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     === News Summaries from The Sports Network - Thursday, December 18 ===
 
 
                      === Mavs get Rondo from Celtics ===
 
 Dallas,  TX (SportsNetwork.com)  - The Dallas Mavericks traded for Rajon Rondo
 on  Thursday, dealing  three players and two draft picks to the Boston Celtics
 for the All-Star point guard, the teams said.
 
 The  Mavericks  landed Rondo amid reports  the Celtics were talking to several
 other  teams  about a  possible trade,  including the  Houston Rockets and Los
 Angeles Lakers.
 
 They  also  acquired rookie forward Dwight  Powell in the deal. In return, the
 Celtics  got  point guard  Jameer  Nelson,  forwards  Brandan Wright  and  Jae
 Crowder,  a conditional  2015 first-round draft pick, a 2016 second-round pick
 and a $12.9 million trade exception.
 
 Rondo,  28, is due  to be an unrestricted free agent after this season but has
 indicated  to the  Mavericks  that he  would sign  a  contract extension  next
 summer, Yahoo Sports reported.
 
 Rondo  was the last  of the core group that led the Celtics to an NBA title in
 2008, following Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen out the door. He also
 made the Finals in 2010 with Boston.
 
 "We would not have won (our 17th title) without Rajon and will always consider
 him  one of our  most valuable Celtics, both on the court and in the community
 working  with kids,"  the Celtics said in a statement. "We will always cherish
 the time he was here."
 
 Rondo  was in his  ninth season with Boston, but has played just 90 games over
 the  last three because of various injuries, most recently a broken hand and a
 torn ACL.
 
 The former first-round draft pick is still filling stat sheets.
 
 He  has  an NBA-best three triple-doubles  and is averaging a league-high 10.8
 assists along with 8.3 points and 7.5 rebounds this season.
 
 Dallas  made the deal while in third place in the Southwest Division, where it
 trails both Memphis and Houston. Reigning NBA champion San Antonio and upstart
 New Orleans round out the NBA's toughest division.
 
 The  Mavericks signed Nelson  in July after he spent his first 10 seasons with
 the  Orlando Magic and the 32-year-old point guard averaged 7.3 points and 4.1
 assists in 23 games for them.
 
 Wright, 27, is averaging 8.8 points and 4.1 rebounds in his seventh NBA season
 and Crowder, 24, is averaging 3.6 points in his third.
 
 Powell,  a second-round draft pick out of Stanford, appeared in five games for
 the Celtics, scoring nine points in nine minutes.
 
 In a related move, the Celtics waived center Vitor Faverani.
 
 
                    === Warriors' Bogut out indefinitely ===
 
 Oakland,  CA  (SportsNetwork.com) - The  Golden State Warriors could be facing
 another extended absence from Andrew Bogut.
 
 The  team announced  Thursday that  the oft-injured  center will  be sidelined
 indefinitely  due  to swelling  in  his  right  knee,  with Bogut  to  undergo
 platelet-rich plasma therapy to treat the problem.
 
 Bogut  has missed  the Warriors' last four  games with knee pain. An MRI taken
 last  week  revealed  chrondomalacia,  an  inflammation  of  the  patella  and
 deterioration of cartilage, as well as bone edema.
 
 Houston  Rockets  All-Star Dwight  Howard missed 11  games earlier this season
 after also having a PRP procedure performed on his knee.
 
 "We  fully support  Andrew in his decision to undergo the PRP treatment," said
 Warriors  general manager Bob Myers. "Our number one concern is that Andrew is
 100  percent healthy and  we will continue to support him in any way we can to
 make that happen."
 
 Injuries   have   plagued  Bogut  throughout   his  10-year  NBA  career,  and
 particularly  so in  recent years. The 2005  No. 1 overall pick was limited to
 just 12 games by a fractured ankle while with Milwaukee in 2011-12, and played
 in  only 32  after being  traded to  Golden State  the following  season while
 recovering  from  the break.  The native  Australian also  sat out last year's
 Western  Conference quarterfinal  series with the Los Angeles Clippers because
 of a broken rib.
 
