-high 24 points and Kennesaw State defeated NAIA member Southeastern 90-72 on Thursday. Obineke, a 6-foot-8 freshman, was 11-of-19 shooting. Tyler Hooker was 7 of 11 and added 20 points and six assists. Freshman Danny Lewis scored a career-best 17 points and Kosta Jankovic 13 as the Owls (3-10) shot 55 percent, making 36 of 65 shots, only nine attempts coming outside the arc. The Owls outrebounded Southeastern 49-29. Dylan Causwell scored 21 points to lead the Fire who were just 4…

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Miller, Broncos aim to avoid back-to-back losing seasons

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Broncos pass rusher Von Miller quickly sacked any notion that there’s nothing left to play for in a season that’s gone awry. Sure, the playoffs are gone. But there’s winning the final two games to finish 8-8 and avoid back-to-back losing seasons for the first time since 1972. There’s also fellow pass rusher Bradley Chubb closing in on the NFL rookie sack record. Or undrafted rookie running back Phillip Lindsay needing nine yards to reach 1,000. Miller insisted he won’t have any trouble finding the prerequisite…

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Lawsuit: Eatery co-owned by golfer hasn’t paid mortgage

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. (AP) — A lawsuit charges that a South Carolina steakhouse co-owned by professional golfer Darren Clarke hasn’t paid more than $2 million toward its mortgage. The Island Packet reported Wednesday that the lawsuit was filed by Synovus Bank in September against co-owner Michael Doyle and others. The lawsuit alleges the restaurant owed $2.5 million in unpaid mortgage payments as of August and asks for nearly $50,000 in interest and fees. The restaurant announced on Facebook last week that it would be closed until further notice. Doyle…

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