NEW ORLEANS (AP) – It’s being interpreted as a sharp rebuke of Commissioner Roger Goodell (guh-DEHLZ’) handling of the NFL’s bounty investigation. Paul Tagliabue (TAG’-lee-uh-boo) has overturned the suspensions of four current and former New Orleans Saints players. The former commissioner says three of the players did engage in a cash-for-hits program that was detrimental to the league, but he added the team’s coaches were very much involved and had “contaminated” the case.
NEW YORK (AP) – The New York Yankees have found a replacement for third baseman Alex Rodriguez, who’s expected to miss at least the first half of next season following hip surgery. A person familiar with the negotiations tells The Associated Press that free agent Kevin Youkilis (YOO’-kih-lihs) and the New York Yankees have reached agreement on a one-year, $12 million deal, pending a physical. The 34-year-old Youkilis is coming off the worst season of his major league career, hitting .236 with 19 homers and 60 RBIs in 122 games for the White Sox and Red Sox.
CLEVELAND (AP) – The Cleveland Indians have pulled off a three-team deal with the Cincinnati Reds and Arizona Diamondbacks. The Indians sent outfielder Shin-Soo Choo, utilityman Jason Donald and cash to the Reds, while shipping reliever Tony Sipp and first baseman Lars Anderson to the Diamondbacks. The Tribe picked up outfielder Drew Stubbs from Cincinnati and pitchers Trevor Bauer, Matt Albers and Bryan Shaw from the D-Backs.
UNDATED (AP) – Brandon McCarthy officially became a member of the Arizona Diamondbacks once the two sides finalized a two-year, $15.5 million contract yesterday. And the Los Angeles Dodgers introduced Zach Greinke (GRAYN’-kee) at a news conference yesterday after signing him to a six-year, $147 million package.
TORONTO (AP) – NHL labor negotiations are set to resume today with mediators rejoining the talks at an undisclosed location. Today marks the 88th day of the lockout. Wednesday’s session will be the first meeting since the sides blamed each other after talks broke off last week.