 Bogut  had been healthy for much of this season, starting Golden State's first
 20  games and helping the Warriors to an NBA-best 21-3 start. The 7-footer has
 averaged 7.1 points, 9.3 rebounds and 2.2 blocks.
 
 
                     === Kings' Cousins ready to return ===
 
 Sacramento,  CA (SportsNetwork.com) - Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins
 is  expected to  return  from a  10-game absence  in  Thursday's game  against
 Milwaukee.
 
 Cousins  has not played since Nov. 26 due to a bout with viral meningitis that
 briefly  hospitalized the 24-year-old. With their leading scorer and rebounder
 sidelined,  the Kings  lost eight of those  10 games and fired head coach Mike
 Malone in the midst of that stretch.
 
 The  fifth-year pro has been having a career season, averaging 23.5 points and
 12.6 rebounds over 15 games.
 
 Sacramento also listed forward Rudy Gay, who is dealing with tendinitis in his
 right Achilles, probable for Thursday's tilt.
 
 
                   === Knicks' Anthony out against Bulls ===
 
 Chicago,  IL (SportsNetwork.com) - New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony was
 sidelined again Thursday night because of lingering knee soreness.
 
 Anthony  did  not dress for  New York's game  against the Chicago Bulls, while
 forward Amar'e Stoudemire was in uniform.
 
 Knicks  coach Derek Fisher said earlier Thursday that Anthony was dealing with
 soreness in his knee left over from Tuesday's game against Dallas.
 
 He  said Stoudemire  was going to have  the night off to rest because the team
 has  back-to-back  afternoon games  scheduled  this  weekend at  home  against
 Phoenix and on the road against Toronto.
 
 Anthony  had  played three consecutive  games since sitting out last Wednesday
 against San Antonio because of the knee injury that's bothered him all season.
 
 "Some days are better than others," he said after Thursday's shootaround.
 
 Anthony is averaging 23.4 points and 6.6 rebounds in 24 games this season.
 
 
               === Bucks' Sanders suspended for flagrant foul ===
 
 New  York,  NY (SportsNetwork.com) -  Milwaukee Bucks center Larry Sanders has
 been  suspended one  game  for  his flagrant  foul  against  Nicolas Batum  in
 Wednesday's 104-97 loss to Portland.
 
 Sanders  was whistled  for a common foul  with 3:01 left to play after pushing
 Batum  in  the back on  a drive to  the basket, but  officials changed it to a
 Flagrant 1 following a review.
 
 The NBA later upgraded the foul to a Flagrant 2, warranting the suspension.
 
 The  suspension  will  force  Sanders  to  sit  out  Thursday's  tilt  against
 Sacramento,  which expects  to welcome  center  DeMarcus Cousins  back to  its
 lineup after a 10-game absence with viral meningitis.
 
 
                        === Bears make change at QB ===
 
 Lake  Forest, IL  (SportsNetwork.com) - Chicago Bears head coach Mark Trestman
 has  decided  to start Jimmy  Clausen over Jay  Cutler at quarterback for this
 Sunday's game against the Detroit Lions.
 
 Cutler  started  the first  14  games  of his  sixth  season  with the  Bears,
 completing  66.1  percent of his passes  for 3,640 yards, 28 touchdowns and an
 NFL-high 18 interceptions.
 
 He  has  fumbled 12 times  as well,  losing six to  lead the league in overall
 turnovers.
 
 "This  is  performance-based only," said  Trestman during a news conference on
 Thursday. "We're not getting enough out of our quarterback."
 
 Trestman  added that  this decision  is for  this week  only and  he will  re-
 evaluate heading into the final week of the season.
 
 "We're  not  playing well enough  at the  quarterback position on a consistent
 basis," added Trestman.
 
 Cutler  said  Thursday that  he wants to  stay in Chicago  and can see himself
 working with Trestman in the future.
 
