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Blue Jays recall Kawasaki, option Tepera, cut 2 others

Blue Jays recall 2B Kawasaki, option RHP Tepera, cut OF Carrera and INF Valencia
The Canadian Press

TORONTO - Infielder/outfielder Danny Valencia and outfielder Ezequiel Carrera were designated for assignment as Toronto Blue Jays made a flurry of roster moves Saturday after a busy week of trade-deadline activity.

Toronto also added right-hander Mark Lowe and outfielder Ben Revere, acquired Friday from Seattle and Philadelphia, and recalled infielder Munenori Kawasaki from triple-A Buffalo.

Right-handed reliever Ryan Tepera was optioned to triple-A.

The team said both Valencia and Carrera will be placed on waivers. They will be eligible to be claimed on Monday.

Rangers get Hamels from Phillies for 2015 - and beyond

Ace in the hole: Rangers acquire lefty Hamels from Phillies for pennant chases beyond 2015
Stephen Hawkins, The Associated Press

ARLINGTON, Texas - With Cole Hamels, the Texas Rangers have gotten another ace in hopes of getting back to the playoffs — in 2015 and beyond.

Texas obtained the Phillies left-hander in an eight-player deal completed before Friday's non-waiver trade deadline after being agreed on earlier in the week.

Patriots open camp, try to ignore 'Deflategate' noise

Brady, Kraft take field at Patriots training camp to loud cheers despite 'Deflategate'
Jimmy Golen, The Associated Press

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. - Fans drove to Gillette Stadium past a booth selling "Free Tom Brady" T-shirts.

Then, when they arrived for the New England Patriots' first training camp practice on Thursday, they let the star quarterback know how they felt.

Brady took the field to a boisterous cheer from the more than 10,000 fans who sat in a sweltering sun to see the Super Bowl champions open the defence of their title.

AP Sources: Phillies agree to trade Cole Hamels to Texas

2 people familiar with deal say Phillies agree to trade Cole Hamels to Rangers
Rob Maaddi, The Associated Press

PHILADELPHIA - After years of trade speculation, Cole Hamels' time in Philadelphia is ending.

Two people familiar with the deal say the Phillies have agreed to trade the ace left-hander to the Texas Rangers for a package of prospects.

Both people spoke to The Associated Press late Wednesday night on condition of anonymity because the trade had not been finalized. Hamels has a limited no-trade clause but does not have to approve a deal to the Rangers.

The Latest: Belichick says Brady suspension won't alter camp

The Latest: Patriots coach Bill Belichick says Brady suspension won't alter training camp
The Associated Press

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. - Here is the latest surrounding the suspension of star Patriots quarterback Tom Brady for using deflated footballs (all times local):

10:35 a.m.

Patriots coach Bill Belichick says the four-game suspension for star quarterback Tom Brady and the saga surrounding deflated footballs won't alter his team's preparation for the season.

Royals get Cueto in trade with Reds

Kansas City Royals acquire ace RHP Johnny Cueto in trade with Cincinnati Reds
The Associated Press

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The Kansas City Royals acquired Johnny Cueto in a trade with Cincinnati on Sunday, sending three prospects to the Reds for a legitimate ace for the front of their beleaguered rotation.

Selig's contract extended through 2014 season

Baseball commissioner Selig's contract extended through the 2014 season
The Associated Press

PARADISE VALLEY, Ariz. - Baseball commissioner Bud Selig received a two-year contract extension Thursday through the 2014 season.

Selig has held the position since 1992, first as acting commissioner and then as commissioner since 1998. He will turn 80 in July 2014.

If he stays until September 2016, he would surpass Kenesaw Mountain Landis (1920-44) as the longest-serving baseball commissioner.

Selig's contract had been due to expire this Dec. 31.

Penn State president to face alumni

Penn State president Erickson to face alumni at town hall in Pittsburgh
Kevin Begos,Mark Scolforo, The Associated Press

PITTSBURGH, Pa. - Penn State University president Rodney Erickson faces a crowd of alumni Wednesday in Pittsburgh, some of whom aren't happy about the way the school handled the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal, the firing of football coach Joe Paterno and a lack of transparency over the case.

Erickson is attempting to repair the school's image with alumni, faculty, staff, and students, more than two months since Sandusky was arrested, bringing with it controversy, criticism and contemplation.

Penn State president to face alumni

Penn State president Erickson to face alumni at town hall in Pittsburgh
Kevin Begos,Mark Scolforo, The Associated Press

PITTSBURGH, Pa. - Penn State University president Rodney Erickson faces a crowd of alumni Wednesday in Pittsburgh, some of whom aren't happy about the way the school handled the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal, the firing of football coach Joe Paterno and a lack of transparency over the case.

Erickson is attempting to repair the school's image with alumni, faculty, staff, and students, more than two months since Sandusky was arrested, bringing with it controversy, criticism and contemplation.

Oakland Raiders fire first-year coach Jackson

New era in Oakland as GM McKenzie begins tenure with Raiders by firing Jackson
Josh Dubow, The Associated Press

ALAMEDA, Calif. - Reggie McKenzie made clear on his first day as Raiders general manager that there's a new regime in Oakland.

Soon after officially signing his contract to be the first general manager since longtime owner Al Davis' death, McKenzie fired coach Hue Jackson in a bold first move as he looks to give the organization a fresh start.

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