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Published Nov. 18, 2016



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.


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.


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.