Trade Sends Drury to Yanks, Souza to D-backs – The New York Yankees have added another starting infield candidate, acquiring Brandon Drury in a three-team trade that also saw the Tampa Bay Rays send outfielder Steven Souza Jr. to the Arizona Diamondbacks. The Rays received second baseman prospect Nick Solak from the Yankees, and pitcher Anthony Banda and two players to be named from the Diamondbacks. Arizona also received minor league pitcher Taylor Widener from the Yankees. Drury can play either second or third base for a team that was looking at potentially starting rookies at both spots this season. Drury hit .267 with 13 homers and 63 RBIs in 135 games with Arizona in 2017. Souza hit .239 with 30 homers and 78 RBIs in 148 games last year with Tampa Bay. He adds another bat for an Arizona club looking to replace the offense of J.D. Martinez, who has agreed to a deal with the Boston Red Sox.
Dolphins Use Franchise Tag on Receiver Landry – The Miami Dolphins have decided to use their non-exclusive franchise tag on wide receiver Jarvis Landry.
The team tweeted the announcement Tuesday, the first day teams can use their franchise or transition tags. The salary for wide receivers getting the franchise tag this offseason is expected to be around $16.2 million, which will be quite the raise for Landry, who made $894,000 last season. The tag will hold Landry in place while the Dolphins try to make progress on a long-term deal. Because the team is using its non-exclusive tag, Landry is free to sign an offer sheet with another team. Should the Dolphins choose not to match an offer sheet for Landry, they would be due two first-round draft picks from Landry’s new team.
Luck: ‘Ship has sailed’ On 2nd Shoulder Surgery – Colts quarterback Andrew Luck says the thought of having a second surgery on his right shoulder has “sailed.” Luck, who is continuing his rehabilitation on his surgically repaired right shoulder, did not attend a Town Hall event held by the Colts on Tuesday. However, he did a pre-recorded video interview with Sports Illustrated’s Peter King, who emceed the event, and it was aired for the audience. “Oh, [surgery] is not an option for me right now,” Luck said. “I feel very, very good about where I am. So that ship has sailed in my mind, which is also a bit of a relief. I’m not going to lie.” New Colts coach Frank Reich said he’s “hopeful” that Luck will be back once the team starts offseason workouts in April.
Blackhawks Ban 4 From Games for Racist Taunt – The Chicago Blackhawks have banned four fans from their home games for directing racist taunts toward Washington Capitals forward Devante Smith-Pelly. The Blackhawks also apologized to Smith-Pelly and the Capitals. “Racist comments and other inappropriate behavior are not tolerated by the Chicago Blackhawks,” team spokesman Adam Rogowin said Monday in a statement. Smith-Pelly was sitting in the penalty box in the third period of Saturday night’s 7-1 loss to Chicago when the fans yelled “basketball, basketball, basketball” toward the winger, who is black. An off-ice official sitting next to Smith-Pelly notified United Center security and the fans were promptly ejected. “Totally unacceptable in our game, in any sport and in society today,” Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said after the morning skate ahead of Monday night’s home game against the Los Angeles Kings. “We’ve got to learn from something like that. It can’t happen.” Quenneville said he talked to Capitals coach Barry Trotz on Sunday and apologized.
Tiago Splitter Announces Retirement From NBA – Former Spurs center Tiago Splitter has officially announced his retirement from the NBA.
After battling a chronic hip injury the last two years, the 33-year-old from Brazil said in a post on his Twitter account that “the time to say goodbye” has come after a seven-year NBA career. Splitter, a member of the 2014 San Antonio Spurs championship team, suffered a hip injury in 2016 while with the Atlanta Hawks. He was limited to 44 games in almost two years, playing his last game in April 2017. Despite retirement, Splitter said he believes he won’t be away from the NBA for a long time. In the same interview, he admitted he’s talking with his former coach Gregg Popovich about the possibility to take a position within the Spurs.
Bears Release Twice-Banned Freeman – The Chicago Bears have released linebacker Jerrell Freeman, a source told ESPN. Freeman, 31, was suspended 10 games last season for a second violation of the league’s policy on performance-enhancing substances. The Bears placed Freeman on injured reserve in Week 2 after the veteran tore a pectoral muscle in the season opener versus Atlanta. Freeman suggested that the concussion he suffered in the Falcons game contributed to the latest suspension. Freeman, voted a team captain before Week 1, missed four games in 2016 for his first violation of the PED policy but still finished with a team-high 110 tackles.
Halfpipe: Cassie Sharpe put on a show in the women’s freestyle halfpipe final on Tuesday, soaring to a 95.80 during her second run to give Canada its first Olympic medal in the event pioneered by the late Canadian star Sarah Burke. Her winning run included a 1,080-degree spin and the kind of air the rest of the 12-woman field couldn’t match. France’s Marie Martinod added a second silver to don with the one she captured in Sochi four years ago, when the sport made its Olympic debut. Martinod scored 92.60 on her second run but fell during her third. American Brita Sigourney edged teammate Annalisa Drew for bronze. Drew scored 90.80 on her final run to slip past Sigourney, only for Sigourney, the next skier down, to put up a 91.80. Defending champion Maddie Bowman of the U.S. fell on the final hit in each of her three runs.
Jennifer Wakefield scored twice and Shannon Szabados stopped 14 shots to lead Canada to a 5-0 victory over Russia and a spot in its sixth Olympic gold-medal game.
Chicago Blackhawks 1 – Los Angeles Kings 3
Highlights: The Los Angeles Kings have owned the third period this season. The first period has been a bit of an adventure, but it’s coming around. Torrey Mitchell and Andy Andreoff scored during Los Angeles’ dominant start, and the Kings held off the Chicago Blackhawks for a 3-1 victory Monday night. Los Angeles (32-22-5) has outscored opponents 73-41 in the third this season. The Kings had to scramble in the final period against the Blackhawks, but Jonathan Quick made 12 of his 27 saves in the third to help close out the Kings’ second straight win since a three-game slide. Dion Phaneuf added his second goal in three games since joining Los Angeles in a trade with Ottawa, helping the Kings improve to 3-3 on their seven-game trip as they fight for playoff positioning in the Western Conference.
Last-place Chicago looked awful for most of the night during its ninth loss in 10 games. Anton Forsberg made 29 stops for the Blackhawks (25-27-8), and Patrick Sharp snapped an 11-game scoring drought with his seventh goal of the season.