 "I  would like to  stay here," said Cutler. "I really like it here. I love the
 guys in the locker room. This is where I'd like to be."
 
 Clausen,  who was signed to a one-year contract in June, hasn't started a game
 since  2010  while with  the Carolina  Panthers. He has  thrown nine passes in
 three games for Chicago (5-9) this season, completing three.
 
 Before  this season, the former Notre Dame star hadn't appeared in an NFL game
 since playing 13 for the Panthers as a rookie after he was taken in the second
 round of the 2010 draft.
 
 The  Bears enter  Sunday's matchup having lost three straight and six of their
 last eight games.
 
 
                      === Newton 'on target' to start ===
 
 Charlotte,  NC  (SportsNetwork.com) - Carolina  Panthers head coach Ron Rivera
 told  reporters  Thursday that Cam  Newton will "probably" start Sunday's game
 against Cleveland as the quarterback continues to progress well after a recent
 car accident.
 
 Newton  took  the majority of  first-team reps during Thursday's practice, his
 first full session since injuring his lower back in a two-car accident on Dec.
 9.  He declared himself pain-free when speaking to the media afterward, though
 Rivera  has yet  to make it definitive  that Newton would be back under center
 against the Browns.
 
 "I  don't want  to say yes and  then suddenly we have a setback," Rivera said.
 "We want to go through the process and make sure we do things the right way. I
 would  say he's on  target. He had a good day today. He looked good out there,
 took the reps he was supposed to.
 
 "But  we're  going through  the process. He  did a few  more things, and we'll
 evaluate  the  tape and take a  real good look to  make sure he's fine. We did
 some more things with him that we didn't do yesterday, and we'll increase that
 again  tomorrow  to make  sure he's  really where  he needs  to be. Then we'll
 double-check him on Saturday morning."
 
 Derek  Anderson filled in for Newton last week against Tampa Bay, throwing for
 277  yards and a touchdown to help the Panthers to an important 19-17 win over
 the Buccaneers.
 
 "I  don't  think we're worried  about who is  starting at quarterback. I think
 we're both ready," Newton said.
 
 At  5-8-1, the Panthers enter the season's final two weeks just behind 6-8 New
 Orleans for first place in the NFC South.
 
 
              === Seahawks sign LB Wright to 4-year extension ===
 
 Renton,  WA (SportsNetwork.com)  - The Seattle Seahawks signed linebacker K.J.
 Wright to a four-year extension, the team announced Thursday.
 
 Wright  has a team-leading 96 tackles this season with a career high-tying two
 sacks and three forced fumbles.
 
 He  has started 54 games since the Seahawks drafted him in the fourth round in
 2011, compiling 339 tackles, 6.5 sacks and one interception.
 
 "K.J.  is  the epitome of a  team guy," Seahawks  coach Pete Carroll said in a
 statement.  "We are excited to reward a player of his caliber for all the hard
 work  he has  put  in over  the  years to  become an  important  piece of  our
 defense."
 
 Wright has appeared in four playoff games, starting three.
 
 
                      === Titans send McCluster to IR ===
 
 Jacksonville,  FL (SportsNetwork.com)  - The  Tennessee Titans  placed running
 back  Dexter McCluster on injured reserve prior to Thursday's game against the
 Jacksonville Jaguars.
 
 McCluster,  Tennessee's primary  third-down back this season, injured his knee
 during Sunday's 16-11 loss to the New York Jets.
 
 Signed to a three-year contract by the Titans during the offseason, the former
 Kansas  City Chief caught 26 passes for 197 yards and a touchdown in 14 games.
 McCluster added 131 rushing yards on 40 carries.
 
 He  is  the third Titans'  player to  be put on  IR this week, joining deposed
 starting  quarterback Jake  Locker  (shoulder) and  tight  end Brett  Brackett
 (knee).
 
 Wide  receiver  Rico Richardson was  elevated from  the practice squad to take
 McCluster's place on the 53-man roster.
 
