FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — The Atlanta Falcons have replaced outgoing offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan with former University of Washington and Southern California head coach Steve Sarkisian. The Falcons announced the hiring just a day after Shanahan left to become head coach of the San Francisco 49ers. Sarkisian took over as Alabama’s offensive coordinator for last month’s national championship game, but his tenure with the Crimson Tide stunningly lasted only one contest.
CLEVELAND (AP) — The Cleveland Browns have released veteran quarterback Josh McCown, who was 1-10 as a starter in his two seasons with the team. The 37-year-old McCown passed for 3,209 yards and 18 touchdowns with the Browns, missing extended periods due to a concussion and two broken collarbones. The Browns also released cornerback Tramon Williams.
UNDATED (AP) — The New York Yankees have acquired a power bat by working out a one-year, $3.5 million package with free-agent Chris Carter, pending a physical. Carter was the National League co-leader in home runs last year with a career-high 41 for Milwaukee. He also batted .222 with a career-best 94 RBIs, one year after hitting just .199 for Houston.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Washington Nationals have acquired lefty reliever Enny Romero from Tampa Bay for minor league right-hander Jeffrey Rosa. The 26-year-old Romero struck out 50 in 45 2/3 innings for the Rays last season but compiled a 5.91 ERA while going 2-0 with one save in 52 appearances. Rosa hasn’t pitched above the Gulf Coast League level in his two pro seasons.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — DeMarcus Cousins will serve an automatic one-game suspension when the Sacramento Kings host the Boston Celtics tomorrow. Cousins received the punishment after picking up his 16th technical of the season during Monday’s loss to Chicago. He also was fined $25,000 by the NBA for his gesture and inappropriate words at Bill Spooner during Saturday’s overtime win against Golden State.