Los Angeles Dodgers trade Matt Kemp, Yasiel Puig, Alex Wood to Cincinnati Reds

The Los Angeles Dodgers completed a major trade Friday that would save a significant amount of money for 2019 and clear some surplus from their major league roster. Starting pitcher Alex Wood, outfielders Matt Kemp and Yasiel Puig and backup catcher Kyle Farmer are headed to the Cincinnati Reds, the Dodgers announced, in exchange for the bloated contract of struggling starting pitcher Homer Bailey and two prospects. The Dodgers will also be sending $7 million to the Reds as part of the trade, according to reports. In the deal, the…

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AP source: Daniel Murphy, Rockies agree to $24M, 2-year deal

DENVER (AP) — The Colorado Rockies have brought in Daniel Murphy to boost an offense big on pop but lackluster in batting average. The veteran infielder has agreed to a $24 million, two-year contract with the Rockies, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press on Thursday night. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the deal was subject to a successful physical. The Rockies hit .256 last season, their lowest mark in team history. The team had 210 homers, the fifth-most in franchise history and the…

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Memphis faces Wake Forest in Birmingham Bowl without star RB

Birmingham Bowl: Wake Forest (6-6) vs. Memphis (8-5), Saturday, 12 p.m. Eastern (ESPN) Line: Memphis by 3-1/2. Series Record: Tied 2-2. WHAT’S AT STAKE KEY MATCHUP Memphis’s short-handed running game against Wake Forest’s defense. The Tigers rank second nationally in rushing offense, but will be without unanimous All-American RB Darrell Henderson. Wake Forest is 10th in the Atlantic Coast Conference in run defense, allowing 191.3 yards per game and 29 touchdowns on the ground. PLAYERS TO WATCH Wake Forest: WR Greg Dortch earned All-ACC honors as an all-purpose back/return specialist.…

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Orlando Magic at Chicago Bulls game preview

TV: FOX Sports Florida TIME: Pregame coverage begins at 7:30 p.m. STREAM IT LIVE ON THE FOX SPORTS APP CHICAGO — As favorable as the upcoming stretch of games appears for the Orlando Magic, coach Steve Clifford understands that nothing can be taken for granted. The Magic will play only one game on the road in their next five games, with that road test coming Friday against the struggling Chicago Bulls at the United Center. But although the Magic are entering a stretch in which the majority of their opponents…

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Seguin, Fedun each score in 5-2 loss to Blackhawks

DALLAS (AP) – This time, the Chicago Blackhawks got off to a fast start and held on for the victory. Kane had two goals and an assist, and the Blackhawks beat the Dallas Stars 5-2 on Thursday night for their first win streak in two months. Alex DeBrincat had a goal and two assists for Chicago, and defenseman Erik Gustafsson scored for the second straight game. Brendan Perlini had an empty-netter, and Cam Ward made 26 saves. “I think we’re playing better,” said coach Jeremy Colliton, who took over when…

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Lawyer: Michigan State hampered probe of its Nassar dealings

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — An independent special counsel has accused Michigan State University of stonewalling his investigation into the school’s handling of the sexual abuse scandal involving disgraced former sports doctor Larry Nassar. Special counsel Bill Forsyth released a report Friday accusing the school of fighting the release of certain relevant documents and releasing others that were “irrelevant.” It says these actions hampered the investigation. Forsyth said at a news conference that “their biggest concern was the reputation of the university.” Hundreds of women and girls, most of them gymnasts,…

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