 
                    === BC extends Addazio through 2020 ===
 
 Chestnut  Hill, MA  (SportsNetwork.com) - Boston College extended the contract
 of  football  coach Steve Addazio through  the 2020 season, saying Thursday he
 has  out-performed  expectations during  what was supposed  to be a rebuilding
 period for the program.
 
 Addazio has led the Eagles to a 14-11 record and two bowl appearances since he
 left Temple to take over a 2-11 team in December 2012.
 
 Boston College went 7-5 this season, including a 4-4 mark in the ACC, and will
 face Penn State in the Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee Stadium on Dec. 27.
 
 The Eagles lost last year's Advocare V100 Bowl to Arizona.
 
 "To  lead  a team to  14 wins  and two consecutive  bowl games during what was
 supposed to be a rebuilding process is a great accomplishment," Boston College
 athletic director Brad Bates said in a statement.
 
 "Beyond  winning,  he has  worked  tirelessly  to recruit  top-notch  student-
 athletes  and develop lasting relationships with former players and the entire
 university  community. He is one of the best motivators I've ever been around,
 and  his  enthusiasm is infectious.  We are very fortunate  to have him as our
 coach."
 
 Addazio,  55,  was 13-11  in two  seasons at Temple  before arriving at Boston
 College,  which had produced back-to-back losing seasons for the first time in
 14 years.
 
 
                   === Memphis, Fuente agree to extension ===
 
 Memphis,  TN (SportsNetwork.com)  - With the school's first bowl appearance in
 six  years on  the horizon,  Memphis announced  Thursday it  has awarded  head
 football coach Justin Fuente with a contract extension.
 
 Terms  of the agreement  were not disclosed, though SI.com reported it to be a
 five-year pact in which Fuente will earn $1.4 million in the first season.
 
 Since  becoming the  Tigers'  head coach  in 2012,  Fuente  has resurrected  a
 program  that  won a mere three  games combined in two years under predecessor
 Larry  Porter. After  going just 7-17 over his first two seasons, the 38-year-
 old  has guided  Memphis to a 9-3  record and a share of the American Athletic
 Conference title in 2014.
 
 The  Tigers  will play in  their first postseason  game since 2008 in Monday's
 Miami Beach Bowl against BYU.
 
 "Our  football program  has enjoyed unprecedented success under Coach Fuente's
 leadership and we are excited to finalize this process and move forward," said
 Memphis director of athletics Tom Bowen. "The future of Tiger football is very
 bright and we look forward to the opportunity to build upon our success in the
 days and years ahead."
 
 Fuente  was  chosen as  the AAC's 2014  Coach of the  Year for engineering the
 turnaround,  while also being named a finalist for the Eddie Robinson National
 Coach of the Year award.
 
 
               === It's official: Dodgers ship Kemp to Padres ===
 
 San  Diego,  CA (SportsNetwork.com) -  After clearing hurdles, the blockbuster
 deal  sending  outfielder Matt Kemp from  the Los Angeles Dodgers to San Diego
 Padres was finalized Thursday night.
 
 In  addition to  Kemp, the  Padres acquired  catcher Tim  Federowicz from  the
 Dodgers  in exchange  for catcher Yasmani Grandal and pitchers Joe Wieland and
 Zach Eflin.
 
 Los  Angeles is also sending the Padres $32 million towards the remaining $107
 million Kemp is owed on his contract, which runs through 2019.
 
 The  deal  hit a  snag when  USA Today reported  Thursday that Kemp's physical
 revealed arthritis in both of his hips.
 
 Kemp  has been hampered  by hamstring issues in two of the last three seasons,
 missing  51 games in 2012 and 73 in 2013. The 2011 National League MVP runner-
 up  did play in 150 games this past season, batting .287 with 25 home runs and
 89 RBI.
 
 Padres  first-year  general manager  A.J.  Preller  has been  aggressive  this
 offseason  in trying to improve an offense that was the worst in the majors in
 2014.  In addition to the potential Kemp trade, Preller reportedly has swung a
 deal  to acquire 2013  American League Rookie of the Year Wil Myers from Tampa
 Bay as part of a three-team swap that also involves the Washington Nationals.
 
