Gordie Howe hospitalized after another stroke
Hockey Hall of Famer Gordie Howe has suffered his third stroke since late October and was hospitalized early this week, his daughter said Tuesday.
Cathy Purnell said her father suffered a "significant stroke" on Monday. Howe was stable and "a little bit alert" Tuesday morning, and doctors at a Lubbock (Texas) hospital where he was taken were scheduled to do additional tests, she said.
"He's a fighter," Purnell said. "The man is tough. He has this will to keep going, all things considered."
The man known as "Mr. Hockey" set NHL marks with 801 goals and 1,850 points, mostly with the Detroit Red Wings, records later broken by Wayne Gretzky.
Purnell said therapists who have been tending to Howe arrived at her house Monday morning and discovered him nonresponsive in bed. Howe remained that way until evening, when Purnell said he recognized family members once he became alert.
Howe suffered what his children called a serious stroke in late October and another in early November. He has been staying at his daughter's home in Lubbock.
She said the family wants to get the 86-year-old Howe back to her house as soon as possible.
"It scares the daylight out of me," Purnell said, adding that she told him Monday night to "stop pulling these games on me. He gave me a smile. His sense of humor is intact."
Blues sign Brodeur to one-year deal
The St. Louis Blues signed 42-year-old goalie Martin Brodeur to a one-year contract, picking up the NHL's career leader in games, wins and shutouts while Brian Elliott is out with a knee injury. Brodeur began practicing with St. Louis last week. He played 21 seasons for the New Jersey Devils, leading them to three Stanley Cups, and had been looking to resume his career since the offseason. Elliott is out indefinitely and Brodeur likely will share duties with 24-year-old Jake Allen.
Reds trade outfielder Heisey to Dodgers
The Los Angeles Dodgers have acquired outfielder Chris Heisey in a trade with the Cincinnati Reds.
Heisey, who turns 30 this month, hit .222 with eight homers and 22 RBI in 119 games last season. He was picked by Cincinnati in the 17th round of the 2006 draft and made his major-league debut with the Reds in 2010.
Heisey was eligible for arbitration. The Reds also announced Tuesday that they had declined to offer 2015 contracts to right-handed relievers Logan Ondrusek and Curtis Partch.
Cincinnati received minor-league right-hander Matt Magill in the trade with Los Angeles. The 25-year-old Magill was 7-6 with a 5.21 ERA in 36 appearances, 12 of them starts, for Triple-A Albuquerque last season.
Former All-Star Hunter returns to Twins
Torii Hunter is returning to the Minnesota Twins, and injured Atlanta pitchers Kris Medlen and Brandon Beachy have been tossed into the free-agent market along with San Diego shortstop Everth Cabrera and New York Mets outfielder Eric Young Jr.
Hunter agreed Tuesday to a $10.5 million, one-year contract with the Twins, a person with knowledge of the agreement told The Associated Press. A five-time All-Star outfielder who turns 40 in July, Hunter played for the Twins from 1997-07 before leaving for the Los Angeles Angels and later Detroit. He hit .286 with 17 homers and 83 RBI for the Tigers last season.
More than 200 players entered Tuesday eligible for salary arbitration this winter. Any player offered a contract would be entitled to, at a minimum, roughly one-sixth of his 2015 salary as termination pay if he gets released.
Angels infielder Gordon Beckham, Oakland first baseman Kyle Blanks and Texas right-hander Alexi Ogando also were among the players let go.
Cabrera, an All-Star shortstop in 2013, faces charges of resisting arrest and possession of marijuana in a car after he was stopped by authorities in eastern San Diego County on Sept. 3, while he was on the disabled list. He is scheduled to be arraigned Dec. 8.
SoccerPele off intensive care, still in hospital
Pele has been taken off intensive care as his condition continues to improve, a Brazilian hospital said on Tuesday. The 74-year-old Pele remains in the same room where he was transferred to five days ago to undergo kidney support treatment, but now was under "semi-intensive" care, the Albert Einstein Hospital said in a statement. "Pele is getting better," he was "lucid, eating well" and has been "walking around" the room, the hospital added. He remains off the hemodialysis treatment that was needed to support his only kidney, although doctors said another evaluation will be done on Wednesday.
The three-time World Cup champion was hospitalized on Nov. 24 after being diagnosed with a urinary tract infection that stemmed from a Nov. 13 surgery to remove kidney stones. Recent tests have shown no signs of the infection.
Pele has had only one kidney since his playing days, when one was removed after complications from a rib broken while playing. He has enjoyed good health in recent years despite a hip replacement and detached retina.
D.C. United stadium deal approved
D.C. United will have a new, publicly financed, soccer-only stadium starting in 2017 under a bill passed unanimously Tuesday by the D.C. Council. Most of the nearly $170 million in taxpayer funds that the city committed to the project will go toward buying or acquiring land for the stadium on Buzzard Point in southwest Washington, a neglected peninsula about 2 miles south of the U.S. Capitol. The team would then spend about $150 million to build the stadium itself.
Since its inception, D.C. United has played its home games in the aging RFK Stadium. A majority of teams in the league have since opened soccer-specific stadiums, and District of Columbia leaders pushed the deal in part out of a desire to keep the team in the nation's capital. The stadium would be built about a mile away from Nationals Park, another publicly financed stadium that city leaders point to as a success because of subsequent redevelopment of surrounding neighborhoods.
Transy game benefits fight against cancer
Transylvania University will accept donations in support of Torsie Haugli and Lauren Hill, two young women battling cancer, when the women's basketball team plays host to Mount St. Joseph University on Wednesday. Haugli, a 2014 Transylvania graduate, was diagnosed in May with acute large cell lymphoma and is undergoing treatment at the Cleveland Cancer Clinic. Lauren, a member of the Mount St. Joseph team, battles diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma, a rare form of cancer that affects the nervous system. All proceeds will benefit the Torsie Lymphoma Research Fund and The Cure Starts Now Foundation.
The last word
Philadelphia 76ers fan Dan Kravitz, a season-ticket holder since 1996, said he enjoys the food, service and entertainment from the dance team to acrobats at Wells Fargo Center.
"They put on a good show. The atmosphere is great. The only thing that is unwatchable is the basketball team."