State & National News

July 31, 2014 - 4:57pm
9 min 46 sec ago

MINEOLA, N.Y. (AP) — A former New York Yankees outfielder has been convicted of sexually abusing a young girl.

Rosendo "Rusty" Torres was convicted in a Nassau County court of five counts of sexual abuse Thursday. He faces up to seven years in prison on each count. Sentencing is Oct. 7.

Prosecutors say Torres abused a girl younger than 11 while acting as a youth baseball coach for the town of Oyster Bay, 20 miles east of New York City. They say the...

July 31, 2014 - 4:45pm
9 min 45 sec ago

MIAMI (AP) — Right-hander Jarred Cosart has been traded by the Houston Astros to the Miami Marlins in a six-player deal.

The Marlins also acquired infielder-outfielder Kiki Hernandez and outfielder Austin Wates in exchange for third baseman Colin Moran, outfielder Jake Marisnick, right-hander Francis Martes and a 2015 compensatory draft pick.

The Marlins, traditionally sellers at the trade deadline, were in the market to upgrade their rotation after...

July 31, 2014 - 4:41pm
9 min 45 sec ago

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Minnesota Twins have signed All-Star catcher Kurt Suzuki to a two-year, $12 million contract extension.

The Twins got the deal done on Thursday, keeping a respected veteran around the clubhouse on a team that continues to struggle in the standings. Fox Sports first reported the agreement that includes a vesting option for 2017.

Suzuki has been one of the few bright spots for the Twins this season. He signed a one-year deal...

July 31, 2014 - 4:38pm
9 min 45 sec ago
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July 31, 2014 - 4:35pm
9 min 45 sec ago

BOSTON (AP) — The Boston Red Sox have obtained third baseman Kelly Johnson from the New York Yankees for shortstop Stephen Drew.

Drew hit .253 for the World Series champion Red Sox last year but did not accept a $14.1 million qualifying offer. He re-signed with Boston on May 22 and has hit .176 with four homers and 11 RBIs in 39 games.

He will likely play second base for New York.

Johnson is hitting .219 with six homers and 22...

July 31, 2014 - 4:32pm
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DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit Tigers have added another Cy Young Award winner to their star-studded rotation, acquiring Tampa Bay's David Price in a blockbuster deal Thursday.

A person familiar with the trade, speaking on condition of anonymity because the deal was not yet announced, did not say for whom the left-hander was dealt for.

The trade joins Price with Max Scherzer and Justin Verlander in the rotation for the AL Central-leading Tigers, giving...

July 31, 2014 - 4:29pm
9 min 45 sec ago

ELYRIA, Ohio (AP) — A former Ohio State University football player has pleaded no contest to attempted failure to comply in northeastern Ohio after being originally charged with felony cocaine possession.

The (Elyria) Chronicle-Telegram reports that Tracy Sprinkle on Thursday received a $500 fine, a 30-day suspended jail sentence and two years' probation.

The 19-year-old Sprinkle was charged after a brawl outside a bar in Lorain...

July 31, 2014 - 4:14pm
9 min 45 sec ago

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — The Atlanta Falcons have announced that defensive tackle Peria Jerry, a first-round draft pick from Mississippi in 2009, has decided to retire.

No reason was given by the team in its two-paragraph statement.

The Falcons re-signed Jerry to a new contract in March, not long after defensive tackles Jonathan Babineaux and Corey Peters agreed on new deals.

With Peters rehabbing from Achilles surgery last...

July 31, 2014 - 4:10pm
9 min 45 sec ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Washington Nationals have acquired two-time All-Star infielder Asdrubal Cabrera and cash from the Cleveland Indians for shortstop Zach Walters.

Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo made the announcement Thursday.

The 28-year-old Cabrera has spent most of his career at shortstop but has played 162 games at second base — his likely position in Washington — most recently in 2009.

Third baseman Ryan Zimmerman is...

July 31, 2014 - 4:09pm
9 min 45 sec ago

AKRON, Ohio (AP) — Dustin Johnson is taking a leave of absence from golf to seek help for "personal challenges," putting him out of the PGA Championship and raising questions about whether he will be at the Ryder Cup at the end of September.

In a statement Thursday from his agent at Hambric Sports Management, the 30-year-old Johnson said his leave of absence was effective immediately. It did not indicate how long he would be out of golf. Johnson withdrew from the...

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