 
                     === Padres acquire Norris from A's ===
 
 San  Diego, CA  (SportsNetwork.com) -  The  San Diego  Padres' busy  offseason
 continued  on Thursday  when  the club  acquired  power-hitting catcher  Derek
 Norris from Oakland.
 
 Norris  will  be  joined  by  left-handed pitcher  Seth  Streich,  along  with
 international bonus compensation,  in exchange for right-handed pitchers Jesse
 Hahn and R.J. Alvarez.
 
 The  25-year-old Norris hit  a career-best .270 with 10 homers and 55 RBI this
 past  season in  Oakland en  route to  his first  All-Star Game  selection. He
 ranked  second among  AL catchers  in batting  average and  on-base percentage
 (.361).
 
 Streich  spent  2014 with Class-A Stockton  and compiled a 9-6 record with 116
 strikeouts and a 3.16 ERA in 22 starts for the Ports.
 
 Hahn  got some work  with the Padres over this past season and went 7-4 with a
 3.07 ERA in 14 games -- 12 starts. Alvarez, who was originally acquired by San
 Diego  in the Huston  Street trade with the Angels, had a 1.25 ERA in 38 games
 out of the bullpen for Double-A San Antonio and Arkansas.
 
 The Padres also officially announced their acquisition of Matt Kemp in a trade
 with  the  Los Angeles  Dodgers which had  been reported for  over a week. The
 deal for Kemp hit a snag after the results of the outfielder's physical were a
 concern.
 
 San  Diego's  need for a catcher  became apparent when it reportedly sent Rene
 Rivera,  among  others, to  Tampa Bay as  part of a  three-team deal that will
 bring 2013 AL Rookie of the Year, Wil Myers, to the Padres.
 
 That trade is pending physicals.
 
 
                    === Royals reach deal with P Medlen ===
 
 Kansas  City, MO  (SportsNetwork.com) -  The  Kansas City  Royals have  signed
 pitcher  Kris Medlen to  a two-year contract with a mutual option for the 2017
 season,  with the  hope that the Tommy  John surgery recipient will be able to
 contribute during the second half of the upcoming year.
 
 Medlen  put together  a strong 2013 campaign for the Atlanta Braves, winning a
 career-best  15 games with  a 3.11 earned run average in 32 games (31 starts).
 The  right-hander missed  all of last season, however, after tearing the ulnar
 collateral ligament in his elbow during a spring training outing.
 
 The  Braves  declined to offer Medlen  a contract earlier this month, in large
 part  due  to his injury history.  The 29-year-old also underwent a Tommy John
 procedure that sidelined him for the majority of the 2011 season.
 
 Medlen  has  been a quality pitcher  when healthy. His .674 winning percentage
 (31-15)  since 2010  ranks only  behind  a pair  of Cy  Young Award  honorees,
 Clayton  Kershaw and Max Scherzer, over that stretch, and he sports a 2.95 ERA
 over 152 appearances (61 starts).
 
 According to the Kansas City Star, Medlen will receive $8.5 million guaranteed
 over  the life  of the deal. He is  slated to earn $2 million next season, but
 can earn an additional $4 million based on games started and innings pitched.
 
 Medlen  will make  $10 million in 2017  if he and the Royals both exercise the
 option year. Kansas City will pay a $1 million buyout if either side declines.
 
 The  signing is  the second  by the  reigning AL  champion Royals  involving a
 starting  pitcher  in as  many days,  with the  club reportedly inking Edinson
 Volquez to a two-year, $20 million contract on Wednesday.
 
 Kansas  City is not expected to re-sign last year's staff ace and current free
 agent James Shields.
 
 Infielder  Johnny Giavotella  was designated for assignment to create room for
 Medlen on the 40-man roster.
 
 Giavotella hit .238 with four homers and 45 RBI over 125 games with the Royals
 across the last four seasons, but appeared in just 26 games in the majors over
 the last two.
 
