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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 …

Giants Go for 2 in Row

Sunday, December 14, 2014

East Rutherford, n.j. — There was a time before Y2K when the New York Giants and Washington Redskins were a constant in the NFC East. If they weren’t winning the division, they were either a wild-card playoff contender or a team right in the mix until the final …

Kearney Third in Duals World Cup

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Ruka, Finland — Norwich’s Hannah Kearney claimed her 64th World Cup podium with a third place finish in the first dual moguls World Cup of the season. Kearney, a 2010 Olympic gold medalist, narrowly missed advancing to the …

Commentary: Warriors Were Supposed To Be Good ... But This Good?

Sunday, December 14, 2014

The Golden State Warriors have been progressing toward the ranks of the elite the last couple years. But who knew they’d be making history so soon, so suddenly. The Warriors are 20-2, the best record in the NBA. …

B’s Edged in Shootout

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Boston — Dave Cameron had to wait a few extra minutes to earn his first victory as an NHL coach. The Ottawa Senators wound up with the win Saturday when Bobby Ryan and Mikka Zibanjad scored in a …

NFL Legend Applauds Player Protests

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Berea, Ohio — Jim Brown stood alongside Muhammad Ali in the 1960s when the boxing champion protested going to Vietnam. An activist for 50 years, the Hall of Fame running back has never shied away from fighting for …

Practice Squaders Live a Vagabond Existence

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Nashville, Tenn. — Unlike his millionaire teammates, Brett Brackett doesn’t go to a mansion after work. Home for the Tennessee tight end is a bedroom in an apartment shared with three Titans practice squad players — any of …

Wisconsin Set to Hire Pittsburgh Coach

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Madison, Wis. — Wisconsin athletic director Barry Alvarez wasted little time in identifying, pursuing and securing a head coach to replace Gary Andersen. According to a source close to the UW program, former UW assistant Paul Chryst, a Madison native, is poised to return to his alma mater. …

Red Sox Boost Pitching Staff

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Boston — Just like that, the Boston Red Sox have a starting rotation again. One day after acquiring a pair of starters, the Red Sox picked up a third, rebuilding their starting rotation this offseason almost as quickly …

Peterson’s Appeal Denied, Suspension Upheld

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Minneapolis — The NFL’s hard line on Adrian Peterson held up. The league-appointed arbitrator for Peterson’s appeal affirmed the unpaid suspension until at least next spring, the final result of the child-abuse case that kept the Minnesota running …

Minus Crosby, Pens Prevail

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Pittsburgh — Blake Comeau and Kris Letang scored early in the first period to lead the Pittsburgh Penguins to a 3-1 victory over the Calgary Flames on Friday night. Rob Klinkhammer also scored to help the Penguins beat the Flames for the eighth straight time. Pittsburgh’s last loss …