Here is a summary of current sports news briefs.
Yankees acquire Josh Donaldson from Twins in five-man trade
The New York Yankees acquired veteran third baseman Josh Donaldson from the Minnesota Twins on Sunday night. Shortstop Isiah Kiner-Falefa and receiver Ben Rortvedt will also travel to New York while receiver Gary Sanchez and third baseman Gio Urshela will travel to Minnesota.
Soccer-Chelsea put aside the turmoil as the Gunners advance
Chelsea put aside their turmoil off the pitch to keep a grip on third place in the Premier League with a 1-0 win over Newcastle United while Arsenal edged past Manchester United in fourth with a 2-0 win over Leicester City on Sunday. Everton’s slide to the relegation zone continued as they lost 1-0 at home to Wolverhampton Wanderers, but Leeds United earned some respite with a dying 2-1 victory over the last club. of Norwich City.
NHL-Canadians hockey fans step out to celebrate end of COVID restrictions
Canadian hockey fans celebrated the predictable end of most COVID-19 restrictions on Sunday, crammed into a football stadium in a raging blizzard to watch the Toronto Maple Leafs and Buffalo Sabers face off in the Heritage Classic. It would be hard to imagine anything more Canadian than 26,119 mostly Leaf fans gathered in a stadium in a gritty steel town on the shores of a windswept Lake Ontario for a party that began with the “Great One” Wayne Gretzky headlining the puck drop ceremony.
NFL-Brady ends retirement, says he’ll play for Tampa next season
Seven-time Super Bowl-winning quarterback Tom Brady abruptly declared he would end his brief retirement on Sunday, announcing his return to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for a 23rd season in the NFL just six weeks after hanging up his crampons. Brady, who had established himself as one of the greatest players in league history, stunned the sports world with this unexpected about-face.
Tennis-Murray says hecklers are unfortunately part of the sport
Andy Murray expressed sympathy for Naomi Osaka after being rocked by a heckler in her second-round loss on Saturday night at Indian Wells, but said unruly fans were an unfortunate part of the sport. Osaka was kicked out of her game and started crying after someone shouted, “Naomi, you suck!” early in her 6-0 6-4 loss to Veronika Kudermetova.
Tom Brady’s Bucs back among Super Bowl LVII favorites
Tom Brady’s return to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday night created an immediate seismic shift in NFL forward odds. The Bucs, who were a consensus +1,000 bet to win Super Bowl LVII before Brady retired six weeks ago, went from longshots to backs among favorites to claim their second title in three seasons.
Football-Arsenal return above Manchester United with victory over Leicester
Arsenal moved back into the Premier League top four after goals from Thomas Partey and Alexandre Lacazette earned them a 2-0 win at home to Leicester City on Sunday. The win puts the Gunners a point clear of Manchester United, but crucially Mikel Arteta’s side are three games clear of their rivals for the final Champions League spot.
Tennis-Bublik dominates Murray in Indian Wells
Big servant Alexander Bublik took revenge on Andy Murray in the second round of Indian Wells on Sunday, beating the former world number one 7-6(9) 6-3 to earn his first victory over the Scot in three career meetings. Bublik won the first set tiebreaker to grab the momentum and fought his way to the finish line as Murray couldn’t convert any of his six break point opportunities.
Nationals, DH Nelson Cruz agrees to deal
Designated hitter Nelson Cruz joined the National League and the Washington Nationals on Sunday, agreeing to a one-year contract with an option for 2023, according to multiple reports. The contract is pending a physical.
Pass Time: LeBron James records his 10,000th career assist
LeBron James is the first NBA player to record 10,000 career assists, rebounds and points, becoming a member of the 10K Club on Sunday night. James and the Lakers were trailing big against the Phoenix Suns when he passed a pass across the field to Carmelo Anthony for a 3-pointer to get the No. 10,000 assist.
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