MINNEAPOLIS — On Thursday with his name already in the starting lineup for the game that night, Seattle Mariners outfielder Dustin Ackley was informed by manager Lloyd McClendon that he'd been traded to the New York Yankees for two minor-leaguers — outfielder Ramon Flores and pitcher Jose Ramirez.
TORONTO — The Toronto Blue Jays, who fortified their impressive offense earlier this week, added a big weapon to their pitching staff by trading for Detroit Tigers left-hander David Price, the club announced on Thursday.
SEOUL — Chung Mong-joon, a South Korean and one of the most influential figures in Asian soccer, told Reuters on Thursday that he is entering the race to replace Sepp Blatter as president of FIFA, soccer's world governing body.
BEIJING — Human rights activists are stepping up efforts to derail Beijing's bid for the 2022 Winter Olympics, hoping their protests and petitions can thwart what appears to be almost certain victory for the Chinese capital.
DENVER — Former Brazil international Kaka made the most of his first appearance in the Major League Soccer All-Star Game as he helped lead his team past English Premier League side Tottenham Hotspur 2-1 on Wednesday.
New England Patriots football star Tom Brady denied on Wednesday he had destroyed his cell phone to avoid giving it to NFL investigators, saying the flap was "manufactured" to distract from "zero evidence" against him in the "Deflategate" scandal.
BOSTON — The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has laid the blame squarely on Boston for its aborted attempt to host the 2024 Summer Olympics, saying the city had failed to deliver on its promises. Boston was picked by the United States Olympic Committee to be the country’s candidate for the 2024 Games but USOC rescinded its bid in a spectacular U-turn on Monday after the city’s mayor said taxpayers could not afford to host the event.
DALLAS — The Texas Rangers have acquired hot pitching prospect Cole Hamels from the Philadephia Phillies. The Rangers will send away a group of six prospects including four pitchers (one lefty), a catcher and an outfielder.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — In another high-profile move on Tuesday ahead of Friday’s non-waiver deadline, six-time All-Star closer Jonathan Papelbon was traded by the Philadelphia Phillies to the Washington Nationals for pitching prospect Nick Pivetta.
ZURICH, Germany — UEFA head Michel Platini announced on Wednesday his intention to stand for presidency of FIFA in place of Sepp Blatter. “This was a very personal, carefully considered decision, one in which I weighed up the future of soccer alongside my own future,” he said in a statement published on the UEFA website.
NEW YORK — New York Mets relief pitcher Jenrry Mejia has been suspended for 162 games after testing positive for banned substances a second time, Major League Baseball said on Tuesday. The length of the ban is automatic for a second positive test, and equals the longest suspension in baseball for doping, matching the penalty handed New York Yankee Alex Rodriguez in 2013.
MUNICH, Switzerland — Michel Platini, the head of European soccer’s governing body UEFA, is to announce in the next few days that he will stand for the presidency of FIFA, a source close to the former France international told Reuters on Tuesday.