Tuesday’s Sports In Brief


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) In another move to get younger and balance their batting order, the New York Yankees acquired infielder Starlin Castro from the Chicago Cubs for pitcher Adam Warren and a player to be named.

The 25-year-old Castro hit .265 with 11 homers and 69 RBIs last season, when he batted .281 against left-handers. A right-handed hitter, he has spent most of his career at shortstop, but moved to second base in mid-August to make room for rookie Addison Russell.

In the past year, the Yankees also acquired Didi Gregorius (25), Dustin Ackley (26) and Aaron Hicks (26). Looking for their first World Series title since 2009, the Yankees missed the playoffs for two straight years, then lost to Houston in this year's wild-card game.

Earlier in the day, the Cubs agreed to a $56 million, four-year contract with free-agent infielder Ben Zobrist, who figures to take over at second.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The Arizona Diamondbacks agreed to acquire All-Star right-hander Shelby Miller from the Atlanta Braves for overall No. 1 draft pick Dansby Swanson, outfielder Ender Inciarte and pitching prospect Aaron Blair, a person familiar with the deal told The Associated Press.

The Diamondbacks also would get minor league left-hander Gabe Speier in a trade that would give Arizona its second top-flight starter in one day. Earlier, free agent Zack Greinke finalized a $206.5 million, six-year contract with the team.

The person spoke on condition of anonymity Tuesday because the trade is pending approval of medical records.


NEW YORK (AP) – Representatives of the NBA and National Basketball Players Association met to discuss the Collective Bargaining Agreement, about a year before either side could signal its intent to opt out of it.

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver, NBPA executive director Michele Roberts, and representatives of their staffs took part in the meeting, according to a joint release. The sides said it was a preliminary meeting that included ''constructive dialogue'' and they agreed to continue their discussions.

The CBA runs through June 30, 2021, but either side could opt out on June 30, 2017. To do so, it would have to notify the other side of its intent by Dec. 15, 2016.

MIAMI (AP) – A critical 3-pointer that helped the Washington Wizards defeat the Miami Heat should not have counted because of an uncalled traveling violation, the NBA said.

The league said Bradley Beal traveled on the play where he passed to Gary Neal for a 3-pointer with just over a minute left in Miami on Monday night. Instead of the Heat having the ball down by two, they took over down by five and wound up losing 114-103.

Beal's uncalled travel was one of 14 plays reviewed by the league as part of its normal procedure after close games, and the only call deemed to be incorrect.


MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Top University of Minnesota officials didn't know about athletic director Norwood Teague's conduct before he abruptly resigned for sexual harassment, according to an external review that also found no fault with the ''general climate'' around the issue within the sports department.

A separate financial audit, meanwhile, took issue with thousands of dollars in spending by department employees during Teague's administration and made several recommendations for tighter controls.

Teague stepped down in August after two high-ranking university administrators reported he sexually harassed them at a senior leadership retreat weeks earlier. Teague acknowledged improper behavior and alcohol abuse in resigning.

The review by an outside law firm didn't find major flaws with the university's vetting of Teague before he was hired. The university had been criticized for missing a gender discrimination complaint against Teague when he worked at Virginia Commonwealth University.


CLEVELAND (AP) – Johnny Manziel's timeout has ended. He's starting for the Browns again.

The polarizing quarterback will play Sunday against the San Francisco 49ers, returning to the lineup after being benched two games by coach Mike Pettine for defiantly partying during the team's bye week.

Pettine is giving Manziel another chance after the second-year QB broke a promise that he wouldn't become a distraction when the team was off last month. Manziel had been named the starter for Cleveland's final six games on Nov. 17 only to throw away the opportunity with his escapades.

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) – The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will have to finish their push for a playoff berth without rookie linebacker Kwon Alexander.

The fourth-round draft pick who has started all 12 games and been the team's most consistent playmaker on defense has been suspended for violating the NFL policy on performance-enhancing substances. He will sit out the final four games of the regular season without pay.

The announcement by the league wasn't a surprise. Alexander was informed of the suspension last month, but said at the time he intended to appeal. He also said his positive test was linked to an energy drink he had used since high school.

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) – Adrian Peterson said the more carries he gets, the more he believes he can help a Minnesota Vikings offense that has struggled to consistently deliver big plays.

He also knows he has to do more with the carries he does get as the Vikings enter the crucial final stretch of the season.

Peterson leads the NFL in rushing but is coming off of an eight-carry day in a 38-7 loss to the Seattle Seahawks. It was his lowest workload of the season and the third-lowest of his career, and the Vikings were completely overwhelmed without their star running back in the mix.

After the game he raised some eyebrows when he said the team was ''outcoached,'' but Peterson was quick to point out Tuesday that there were at least two plays in the first half that he could have taken for touchdowns had he made the right read.

LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) – Chicago Bears tight end Martellus Bennett will miss the rest of the season because of a rib injury.

The Bears placed Bennett on injured reserve, ending his third season in Chicago and ninth in the NFL.

With Bennett out, the Bears signed former Arizona and Cleveland tight end Rob Housler. They also announced that offensive tackle Tayo Fabuluje has been removed from the reserve/suspended by the commissioner list, but the team has a roster exemption for him. Chicago (5-7) hosts Washington this weekend.