 
           === Rays set to send Myers to Padres in deal with Nats ===
 
 (SportsNetwork.com)  -  Wil Myers is reportedly  heading from Tampa Bay to San
 Diego  as  part of  an  11-player  trade  that  also involves  the  Washington
 Nationals.
 
 According  to MLB.com, the Padres will acquire Myers, the 2013 American League
 Rookie  of the Year, along with catcher Ryan Hanigan and minor league pitchers
 Gerardo  Reyes and Jose Castillo from Tampa Bay. The Rays will receive catcher
 Rene  Rivera, first  baseman  Jake Bauers  and pitcher  Burch  Smith from  the
 Padres,  as well  as  outfielder  Steven Souza  and  pitcher  Travis Ott  from
 Washington,  while the Nationals will pick up pitcher Joe Ross and a player to
 be named later, said to be shortstop Trea Turner, from the Padres.
 
 The deal is pending physicals.
 
 Myers, who just turned 24 years old, is the centerpiece of the trade.
 
 The  Rays acquired Myers from Kansas City prior to the 2013 season in the deal
 that sent pitchers James Shields and Wade Davis to the Royals.
 
 Myers,  in  88 games as a  rookie, batted .293, hit  13 homers and drove in 53
 runs to help Tampa Bay to a wild card berth. A wrist injury slowed him down in
 2014  when he  played just 87 games and  hit six homers with 35 RBI and batted
 only .222.
 
 Hanigan  hit just  .218 in 84 games  last season, his first in Tampa Bay after
 playing  the  first seven years  of his  career in Cincinnati. The 34-year-old
 veteran,  who has  played more  than 100  games in  a season  just once,  is a
 career. 256 hitter with 25 homers and 172 RBI in 558 games.
 
 The  Padres  have been somewhat  busy since the  start of Winter Meetings last
 week,  signing  pitcher Brandon Morrow while  adding outfielder Matt Kemp in a
 trade from the Dodgers. The Kemp deal has yet to be officially announced.
 
 Tampa  Bay has also  undergone a major shakeup since the departures of head of
 baseball  operations  Andrew Friedman and  manager Joe Maddon. Matt Silverman,
 Friedman's  replacement,  has  traded  pitchers  Jeremy  Hellickson  and  Joel
 Peralta, as well as outfielder Matt Joyce and infielder Sean Rodriguez.
 
 The  Rays, who also released veteran catcher Jose Molina, will hope Rivera can
 help  behind the  plate. The  31-year-old native  of Puerto  Rico played  in a
 career-high  103  games last  season with  the Padres and  batted .252 with 11
 homers and 44 RBI.
 
 Burch appeared in 10 games in 2013, including seven starts, and was 1-3 with a
 6.44  ERA,  but missed most  of last year with  a forearm injury, while Bauers
 played  at Single-A  in 2014.  Ott  was also  a  Class-A player  last year  in
 Washington's organization, while Souza could be the key piece for the Rays.
 
 Souza  was the  International League's  top  player in  2014 for  Washington's
 Triple-A affiliate in Syracuse, batting .350 with 18 homers and 75 RBI in just
 96  games. The 25-year-old  played in 21 games for the Nationals last year and
 hit  two homers in 23 at-bats while also making a tremendous catch to preserve
 Jordan Zimmermann's no-hitter on the final day of the season.
 
 The  Nationals  will pick up a  former first-round pick in Ross, a 21-year-old
 right-hander  who has  not pitched  above Double-A  since he  was chosen  25th
 overall in 2011.
 
 Turner  can't  officially be traded  until next  June, as league rules mandate
 that  a draft pick cannot be dealt until a full year after he was selected. He
 was the 13th overall pick last June and could be Washington's shortstop of the
 future with Ian Desmond set to be a free agent after next season.
 
 
                 === Report: Volquez heading to Kansas City ===
 
 (SportsNetwork.com)  - The Kansas City Royals and pitcher Edinson Volquez have
 reportedly agreed to a two-year contract.
 
