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AP source: Marlins catcher JT Realmuto requests trade

Mon, 18 Dec 2017 19:19:43 UT

MIAMI (AP) — J.T. Realmuto wants to join the Miami Marlins' exodus. The three-year veteran catcher requested a trade in the wake of the team's latest payroll purge, a person familiar with the situation said Monday. The person confirmed Realmuto's request to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the Marlins didn't comment. The person said Realmuto's agent told the Marlins a trade would make sense for the rebuilding team because of his high market value. This month the Marlins have traded major league home run champion Giancarlo Stanton, All-Star left fielder Marcell Ozuna and major league stolen base champ Dee Gordon. The franchise is reducing payroll and rebooting under a new ownership group that includes Derek Jeter.

ESPN chief Skipper resigns, cites substance abuse problem

Mon, 18 Dec 2017 19:08:01 UT

NEW YORK (AP) — John Skipper, president of the sprawling ESPN sports network, said Monday that he is resigning to treat a substance abuse problem. Skipper's sudden announcement will force the Walt Disney Co.-owned network to search for new leadership at a time of retrenchment, with the company losing subscribers due to cord-cutters and working to boost its digital output to follow the migration of young sports fans to their smartphones. The 61-year-old executive, who has worked at ESPN since 1997 and has led the company since 2012, said he's struggled for many years with substance addiction but gave no details of his specific problem. He said he had concluded that now is the time to deal with it.

UCF's Scott Frost wins Associated Press Coach of the Year

Mon, 18 Dec 2017 18:46:53 UT

Scott Frost is The Associated Press coach of the year after leading Central Florida to an unbeaten season and a spot in the Peach Bowl. Frost has already accepted the Nebraska head coaching job, but plans to complete the season with UCF and coach the 10th-ranked Knights against No. 7 Auburn. Frost received 21 first-place votes and 100 points from 57 Top 25 poll voters who submitted ballots. Kirby Smart of Georgia finished second with seven first-place votes and 55 points. Clemson's Dabo Swinney finished third with seven votes and 38 points. Oklahoma's Lincoln Riley (four, 36) was fourth and Miami's Mark Richt (five, 28) was fifth.

UConn still unanimous No. 1 in AP women's hoops poll

Mon, 18 Dec 2017 18:09:01 UT

NEW YORK (AP) — UConn remains the unanimous No. 1 team in The Associated Press women's basketball poll. There wasn't much movement in the Top 25 this week with most schools in exam break. The Huskies (8-0), who received all 32 votes from the national media panel on Monday, had the week off and will play on Tuesday against Oklahoma as coach Geno Auriemma goes for his 1,000th career victory. The top five teams stayed the same with Notre Dame, Louisville, South Carolina and Mississippi State following UConn. Baylor, Tennessee, Texas, West Virginia and Oregon round out the top 10. The Mountaineers and Ducks flipped spots after Oregon lost at Mississippi State.

Danica Patrick, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. end 5-year relationship

Mon, 18 Dec 2017 17:36:28 UT

CONCORD, N.C. (AP) — Danica Patrick and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. have split as a couple after nearly five years. A spokeswoman for Patrick confirmed to The Associated Press on Monday that the drivers are "no longer in a relationship." Patrick didn't attend the season-ending awards ceremony last month in Las Vegas with Stenhouse, who was honored for making NASCAR's playoffs in 2017. That led to speculation about the most prolific couple in motorsports. Patrick and Stenhouse announced they were dating in early 2013. She confirmed that by telling the AP: "I have a boyfriend, his name is Richard." It was an unconventional pairing.

Villanova still No. 1, Arizona State up to No. 3 in AP poll

Mon, 18 Dec 2017 17:07:15 UT

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — Arizona State was picked to finish sixth in the Pac-12. Now the Sun Devils are one of the biggest surprises in college basketball, inching toward the program's first No. 1 ranking. Arizona State moved up two spots to No. 3 in the AP Top 25 released on Monday, leapfrogging preseason No. 1 Duke after Wichita State dropped out of the top 10. Villanova was No. 1 for the second straight week, receiving 45 of 65 first-place votes from a media panel. Michigan State stayed at No. 2 and received 15 first-place votes, with Arizona State getting the final five first-place votes to match its highest ranking as a program. No. 5 North Carolina, Miami, Kentucky, Texas A&M, Xavier and West Virginia rounded out the top 10.

Jordan Lyles, Padres agree to $1 million, 1-year contract

Mon, 18 Dec 2017 15:23:00 UT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Right-hander Jordan Lyles and the San Diego Padres have agreed to a $1 million, one-year contract that includes a club option for 2019. Lyles gets a $750,000 salary next year under the deal announced Sunday, and the Padres' option is for $3.5 million with a $250,000 buyout. His 2019 salary would escalate to $4.5 million if he is selected comeback player of the year in 2018 by Sporting News. If the option is exercised, he could earn performance bonuses of $250,000 each for 15, 20 and 25 starts, and of $125,000 apiece for 40 and 50 games pitched. The 27-year-old joined San Diego in early August, soon after he was released by Colorado. He was 1-5 with a 7.75 ERA in 38 games, including five starts. Lyles is 28-48 with a 5.

Salah, the prolific frontman making Liverpool's 'Fab 4' sing

Mon, 18 Dec 2017 14:59:10 UT

There's a new "Fab Four" making Liverpool sing — and this time, there's no question which member is the biggest star. Some fans of The Beatles think John Lennon was the driving force behind the Liverpudlian band that became a global phenomenon in the 1960s. Others lean to Paul McCartney. In the soccer version, Mohamed Salah is currently the undoubted frontman at Anfield. The 25-year-old Egyptian is putting Liverpool's greatest strikers in the shade with his scoring feats in his first season at the Premier League club. His goal in the 4-0 win at Bournemouth on Sunday moved his tally to 20 in all competitions, making Salah the first Liverpool player since Ian Rush in 1986 to get to that mark in a season by Christmas.

Szabados backstops Canada's women to 2-1 OT win vs US

Mon, 18 Dec 2017 14:49:49 UT

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — Goaltender Shannon Szabados says the 2-1 overtime win Sunday against the United States ranks high on her list. The 31-year-old made 34 saves in her hometown for the national women's hockey team. Jennifer Wakefield scored the winner on a loose puck in the crease with 27 seconds remaining in overtime. Canadian captain Marie-Philip Poulin scored a power-play goal with 2:45 remaining in the first period. Hilary Knight tied it for the U.S. with 5:58 left in the second on an assist from Kendall Coyne. Szabados was the goalie for Olympic gold-medal victories against the U.S. in 2010 and 2014. She held Canada in the game on Sunday when her team was outshot 25-10 over the second and third periods.

Police investigate alleged assault of Raheem Sterling

Mon, 18 Dec 2017 13:40:08 UT

MANCHESTER, England (AP) — Police are investigating the alleged assault of Manchester City winger Raheem Sterling at the club's training ground. The Daily Telegraph reported Sunday that Sterling was kicked and racially abused as he arrived at City's Etihad Campus on Saturday, hours before scoring twice in a 4-1 victory over Tottenham in the Premier League. In response to an inquiry about the alleged incident involving Sterling, Greater Manchester Police said Monday in a statement it has been "made aware that a 23-year-old man had been subject to a racially aggravated assault." The police force said no official report has been made but that officers were treating the incident as a hate crime.