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This is a 2014 file photo showing Justin Upton of the Atlanta Braves baseball team. A person with knowledge of the deal says the San Diego Padres have agreed to acquire slugger Justin Upton from the Atlanta Braves. The person, speaking on condition of anonymity Friday, Dec. 19, 2014, because the teams had not announced the deal, said the Braves will receive a group of prospects.  (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

In Brief: Padres Trade for Star Outfielder

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Atlanta — Landing another of baseball’s top power hitters, the San Diego Padres acquired Atlanta outfielder Justin Upton on Friday in a trade that sent four prospects to the Braves. The Padres already made two huge trades in recent days to get outfielders, acquiring slugger Matt Kemp from the Los Angeles Dodgers and former AL Rookie of the Year Wil Myers from Tampa Bay. Now, San Diego has picked up one of baseball’s top right-handed power threats in Upton, who will earn $14.5 million in the final year of his contract. He had 29 homers and 102 RBIs last season The Braves acquired left-hander Max …

Ainge Explains Trade

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Boston — Rajon Rondo wanted to avoid rush-hour city traffic, so he met at the Boston Celtics suburban practice facility with the man who traded him. “I shared with him how much I appreciated all he had done for us,” Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge said of that Thursday night farewell. …

A Look at the NFL’s Most Underappreciated and Overblown

Friday, December 19, 2014

Tony Romo, Dez Bryant and the rest of the Dallas Cowboys head into Sunday’s game against the Colts leading the NFC East and on the verge of a playoff berth. A ton of the credit for that should go to head coach Jason Garrett’s assistants. Garrett’s the one thought to be on the …

Sox Add Pitcher

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Boston — The Red Sox obtained Anthony Varvaro from the Atlanta Braves for Aaron Kurcz in a swap of right-handed pitchers. Varvaro was 3-3 with a 2.63 ERA for the Braves last year, his fifth season in the majors. The Red Sox also sent cash to the Braves. …

Niners Cut Player Amid Legal Woes

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Santa Clara, Calif. — Citing a pattern of behavior and off-field issues, San Francisco 49ers general manager Trent Baalke informed defensive lineman Ray McDonald that he was released Wednesday amid a sexual assault investigation by San Jose police. …

Pats’ Revis Returns to Old Stomping Grounds

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Florham Park, n.j. — Darrelle Revis has been back before, as an opposing player taking on the New York Jets. Not this way, though. This time around, he’s an enemy. He’s a member of the playoff-bound New England …

Bruins Edge Wild in Overtime

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

St. Paul, Minn. — Loui Eriksson’s goal 1:30 into overtime gave Boston a 3-2 win over Minnesota on Wednesday night, only the second victory for the Bruins in eight games and the fourth loss for the Wild in …

Celts Snuff Out Magic

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Boston — Rajon Rondo had 13 points, 15 assists and seven rebounds to lead balanced scoring that carried the Boston Celtics to a 109-92 victory over the Orlando Magic on Wednesday night. Brandon Bass scored 18 points, and …

Title Elusive to Elite Point Guard

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

The secret behind Chris Paul’s uncanny ability to see the entire floor, whip passes through improbable creases, find just enough wiggle room for a pull-up jumper in pick-and-rolls and toss the most delectable lobs is simpler than one …

In Brief: NASCAR Top Series Sponsor Elects to Pull Out

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Charlotte, n.c. — Sprint informed NASCAR it will not extend title sponsorship of the top Sprint Cup Series beyond its current contract, which expires after the 2016 season. Sprint has been the entitlement sponsor for NASCAR’s top series since 2004, when Nextel signed a 10-year agreement for the …

NFL Quarterbacks Feel the Pain

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

These quarterback audibles aren’t about deception. They’re about desperation. With the clock winding down on the NFL regular season, several teams are being forced to make a change at the most pivotal position. It’s a case of next …

Pats’ Defense Toughens

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Foxborough, Mass. — Chandler Jones is tackling the quarterback again, Vince Wilfork is stuffing the middle and Darrelle Revis is smothering receivers. The New England Patriots defense is getting stingier and healthier as the playoffs approach. Tom Brady and his prolific offense enjoy watching that from the sideline. …

Bruins Lose in Shootout

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Nashville, Tenn. —erek Roy scored the only goal of the shootout to give the Nashville Predators a 3-2 win over the Boston Bruins on Tuesday night. Mike Fisher and Mike Ribeiro had goals in regulation for Nashville, which …