 According to CBSSports.com and MLB.com, the deal is worth $20 million.
 
 Volquez  spent 2014  in Pittsburgh and had  one of the best seasons of his 10-
 year career with a record of 13-7 and a 3.04 ERA in 32 games, all but one as a
 starter.
 
 The  31-year-old right-hander  was 9-12  with a  5.71 ERA  for the  Padres and
 Dodgers  in 2013. He owns a career mark of 66-59 with a 4.44 ERA in 191 games,
 including  185 starts  with  Texas,  Cincinnati, San  Diego,  Los Angeles  and
 Pittsburgh.
 
 Volquez had his best season with the Reds in 2008, posting a mark of 17-6 with
 a 3.21 ERA.
 
 The  American  League champion  Royals have  been in  need of another starting
 pitcher with the loss of James Shields to free agency.
 
 
                  === A's acquire De La Rosa from Arizona ===
 
 Oakland,  CA (SportsNetwork.com) - The Oakland Athletics acquired pitcher Eury
 De La Rosa from the Arizona Diamondbacks for cash considerations on Thursday.
 
 In 25 games with Arizona last season, De La Rosa went 2-0 with a 2.95 ERA. The
 24-year-old  left-hander allowed just two home runs in 36 2/3 innings and held
 right-handed hitters to a .233 batting average.
 
 De  La Rosa  is 2-1 with a 4.21  ERA in 44 career appearances over two seasons
 with the Diamondbacks.
 
 The  Dominican  native began the  2014 season at  Triple-A Reno and compiled a
 2.52  ERA and .224 opponents batting average in 36 relief appearances with the
 Aces before he was promoted to Arizona on July 5.
 
 To  clear  a spot  on the  40-man roster, the  A's designated pitcher Fernando
 Rodriguez  for  assignment and  also released  pitcher Jorge  De Leon, who was
 designated for assignment Dec. 9.
 
 
             === Dawson will miss Michigan State's next two games ===
 
 East  Lansing, MI  (SportsNetwork.com) - Michigan State forward Branden Dawson
 suffered  a stable, non-displaced fracture to his left wrist and will miss the
 team's next two games.
 
 Dawson  suffered the  injury in No. 25 Michigan State's 66-46 win over Eastern
 Michigan  on Wednesday.  He scored  his 1,000th-career  point earlier  in that
 contest.
 
 The  school  released details on Dawson's  injury Thursday, saying he could be
 back in action for the start of the Big Ten season.
 
 "I  feel  bad for Branden, as  he's been practicing  so well over the last few
 weeks,"  said MSU  coach Tom Izzo. "But  we also feel a bit fortunate when you
 look  at the video from the game -- it certainly could have been worse. BJ has
 been a quick healer in the past, and we anticipate this being the same."
 
 On the season, Dawson is averaging 10.8 points and a Big Ten-best 8.5 rebounds
 per game. He will miss games against Texas Southern and The Citadel.
 
 
                     === Louisville's Agau to transfer ===
 
 Louisville, KY (SportsNetwork.com) - Sophomore forward Akoy Agau will transfer
 from Louisville at the end of the fall semester, the school said Thursday.
 
 Agau  had sports  hernia surgery on July  29 and has played just 11 minutes in
 three games this season. He scored 17 points in 19 games as a freshman.
 
 Louisville  said he hasn't  chosen a new school yet but will be given his full
 release to transfer.
 
 The  Sudanese-born Agau moved  to Egypt as a child before coming to the United
 States  in 2002. He was a three-time All-State selection in Nebraska as a high
 schooler.
 
 The No. 4 Cardinals (9-0) visit Western Kentucky on Saturday.
 
 
                    === Djokovic, Serena honored by ITF ===
 
 London,  England  (SportsNetwork.com)  -  World No.  1  stars  Novak  Djokovic
 and  Serena  Williams were  selected as  the International Tennis Federation's
 world champions for 2014.
 
 Djokovic  captured the award  for a fourth time, while Williams is now a five-
 time recipient.
 
