Saturday, December 16, 2017
Sports

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BASEBALL

YANKEES SEND MCCANN, $11M TO ASTROS

The Yankees traded catcher Brian McCann and $11 million to the Astros on Thursday for a pair of young minor -league pitchers.

Houston shipped RHPs Albert Abreu and Jorge Guzman to the Yankees.

McCann, 32, is a seven-time All-Star, but his playing time diminished in the second half of the season as rookie Gary Sanchez emerged as a power-hitting catcher. Sanchez hit 20 homers in 53 games; McCann hit .242 with 20 homers and 58 RBIs in 2016.

McCann is due $17 million in each of the next two seasons, and the Yankees will pay $5.5 million both years.

In other Astros news, free agent OF Josh Reddick agreed to a four-year, $52 million deal, according to multiple reports.

TENNIS

Djokovic in semis

Novak Djokovic won his third straight match at the ATP Tour Finals in London, finishing group play undefeated. The second-ranked Serb, who still can finish the season as the No. 1-ranked player, beat David Goffin 6-1, 6-2. Andy Murray took over the top spot from Djokovic this month, but if Djokovic does better than Murray this weekend, he will finish the season on top. Murray plays Stan Wawrinka today. Djokovic had already qualified for the semifinals after winning his opening two matches. The second semifinal spot from the group went to Milos Raonic, who beat Dominic Thiem 7-6 (7-5), 6-3.

GOLF

Fortune for Cink

Stewart Cink, three days after his wife received a good report on her Stage 4 breast cancer, posted a career-low 62 to trail by one in the opening round of the RSM Classic at St. Simons Island, Ga. Cink, winless since his British Open win in 2009, stepped away from the PGA Tour in May when his wife was diagnosed with cancer. Canadian rookie Mackenzie Hughes shot 61 to lead Cink and Jonathan Byrd.

LPGA: Shanshan Feng shot 6-under 66 to take a one-shot lead over So Yeon Ryu and Charley Hull after the first round of the season-finale Tour Championship in Naples.

PGA EUROPE: Lee Westwood shot 6-under 66 for a one-stroke lead in the season-finale Tour Championship in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

Comments

Boys basketball: Lakewood 45, Gibbs 44

ST. PETERSBURG — Once the lights dimmed in the gymnasium and the capacity crowd dispersed, Lakewood coach Anthony Lawrence spotted Gibbs coach Larry Murphy strolling past the the bleachers."Hey, Murph. Do we have to do this every time?" Lawrenc...
Updated: 2 hours ago
Boys basketball: Nature Coast 78, Central 29

Boys basketball: Nature Coast 78, Central 29

BROOKSVILLE – Once again supporting its place as the top program in Hernando County, Nature Coast maintained its undefeated record in a dominant win over rival Central.While the Bears were able to upset the Sharks to win the Class 6A, District ...
Updated: 1 hour ago

Girls basketball: Plant 66, Steinbrenner 31

LUTZ — Here's some discouraging news for any team that has to play Plant this season or in the next few seasons: The Panthers beat Steinbrenner 66-31 Friday night. Of those 66 points, 48 were scored by a sophomore and two freshmen.Freshman powe...
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Boys basketball: Plant City 79, Tampa Bay Tech 74

Boys basketball: Plant City 79, Tampa Bay Tech 74

TAMPA — Traveling to play at Tampa Bay Tech is a test for any area basketball team these days because the Titans are tough and the crowd is loud.Plant City prepared for all of the above, answered most of the questions and passed the exam Friday...
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Nobody has Jameis Winston’s back more than Dirk Koetter, offensive coordinator Todd Monken insists

Nobody has Jameis Winston’s back more than Dirk Koetter, offensive coordinator Todd Monken insists

Nobody is a bigger supporter of Bucs quarterback Jameis Winston than head coach Dirk Koetter.That was the passionate message that offensive coordinator/receivers coach Todd Monken unloaded at his news conference Friday, saying that reports that Winst...
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Westbrook, Embiid put on show in triple OT thriller

Westbrook, Embiid put on show in triple OT thriller

PHILADELPHIA — Russell Westbrook had 27 points, 17 rebounds and 15 assists, and the Thunder and the 76ers went basket-for-basket in a three-overtime thriller before Oklahoma City pulled out a 119-117 victory Friday night. Andre Roberson scored the wi...
Updated: 3 hours ago

High school scoreboard for Dec. 15

Friday’s scoreboardGirls soccerCountryside 7, Clearwater 0Osceola 9, Bradenton Bayshore 0Palm Harbor U. 2, Plant 1Boys soccerPalm Harbor U. 0, Plant 0Lennard 4, Armwood 1
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Saturday’s sports on TV/radio

TODAYBoxingMiddleweights: Lemieux vs. Saunders9:30 p.m.HBOCollege basketballButler vs. PurduenoonFoxMiami at George WashingtonnoonCBSSNLouisville vs. MemphisnoonESPN2Detroit vs. MichigannoonESPNUNC-Greensboro at N.C. StatenoonFSFSeton Hall at Rutgers...
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Ryan Callahan out at least 3-4 weeks for Lightning

Ryan Callahan out at least 3-4 weeks for Lightning

When Lightning wing Ryan Callahan took a nasty spill into the boards Thursday night, it didn't look good.Turns out, it wasn't. Callahan will be sidelined indefinitely with an upper body injury, evaluated after three to four weeks, per GM Steve Yzerma...
Updated: 4 hours ago
Rangers hold off Pacific-leading Kings

Rangers hold off Pacific-leading Kings

NEW YORK — Rick Nash scored the tiebreaking goal with 3:27 left to lead the Rangers to a 4-2 victory over the Pacific Division-leading Kings on Friday night. Chris Kreider, Kevin Hayes and J.T. Miller scored to help New York win for the second time i...
Updated: 4 hours ago