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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 …

Warriors’ 16-Game Win Streak Ends

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Memphis, Tenn. — Marc Gasol scored 24 points, and the Memphis Grizzlies snapped the Golden State Warriors’ NBA-best 16-game winning streak with a 105-98 victory on Tuesday night. Mike Conley and Zach Randolph each scored 17 points, and Randolph grabbed 10 rebounds as Memphis earned its fifth straight …

Peterson’s NFL Ruling Lacks Sense

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Ritter Collett was a much-respected sports writer for the Dayton (Ohio) Daily News. Art Schlichter was raised an hour away and became a legend as a quarterback at Miami Trace High School. Schlichter went to Ohio State, where he was a four-year starter for Woody Hayes. He was …

Rematches Reign With UEFA Powers

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Nyon, Switzerland — A UEFA Champions League draw heavy with reunions on Monday paired Real Madrid and Barcelona with the same last 16 opponents as last season and sent Arsene Wenger back to the club where he made …

Another Savior? Batter Up

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Chicago — Jon Lester insisted there’s no reason the Chicago Cubs can’t contend next year and even capture their first World Series title since 1908, around the time the Model T was rolling off the assembly line. “I’m …

Patriots Target Larger Goals

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Foxborough, Mass. — The souvenirs from Darrelle Revis’ first division title in his brilliant eight-year career were safely stowed in his bag. For long-time New England players, the T-shirt with the message “Patriots Run the East” and the championship hat are just the latest in a huge collection …

Union Sues NFL Over Peterson Decision

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Minneapolis — The NFL Players Association has filed a federal lawsuit for Adrian Peterson, asking the court to dismiss an arbitrator’s decision to uphold the NFL’s punishment of the star running back. The petition was filed Monday in …

Nats, Harper Come to Terms on Two-Year Deal

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Washington — A person familiar with the agreement says Bryce Harper and the Washington Nationals have come to terms on a $7.5 million, two-year contract, avoiding a grievance hearing. Harper gets a $2.5 million salary in 2015, and $5 million in 2016. The person spoke to The Associated …

Kings Fire Coach

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Sacramento, Calif. — The Sacramento Kings fired coach Michael Malone just 24 games into his second season over philosophical differences over the team’s style of play. General manager Pete D’Alessandro said Monday that he decided to make the …

Voynov Will Face Felony Charges

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Los Angeles — A judge says Los Angeles Kings defenseman Slava Voynov should stand trial on a felony domestic violence charge. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Hector M. Guzman ruled there was enough evidence again Voynov to allow the case to proceed. Guzman issued his ruling Monday after …

Celts Extend 76ers’ Misery

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Philadelphia — Boston Celtics coach Brad Stevens might talk to Kelly Olynyk about playing hard before every game. Olynyk scored a career-high 30 points after a pep talk from his coach, leading the Celtics to a 105-87 victory …