 Djokovic  titled  at Wimbledon  for  his  seventh  career Grand  Slam  singles
 championship  and reclaimed  the No.  1  ranking from  Rafael Nadal.  Williams
 captured  the  U.S. Open  for her  18th major title  and was  the No. 1 player
 throughout the entire year.
 
 Americans  Bob and Mike Bryan won the men's doubles award for the 11th time in
 12  years,  while Italy's  Sara Errani  and Roberta  Vinci claimed the women's
 honor for the third straight season.
 
 
                         === Crosby back in lineup ===
 
 Pittsburgh, PA (SportsNetwork.com) - Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby
 was in the lineup for Thursday's home game against the Colorado Avalanche.
 
 Crosby  missed  the past  three games  with the mumps.  He participated in the
 Penguins' morning skate on Thursday and was on the ice for pregame warm-ups.
 
 Penguins  goaltender Marc-Andre  Fleury  started against  the Avalanche  after
 being  tested on  Wednesday  for the  virus that  has  affected several  teams
 throughout the league.
 
 
                        === Predators waive Stalberg ===
 
 Nashville,  TN  (SportsNetwork.com)  -  The Nashville  Predators  have  waived
 forward  Viktor Stalberg  with the hopes he  clears and can be assigned to the
 minors for conditioning purposes.
 
 Stalberg  has been  sidelined  since  early November  with  a  knee injury  he
 sustained  on a  conditioning assignment with Milwaukee of the American Hockey
 League.  He had also missed the team's first three games of the season with an
 injury.
 
 "A  couple of injuries  early in the season have prevented this from being the
 season  Viktor  trained all summer  for," said Predators general manager David
 Poile  on  Thursday. "He  has worked  hard to  return to  the lineup. The best
 option  for  Viktor and  the organization at  this time is  to place Viktor on
 waivers  with the  hope that he will  clear, go to Milwaukee to play games and
 continue his efforts to be ready for NHL game action."
 
 The  NHL  has a week-long  roster freeze starting Friday  at 11:59 p.m. CT and
 lasting until 12:01 a.m. CT on Dec. 28.
 
 Stalberg  has not  registered a  point in  five games  for the  Predators this
 season.
 
 
            === Devils' Severson sidelined with fractured ankle ===
 
 Newark,  NJ  (SportsNetwork.com) -  New Jersey  Devils rookie defenseman Damon
 Severson is expected to be sidelined for the next 4-to-5 weeks with a hairline
 fracture in his left ankle.
 
 Severson had played in each of New Jersey's first 32 games before being a late
 scratch for Wednesday's game against Ottawa.
 
 The 20-year-old Manitoba native has four goals and eight assists for 12 points
 this season.
 
 
                === Jets acquire D Harrison from Hurricanes ===
 
 Winnipeg,  MB (SportsNetwork.com)  - The Winnipeg Jets acquired defenseman Jay
 Harrison from the Carolina Hurricanes on Thursday for a late-round draft pick.
 
 The  Jets placed defenseman Jacob Trouba on injured reserve with an upper-body
 injury.
 
 They  dealt a sixth-round draft pick in 2015 to get Harrison, who had one goal
 and three assists in 20 games for Carolina this season.
 
 The  nine-year NHL veteran has 21 goals and 49 assists in 337 career games for
 the Maple Leafs and Hurricanes.
 
 
                    === Top amateur Henderson turns pro ===
 
 (SportsNetwork.com)  -  Brooke Henderson, the top-ranked amateur female golfer
 in the world, has turned pro.
 
 IMG  said in  a news release Thursday that the 17-year-old Canadian has signed
 on  for  representation and also inked  a deal with the golf equipment company
 Ping.
 
 Henderson  has won more  than 50 tournaments as an amateur and has competed on
 the  LPGA Tour eight  times since 2012. She was the low amateur in June's U.S.
 Women's Open, finishing in a tie for 10th place.
 
 After turning pro, Henderson became the top-ranked Canadian in women's golf.
 
 12/19 01:51:30 ET

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