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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 …

Hats, T-Shirts for Everybody

Monday, December 15, 2014

Foxborough, Mass. — Tom Brady was upset that his New England Patriots hardly looked like a division champion in the first half. So upset that the slow-footed quarterback made a rare scramble for a first down that sparked …

Packers Legend Thurston Dies; Won Six Titles

Monday, December 15, 2014

The Associated Press Green Bay, Wis. — Former Packers guard Fuzzy Thurston, a member of the great Green Bay teams of the 1960s, has died. He was 80. The team confirmed Sunday that Thurston died after several years of health issues. Born Fred Thurston, he was best known …

‘Johnny Football’ Flops in Debut

Monday, December 15, 2014

Cleveland — Johnny Manziel spent his first NFL start being chased and taunted by Cincinnati defenders as the Bengals rudely welcomed the hyped rookie quarterback to the league with a 30-0 demolition of the Cleveland Browns on Sunday. …

U.S. Continues Struggles at Brazil Tourney

Monday, December 15, 2014

Brasilia, Brazil — Five-time world player of the year Marta scored three goals to lead Brazil to a 3-2 come-from-behind win over the U.S. women’s soccer team in the International Tournament of Brasilia on Sunday. Carli Lloyd and …

Pens’ Crosby Has Mumps

Monday, December 15, 2014

Pittsburgh (ap) — Add Pittsburgh Penguins star Sidney Crosby to the growing list of NHL players dealing with the mumps. The Penguins announced the diagnosis Sunday after holding the two-time MVP out of games over the weekend as a precaution when swelling developed on the right side of …

Bryant Passes Jordan

Monday, December 15, 2014

Minneapolis — Kobe Bryant passed Michael Jordan for third place on the NBA scoring list and had 10 points in the final five minutes to lead the Los Angeles Lakers to a 100-94 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves …

Holiday Gifts for Outdoors Enthusiasts

Sunday, December 14, 2014

By Mark Yuasa The Seattle Times The holiday shopping spree is starting to ramp up, and here are some nifty ideas for the outdoor enthusiast on your gift list. ∎ Under Armour Eyewear has a wide range of items that are perfect stocking-stuffers. The UA Men’s Igniter 2.0 …

Don’t Hibernate, Enjoy the Winter

Sunday, December 14, 2014

By Roger Phillips The Idaho Statesman Winter is fast approaching, and it’s a season that some people savor and others endure like a bad cold. For most outdoors folks, we look forward to what winter offers. Skiers, snowboarders and snowmobilers get a few months of snow sliding, gliding …

Much Has Changed Since Week 1

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Foxborough, Mass. — When the Miami Dolphins played the New England Patriots in the season opener, Knowshon Moreno ran for 134 yards and Tom Brady was sacked four times. Since then, Moreno gained just 14 yards on the …

Here comes that word again: CLINCH

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Denver (10-3) at San Diego (8-5) Denver has won the past three in the series and seven of eight overall. Continuing that trend would give the Broncos their fourth straight division crown. Manning didn’t throw for a TD last week against Buffalo, ending a 51-game string. He’s not …