Sports briefs: Dec. 12

December 12, 2012 

Cleveland Indians 2007 Baseball

This is a 2007 file photo of Shin-Soo Choo of the Cleveland Indians baseball team. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)



Reds trade Stubbs to Indians for Choo, who will lead off

The Cincinnati Reds have traded for Korean outfielder Shin-Soo Choo, sending outfielder Drew Stubbs to the Cleveland Indians.

Choo, who has been Cleveland's primary right fielder for the Indians since 2006, will likely play center and bat leadoff for Cincinnati. Dealing Choo was almost a necessity for the Indians. He was entering the final year of his contract and is eligible for free agency in 2013.

The 30-year-old Choo batted .283 with 16 homers and 67 RBIs in 155 games last season.

Stubbs has played center exclusively for the Reds. He hit .213 with 14 homers and 40 RBI, and struck out 166 times in 493 at-bats.

 A person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press that free agent Kevin Youkilis and the Yankees have reached agreement on a one-year deal. The contract, reportedly worth $12 million, is pending a physical for the former Boston and Chicago White Sox star.

Youkilis is expected to play third base while Alex Rodriguez recovers from hip surgery. A-Rod plans to have the surgery in mid-January and could be sidelined until the All-Star break or beyond.

 The Dodgers introduced Zack Greinke, whom they signed to a $147 million, six-year deal that is the richest for a right-hander in history. The Dodgers beat out Texas and the rival Los Angeles Angels, for whom Greinke pitched last season.


Cousins hits Mayo below the belt

Sacramento's Demarcus Cousins scored 25 points in a 119-96 loss to Dallas Monday night, and again found himself getting attention for the wrong reasons.

The former Kentucky star drew a double technical with Mavericks guard O.J. Mayo in the second quarter, when Cousins caught Mayo with a blow below the belt, apparently trying to box him out while going for a rebound.

"Absolutely (unintentional)," Cousins said. "It wasn't intentional. There was a lot of trash talk."

Asked about Cousins, Mayo told reporters, "That guy has mental issues, man. He's a talented player. He has the chance to be the franchise player, but I don't think he wants it."

Cousins didn't seem bothered by Mayo after the game.

"Just trash talk," Cousins said. "Nothing too big. It's a part of the game. Nothing too big.

In games played Tuesday:

Wizards 77, Hornets 70: Former UK star Anthony Davis, just reactivated from the injured list, did not start, but played 25 minutes, scoring 13 points and pulling down eight rebounds for New Orleans.

Knicks 100, Nets 97: Carmelo Anthony scored a season-high 45 points and Jason Kidd made the tiebreaking 3-pointer with 24 seconds left, as New York rallied from an early 17-point deficit.

Cavaliers 100, Lakers 94: Kobe Bryant poured in 42 points, but the struggling Lakers lost again. Kylie Irving led the winners with 28 points, six rebounds and 11 assists.


No. 3 Michigan blasts Binghamton

Trey Burke scored 19 points and freshman Nik Stauskas added 12 to lead No. 3 Michigan to a 67-39 win over visiting Binghamton.The Wolverines (10-0) are off to their best start since their national title season of 1988-89.

LSU 80, Chattanooga 67: Andre Stringer made the most of his first start of the season and poured in 13 of his season-high 18 points in the first half to vault LSU past visiting Chattanooga.

Johnny O'Bryant III also tallied his third straight double-double with 18 points and 10 rebounds for the Tigers, who are 6-0 under first-year coach Johnny Jones.


Talks to end NHL lockout to resume

NHL labor negotiations will resume Wednesday, with mediators rejoining the talks at an undisclosed location in an effort to save the season.

U.S. federal mediators Scot Beckenbaugh and John Sweeney are to return to the process. They took part in sessions Nov. 27 and 28 before deciding they couldn't help.

Tuesday was the 87th day of the lockout. Wednesday's session will be the first meeting since the sides blamed each other after talks broke off last week. More than 40 percent of the regular season that was scheduled to begin Oct. 11 has been scratched.


Nadal set to come back

Rafael Nadal is ready to return to tennis, confirming that he'll play in an exhibition tournament in Abu Dhabi at the end of the month following a six-month break to recover from a knee injury.

Lance Armstrong resisted turning over records sought by U.S Postal Service investigators in 2011 looking into doping charges, then tried to keep the inquiry under seal and out of the public eye, according to recently released court documents. The Postal Service was Armstrong's main sponsor when he won the Tour de France from 1999-2004. Armstrong was stripped of those titles this year.

The last word

Jason Bay, 34, who signed with the Seattle Mariners on Monday, is one of only two players on the roster who was born in the 1970s.

"I don't feel like I'm that old, but I guess I am around here."

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