Wednesday’s Sports in Brief – Charlotte Observer

BASEBALL

OXON HILL, Md. (AP) — A person familiar with the deal tells The Associated Press that free agent closer Aroldis Chapman and the New York Yankees have reached agreement on an $86 million, five-year deal.

The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the contract was still pending a physical.

Chapman was acquired by New York from the Cincinnati Reds last offseason, then was traded to the Chicago Cubs in late July. The hard-throwing lefty helped the Cubs win the World Series and became a free agent when it was over.

OXON HILL, Md. (AP) — The Washington Nationals acquired center fielder Adam Eaton from the Chicago White Sox for three young pitchers, including top prospect Lucas Giolito and hard-throwing Reynaldo Lopez, who made the team’s postseason roster in 2016.

The trade was made during the last full day of the winter meetings outside the nation’s capital, and comes after Washington failed in its bid to get left-handed pitcher Chris Sale from the White Sox, who instead sent him to Boston.

By putting Eaton in center, the Nationals can move Trea Turner — runner-up for 2016 NL Rookie of the Year — back to his natural position, shortstop. Eaton has three guaranteed seasons left in a $23.5 million, five-year contract that calls for him to earn $4 million next year, $6 million in 2018 and $8.4 million in 2019.

OXON HILL, Md. (AP) — The World Series champion Chicago Cubs have acquired star closer Wade Davis from the Kansas City Royals for outfielder Jorge Soler.

Davis will take over the ninth-inning role held by Aroldis Chapman, who became a free agent after the Cubs won their first championship since 1908.

The 31-year-old Davis went 2-1 with 27 saves in 30 tries and a 1.87 ERA last season. He spent time on the disabled with a forearm injury and was limited to 43 1/3 innings, but returned to pitch in September.

PRO BASKETBALL

BEIJING (AP) — China’s highest court ruled in favor of basketball legend Michael Jordan at the culmination of a years-long case over use of the Chinese rendering of his globally-known name and trademark.

The former NBA star has been in a dispute with a sportswear company based in southern China called Qiaodan Sports since 2012. He had previously argued unsuccessfully in Beijing courts that they had used his Chinese name “Qiaodan” by which he has been known since he gained widespread popularity in the mid-1980s, his old jersey number 23 and basketball player logo to make it look like he was associated with their brand.

The Supreme People’s Court announced that it was overturning two rulings by Beijing courts against Jordan from 2014 and 2015 that had found there wasn’t sufficient evidence to support the athlete’s allegations over the use of his image. It also ordered the trademark bureau to issue a new ruling on the use of the Chinese characters in the brand name “Qiaodan.”

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The Golden State Warriors players and coaches have pledged $75,000 to help relief efforts for the deadly Oakland warehouse fire that happened only a few miles from their home arena.

Separately, the franchise already donated $50,000 to the Oakland Fire Relief fund. The team made the announcement before playing a rivalry game at the Los Angeles Clippers, and the players also offered a public service announcement providing condolences and also thanks to authorities and first responders.

Draymond Green said: “As a team that calls the Bay Area our home, we are all devastated by this tragedy that took place right in our community. Our thoughts and prayers are with those that have lost their lives, and our sincere condolences go out to their loved ones.”

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

RANGER, Texas (AP) — Former Kentucky basketball coach Billy Gillispie has retired, citing health concerns as he stepped aside as coach at a Texas junior college.

The 57-year-old Gillispie said in a text message to The Dallas Morning News that he’s been battling high blood pressure since the summer. The former Texas A&M and Texas Tech coach said he is following the advice of doctors by leaving early in his second season at Ranger College.

Gillispie was a rising star in the coaching profession after quick rebuilding jobs at UTEP and Texas A&M, leading to the Kentucky job in 2007.

HOCKEY

TORONTO (AP) — John Scott, the NHL enforcer who made an unlikely run to the NHL’s All-Star weekend last season, has retired.

“It has been a hell of a ride. But I’m done,” Scott said in an article published in The Players’ Tribune.

The 34-year-old Scott made headlines last season when he was voted into the All-Star tournament. He played for the Arizona Coyotes for part of the season and still served as Pacific Division captain after being traded to the Montreal Canadiens and demoted to the AHL.

Scott had two goals during the mid-season showcase in Nashville, Tennessee, and was selected the MVP of the three-on-three tournament. The NHL has since taken steps to avoid a similar situation with new fan voting rules.

OLYMPICS

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — Two days before the release of a new report into Russian doping, the IOC the provisional sanctions imposed on the country over allegations of systematic cheating and cover-ups.

The International Olympic Committee executive board said the measures imposed on July 19 have been extended “until further notice.”

The sanctions, originally designed to apply until the end of this year, were put into place following the first report by World Anti-Doping Agency investigator Richard McLaren that alleged state-sponsored doping in Russia.

Under the measures, the IOC will not organize or “give patronage” to any sports events or meetings in Russia. In addition, the IOC urges all Olympic winter sports federations to “freeze their preparations for major events in Russia,” including world championships and World Cups and “to actively look for alternative organizers.”

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